Pitlochry Hydro Hotel Reviews of the accommodation and restaurant of the Pitlochry Hydro Hotel with photographs and things to do
This is such a picturesque and peaceful area of Scotland with something for everyone to enjoy. The Pitlochry Hydro Hotel is a beautiful and historic building with some fine views across to the Perthshire hills and forests. An added benefit is the swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi.
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It has two large car parks with plenty of disabled parking. The reception is always manned and there are lifts to the bedrooms. Please do consider paying the extra when booking for a superior or premier room which gives you a King size bed, room with a view, larger TV, more toiletries, etc. It is worth the price just to see the sunsets and dawns across the hills.
Facilities here include a pitch and putt mini golf course, a well-stocked bar and spacious lounges with comfortable furniture. You get free Wi-Fi here. Musical entertainment takes place on certain nights and when booking through Coast and Country you can get deals such as reduced rates for longer stays or inclusive evening meals.
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The restaurant is roomy and the food plentiful. We enjoyed a range of cereals, croissants, yoghurts, fresh fruit, dried fruit, porridge, toast and a cooked breakfast each morn, washed down with a wide range of fruit juices and coffee or tea.
You do have to book a time slot for your evening meal, though this is flexible as we found out when we decided to add the Rannoch Moor Train Station
to our day trips and wanted a later evening meal. We just phoned an hour before our set time and got a booking for later so that we could see this tourist attraction.
The bed was really comfy and we enjoyed a good night's sleep, though the bar stayed open late there was little noise and being set in a quiet residential area there was no noisy traffic. We slept with a window opened and were not disturbed until we were woken up with the lovely gentle cooing of wood pigeons which was such a treat.
Pitlochry town centre is a ten minute walk, though we took the car because the hill was too steep for our aged knees. There are plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants to enjoy a wide range of food and drink. A sweet shop sells some great treats and there are plenty of local craft and gift shops.
You can even get a haircut or cut throat shave from the Sweeney Todd demon barber horror hairdresser if you dare! Or just be a feartie like us and just take a photo of his unique horror filled salon with fantastic dummy outside.
The war memorial is worth paying a few moments respect to those fallen troops of the local Regiment the Black Watch. Behind it sits a well maintained garden with plenty of benches.
The Visit Scotland Tourist Information Office is along the main high street where helpful staff can suggest places to visit or to stay.
We highly recommend visiting the Queen's View
, Falls of Bruar
, Pass of Killiecrankie Walk
, Atholl Country Life Museum
, Blair Castle and Diana Grove with Hercules Garden
, Dunkeld Cathedral
, Loch of Lowes Osprey
, Beatrix Potter Garden
, The Hermitage
and Ossian's Hall and Cave
if you enjoy a woodland walk which is also wheelchair accessible. To discover more about our heritage do go to the Scottish Crannog Centre
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