Good news for anyone planning a stay at one of the top hotels in Pitlochry this year; there’s a packed programme of unmissable events all taking place right on your doorstep.
From traditional Highland games to contemporary music and everything in between, this picturesque part of Perthshire really does offer something for everyone no matter what time of the year it may be.
Without further ado, the Dunalastair Hotel Suites offer up our picks of this year’s biggest events, all taking place within a short distance from Pitlochry.
Sunday, May 21st, 2017.
Often described as the most scenic, closed-road sportive anywhere in the United Kingdom, the annual Marie Curie Etape Caledonia sees even the most experienced of cyclists pushed to their very limits as they tackle 81 miles of Highland terrain.
Whether it’s the gruelling climb up the majestic Schiehallion mountain or the exhilarating sweep through glorious, forest-lined roads, the lengthy course presents a challenge for cyclists of all abilities, many of whom travel from across the UK just to take part.
It isn’t just the competitors themselves who you’ll find heading to Perthshire this may. As arguably the most popular event of any kind in the area, the Etape Caledonia’s Event Village and associated fundraising activities attract huge crowds, and you can well expect to find most hotels in Pitlochry booked with both participants and well-wishers alike, not to mention those attending just for the fun of soaking up the event’s unique atmosphere.
Saturday, May 27 and Sunday May 28, 2017
Blair Castle, Blair Atholl.
Whether you’re taking part or not, staying on at your luxury hotel in Perthshire for a week following the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia means you’ll be just in time to experience some truly authentic Scottish culture at the yearly Atholl Gathering.
A Bank Holiday weekend tradition dating back several generations, the outdoor event is set in the truly incredible surroundings of Blair Castle itself, and brings a wealth of historic Scottish customs together with family-friendly activities and a chance to gain a rare insight into Highland life.
The focal point of the two-day event is Saturday’s parade by the Atholl Highlanders, the only remaining private army in Europe. On Sunday, it’s the turn of the classic Highland Games to keep attendees entertained, with strong men descending upon Perthshire to duke it out in traditional events such as caber tossing, hammer throwing, and shot putting.
Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25, 2017
The Bield at Blackruthven, Perthshire
T in the Park may be on hiatus in 2017, but that doesn’t mean that music fans have to miss out on the chance to soak up a festival atmosphere with a truly Scottish flavour.
This summer, one of the country’s fastest growing festivals, Solas, returns to Perthshire for three days of music, art, culture, and more.
An all-ages, all-inclusive event like nothing else in the Highlands, the term “something for everyone” has never been more appropriate than it is at Solas.
In previous years, the event has hosted everything from theatre productions and film showings to children’s workshops, DJ sets, and live music from both upcoming and established artists. This year, expect plenty more of the same, all with the Solas’ famous chilled out ambiance and feel good vibes.
Blair Castle International Horse Trials & Country Fair
Thursday, August 24th to Sunday, August 27th, 2017
Blair Castle, Blair Atholl
Right throughout the year, the truly remarkable Blair Castle remains a firm favourite with those staying in Pitlochry and the surrounding areas for their Scotland holiday. Yet when late summer arrives, there’s much more than the castle’s ancient history and captivating scenery to admire.
For four whole days, the venue plays host to the annual Blair Castle Equi-Trek International Horse Trials & County Fair, an event where both Olympic superstars from across the globe and passionate, local amateurs can be found competing in a host of equestrian events.
Whilst the horse trials are known throughout Scotland -and indeed, throughout the equestrian world- for the caliber of competition on display, the events themselves are not the only reason why Blair Castle is the place to be in late August.
On Saturday and Sunday, the annual Country Fair takes place, showcasing everything from traditional pursuits to adrenalin-charged activities like quad biking.
A family-friendly favourite, be sure to make this one a part of your summer holiday in the highlands.
2017 Dates TBD
Faskally Wood, Perthshire
Last but not least, we come to an event that has become a firm favourite with staff at our luxury hotel in Perthshire over the past couple of years.
Though the dark, chilly winter evenings may not sound like the perfect time to head outdoors, you’ll soon change your mind when you see Faskally Wood transformed into a magical winter wonderland of stunning lights and beautiful soundscapes.
Winner of countless awards, including three-times Best Cultural Event at the Scottish Event Awards and Rural Tourism & Hospitality Award at the Scottish Rural Awards 2016, Enchanted Forest is truly like nothing else you’ll find anywhere in Scotland.
At time of writing, dates for this year’s spectacular hadn’t yet been revealed, though we’ll be sure to announce them here on our blog as soon as they are. Alternatively, you can get the latest information on Enchanted Forest from their website at www.enchantedforest.org.uk.
Don’t miss any of these fantastic events on your next Scottish holiday when you stay at the Dunalastair Hotel Suites in Pitlochry any time from May 1st, 2017. Book your stay online today, or call our reservations team now on +44 (0)1882 580444.