Pitlochry, Scotland

  • By Wendy
  • 08/02/2016
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Pitlochry, Scotland

After a series of events which caused a great deal of sadness & a disappointing end to 2015, the only thing to do was book a summer trip to the Islands of Thailand in pursuit of sunshine, smiles and spirituality… But first, Pitlochry. The perfect spot for some rest & relaxation in the middle of a Scottish winter when a ‘time-out’ is required.

Some online research lead me to a cracking Spa Weekend offer at Scotland’s Hotel & Leisure Club which is perfectly located just off the main street, which loosely translated means close to the pubs without being noisy. This charming & traditional hotel was an excellent base offering 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast with a treatment & use of the leisure facilities for only £130 each.

After our 2 hour drive from Glasgow, we were ready to dump our bags and go for a beer, which was exactly what we did. Upon recommendation, we found comfortable seats next to the roaring log burner and Peroni on tap at The Old Mill Inn (complete with water wheel outside). What a wonderful way to start the relaxation process. The banter from the bar staff, locals and fellow visitors was most welcome and passed a couple of hours before our 6 course dinner from the hotel’s taster menu. The food was of a high standard & vegetarian options are available. After such a feast, we opted for an early night and headed for bed. When I say ‘headed for bed after dinner’, what I actually mean is some trashy TV in the form of Coronation Street, Eastenders & The Celebrity Big Brother Final accompanied by some raspberry infused dark chocolate & a bottle of Prosecco in our jimjams. Sheer bliss!

After a slightly uncomfortable sleep on a bed which was a tad on the firm side, we were delighted to enjoy a hearty breakfast followed by a swim in a deserted pool area. The joy of having the Jacuzzi to ourselves was not taken for granted and we had a good couple of hours before we were joined by a family with young children. By this point we were pruned enough to hit the showers before our massages which were superb and much needed.

Our Saturday lunch was enjoyed at McKays. We had burgers which were super tasty & very filling and the atmosphere was excellent due to the 6 Nations Rugby Tournament being shown on the big screen. McKays is not only a pub/restaurant but also offers accommodation & a nightclub which becomes quite lively of an evening at the weekend… A riverside stroll to the Salmon Ladder was just what the doctor ordered to walk off lunch. Sadly we discovered that a local woman who had been missing since Friday was found dead on the riverbank on Saturday which highlights that the power of the river should not be underestimated. We did note that the water was high, very fast flowing and looked freezing as one might expect at this time of year. There was no suggestion of foul play by the emergency services in attendance so the feeling of safety was not tarnished although it reinforced the message to be mindful of one’s surroundings. Accidents happen and in the countryside you need to be aware of the weather & terrain.

Having recovered our equilibrium, we were sad to say goodbye to Pitlochry and its residents on Sunday. We were welcomed, pampered, well fed, explored the lovely shops and topped our trip off with a visit to the stunning Atholl Palace before making our way home far more relaxed & happy than when we arrived.

Will I be making a return visit to Pitlochry…? Yeah, I might. I’m told there will be a pint & a comfy chair by the fire waiting for me if I go back… That kind of talk could turn a girl’s head!

 

Top Tip : Relax & go with the flow…

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