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The name Pitlochry is Gaelic and stands for "Platz am Sentinel". Throughout the woods you can still find the ancient Sentinals (stone tablets), behind which the Picts hid from the Romans and attacked them. Pitlochry has been known since the Victorian era as a health resort and is still a much visited resort. Lined with hiking trails and lakes such as Loch Faskally, Loch Tay and Loch Tummel, the region fascinates with its authenticity and naturalness.
The region is known for its whiskey distilleries, but beer is also produced here - the Moulin Brewery produces high-quality Scottish beer and invites you to a tasting. The Power Station, which generates energy via hydropower, also attracts many visitors, because here a special highlight awaits. Salmon can be seen from May to September as they swim a salmon ladder consisting of several basins up the Tummel River.
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Nearly 2500 inhabitants are mainly employed in tourism with numerous hotels, restaurants and bars providing the culinary well-being in the health resort. In addition to the traditional dishes, international cuisine has spread in the village. A salmon ladder has been installed at Pitlochry Power Station, a hydroelectric dam with a 20 meter high dam. Here you can watch the salmon from May to September, as they fight over the individual basins upstream - of course, these local salmon are also on the menu of many restaurants. Visit The Old Smithy Restaurant or Dunfallandy House Restaurant - a nice ambience with home-made food from the region awaits you here.
One of the most important starting points in Pitlochry are the distilleries. There are two of the old traditional businesses here with Bell's Blair Athol Distillery known for its malted and blended whiskey. Over two million litres are produced here every year. The distillery is one of the largest and most beautiful in Scotland offering tours in German language. The Edradour Distillery counts as the smallest single malt whiskey production facility in Scotland - weekly only 15 barrels are rolled through the warehouse, where you can participate in a Whisky tasting.
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