Pitlochry : Scotland


What It Is Like to Retire in Pitlochry

Pitlochry is a regional center in the county of Perthshire with great shopping and restaurants. There are lovely homes on interesting side streets, some of which can be rented seasonally (self-catered). The entire town, downtown area and side streets included, is very charming. The area is popular with vacationers and retirees who buy or rent manufactured homes, cabins, and enjoy the mountain scenery. On a recent visit we asked our guide where he would retire in Scotland if he could. Pitlochry was the answer, because it is centrally located and has everything he needs.

Where to Retire in Pitlochry and Home Prices

There are some beautiful homes of all sizes available in Pitlochry. There seems to be a number of them that can be rented seasonally (self-catered) in the town, all walkable to the town center. This is a very desirable area: a small bungalow might cost at least 200,000 pounds, with a much larger home in 500-600s.

What Is Special about Pitlochry

This extremely charming town has at least two very good bookstores. The downtown train station offers connections to anywhere in Europe. Nearby is the Queens View, an overlook popularized by Queen Victoria, who loved the majestic views over Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch. The Edradour whiskey distillery is one of the smallest and highest quality producers in the country.

What Is Not Special about Pitlochry

Pitlochry does get many tourists who hit the restaurants and shops.

Who Will Like Retirement in Pitlochry

Anyone who wants a low-key retirement in a walkable and very beautiful town will like Pitlochry.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, whisky production, and agriculture.

Climate and Physical Environment

Scotland gets a lot of rain and the temperature neither gets very high or very low. In the summer months the temperature ranges from about 50 to 66 (F.) Winter temps range from about 34 - 43 (F.).

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

As a tourist town there are many great restaurants and pubs to choose from. There is a library and some cultural events and festivals during the year. The Pitlochry Festival Theatre is very popular. The Highland Games features bagpipe competitions. There is also a nice golf course in town.


The crime rate is very low.

Medical Facilities

The Atholl Medical Centre provides community medical facilities, including the care of the patients in the Pitlochry Community Hospital, servicing the medical needs of our visitors and working closely with the statutory emergency services.


Pitlochry has a train station in the downtown with service to the rest of Britain and Europe. The town is extremely walkable and there is regional bus service.

Valuable Links

Pitlochry page on Wikipedia

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