Hotel in Pitlochry

Birnam Arts and Conference Centre

The Birnam Institute, Dunkeld is a hugely successful new multi-arts and conference centre.  Located just some 15 miles south of Pitlochry, an easy 20 minute drive from the Pine Trees Hotel straight down the A9.

Birnam Arts is a not for porfit, community owned and run centre in the beautiful village of Birnam, which offers a year round programme of exhibitions, music, theatre, dance and comedy performances.  One's to look out for are the Opera Bohemia presents Gianni Schicchi in February, The Blazin' Fiddles in March and the Straw Chair performance in April. These are just a few of the fantastic events they have lined up for this year.  To see other events you can check their Whats on  here.  They also have available a wide range of workshop activities for children and adults  to choose from.  Even if you are not going to see a show it is still worth taking a trip here where you can relax in their Foyer Cafe and enjoy a freshly prepared lunch, or try out  their home baking with a tea/coffee, all this is available daily from 10am to 4.30pm.

Alongside their extensive programme of events they have their famous Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden. The exhibition will tell you all about  Breatrix Potter's Perthshire connections.  See the fantastic display cases containing a collection of inspiring Beatrix Potter items.  This will lead you into the shop and then out to explore the Beatrix Potter Garden which is located just to the rear of the Institute.

A day spent here is most certainly worth while and offers something for the whole family to enjoy. 

For more info on Birnam Institute just ask at the The Pine Trees Hotel reception desk, we will be happy to help.

Winter Words Festval 2015

Winter Words 2015 is set to be the best Winter Words yet.  Taking place at the famous Pitlochry Festival Theatre it runs from 13th February - 21st February. With the main focus at the weekends you will be spoilt for choice.  There will be a fantastic mix of authors, broadcasters, journalists and historians there, all offering something for regular and new visitors alike.

Already confirmed for this great event are Kirsty Wark, Jim Naughtie, James Robertson, Jim Crumley, Mark Beaumont, Theresa Talbot, Huw Lewis-Jones, Penny Junor, Robert Hutchison, Alan Rowan and Ruary Mackenzie Dodd, plus lots more!!

Banff Mountain Film Festival known as the world's most prestigious mountain film festival will be taking part in the Winter Words Festival for the first time. With a brand new selection of short films this is a must-see for anyone with a sense of adventure!

 Also, why not show your writing talent this year by taking part in Fearie tales Writing Competition! This is a unique competition which receives more and more interest each year from both would be authors and more established authors.
Just think if your Fearie tale is chosen it will be read aloud at Pitlochry Festival Theatre's foyer on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout Winter Words Festival 2014!

Tickets go on sale for this fantastic Festival late December! 

For more information go to: Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Pitlochry New Year's Day Street Party

Join in Pitlochry's famous New Year's Day Party on 1st January 2015 from 1pm to 4pm. This popular, traditional Scottish New Year event attracts in excess of 3,000 visitors and locals each year.
Taking place on Pitlochry's main street (Atholl road) which is closed to all traffic especially for the afternoons events.
With soup supplied by the gallon, sausage rolls, pies all provided by the local butchers, MacDonald Bros and washed down with a cup of very special mulled wine!

The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band will start off the proceedings at 1pm followed by music from Jack Delaney's Ceilidh Band, Ceilidh Dancing on the main street is a must at this street party! There is also entertainment for the children making this a fantastic event for the whole family to enjoy.

The New Year's Raffle draw will take place at approx. 3.30pm, so don't forget to purchase tickets as this Raffle has some wonderful prizes all donated by local businesses.

For more info visit: New Year's Street Party

The Ladykillers / Miracle on 34th Street

Pitlochry Festival Theatre will be showing their Autumn Classic The LadyKillers. The performances will run from 23rd October through to the 15th November, with performances often on twice a day. The Ladykillers is a classic 1955 Ealing comedy about a gang of criminal misfits. A brand new adaptation of the Ealing Classic, written by Graham Linehan, the BAFTA and Emmy-award winning television comedy writer and director. This comedy had recent audiences in raptures during its successful run at the West End. A great play and a wonderful evenings entertainment  now those long Autumn nights are coming in!

PFT are delighted to be staging the Scottish Premiere production of another great musical adapted from a hit Christmas film: the irrepressibly feel-good  Miracle on 34th Street! Performances start on 28th November through to 21st December.
Based in 1950's New York Doris juggles her job and raising her daughter! One of her biggest events is organising Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade! When her Santa turns up incapacitated Kris Kringle turns up bearing a striking resemblance to Santa Claus! His success as a stand-in Santa leads him to a job as the same in Macy's Xmas grotto. That's when strange things start to happen and Kringle claims that he is in fact the real Santa Claus......
PFT have had two huge successes with previous Winter musicals - White Christmas and It's A Wonderful Life!
This years play is a wonderful show and perfect for the whole family to go and enjoy this Christmas.

 For more info visit: Pitlochry Festival Theatre


The Highland Games is the highlight of the year and also one of the biggest events to be held in Pitlochry.  Attracting thousands of visitors and loved by locals!
See the Pipe Bands parade down the main street of Pitlochry, (approx. 11.40) to the Recreation ground.  With a number of competitions & events for spectators to enjoy such as the Tug o' War! Highland Dancing, Pipe Band competitions, running, cycling events and heavy events, the list is endless but be assured there is always something of great interest to see.

There are also a number of Craft and Charity stalls around the field selling a variety of goods and  raising money for various local charities. Numerous food & drink stalls are also situated around the grounds giving you a variety of delicacy's to choose from.
Finally once you have seen the day's events and browsed the stalls you can see the hugely popular Parade of Massed Bands which commences around 5pm. This is a fantastic sight to see!

Did you know Pitlochry Highland Games has been going since 1852?

For more information on  Pitlochry Highland Games  just click this link.