Welcome to the website for Pitlochry Dundarach Hotel. We hope it provides you with the information you need. We look forward to meeting you soon!
The Dundarach Hotel is in the beautiful Highland Perthshire town of Pitlochry, standing on high ground overlooking the Tummel valley and across to the river and Pitlochry Festival Theatre. Set in a couple of acres of private grounds, the accommodation is peaceful, yet just 2 minutes from the centre.
Originally a wine merchant's house, built in the 1860's, the Dundarach became a hotel in 1936. The traditional atmosphere has been carefully retained in the main part of the building without compromising the level of comfort and service you expect from your hotel, there is also a new wing of spacious modern bedrooms. The hotel has 40 bedrooms, all are en-suite with bath/shower room. There is free WiFi in the public areas and ample parking for cars in our private carpark. The hotel offers a comfortable lounge giving uninterrupted views of the surrounding hills and hotel grounds, a bar where you can sample a large range of malt whiskies and an excellent restaurant featuring Scottish produce and a quality wine list.
T. 01796 472 862
local area + a little dundrach history
The famous Pitlochry countryside offers you so much. There is an abundance of different walks. Low level, medium and hill walks. All mapped to help you make the most of it. There are golf courses to suit all handicaps and beginners. There is salmon fishing for the experienced in the River Tummel below the hotel. You can take in a performance at the world famous “theatre in the hills”, a great live arts experience. You can visit the ancient and stately castles of Glamis, Scone, Balmoral and Blair. There is an epoch of Scottish history right in Pitlochry. In summer, pipe bands and highland dancing in the field here. You can tour the many byeways and backwaters around Highland Perthshire. Discover the glens of Faskally, Tay, Tummel, Tilt, Fender, Lyon and Rannoch. You can see how malt whisky is made very near the hotel, and sample the famous water of life at either of 2 distilleries here in the town, or in our bar.
This historic building of Dundarach, built from 1863 onwards, by an Edinburgh wine merchant, is of Aldour whinstone. A locally quarried stone, soft when extracted, it becomes very hard through exposure. The architect was Heyton, noted for his use of overly heavy wrought iron ridge pieces and Italianate features. The south wing was built for the boy scout movement, it was a games room and dormitory, converted later to bedroom accommodation. The west wing was built in the early 20th century for Japanese landscape gardeners and staff by the then proprietor John Henry Dixon. At that time the hotel gardens were much larger and were of Japanese and Italian styles. As was normal at the time, (for Japanese style gardens) there was a miniature Mount Fujiyama, complete with snow covered peak in the local Pitlochry white spar. Ben Vrackie means speckled mountain, a name that came from the spar (white quartz) which dotted the slopes. Today the spar is all down in the gardens of the town. Japanese literary giant Soseki Natsume visited Dundarach at the time, as a friend of the proprietor and wrote a poem of his stay. Copies are available, translated into english, from the hotel reception.
The great house later belonged to Edradour distillery and it was the nieces of the distillery manager who turned the place into a hotel. We hope that you've enjoyed reading this piece and we look forward to welcoming you to Pitlochry Dundarach Hotel in the near future.