May 21st 2017 – Etape Caledonia

Etape The Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia is a closed road cycling challenge that takes place annually each May.  The 81 mile circular route on traffic free roads passes through some of the most scenic areas of Highland Perthshire and attracts over 5,500 riders of both sexes aged between 18 and 80. Click here for more details.

Etape Map 2013

 

 

August 24th – 27th 2017 – Horse Trails and Country Fair at Blair Castle

 

Blair Atholl Horse trail

Three-day eventing, or Horse Trials, provides a comprehensive test of all round ability for horse and rider and tests the partnership between the two.  The sport evolved from the requirements for a top class military charger – steadiness and elegance on parade, the ability to gallop across country in battle, and then to continue with duties after a strenuous day. These requirements have transformed in to the three modern phases of the sport – Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping. In order to succeed, riders and their horses must be highly skilled in all three disciplines.

 

 

Sept 9th 2017 – Pitlochry Highland Games

 

Games DaySince they were first held in September 1852, with the exception of the period of the World Wars, Pitlochry Highland Games have been held annually on the 2nd Saturday in September.
Details can be found below:

 


Date
: Saturday 9th September 2017
Venue: The Recreation Ground, Pitlochry

Time: Gates open 9.30 am Games from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm
Tickets:   Adult – £TBC; Child 5 to 16 years – £TBC; Cars – £TBC
Content: Parade of Pipe Bands down Atholl Road at 11.45 am
Running, Cycling, Jumping, Solo Piping, Traditional Highland Dancing,
Heavy Events, Tug o’ War
Band Pipe Band Competitions for Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and Novice Juvenile
Charity Stalls
Parade of Massed Bands Finale at 5 pm approx.

For more details – click here

October 2017 – Enchanted Forest

(2)The Pitlochry Enchanted Forest, the renowned outdoor sound and light show, set to delight the senses once more when it returns to the Faskally Woods in October 2017.
The 2016 event was a record breaker with over 70,000 people visiting the woods.
For more details click here to visit the Enchanted Forest website

January 1st 2016 – Ne’erday Street Party

Street Party At no time of the year is Scotland’s distinctiveness more evident than at New Year and possibility nowhere in Scotland is New Year Day celebrated with so much gusto as in Pitlochry!
First held on January 1st 2000 to celebrate the new millennium, the Ne’erday Street Party was such a success it has become an annual event in the Pitlochry social calendar.

Each year more and more people travel to join locals and visitors in the fun and festivities held between 2.00pm – 4.00pm when Atholl Road, the town’s main street, is closed to traffic and a live ceilidh band takes to the stage. With local shops and charities supplying warming food and drink, there is no better way to start a new year than dancing in the street with friends old and new!

History of our House

In 1880, when the house was built by local businessman Adam Menzies, it was named Clach-na-faire (stone of watching) after the large boulder stone located within the grounds. It is thought it was  placed there over 1,800 years ago by the Picts as a sentinel stone to keep watch over the Roman camp positioned at Dalchampaig (field of the camp), now submerged under Loch Faskally.

Outside House August 1885

In 1885 the house was sold to Sir Francis Boyd Outram, 2nd baronet and used by his family and friends as a summer holiday home. The photograph on the right shows Ethel and Balfour Bryant, 2 of the children of Theodore Bryant, owner of Bryant and May matches, during their family holiday at the house in summer 1885.

John Henry Dixon FSA

 

In 1913, John Henry Dixon of Dundarrach bought the house and was living here when his renowned book, Pitlochry – Past and Present was published. A friend of Japanese author Natsume Soseki  and Lord Baden Powell, founder of the Scout movement, Dixon took a great interest in local history and affairs and his obituary (Perthshire Advertiser 1926) described him as ‘a gentleman of wide culture and fine, genial personality…held in the highest esteem by all classes of the community.’

The next 32 years saw the house under the ownership of the Black family originally from Kirkpatrick Juxta, first John Little Black and then his daughter Elizabeth. Under Elizabeth’s ownership the house was occupied by local solicitor I. D. S. Liddell and his wife during the early years of their marriage.

Upon Elizabeth death in 1951, the property was sold to Lawrence J Hunter L.D.S.initiating a connection with the dental profession which lasts to this day. Mr Hunter divided the house in two, converting the rear of the house – the kitchen, the scullery, the laundry and servants’ lodgings into his home and dental surgery retained the original name of ‘Clach-na-faire’. The front of the house, the family part, became Northlands and since 1954 has been home to local doctors and various Pitlochry Bank of Scotland Bank Managers.

In 1996 Northlands became the Duncan family home and, with the departure of our children to pastures new, we are delighted to offer our home as a place for you to stay when you visit this wonderful part of Scotland.

The History of Highland Games and Gatherings

The History of Highland Games and Gatherings
The origins of Highlands Games are believed to date back to the 4th or 5th century when competitive games for young men involving foot-racing, horse-racing and wrestling were encouraged. Games celebrations became a common feature of St Michael’s Day (September 29th ) festivities while other racing and athletics contests sprang up at fairs on other holy days as well as at cattle fairs on the quarter days of the Scottish calendar.

The Clan system that developed in the Highlands became a fertile ground for feats of strength among the young warriors and sporting contests were held at various times as well as the conclusion of military musters when they were called ‘wappinschaws’ The clans’ warriors used these events to test their physical prowess in the same way as modern soldiers engage in physical training. According to one source, it was at one such muster in 1574 that ‘tossing of ye barr’ (caber-tossing) first appeared on record.
All of this came to an end after the Battle of Culloden in 1746 when the mainly Highland supporters of Bonnie Prince Charlie were beaten in the last battle on British soil and all Highlanders were banned from bearing arms, playing the bagpipes, speaking Gaelic, wearing tartan and gathering in groups.

The Modern Games
At the start of the 19th century, after the ban had been repealed, Highland Games became established annual events as part of the romanticisation of Highland culture amongst the British ruling class at the time. Queen Victoria attended her first Highland Games in 1848. When accounts from the games describe a programme of contests that are largely unchanged today:  dancing, piping, lifting a heavy stone, throwing the hammer and running…
Happily, the more specialised pursuit of ‘twisting the four legs off a cow for which a fat sheep is offered as a prize’ does not feature in the more civilised repertoire of the modern games. This usually comprises running and jumping, throwing stones or hammers, tugs-of-war, tossing the caber, as well as a variety of piping and dancing competitions.