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!
The 2018 Summer Season
Five world class dramas and a blockbuster musical – in the heart of Scotland.
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, located at the geographical centre of Scotland, a dynamic heartland that blends rural tranquillity with a global outlook.
Visit PFT during the Summer Season and see six productions in daily repertoire.
No other UK theatre attempts this extraordinary feat!
Watch a large cast of actors from near and far, performing multiple roles in multiple shows – musicals, comedies and dramas – six days a week.
CHICAGO – a musical vaudeville.
THE RISE & FALL OF LITTLE VOICE – mixture of laughs and poignancy with knock out songs.
QUALITY STREET – A story of lost youth, second chances and the power of love.
TRAVESTIES – Tom Stoppard’s award-winning comedy based on the unreliable memories of diplomat Henry Carr and a highly suspect production of The Importance Of Being Earnest in the summer of 1917.
BEFORE THE PARTY – A wickedly funny satire based on a short story by Somerset Maugham, Before The Party is an acerbic, stylish and hilariously barbed portrait of the upper middle class adjusting to post-war life.
THE LAST WITCH – – Dornoch, 1727 – did Janet Horne practice witchcraft or was she just a clever woman ahead of her time?
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 2018 (provisional dates October 4th 2018 to November 4th 2018).
The 2017 event was a record breaker with over 72,000 people visiting the woods.
For more details click here to visit the Enchanted Forest website
Since 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 8th September 2018
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
Parade of Massed Bands Finale at 5 pm approx.
For more details – click here
Local Highland Games
May 26th – 27th 2018: Atholl Gathering
The two day Atholl Gathering is held in the ground of the spectacular Blair Castle and weekend consists of The Atholl Highlanders’ Parade on Saturday followed by the Highland Games on Sunday. Click here for details.
July 4th 2018: Kenmore Highland Games
An evening Highland Games held in Kenmore, a picture postcard little village on the shores of Loch Tay. Click here for details.
August 10th -11th 2017: Atholl and Breadalbane Highland Gathering
The Aberfeldy Show is held over 2 days – Friday 10th and Saturday 11th August. Click here for details.
August 18th 2018: Rannoch Highland Gathering
A typical local highland games held in the small village of Kinloch Rannoch. Click here for details.
August 25th 2018: Strathardle Highland Games & Agricultural Show
A traditional, friendly gathering located in beautiful Highland Perthshire, near Pitlochry, Blairgowrie and Glenshee. Click here for details.
August 25th 2018: Birnam Highland Games
Traditional Scottish Highland Games held amidst stunning Perthshire scenery. Click here for details.
September 1st 2018: Braemar Gathering
With her majesty, the Queen as patron, the Braemar Gathering is one of the most popular events in the Scottish calendar. Click here for more details
September 8th 2018: Pitlochry Highland Games
One of the very last Highland Games of a long Season, Pitlochry in our opinion is the best of them all! Click here for more details.
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.
Pitlochry Highland Night, hosted by the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, is an evening of traditional entertainment, full of Scottish Music and Dance. These outdoor productions have been performed weekly during the summer months since 1965 by local artists for the residents and many visitors of Pitlochry.
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.
After 12 years of Perthshire Amber, the Dougie MacLean Festival has decided to take a break in 2017 (Year 13!) However after a break, they hope to be back the next year with renewed vigour in the autumn of 2018 or beyond.