Digital editor Steph Telfer takes a trip to picturesque Pitlochry to experience some good old Scottish hospitality at Atholl Palace Hotel.
When we arrive at Atholl Palace Hotel in our taxi, we’re greeted with the beaming faces of a wedding party, standing under the hotel’s grand awning smiling for their photographer.
I can immediately see why this historic hotel is a popular Perthshire wedding venue: the tree-lined driveway, the towering, castle like building set against Ben Vrackie and the manicured gardens are all perfect backdrops for fantastic photos.
Sneaking behind the happy couple, we entered the ground floor of the hotel. The lobby definitely mirrors the traditional vibe of the exterior, lined with fireplaces and comfortable seats filled with chattering guests, many of them tourists who have come to the hotel to experience what Scottish hospitality is all about.
Beyond the lobby is the Verandah Restaurant, with large windows allowing panoramic views across the Tummel river.
Along with the more modern Stags Head Bar, Bow Lounge, Corrie Room and large Atholl Suite (the most popular space for weddings), plus over 100 guest rooms, you would expect Atholl Palace Hotel to feel quite overwhelmingly large but, somehow, it manages to maintain a cosy homeliness about the place.
SPACE TO PARTY
The circular Atholl Suite is the perfect place for your wedding reception, especially if you have a fair few guests; it holds up to 250 people.
The ceiling would lend itself well to strings of fairylights and swathes of crisp white swags – I can imagine that winter weddings look particularly charming in this space.
For your ceremony, if the weather allows, consider getting married in outdoors in the Japanese garden.
Find time to relax before or after your wedding at the hotel’s own Lavender Spa.
This small spa boasts a Victorian health hydro using the natural spring waters from the surrounding mountains, and a range of treatments like lava shell massages and pampering facials are available.
It’s the perfect way to round off your stay.
DID YOU KNOW… you can find out all about the history of this venue in their on-site museum.