Atholl Palace was built during the boom years of the Hydropathic Movement in the 1870s. The idea behind the movement was that the wealthy unwell could cure themselves by taking the waters along with a little gentle exercise.
Of course, it also helped that Atholl Palace was a comfortably elegant Highland retreat in which to be cured.
Fast forward to 2011, the Atholl Palace still offers the ambience of bygone days with open fires and chandeliers. However, these days the staff won’t collect you from the steam train in a charabanc and you are more likely to find yourself taking the water with a little whisky rather than for medicinal purposes.
The historic nature of the Atholl Palace Hotel means that every room is unique, with quirky original features. However, the truly outstanding feature of almost all the rooms is the view. Naturally, every bedroom is furnished to the highest standards and they all feature ensuite bathrooms, a telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, a hairdryers, a trouser press and flat screen TV.
You can choose to relax in the hotel’s Lavender Spa which includes a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and a splendid swimming pool and gym. Alternatively, you could work up an appetite on the pitch ‘n’ putt course; improve your short game on the putting green or play a few sets on the tennis courts which sit in the hotel’s rather beautiful grounds. If you want to travel further afield then the hotel’s Pitlochry location makes it the ideal base from which to explore Highland Perthshire.
Should the weather threaten showers, then you might potter around on the full-sized snooker table or choose to visit the hotel museum and learn about its fascinating history.