Where to Stop on Your Way to the Scottish Highlands?

We spent half term in the Scottish Highlands. I knew it would be beautiful, but I did not imagine I would love the Highlands so much that I would want to stay there…

So after a few months planning our road trip, it finally happened! We left home as soon as half term started and spent a day in Liverpool to catch up with Hubby’s Nana and pick up beau-papa (my father-in-law extraordinaire).  We then left Liverpool early on Jumpy’s 3rd birthday (Sunday 25th).

After 6 hours in the car, we arrived in Pitlochry, a popular stop on the way north. The picturesque village is a very pretty place with a timeless feel and gorgeous traditional shops (sweets, flowers). It definitely is worth a stop.

Pitlochry - the ideal place to stop on your way to the Scottish Highlands

As we arrived in Pitlochry, we were hungry and desperate to stretch our legs. We immediately spotted Victoria’s Restaurant on the high street and found a space in the tourist information car park.

The children were pretty restless after being stuck for so long in the car so I was relieved when Victoria’s, the restaurant we had booked for lunch, was child-friendly. You know that moment when you have a bunch of wild children in your hands and you are hoping for a place where they can be themselves? That was us!

Victoria’s was a really nice place. It was not pretentious and no one frowned at us when we arrived. There were quite a few people with pushchairs and young children so we did not feel like we were standing out.

As soon as we entered the family-owned restaurant, we were shown to our table, in a nice spot by a large window overlooking a park.   Before I even had time to ask, a waitress brought a high chair for Wriggly, a few colouring pages, quizzes and crayons for the older three. That was exactly what they needed!

Victoria's Restaurant – Pitlochry

We were given menus straight away and the waiter remembered exactly what Jumpy’s allergies were, although I had only mentioned them quickly over the phone. At the same time as the regular menus, we were also given the gluten-free menu, which was rather impressive, with a wide range of options for starter, main, dessert, sandwiches as well as breakfast. If you are on a gluten-free diet, I highly recommend stopping there.

Because Jumpy is egg and nut-free as well as being wheat-free, I was also given the list of allergens contained in the menu. My little girl went for steak, beans and roasted potatoes with tomato sauce. Anything for our birthday girl!

Victoria's Restaurant – Pitlochry - Beans for the Birthday Girl
Options for the children were varied and better than what you would normally have on a kids’ menu, ranging from Aberdeen Angus Steak Cheeseburger to Grilled Prime Scottish sausages to Scottish Scampi, Crispy Chicken Fillets, pasta or pizza.

I had my dream starter; goat’s cheese salad. It was quite simply perfect, with grilled creamy Ayrshire goat’s cheese on a bed of leaves, cherry tomatoes, almond flakes, cooked beetroot and walnuts served with light honey and mustard dressing. Hubby had bruschetta and beau-papa (my father-in-law) went for the soup of the day (lentil and bacon).

Victoria's Restaurant – Pitlochry - goat's cheese salad - Ayrshire goat's cheese on a bed of leaves, cherry tomatoes, almond flakes, cooked beetroot and walnuts served with light honey and mustard

I then had a beautiful 8 oz prime Scotch sirloin steak, cooked to perfection in a charcoal grill, accompanied by grilled tomato, mushrooms and a baked potato.

Victoria's Restaurant – Pitlochry - beautiful 8 oz prime Scotch sirloin steak, cooked to perfection in a charcoal grill, accompanied by grilled tomato, mushrooms and a baked p
The men had Haggis, Neeps ‘n’ Tatties, McSween of Edinburgh’s award-winning haggis with creamy mashed potatoes and turnips.

Victoria's Restaurant – Pitlochry - Haggis, Neeps 'n' Tatties, McSween of Edinburgh's award-winning haggis with creamy mashed potatoes and turnips

I really loved the stylish yet informal feel of the restaurant. As I was having my latte, I looked around and had a chat with one of the waitresses to find out a bit more about the restaurant. It is a relaxed coffee house during the day and after 5.30 p.m. a bistro style menu is introduced.

At Victoria’s, they take pride in serving quality ingredients from Scotland and the freshest seasonal produce they can get. All the beef they serve at Victoria’s comes from fully accredited Scottish farms. The beef is aged traditionally for at least 21 days on the bone and hand cut by butchers. Their chicken is free range and corn fed. They get all their fruit and vegetables from Mark Murphy & Partner, who source the finest Scottish seasonally grown produce and support local farmers and producers. They have a really nice range of cakes and fine teas there.

Victoria's Restaurant – Pitlochry - Tea

Jumpy and Wriggly had some ice cream, and the big ones went for chocolate fudge cake with ice cream.

Victoria's Restaurant – Pitlochry - Chocolate Fudge Cake & Ice Cream

After such a copious lunch, we needed a walk to digest and give the children a chance to run around before the last leg of our journey. We were not disappointed by Pitlochry’s beautiful riverside.

Pitlochry - the ideal place to stop on your way to the Scottish Highlands - River Tummel in Autumn Fall

The dam was an impressive sight, and we enjoyed learning about the fish ladder.

Pitlochry - the ideal place to stop on your way to the Scottish Highlands - River Tummel in Autumn Fall - a Lovely Walk with the Family - the Fish Ladder

We did not see any salmon swimming up the fish ladder, but it was an interesting walk and we were all ready for the last leg of our journey to Inverness after that.

Pitlochry - the ideal place to stop on your way to the Scottish Highlands - River Tummel in Autumn Fall - a Lovely Walk with the Family

If you fancy a visit:

Pitlochry Tourist Office, 22 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, Perthshire

More about Pitlochry here.

Victoria’s Restaurant & Coffee Shop, 45 Atholl Road, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH16 5BX
Tel: 01796 472670

Disclaimer: Our lunch at Victoria’s was complimentary but I was not asked to write a review. All opinions and photographs are my own.

 

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  1. We are planning a trip to Scotland in the summer, so I will definitely be seeing if we can stop here. THanks for sharing #CountryKids

  2. This sounds fantastic – the food is making me hungry! And I love how family-friendly it seems, and how much attention they pay to allergies too. #countrykids

    • It was one of the most family-friendly places I’ve been to, and they’re really serious about allergies and gluten-free food there.

  3. chloelifeunexpected says:

    What a beautiful walk and that’s so good that they remembered his allergies. I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland to explore. It looks so stunning. The houses in the top look so picturesque and the food…just wow!!! Popping in from the lovely #CountryKids. xx

  4. Haggis, nipes ‘n’ tatties takes me back, my Dad was Scottish and this was always a family favourite! What a beautiful area, it is years since we have been up there, the scenery really is stunning and a lovely time of year to see it in all its glory. I hope the rest of your visit was as good as the journey up. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids.

    • The whole trip was incredible. Scotland is quite simply stunning. The food is delicious, the people friendly and the scenery is breathtaking. x

  5. Looks so beautiful and a fish ladder is a new one on me- interesting. Food sounds nice, how helpful they were.

    • I’d never heard of a fish ladder before and the whole structure was rather impressive. Pitlochry has so many gorgeous features; I’m really glad we stopped there on our way to Inverness.

  6. The food looks delicious, visited Pitlochry many years ago #CountryKids

  7. Oh wow! What a great restaurant to find! And that looks like the most beautiful place to stop too…I have never heard of it! Happy birthday my darling little girl! I hope you had a super one xx

    • It really was the perfect stop on our way up. Our little lady had a wonderful time for her birthday, thanks sweetie. x

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