The Atholl Palace Museum tells the stories of the people who built, worked and visited the Atholl Palace from when building began in 1874 until today.
The museum looks at the hydropathic movement, the reasons for building a large hydropathic establishment in Pitlochry and the impact it had on the emerging small town of Pitlochry.
A 15 minute film, The Story of the Atholl Palace, explains how the hotel has changed and adapted over nearly 130 years. It began as a hydropathic establishment, run on strict temperance principles to treat people in the healthy air of Pitlochry. During both world wars, two schools sheltered in its walls, and it relaxed into a luxurious spa hotel.
Rooms have been set up with audio stories, in accordance with the original hotel plans, to show the working life of a Victorian hydropathic establishment, including the medical room of the resident physician.
While you are visiting the museum, take time to enjoy the lovely gardens, abundant with wildlife, flowers, specimen trees and walks. You may also want to take afternoon tea in the lounge or have a light lunch in the bar.