The pretty little town of Pitlochry in Scotland has one flaw, it's pretty! Jumping salmon, rolling hills, enchanting forests and some aspiring highland peaks to climb lead to the town being swamped by tourists. If you're looking for a fluffy sheep, tartan bric-a-brac or anything wooly, this is the town for you! However, pop in out of season and it's a great place to stop for lunch or dinner en route to the surrounding sights.
Pitlochry Hydro Dam & Fish Ladder
A 10 minute stroll from the main street leads to one of the town's biggest attractions, the hydro dam and fish ladder.
The Queens View
Half an hour drive from the town along the twisting Kinloch Rannoch bound road is the postcard famous "Queens View." A viewing point on the side of a hill looking down Loch Tummel & Loch Rannoch towards the Glencoe mountains. Named after its famous visitors, Queen Victoria & Queen Isabella (Robert the Bruce's wife).
Ten minutes north of Pitlochry by car is the hamlet of Killiekrankie, home to the spot where in 1689 a fleeing Government soldier performed an Olympian jump to cross the river Garry and escape the Jacobite pursuers.
7 miles north in the village of Blair Atholl sits a ridiculously pretty and overly white castle complete with gardens and a lurking private army somewhere.
Scotlands smallest distillery sits on the edge of Pitlochry and offers free drams to visitors!
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Internet cafés can be found in many cities and towns. All UK public libraries provide access, often branded as "People's Network", usually at no or little charge, though there is usually a time limit. Some hotels/hostels also offer internet access, including wifi, but most times at a cost. Using the internet on your personal phone can become expensive very quickly, with carriers charging 100's of times the local rate for data. To avoid these expensive roaming charges, you can hunt for wifi at a local cafe or hotel, or rent a mobile hotspot via several providers including DATAPiXY, and XCOM Global.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to the United Kingdom is: 44. To make an international call from the United Kingdom, the code is: 00
In case of emergency, call 999 or 112 from any phone. Such calls are free and will be answered by an emergency services operator who will ask you for your location, and the service(s) you need (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard or mountain rescue). You can call this number from any mobile telephone as well, even if you do not have roaming.
Although the number is declining, you can still find payphones in many public areas, especially stations, airports etc. You can usually pay with cash and sometimes by creditcard or, for international calls, special phonecards are still available.
Mobile phones are heavily used. The main networks are T-Mobile, Vodafone, Orange and O2. 3G data services are available, usually priced per megabyte and coverage is usually very good in the UK, however it may lack in rural areas. Roaming on your personal phone plan can be expensive. To manage costs, consider purchasing a local UK SIM card for your phone. Several companies offer local SIM cards including Telestial, and CellularAbroad.
The Royal Mail provides postal services in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mail's store fronts are called Post Office and offer services ranging from sending letters and packages to foreign currency exchange. Use the branch locator to find the nearest Post Office branch. There will be at least one post office in any town/city and there are quite often post offices in larger villages. It's common for a post office to be incorporated into a grocery store, where there will be a small counter located at the back of the store for dealing with post related matters. All post offices are marked with signs that say 'post office' in red lettering. Post boxes can be found at any post office and standalone large red post boxes on the streets or red boxes in the sides of public buildings.
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