I'm a bit late with this post but here it is. If you find yourself disappointed that you couldn't make it, then I suggest bookmarking the page and keeping an eye out for next year's events.
I've always thought of Pitlochry as the home of Scottish knitwear and I'll admit to harking back a decade or more for that one. (I may, of course, be wrong!) But for January 25-29, Pitlochry hosts the Winter Words Festival 2006 and features: Ian Rankin, Louise Welsh, Joanna Trollope, A. L. Kennedy, Chris Bonington, Lord Brian Rix, Elaine C. Smith, Val McDermid, Sir John Lister-Kaye, Denise Mina, and Christopher Rush. That makes four well known crime fiction authors in attendance. Who would choose to miss that, if a lover of crime fiction and in the vicinity, or close by and able to get there?
You can find more details here.
And a "sorry" from me, if I made this post a tad too late for your travel plans.