Often referred to as the Gateway to Glenshee, Blairgowrie is a great destination for a self-catering holiday exploring one of the largest towns in Perthshire. It lies to the north of the city of Perth on the banks of the River Ericht. Blairgowrie offers those choosing to stay in one of its holiday cottages a veritable wealth of year-round sporting activities including skiing, golfing, mountain biking, abseiling, hang gliding, paragliding canoeing, kayaking, archery, fishing, golfing, hill walking, low level walking, cycling and even husky dog sled rides. It’s not just a holiday destination for the active though, with beautiful gardens, lochs, nature reserves and historic buildings to be explored for those choosing to book a holiday cottage in this pretty Perthshire corner of South East Scotland.
Stoll along the banks of The River Ericht and polish your skimming stones skills, or relax in the park or The Wellmeadow with a classic novel picked up in one of Blairgowrie’s antiquarian and second hand bookshops.
The nearby village of Meikleour is home to the Meikleour Beech Hedge. Planted in 1746 and is now officially recognised as the tallest hedge in the world. Go and marvel!
Blairgowrie is also the main kicking-off point for the Cateran Trail, 60-mile circular walk that walkers around Perthshire’s historic drove roads, once used by cattle rustlers.
Garden lovers should visit visit the delightfully named Easter Miekle Fardle, an old fashioned Victorian garden with water features and woodland walks in Meikleour. Meanwhile, history lovers will be fascinated by a day or half day at Stanley Mills, a grand complex of water-powered cotton mills near Perth on the banks of the River Tey.
Walk the shores of the Loch of Lintrathen a local nature reserve near Kirriemuir and see the ever changing numbers of birds who make it their home, from wintering wildfowl to tufted ducks, shovelers and Whooper swans. Get on the water in a kayak at Outdoor Explore near Blairgowrie who offer kayak tours across Central Scotland. If you prefer to watch sports rather than participate, a weekend break in early September is recommended for a visit to the Blairgowrie and Rattray Highland Games featuring pipe bands, dog shows, tugs or war, caber tossing, hammer throwing and Highland dancing in the delightful surroundings of leafy Bogle Park.