Blairgowrie is located north of Perth, on the banks of the River Ericht. It is a twin burgh with Rattray and is often called ‘Blair’ by its locals. Read our complete guide for things to do in Blairgowrie.
This Perthshire holiday destination is most famous for growing flax during the 18th century,12 spinning mills were set up in the town.
Nowadays many tourists travel here to admire its scenery and enjoy its great selection of hotel and B&B stays. This town can get busy during the winter months due to surrounding ski and snowboarding resorts, so we advise that you book accommodation here in advance.
If you are planning a trip to one of the largest towns in Perthshire, get to know some of the most popular tourist spots and things to do in Blairgowrie before you go.
Where to stay in Blairgowrie
Things to do in Blairgowrie
If you are travelling to Blairgowlie during your Scottish break, be sure to make time for some of the amazing outdoor activities that are based in and around this charming town.
Whether you are planning a skiing break in Glenshee or a golfing break in the Cairngorms, you will be spoilt for choice when you are planning things to do in Blairgowrie.
My Voyage Scotland has chosen the top things to do in Blairgowrie for you; the list was long, but we are sure you can tick a few of these activities off your to-do list!
Cairngorms National Park
One of the top things to do in Blairgowrie is to visit the Cairngorms. The centre of this famous Scottish Cairngorms is just over an hour away from Blairgowrie.
Known for its breath-taking mountains, forest paths, rivers, lochs and rare Scottish wildlife millions of tourists travel to the friendly villages within the Cairngorms every year.
If you are planning a trip to the beach during your visit to the Cairngorms check out Loch Morlich. This picture-perfect coastline is simply magnificent and makes a great day out for couples on romantic breaks as well as families that want to make some sandcastles and memories on their travels.
Loch Morlich beach is famous for being the highest beach in the UK and it is the only freshwater beach in Scotland to have a Rural Beach Award.
Dalmunzie Golf Club
This nine-hole golf course situated in Dalmunzie Estate can be found within the Cairngorms National Park, therefore it offers its players majestic views and beautiful courses.
Dalmunzie golf course is surrounded by stunning mountain scenery and has been named the highest golf club in the UK.
When the course opened in 1922, it was only created for the personal use of Sir Archibald Birkmyre and his family. Nowadays players from across the world take to its greens and enjoy a splendid day out playing with Perthshire locals.
Green fees can be paid at Dalmunzie Hotel. The course is open to hotel guests, local golfers and visitors.
Did you know that Blairgowrie one of Perthshire’s top soft fruit growing towns?
If you would like to pick your own fruit and try delicious Scottish berries fresh from the farm, you can do this at Mill of Montague Farm, Balbeggie, which is a twenty-minute drive from Blairgowrie.
This is a great day out for young families and as the farm grows their strawberries in the natural environment rather than in polytunnels, you can enjoy the Perthshire scenery while the which means you can soak up the Perthshire scenery while the kids are at work.
The best time to do this activity near Blairgowrie is in late July when most of the farm’s fruit is ripe enough for picking.
If you are planning walking trips in Scotland, make sure you add the Cateran Trail. This is one of Scotland’s greatest trails and is roughly 64-miles long.
The trail is named after the Caterans, historic cattle thieves that raided the Strathardle, Glenshee and Glen Isla during the Middle Ages and the 17th century.
This route goes through Perthshire and the Angus glens and can be divided into five walks that can be completed comfortably in five days.
During the walk, you will come across a variety of terrains, everything from farmland, forests to moors.
If extreme sports are more your scene, this quiet town in Perthshire lies at the gateway to Glenshee.
Home to the largest ski resort in Scotland, the resort attracts tourists from all over the world to this part of Scotland every year. Aside from skiing, visitors here can take part in a wide range of outdoor sports everything from golfing and mountain biking to abseiling and paragliding.
The lift system and ticket office at Glenshee Skiing and Snowboard centre is open from mid-December to April. Make sure you bring your hat and scarf along with your skiing/snowboarding equipment.
However, from May until the end of September, you can visit the centre to enjoy stunning views of the Cairngorms from the Carinwell Chair.
The Meikleour Beech Hedge
Our wild card pick for tourists visiting Blairgowrie is The Meikleour Beech Hedge.
If you have ever wondered where to find the longest hedge in Britain is, you will find your answer in Perthshire.
The Meikleour Beech Hedge is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest hedge in the world. Visit Scotland claim that this obscure tourist attraction was planted as far back as 1745.
This is something different to add to your Scottish sightseeing list and you can go visit the 100ft (30m) high and 530m long hedge during your trip to Blairgowrie.
Day trip to Perth
Experience Scottish city life in Perth!
If you are looking to take a day trip near Blairgowrie, the city of Perth is an excellent choice. Perth was once Scotland’s capital and sits on banks of the River Tay.
This scenic city is a popular tourist destination as it offers a buzzing cultural scene while surrounded by beautiful quiet countryside.
The top things to do in Perth include hikes up Kinnoull Hill, white-water rafting on the River Tay, Perth Museum and Art Gallery and Scone Palace – which was once the home of the Stone of Destiny.
Plan your trip and learn more about Perth on our things to do in Perth page.