Places to Visit
With Blairgowrie being in the Heart of Perthshire, there are so many places in the surrounding area to visit. With Dundee, Perth, and Highland Perthshire approximately 30 minutes away it is easy to access the multitude of attractions which the area has to offer.
Whether it is a learning and interactive experience you want, or a cultural visit to Perthshire’s best loved castles they are all within easy reach of Blairgowrie.
Local attractions such as Glamis Castle and Scone Palace also host a number of events throughout the year which attract thousands of tourists to the local area including the 80’s Rewind Festival, International Horse Trials and The Proms.
Highland Safaris winner of the `Best Visitor Experience` in Scotland combines the new Red Deer Centre with award winning exhilarating Land Rover Safaris, inspiring walking and biking activities and Perthshire’s only Gold and Gem Panning Centre.
Set in a stunning location, visit the award-winning Café and enjoy delicious food served all day, home baking and fabulous Glen Lyon Coffee. Browse the Gift Shop and discover an original and exciting range of outdoor gear, cards, books & toys – some real one offs.
Tel. 01887 820071
Open all Year (closed Mondays November – March)
Blair Athol Distillery
Established in 1798, Blair Athol Distillery in Pitlochry is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland producing the signature malt of the Bell’s blend. Blair Athol is a rich, spiced and nutty blend which is often described as being like ginger cake! Tours are available throughout the year.
January – Easter: Monday to Friday @ 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Easter – June: Monday to Saturday between 9:30am and 5pm.
June- October: Monday to Saturday between 9:30am and 5pm and Sunday between 12noon and 5pm.
November and December: Monday to Friday @ 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
During the festive season – please call in advance.
The Famous Grouse Experience
The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery, Scotland's oldest working whisky distillery, is home to Scotland's Favourite Whisky, The Famous Grouse.
A unique insight into the only working distillery still using traditional methods of whisky production, you will learn about the The Glenturret Single Malt and its contribution to one of the world's most loved blended whiskies The Famous Grouse. With the World's Largest Bottle of Whisky, a Bafta award winning interactive show and our extremely passionate and friendly guides, you will have a 5 star experience that cannot be rivalled by any other Distillery in Scotland.
Situated in the picturesque heart of Perthshire, with ample free parking available on site, we have cultivated a selection of specially crafted tours that offer visitors a chance to really taste and learn about Scotland's national drink, and ensure your whisky experience is as unique as the malts we distil. You will be able to enjoy the facilities of our recently refurbished Café/Bar and 'Bottle Your Own' Glenturret whisky in our unique gift shop, as well as take advantage of our beautiful location with local walks along the fresh waters of the River Turret that flow into our exceptional Single Malt.
Open 7 days per week, all year round, your trip to Scotland will only be complete with a visit to our 5 Star attraction and our team look forward to welcoming you to The Famous Grouse Experience and sharing a traditional Scottish dram together.
Book online now or call us on 01764 656565
Scottish Crannog Centre
The Scottish Crannog Centre is a unique reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch dwelling situated in Kenmore, Perthshire. The Crannog teaches visitors how these dwellings were built on the loch as well as the history behind them. There are equipment presentations and demonstrations throughout the day as well as a self guided exhibition featuring several videos of the underwater excavations which took place to build the Crannog reconstruction.
Opening Times: Open daily froom 1st April - 31st October 2012 from 10am - 5:30pm.
Only open weekends in November from 10am - 4pm.
Prices: Adults £7, Seniors £6, Children £5, Family tickets from £20.
Castles & Palaces
A short drive from Blairgowrie takes you to Glamis, one of Scotland’s most prestigious Castles. Famed as the childhood home of the Queen Mother and the setting of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Glamis Castle is steeped with history and surrounded by beautiful gardens which can be toured in guided walks or even by segway on special days!
Throughout the year Glamis Castle host numerous events including The Proms, Highland Games, Transport Extravaganza and Scotland’s Countryside Festival.
Prices: Adult - £9.75, Senior/Student - £9.00, Child - £7.25, Family (2 adults and 3 children) £28.00
Popularly known as the crowning place of The Kings of Scots including Macbeth and Robert The Bruce, Scone Palace is home to beautiful grounds, collections of antiques, paintings and rare artifacts. Standing next to the River Tay with the Grampian Mountains in the distant scenery, across the river is the City of Perth. Scone Palace has something for everyone, with a kids adventure playground, a “Tartan” Murray Star Maze and resident donkeys, June and Major. You can even buy peanuts from the gift shop to feed to the peacocks! With numerous events throughout the year including Rewind Festival and Central Scotland’s International Horse Trials, Scone Palace is a great place to visit in under 30 minutes drive from Blairgowrie.
Additional Info: Palace is open daily between 1st April and 31st October, from 1st November to 31st March only the Grounds are open.
Prices: Adult – Palace: £10, Grounds only: £5.80, Groups: £8.95.
OAP/Student – Palace: £9.00, Grounds only: £5.15, Groups: £7.60.
Family Entry - £30.00.
Alyth Museum is a small museum approximately 15 minutes from Blairgowrie which displays domestic and agricultural items and photography which offers an interesting insight into the local area's part and present traditions.
Entry is free.
Opening Times: May - September, Wednesday - Sunday 1pm - 5pm.
Meigle Pictish Stones
The Sculptured Stone Museum in Meigle features a display of 26 Pictish carved stones dating from the late 18th century to the late 10th century. With a mixture of cross slabs and recumbent gravestones, the collection is believed to be one of the most important collections of early medieval sculptures in Western Europe. Housed in a former Victorian village school, the museum is open from 1st April to 30th September and closed throughout the winter months.
Prices: Adult - £4.00, Child - £2.40, Concession £3.20.
The newly reopened Stanley Mills has just been refurbished into a high tech interactive visitor experience. The 18th century water mill complex next the River Tay is now fully equipped to tell the stories of those who worked there, with interactive displays which let you discover if your hands are as nimble as the child labourers. Other challenges involve competing to see if your tough enough to make the mills profitable! The Stanley Mills are a great way to experience how those in the 18th century worked and how machinery turned raw cotton into new products in an exciting, interesting and totally refurbished environment.
Open: April - September - 9:30 - 5:30 everyday.
October - 9:30 - 4:30 everyday.
Prices: Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40.