Things to Do
Blairgowrie is the perfect hub for exploring Perthshire with the surrounding area having a multitude of activities to keep all members of the family busy all year round. With excellent transport links and within a 30 minute drive of both Dundee and Perth, Blairgowrie is ideally located to all major tourist attractions. With Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh all under 2 hours away.
Check out what's on in Blairgowrie & Rattray in September 2016. For more information please visit www.discoverblairgowrie.co.uk/eventsUpcoming Highlights
• 3 Sep - Braemar Day
• 3 - 11 Sep - Perthsire Open Studios
• 4 Sep - Highland Games
• 4 Sep - Strathmore Screen returns (The BFG and Absolutely Fabulous)
• 9 - 11 Sep - Walking Festival
• 10 Sep - BOOKMARK Hunterian Poems (Strathardle)
• 16 Sep - Murder Mystery with Blairgowrie Players
• 24 Sep - Community Market
• 26 Sep - Cecilian Choir
Check out our adventure break package:
Our activity breaks are a blank canvas and we encourage our guests to get out and explore Perthshire. Here are just some of the activity providers that operate in the area.
Alyth Cycles - Alyth Cycles is a small, independent, family run business that started fixing bikes in 2014. Now, centrally located in the small town of Alyth not far from Perth and Dundee. Website: www.alythcycles.co.uk/
Llama Trek Scotland - Take a short trek in the stunning scenery around Ecocamp Glenshee and spend some time getting to know these striking yet aloof animals. You will be able to feed them and learn a little bit about the llamas and their psychology. After haltering, join us on a short trek where you will have the opportunity to lead one of our llamas. Website: www.llamatrekscotland.com
Perthshire Wildlife - Guided walks across Big Tree Country to enjoy iconic Perthshire wildlife and countryside. Popular walks include Brilliant Blairgowrie Beavers – to observe European beavers living wild on the River Tay catchment, Bloomin’ Beautiful Bluebells, Batty Dusk Wildlife to enjoy evening wildlife such as roe deer, bats and woodcock, Dunkeld’s Super Swifts all about the folklore and conservation of these amazing birds, and Red Kites of Glen Artney to view rare red kites in a beautiful, wild flower filled glen. Website: www.perthshirewildlife.co.uk
The Canyoning Company - Canyoning is the descent and exploration of steep river systems or gorges. Using various skills and techniques, you will be Jumping, Sliding, Abseiling, and Swimming your way through the Canyon environment. Canyoning is an unforgettable experience leaving you wanting more and more! Website: www.thecanyoningcompany.co.uk
Scottish Woodland Skills Centre - At their purpose built training venue; a large hard-standing area, a grass activity space surrounded by woodland, and an off-grid wooden bothy, powered by a wind turbine, heated by a wood stove and built by volunteers from recycled materials, they run courses and events throughout the year, such as wood carving, knife making and chainsaw use. Website: www.scottishwoodlandskillscentre.co.uk
The Cabin Ski Hire - The Cabin Ski Hire Glenshee is a fresh new ski rental option for skiers travelling to Glenshee. They offer a wide range of sizes and also a superb range of kids ski equipment, not only the standard hire equipment but also some fun options for the little ones to make the most of your day out on the slopes. Website: www.thecabinskihire.co.uk
Outdoor Explore - Paddle, walk, cycle or explore. Tailor made tours or join them on one of their many events. www.outdoorexplore.org.uk
The Great Outdoors
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.
Celebrate Safari Style!
Journey high into the hills with Highland Safaris by Land Rover or 11 seater 6WD off road vehicle 'the Pinz' for an exclusive experience, perfect for those looking for a memorable celebration.
Stop at a private Mountain Bothy, perched high on the hill where you can enjoy a delicious picnic or perhaps some bubbly served by your personal kilted Safari Ranger.
Tel. 01887 820071
Open all Year (closed Mondays November – March)
Centrally located and with the River Ericht on the doorstep, Blairgowrie is an ideal hub for every fisherman. You will be spoiled for choice as to where to put your waders on and tackle up with the River Tay, the River Ericht and many local fisheries offering the best Atlantic Salmon and Brown Trout just waiting to be caught. Permits are required but can easily be purchased locally.
Beavers live right on Blairgowrie's doorstep and this is your chance to go on a wild beaver tour with one of Scotland's top experts.
After being hunted to near extinction over 400 years ago, beavers have made a come back and are now flourishing in the natural habitat in Tayside and Scotland once again.
Tours take 1.5 to 2 hours and can accommodate up to 4 people at a time. The tours are FREE and all that is asked is for a small donation towards SWBG, a registered charity that promotes the beavers. The monies go towards education programmes, school visits, tours, promoting the beaver etc.
It is advised that you wear sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing for the weather.
Find out more here:
Larghan Victory Park
Situated a short 10 minute drive from Blairgowrie, Larghan Victory Park in Coupar Angus is a great place to let the kids run wild with swings, sand pit diggers, slides, tunnels and skate park. Winner of a prestigious green flag award, this newly built park is a fantastic place to tire kids out!
Open all year round with free entry.
Rosemount Golf Course
Described as one of the most beautiful inland courses in the British Isles, Rosemount Golf Course is definitely worth a visit for all golf enthusiasts. Put your swing to the test at this 18 hole course which was the venue of Greg Norman’s first European Tour victory.
Date and Times: Open daily.
Please note: Not open to visitors – Saturday AM.
Approximately 30 minutes from Glenshee, Blairgowrie has excellent links for all winter sports. With 22 lifts and 36 runs, Gleenshee Ski Centre has the largest variety of slopes in the UK. With the perfect mix of breathtaking scenery and diverse terrain, Glenshee is the place to test all levels of skiers and snowboarders.
Open: December – April (snow dependant) 8:30am – 5pm.
Tank Driving Scotland
Situated roughly 30 minutes from Blairgowrie is Tank Driving Scotland which can offer you a day out that you will never forget! If you are looking for an adventure they are bound to have something for you. Visitors can drive a real army tank, take part in Brigadier advanced tank driving, drive an amphibious lorry and really test your skills with a round of paintball. There is even a Cadet tank driving experience which is suitable for 9-14 year olds and a special family offer ticket so you can all have an unforgetable adventure together!
Home to some of Perthshire’s most stunning scenery, Blairgowrie has a multitude of rural walks for you to explore for all types of walkers. With a choice of 5 marked paths which follow routes in and around the town centre, stroll down to Bluebell Woods where you can spot local deer or up Knockie Hill for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The Cateran Trail, which starts and finishes in Blairgowrie is a 64 mile walk through the Perthshire countryside and Angus Glens. The route, which follows old paths used by 17th century cattle herders, is fully sign posted and can be split into 5 stages for serious walkers.
The Enchanted Forest
3-26 October - Faskally Woods, Pitlochry
Perthshire Big Tree Country’s multi-award winning show fuses sound and light to create an outdoor experience that will set your imagination alight.
With dazzling visuals and innovative design set against an original music score, including a new orchestral piece, explore the stunning autumn woodland setting of Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Using the forest as a natural backdrop, you will experience a lighting show that is, quite simply, out of this world.
The Enchanted Forest is renowned to be Scotland's premier sound and light experience and attracted over 40,000 visitors in 2013.
The event celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2012, sweeping the board at a number of prestigious award ceremonies including the coveted Event Management Grand Prix, alongside the awards for Best Cultural Event and a commendation for Best Large Event at the Scottish Event Awards in 2011, and taking home the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Award for Event of the Year.
Perthshire Amber - The Dougie Maclean Festival
24th October - 2rd November
"The most original acoustic music festival in Scotland today!"
This is the 10th year of our festival and promises once again to be full of wonderful concerts featuring the finest of Scotland's musical talent as well as some international guests. Our venues are as special as ever … ranging from the prestigious Perth Concert Hall to town halls and tiny village halls, from atmospheric castles to our historic Dunkeld Cathedral and even including an iron age Crannog on Loch Tay…25 venues in all in 2014!