The red stone towns of Blairgowrie and its sister Rattray lie on either side of the River Ericht where it emerges from spectacular gorges in Strathmore. The town became a burgh in 1634. The military road north to Braemar was opened in 1724.
By the end of the 18thC the Blairgowrie area was a huge centre for the growing of flax. Initially the linen weaving industry was home based but the first industrial mill was erected in 1798. Others followed throughout the 19thC. In 1855 the railway arrived as a branch line from Coupar Angus.
Recently the area has become the focus of Perthshire's soft fruit growing, especially raspberries.
Blairgowrie Rosemount golf course was designed by some of the great early names of Scottish golf and is considered one of the best inland courses in Scotland.
Between Blairgowrie and Dunkeld lies the Loch of Lowes, a Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve where you can watch otters or the rare osprey.
To the north lies the Spittal of Glenshee with Scotland's largest skiing area. Blairgowrie is a common stopover for skiers travelling to and from the ski slopes.
Blairgowrie boasts a unique mix of well-known High Street names and independent retailers offering an individual selection of goods and services. Whether you're looking for gifts to take back home, or just everyday produce, you can find it all in Blairgowrie. You can buy just about everything you might need in the town and some shops will offer a delivery service on request.