Best properties in Blairgowrie

Blairgowrie's idyllic location on the scenic banks of the Ericht, surrounded by the rolling countryside with easy access to Perth and the rest of Perthshire, has made it a prime location for family homes and quiet retirement. New development homes in top-quality move-in condition and modern open-plan living, with no renovation necessary, make them the most attractive homes for sale in Blairgowrie. A detached house built to contemporary high standards, a spacious garden, and ample parking space is achievable and practical by choosing a new build home.

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Life in Blairgowrie

Blairgowrie is situated to the northeast of the city of Perth, on the valley of Strathmore at the southern entry to Glen Shee in the historic county of Perthshire. It is the better half of the twin burgh Blairgowrie and Rattray in the council area of Perth and Kinross.

Warm summers, low rainfall, and high sunshine make the average day in Blairgowrie pleasant. The valleys, glens, mountains, and moors have created a pleasant climate. Located at the very heart of Central Scotland, the climate of this beautiful Perthshire town draws from the northern Scottish Lowlands and the Grampian Mountains in the Southern Highlands.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, Blairgowrie became a booming centre for water-powered textile mills, harnessing the strong currents of the River Ericht and spinning the flax that flourished in the area. The mills then went on to spin jute and rayon subsequently. There were 12 spinning mills. The town is the main start point for the 60-mile circular Cateran, a circuit of historic drove roads used by fearsome cattle rustlers in the 17th Century.

  • River Ericht is famous among anglers for salmon and trout fishing.
  • From gentle riverside walks to woodland strolls, there’s plenty of opportunity for walks and picnics in the endless expanses of greenery. Walking along the riverbank takes you to a legendary ravine just above Blairgowrie. It is where the Ericht rushes down a gorge known as The Keith, the scene of Cargill’s Leap, where Donald Cargill is said to have escaped government troops by jumping across the river.
  • Follow the bluebell trail. Witness a carpet of bluebells in the flowering season in oak and ash woodlands by walking a circular route starting from Blairgowrie, taking in Darroch Wood, Ardblair Wood, Fingask Loch, and White Loch, also rich in wildlife. At White Loch, you will catch a glimpse of osprey fishing the loch for trout, making it a dual-pleasure spot for angling and birdwatching.
  • The village of Meikleour, 4 miles south of Blairgowrie, has the longest and tallest hedge in the world, which was planted in 1745. A day trip to the village for a drive-by along the Meikleour Beech Hedge is a unique experience.
  • The Cairngorms National Park is just over an hour away from Blairgowrie.
  • Perthshire is dotted with historic castles, and Craighall Castle, Glamis Castle, Loch Leven, and Scone Palace make exciting day trip destinations.

  • As the gateway to Glenshee, a buzzing spot for year-round activities, skiing, golfing, mountain biking, abseiling, hang gliding, and paragliding are not too far from home when you live in Blairgowrie.
  • Those who want to play a spot of golf can hit some of the best greens in the country. The Blairgowrie Golf Club is considered one of Scotland's top 100 golf courses. The Dalmunzie Golf Course, within the Cairngorms National Park with its stunning mountain views, is also one of Britain's highest golf courses.
  • Blairgowrie Highland Games annually attract tourists from all parts of the country and the world for a display of traditional Highland games and dancing all day long.
  • You can also take part in the Rattray-Blairgowrie half-marathon and Cateran Yomp, both of which support local and Scottish charities.
  • You can also go fruit picking on some of the many soft fruit farms in the area.

  • Bookmark Book Festival and Rattray Arts Festival are two cultural events that bring a wide selection of books, authors, original paintings, sculptures, jewellery, glasswork, pottery, and weavings to the town and nearby Rattray.
  • Blairgowrie Rugby Club holds the Rugby and Ale Festival, featuring a 10 aside rugby tournament, all the best ale, food, and live music.

Blairgowrie is serviced by an array of local independent shops and well-known supermarkets. There are some excellent restaurants, pubs, and eateries to enjoy good food and fine dining.

Blairgowrie High School, Blairgowrie Learning Centre, and Blairgowrie Community Campus offer high-quality education for high school students and other age groups. Kids also receive an excellent early childhood education at Newhill Primary School, Rattray Primary School, Alyth Primary School, and Burrelton Primary School. Perth College University of the Highlands and Islands, Scottish Agricultural College, University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, and Robert Gordon University are some of the Highland universities in the surrounding area.

You can access Blairgowrie from A93, which runs from Perth, passing the Glenshee ski resort as it heads to Braemar and then towards east through Deeside to Aberdeen. The nearest rail station is in Perth, easily accessible from all major Scottish cities, including direct trains from London. Buses run hourly to Blairgowrie from Perth and Dundee. Dundee is the nearest airport.

The population of the twin burgh of Blairgowrie and Rattray is 9,240.