'Blair' as it is known locally, sits with its sister community Rattray on the banks of the River Ericht, a major tributary of the River Tay considered to have outstanding salmon fishing. The separate towns were joined in 1928 by an Act of Parliment, are located in the Strathmore Valley and lie on opposite sides of the River Ericht. The main town is on the west bank and Rattray is on the east.
In the 18th century Blairgowrie had around 400 inhabitants but by the 19th century, thanks to the Industrial Revolution and a host of textile mills powered by the River Ericht, the population increased tenfold. The area dates back to the 11th century and today is a very popular location for fresh fruits, such as raspberries and strawberries. Today, Blairgowrie lies in the heartland of some of the richest agricultural land in Europe but more and more relies on tourism for its wealth. It remains an important shopping centre for surrounding villages and hamlets and - at one time - was reputed to have more pubs per head of population than any other town in the UK. This is perhaps an old wives' tale but nevertheless you will not find a lack of drinking establishments. It is a popular tourist destination, especially for skiers.
The name Rattray - meaning "The Fort of the Hunter" refers to an ancient fort to the east of the village. Historians believe that Rattray is much older than Blairgowrie with Old Rattray Kirk being established in 1170. Rattray sits in beautiful countryside between the town and Alyth which is of interest in terms of its walks, church, old bridge and a small but interesting museum
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Where to stay - find a place locally, whether your accommodation preference is bed and breakfast, B and B, B & B, guest house, self catering, holiday cottages, bunkhouse, holiday caravans and more.
Where to eat - places to choose from a variety of cuisines; Indian, Chinese, traditional Scottish, bistro, coffee house, or the traditional fish and chips.
What to see and do - there are many visitors activities and places to visit; distilleries, gardens, gallery, golf, river, walks, watermill, waterfalls, woods, old churches and monuments, and more.
You might want to find out about the many historical events which associated with Blairgowrie Perthshire.