Things To Do

Backpacker walking in mountains
Walking

There are plenty of lovely walks right from the door at the Jute Store. From a gentle walk into Blairgowrie along the riverside to exploring the network of marked walks around the town and surrounding area. Other local walks include exploring Glen Isla with its dramatic waterfall at Reekie Linn. The other Angus Glens made up of Glen Clova, Glen Doll and Glen Esk are a fabulous location for walks of all grades from gentle strolls to more challenging and technical hikes. The Glenshee area and beyond has a lot to offer too including the Linn of Dee and the start of the Lairig Ghru. The Walk Highlands site has some great information on walks in the area, including downloadable guides and is well worth taking a look at as you plan your walks.

 

Culture & Heritage

East Perthshire has a rich and varied heritage; from the Picts who lived here two thousand years ago to the mills of the industrial revolution. The evidence of this history is with us today and can be seen across the countryside, towns and villages of the area including Pictish stones at Meigle, Scone Palace and Stanley Mills. 

Throughout the year there are various arts and cultural events from Perthshire Open Studios which take place in September, local Highland games which take place throughout the summer (Blairgowrie’s is the first Sunday in September) and the Bookmark Festival in Blairgowrie. 

Scone Palace, Scotland
Fly fisherman using flyfishing rod.
Fishing

We can offer guests at the Jute Store the opportunity to fish for trout from the banks of the Ericht at Brooklinn Mill. Permits are required for fishing for salmon Ericht and these can be purchased at Kate Fleming’s shop in Blairgowrie. Salmon fishing is also available on the Tay and Isla. There are stocked lochs for trout fishing at Ledyatt, Piperdam and Butterstone; some of which are open all year. 

Distilleries

No trip to Scotland is really complete without a trip to a distillery. Our local one is Edradour, situated between Blairgowrie and Pitlochry and is famed for being the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland making single malt by hand. 

The Famous Grouse Experience near Crieff offers tours at their Glenturret distillery and some of the most famous whiskeys in the world (such as Macallan, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet) are created in Speyside which can be reached easily from Blairgowrie.

Throughout the year there are various arts and cultural events from Perthshire Open Studios which take place in September, local Highland games which take place throughout the summer (Blairgowrie’s is the first Sunday in September) and the Bookmark Festival in Blairgowrie. 

tasting bottles and glasses of whisky spirit brandy cognac. tasting at home
golf ball on lip of cup. Golf ball on green grass in golf course
Golf

It would be hard to choose a better place for a golfing holiday. This part of Scotland is home to some of the most famous courses in the world; St Andrews, Gleneagles and Carnoustie are all within an hours drive from Blairgowrie. 

There are also some great local courses to choose from including the Alyth Golf Club, Strathmore Golf Centre and the Blairgowrie Golf Club as well as others at Kirriemuir, Dundee (Downfield, Caird Park) and Monifieth.

Mountain Biking & Cycling

Blairgowrie is surrounded by some of Scotland’s best cycling country. You can ride out from Brooklinn Mill and enjoy some wonderful routes around the local area including the local parts of Cycle Route 1. 

There are excellent mountain biking in Glenshee and Dunkeld as well as a local trail and technical skills loop in Alyth. 

Mountain biking
Randonnee ski trails
Snow Sports

Glenshee Ski Centre offers the UK’s most extensive skiing and snowboarding facilities with 22 lifts and 36 runs. There are plenty of options for skiers and boarders of all abilities. Tuition, guiding and equipment hire are all available. 

Wildlife

Brooklinn Mill is home to some wonderful wildlife. We regularly see red squirrels, dippers, herons, goosander, kingfisher and deer. For bird watchers, the Loch of the Lowes, home to ‘Lady’ the famous osprey is a 20 minutes drive away and the Montrose Basin reserve can be reached in an hour. 

An Osprey Fishing in Florida