Where is Blairgowrie?
Blairgowrie, on the southern edge of the Grampian mountains, is about 18 miles from Perth and Dundee and about 65 miles (an hour and half by road) from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen making it an ideal base from which to explore a great deal of Eastern, Central and Highland Scotland.
What is there to do?
There is so much to see and do in the area: the countryside around Blairgowrie is beautiful with the Highland landscape, rolling farmland and wooded hills providing spectacular views. The famous Angus Glens, Perhshire Highlands and Cairngorm National Park are all within a short drive time.
There are plenty of opportunities for walking ranging from accessible local marked trails through to the more challenging Cateran Trail, Cairngorms or Perthshire Highlands which will appeal to more seasoned hillwalkers.
There is skiing and snowboarding at Glenshee which offers the most extensive snow sports area in the UK, which can be reached in only 45 minutes from the Jute Store.
For cyclists there are well-marked cycle routes through spectacular countryside ranging from road based routes through to challenging trails at Alyth, Dunkeld and further afield.
If golf is your thing you will be spoilt for choice with world famous courses at St Andrew’s, Carnoustie and Gleneagles all within an hours drive or local courses at Blairgowrie and Alyth – you really could play a different one every day.
For nature lovers, the Jute Store has loads to offer from the red squirrels, roe deer, otters to the colony of escaped beavers on the River Ericht and dippers, kingfishers, herons and other birds which have made their homes here too. There are also ospreys at the Loch of the Lowes, only 20 minutes drive from the Jute Store. The Montrose Basin reserve is about an hour away and also the Loch Leven RSPB reserve about forty-five minutes drive. There really is something to see all year round.
Scotland’s rich history can also be explored from the Jute Store with the Palace of Scone, Glamis Castle, Dunottar Castle, Stirling Castle and of course Edinburgh Castle all easily reached. There are also Pictish stones throughout the area, Roman remains nearby and a glimspe to earlier times (and warmer climes) at the Crannog Centre near Aberfeldy.