There is so much to see and do during your stay at The Jute Store: whether it’s exploring the local area or using it as a base for exploring further afield, and there really is something for everyone.
There are plenty of lovely local 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.
The Cateran Trail is a 65 mile circular route which starts and ends in Blairgowrie, and passes through some of Eastern Scotland’s loveliest landscapes. Based on ancient drovers paths it is a great blend of riverside and woodland, open moorland and glimpses of the Highlands. You don’t have to walk it all on one go of course: it can be split into 5 or 6 walks ranging from 4 to 7 hours in length. Details of the Cateran Trail walks can be found on the Walk Highlands site.
Culture and 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 takes 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.
No trip to Scotland is really complete without a trip to a distillery. Our local one is Edradour situated between Blairgowrie and Pitlochry, 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 whiskys in the world (such as Macallan, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet) are created in Speyside which can be reached easily from Blairgowrie.
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, Piper Dam and Butterstone some of which are open all year.
The Tay salmon season runs from 15th January to 15th October. There is no salmon or sea trout fishing in Scotland on Sundays.
The brown trout river season runs from 15th March to 6th October (inclusive). Stocked lochs may open throughout the year.
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 and Cycling
Blairgowrie is surrounded by some of Scotland’s best cycling country. You can ride out from the Jute Store and enjoy some wonderful routes around the local area, including the local parts of Cycle Route 1. There is excellent mountain biking in Glenshee and Dunkeld and a local trail and technical skills loop at Alyth.
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.
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 20 minutes drive away and the Montrose Basin reserve can be reached in an hour.