There are lots of lovely ways in which to enjoy the outdoors around Brooklinn Mill and Blairgowrie. We have created pages for walking, cycling and skiing – but here are a selection of some of our favourite places to visit:
Tentsmuir Forest & Beach
A few miles beyond the village of Leuchars on the way to St Andrew’s is the Tentsmuir Forest and Beach. This is a lovely place for a day out whatever the weather. The pine woodland provides shelter on windy days and shade on hot ones. There is a network of paths – ideal for walking and cycling and an adventure playground. You can walk or cycle along to Tentsmuir Point and sometimes spot seals basking on the sand banks. The forest is also home to red squirrels and deer. And there are opportunities for bird watching at the nearby Morton Loch. There is the beach and sand-dunes to explore too. There are picnic tables and toilets close to the car-park.
Check for up to date information about the forest on their website: http://www.tentsmuir.org/
The Angus coast – Lunan Bay and Auchmithie
Totally unspoilt, huge sandy bay at Lunan Bay and only a few miles down the coast the tiny cliff-top village of Auchmithie perched above its cove with boulder beach. Both are worth a visit, even if just to see the contrast between them.
Plenty of parking at Lunan Bay, but nothing else in the way of facilities. And because its such a big beach it never seems crowded.
Only 1 hour drive from Blairgowrie and well worth the effort if you like big sandy beaches.
A Tip – its always worth taking the woollies with you as the coastal fog (haar) can be down and even though it might be gorgeous and sunny here it can be a bit chilly and foggy at the beach.
Over Glenshee to Braemar and Deeside
Follow the A93 over Glenshee and on into Braemar then east to Ballater for amazing highland scenery and Calendonian woodland. Braemar and Ballater are about the only places to stop for refreshments. Both have a selection of cafes. We love the old Station at Ballater with it’s great home cooking.
Plenty of walking for all abilities in this wide area. If you only do one walk go to the Balmoral Estate and walk through some of the Calendonian woodland (birch, oak and Scot’s Pine) along the River Dee. Its lovely.
Dunkeld & Birnam
12 miles or so to the west of Blairgowrie are the villages of Dunkeld and Birnam. Dunkeld is the more visited as it has a picturesque setting on the banks of the Tay, the Cathedral and its closes. Excellent local shops, gallery and cafes also make this well worth a visit.
Falls of Braan and the Hermitage
The other side (West side) of the A9 from Dunkeld, is the Hermitage. A gorgeous woodland area offering many marked walks, a hermitage, and the waterfalls. Definitely worth exploring and then there is always the option of tea and cake in Dunkeld. There are lots of marked walks starting or taking in the Hermitage, the Falls and the woodland around. There are also mountain biking opportunities. Progression Bikes (http://www.progressionbikesscotland.com/) provide bike hire and guiding services.