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.
Perthshire has been the home of choice for many plant lovers in our recent history so there are some interesting and unusual gardens to visit including the pinetum at Scone Palace – home to the firs discovered by their gardener turned plant hunter, David Douglas who gave his name to Douglas Firs.
If you like your trees altogether wilder – the tallest tree in the UK is at the Hermitage in Dunkeld, and the oldest is the Fortingall Yew at Fortingall near Kenmore (about an hours drive from Blairgowrie).
There are also beautiful gardens at Cluny House, near Aberfeldy. Created by Bobby and Betty Masterton who found that Himalayan plants thrived in the Perthshire climate. The garden is also home to magnificent Wellingtonias, Tibetan cherries, noble firs, trilliums, blue poppies, rhododendrons and azealas.
During April and May the gardens at Glendoick are also open with their lovely displays of azealas, rhododendrons, acers, spring bulbs and pines. Glendoick is home to Kenneth Cox one of Scotland’s leading plantsmen.
There really is something to see all year round.