This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Blairgowrie. To help you make friends with Blairgowrie before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Blairgowrie lies in the heart of Scotland's “Big Tree Country,” the county of Perthshire. It is ideally located as a base for those staying at Blairgowrie hostels to explore the highlands via Glenshee to the north and is equidistant to the larger conurbations of Perth and Dundee. The town lies on the banks of the picturesque River Ericht, a tributary of the Tay, where you can find some of the best freshwater fishing grounds in Scotland. The town is also famous for its soft fruit industry, primarily raspberries and strawberries, with many pick-your-own farms in the area.
The town is well furnished with tourist facilities from bunkhouses, hotels, and Blairgowrie hostels. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, and a lively local music scene which a few years ago saw the town host Scotland's annual “Mod” (a traditional music and dance festival). Activities in the area include skiing and snowboarding in nearby Glenshee, fishing, great golfing opportunities, horse-riding, and many hillwalking and biking gems. There is a swimming pool, tennis courts, and bowling greens. The town is well served by public transport and serves as a hub to get to some of the smaller villages and hamlets nearby.
If you are staying at a Blairgowrie hostel and are interested in history, you are in luck -- the town is steeped in it. The area was once the centre of a thriving textile industry (there were more than ten mills on the river); one mill is now a museum open to the public with an excellent restaurant -- it's near the place where the Covenanter Donald Cargill escaped the red coats by jumping over the river at the point now known as Cargill's Leap on a rocky gully of the Ericht.