Blairgowrie is a town 16 miles north of
miles south of Braemar, 24 miles
south of the Glenshee Ski Centre on the
Road, highest main road in Scotland at
The Town is popular for its Golf Courses,
Fishing, Highland Games, Walking. and Driving
into the Mountains.
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Blairgowrie Golf Club is situated on the
south side of the Town with two 18 hole courses
and one 9 hole course.
If you are traveling up from the south, you
will pass the Meikleour Beech
Hedges, 530 metres long and 100ft high, 4
miles south of Blairgowrie. The hedge is
trimmed every 10 years. If it has not been
trimmed for a while, it may look like a row of
Wellmeadow Square with the War Memorial is
in the town centre. There is a notice board
here giving information on the main walk around
the town. There are 5 walking routes in the
area with the shortest around the town and
riverside passing 3 castles, stone circle, old
water mills, and Cargill's Leap.
are private but you can view then from the
Castle is a ruin. Walks Map.
Blairgowrie Bridge crosses the River Ericht.
There are the remains of a number of Watermills
along the riverside walk that were used in the
for making Linen. This was the industry
Blairgowrie grew around, along with growing
Road north from Blairgowrie is fast
becoming one of the most famous roads in
Scotland for its views and with it being the
highest main road in Scotland at 2,199ft. The
road passes through the centre of the Glenshee
Ski Centre with a Diner and a Chairlift
that runs most of the year to the top of the
3,061ft / 933M Cairnwell mountain for great
views. Just pay a small fee and you are on top
of a mountain within 5 minutes. Operators stop
and start the Chairlift for you.
Neolithic - Stone Circles are erected with
one on the south side of the town.
Bronze Age - axes and swords were found at
Blairgowrie, now in the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow.
82 AD - a Roman Fort was built at Inchtuthil, 4
miles southwest of Blairgowrie.
800s - Pictish stone carvings are found in
the area with the Meigle Sculptured Stone
5 miles east of Blairgowrie in the village of
1000s - the earliest parts of Craighall
Castle were built for the Scotts, 2 miles north
The villages of Blairgowrie and Rattray grew
on each side of the River Ericht.
1399 - the earliest parts of Ardblair Castle
at Blairgowrie were built for the Blair's.
1500s - Craighall Castle was acquired by the
1600? - Glasclune Castle is built at
Blairgowrie for the Blair's. This Castle is now
1600s late - Newton Castle at Blairgowrie is
built for the Drummond's. This Castle is now a
1679 - the local Covenanter, Donald Cargill,
leapt a high rocky point on the River Ericht to
escape Government Troops.
1724 - the Military Road up through
Blairgowrie to Fort George by
Inverness was completed with a Bridge over the
1746 - the Meikleour Beech Hedge was planted
4 milers south of Blairgowrie.
1778 - the Muckle Mill was built at
Blairgowrie for Flax to be spun by machinery,
first of many Water Mills, leading to the
expansion of the Town.
1792 - Ardblair Castle passed to the
Oliphants through marriage. This Castle is now
a family home.
1834 - Blairgowrie gets its first Gas
1840s - the Old Bridge at Blairgowrie was
washed away. A new Bridge was built soon
1842 - Blairgowrie was visited by Queen
Victoria on her first visit to Scotland. This
led to her buying Balmoral Estate 42 miles
north, where she built Balmoral Castle in 1856.
1855 - the Railway reached Blairgowrie,
linking to Perth and Aberdeen.
1872 - Blairgowrie Bridge was widened.
1889 - Blairgowrie Golf Club was
1891 - Sir Hugh Munro produced the first
list of hills in Scotland over 3,000ft / 914m,
known as Munro's, 282 in all. This led to Hill
Walking in Scotland becoming extremely popular.
There are a number of Munro's north of
1928 - Blairgowrie and Rattray officially
1900s - fruit growing expanded in the area
such as Strawberries and Raspberries for fresh
fruit sales, and the making of Jam.
Seasonal workers would travel up from the
cities such as Perth, Dundee, and Glasgow for
1962 - the Glenshee Ski Centre opened 25
miles north of Blairgowrie in the East
Cairngorm Mountains. The Ski Slopes are on 3
mountains over 3,000ft.
2010 - Craighall Castle was sold by the
Rattray family to a London investment banker to
serve as his family home.