Activities in East Perthshire
Our area is ideal if you want to do nothing at all except admire the landscape – hereabouts, that’s a rewarding pastime in itself. But there’s a great choice if you want to get active.
For example, out of the 550 or so golf courses in Scotland, there are over 40 in Perthshire alone, or 160+ if you add in Angus, Dundee and Fife (all within easy reach). The Rosemount Course at Blairgowrie Golf Club, for example, is rated as one of the truly great inland courses. And other famous names such as Gleneagles, Carnoustie and St Andrews are all within easy reach. Not only can we offer high standards but also high courses. Dalmunzie, a 9-hole course by the hotel of the same name near Glenshee, is certainly one of the very highest in the UK. Remarkably, Dr Alastair Mackenzie of Augusta National fame is said to have had a hand in designing it. Meanwhile, a little further north, Braemar Golf Club is the undisputed highest 18 hole course anywhere in Britain!
For cyclists we’ve also got a lot to offer, with a good network of quiet rural roads, centred on, say, Blairgowrie or Alyth on the edge of the hills. For more adventurous off-roaders there is a great choice starting with the extensive network of natural paths and tracks that is so characteristic of Perthshire and its extensive woodlands. The Visitor Information Centre at Blairgowrie has lots of advice – make sure you check it out.
The River Tay system is simply one of the best fishing areas in the UK, with a variety of salmon beats available to visitors. The local angling association at Blairgowrie has beats for visitors on the River Ericht, with permits likewise available from the local field sport specialist shops in the town – a good source of information and advice on local conditions. Beats are also available on its tributaries to the north, the Ardle and the Blackwater. Other rivers also offer trout and grayling fishing. The Rivers Earn, and North and South Esk are also easy to reach and further widen the choice. Loch fishing for brown and rainbow trout is also easy to find with both large stocked lochs and natural hill lochs – with the noted Butterstone Loch by Dunkeld considered to be one of Scotland’s premier fishing lochs. (The local ospreys certainly think so!) As ever, the key is local advice – easy to find in our area.
Watch the weather forecasts, check the snow conditions, then time it right and you are in for a treat that is comparable to an Alpine experience, only easier to reach. After all, the main A93 is the highest main road in the UK and at its highest point, over 2000ft (610m) it passes through the Glenshee ski area. And that’s a little over half an hour from Blairgowrie. The Glenshee Ski Centre is Britain’s most extensive, with 20 lifts and 36 runs. This mountain area is not just for skiers and boarders, as experienced and properly equipped walkers and climbers can enjoy the winter terrain with only a short ‘walk-in’ from the high-level car park.