Travel The Natural Heritage Of Blairgowrie and Meigle, Scotland
Blairgowrie or "Blair " as it is known locally, sits with its sister community Rattray on the banks of the River Ericht, a major tributary of the River Tay. The Ericht is considered to have outstanding salmon fishing but there is much more than salmon here. History, sporting activities and natural heritage are among just some of the area's attractions.
By the riverside you will find Cargill's Visitor Centre, a converted corn mill. On the opposite bank a former jute and flax mill, Keathbank Mill, has been transformed into a heraldic museum housing Scotland's largest water wheel.
Blairgowrie also has its own Genealogy Centre, popular with overseas visitors hoping to trace their ancestors.
In nearby Coupar Angus you can visit the ruins of Coupar Abbey, founded in 1164 or visit the Tolbooth Tower, which was once a prison.
In Meigle, 8 miles south east of Blairgowrie, you can visit a truly unique collection of sculpted stones of the Celtic Christian period. The 25 stones on display were excavated from the local churchyard and now represent the largest collection of their kind in existence. With two superb antique centres in the village, meigle and its surrounding area is a favourite with antique collectors.
Beyond Meigle is the village of Glamis. Here you will discover Glamis Castle, the childhood home to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. This famous castle with fairytale turrets and beautiful gardens has been a royal residence since the 14th century. While in Glamis you can spend the afternoon at the Angus Folk Museum.
The historic burgh of Alyth lies at the foot of Glenisla and has links with Arthurian Legends. On nearby Barry Hill stands the vitrified fort in which Mordred is said to have kept King Arthur's Queen Guinevere captive.
The " Blair " area has activities and attractions to numerous to mention. There are four golf courses, excellent angling, and great walks.
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