Things to do in Blairgowrie, Perthshire
Perth Theatre is a charming Edwardian 460 seat theatre in the heart of Perth. It is one of Scotland's oldest theatres running a year round programme of drama, with a traditional panto every Christmas and a spattering of music, comedy and dance thrown in for good measure.
Perth Concert Hall is Scotland’s newest concert hall opened in 2005. It concentrates on 3 main cultural strands of music, theatre and new media art with a bit of comedy, dance and film too.
House of Bruar is a fabulous shopping venue situated on its own in the Highland Perthshire landscape. Locals nickname it “Harrods of the North”. Situated ten miles north of Pitlochry, The House of Bruar boasts some of Scotland’s finest produce, clothing and rural artwork including traditional Scottish tweed to cashmere jumpers and food hampers.
Dunkeld the gateway to Highland Perthshire, and the location to one of the oldest Cathedrals in Scotland, a must on your local visit list, this beautiful town features small houses a part of the Scottish National Trust, and for the youngsters in the family visit the Beatrix Potter gardens, built in dedication to the author who spent so many years of her life here.
Castles near Blairgowrie, Perthshire
There are a number of castles you can visit from our Perthshire hotel, here we list some of them:-
Scone Place once the crowning place of Scottish Kings, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in Scotland’s history. Today, Scone Palace is the home of the Earls of Mansfield.
Blair Castle the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and Europe’s only private army the Atholl highlanders. The castle has its roots in the 13th century, Blair Castle’s history extends over some 740 years.
Castle Menzies This spectacular sixteenth century castle, restored by the Menzies Clan Society was the seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies for over 400 years. It was involved in the turbulent history of the Highlands and here Bonnie Prince Charlie rested on his way to Culloden in 1746. Architecturally fascinating, it is a splendid example of the transition between earlier rugged fortress and later mansion house.
Stirling Castle The first fortification on the site dates to the 11th century. Much of the castle, which exists today, including the Palace and Chapel Royal is of magnificent Renaissance architecture with a strong French influence. The Chapel Royal, built by James VI for the baptism of Prince Henry in 1594, has been refurbished and features a seventeenth century fresco of elaborate scrolls and patterns.
Whisky Distilleries near Blairgowrie, Perthshire
There are a number of distilleries within easy reach of Meikleour hotel, here we list some of them:-
Edradour distillery Scotland’s smallest distillery set in a sheltered glade above Pitlochry.
Bells Blair Athol distillery established in 1798 is one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. Located in the own of Pitlochry. The distillery produces a 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, with a mellow deep-toned aroma, a strong fruity flavour and a smooth finish.
Dewars World of Whisky is a whisky tour with a difference, you are taken on the extraordinary story of John Dewar travelling back in time to John Dewar’s office, his blending room and the world’s first ever cinema drinks advert. Located just outside Aberfeldy.
Tullibardine Distillery nestles at the foot of the Ochil Hills in Perthshire, the hills are renowned for the crystal purity of their spring water. The Distillery draws its water from the same source, which fed the first public brewery in Scotland and from where King James IV purchased beer to celebrate his coronation in 1488.
Perth Racecourse is situated in what is widely recognised as one of the most picturesque racecourse settings in the country. Set within the grounds of historic Scone Palace, the course skirts the banks of the mighty River Tay and weaves its way past trees that have stood since the time it was the playground of the Kings and Noblemen of Scotland.