Sunday, 19 May 2013

A Walk in and Around Blairgowrie

Walking along the banks of river Ericht

Views of the Sidlaw Hills

Remains of the old mill cottages

A old chimney

remains of an oldwater wheel

On the Monday we headed to Blairgowrie in Perthshire to do a shortish walk in the area. It was ok weather, rather typical April day mixture of rain, sun and wind. Once we parked the car we started our walk along the river Ericht, techincally we should have continued but there had been some land slides so the area was cordoned off.

Therefore we had to walk upwards and were rewarded with some lovely views of the surrounding Sidlaw hills and farmland. Then we found our way back down to the river and to the area where in the 19th century there were around 12 jute and flax mills. Blairgowrie was very important in the production of Jute and linen, the powerful river Ericht was needed to pump the water wheels.

We then crossed over a bridge to the other side and walked into Rattray, over another bridge which took us back into Blairgowrie and went for a well deserved lunch. I cannot remember the name of the restaurant but we had a good lunch and the staff were very nice. Then we headed off to see my nephews in Tayport.

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