As we’d designated today an offical ‘take it easy’ day, we had a lie-in, a huge cooked breakfast, and then headed into Blairgowrie. There’s a large public car park next to Tesco so we dropped Skyra (our car) off, and then followed one of the short walks in a lovely little guide book called ‘Perthshire: 40 Town and Country Walks’, by Paul & Helen Webster.

Despite mist and a fine rain, we thoroughly enjoyed walking along the River Ericht, which runs right through the centre of Blairgowrie. We then ascended to join the Cateran Trail, but unfortunately because of the weather couldn’t see the views over towards the Sidlaw Hills.

The town can easily be described as beautiful, and the river must make an even more stunning sight when in full flow. Blairgowrie is known locally as ‘Berry Town’ because of the amount of soft fruit grown in polytunnels in the surrounding area. We caught glimpses when the mist occasionally cleared. There are also the remains of lots of old mills, some of which have now been refurbished. In 1860 there were apparently 11 mills working just along this stretch of river.

Back to collect Skyra and nip into Tesco, before settling down to watch a film which I’d not seen before, but should be compulsory viewing for anyone partial to Scotland – ‘A Local Hero’. It’s based in Western Scotland and really does capture the magic and beauty of the place. Can you tell that I’ve got a very soft spot for it?

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