|Location Map ( geo)|
|Perth and Kinross|
Blairgowrie is a small town in north east Perthshire, sitting on the west bank of the River Ericht. Immediately across the river is Rattray, historically a separate town but so close as to form a single urban area. The town has a pretty town centre, but a more functional feel elsewhere, with industrial buildings and long rows of housing. It lies at the bottom of the Craighall Gorge, where the hills open out into the flatter lands of Strathmore and Strathtay. Above the gorge, the road climbs up through Glenshee to the Ski centre at the Cairnwell Pass, which results in a fair amount of tourist trade in Blairgowrie itself, Hill walkers in the summer months and snowsports fans in the winter.
The main road through the town is the A93, but it is not a smooth passage. After coming north from Perth, the road forms two sides of a one-way system around the town centre and then has to TOTSO either side of the Bridge to leave the town behind on the long climb up Glenshee to Braemar, and ultimately Aberdeen. Between them, the A923 and the short A925 form the other sides of the town centre one way system, with the A923 originating in Dundee and continuing west to Dunkeld on the Tay. In Rattray, it is the A926 which the A93 TOTSOs with, the route passing through Rattray, and then following the foothills east to Kirriemuir and Forfar.
In Blairgowrie itself, the B949 forms a short link south of the main one way system, and the only other classified road is the B947 which forks off the A93 to the south of town and winds south westwards to the A984. Surprising perhaps, it is only the B947 which has changed at all since the roads were first classified, that route having originally been what is now the A984.
|Bridge of Cally, Glenshee, Braemar|
|Coupar Angus, Dundee|
|Gas Brae in town centre|
|Kirkton of Lethendy|
|Jessie Street in town centre|