Blairgowrie is a compact market town on the banks of the River Ericht, famed for its salmon fishing. Formerly a flax-spinning centre, the town today is the hub of Scotland's soft-fruits industry – the fields for miles around are ripe with raspberries and strawberries, for sale in season from kiosks on the edge of town.
About 5 miles east of Blairgowrie, Alyth is a charming historic village clustered along the banks of the Alyth Burn, which is crossed by a 15th-century stone bridge and a couple of modern footbridges. Ask at Blairgowrie's tourist office for the Walk Auld Alyth leaflet.
Off the A94 and 8 miles east of Blairgowrie, Meigle is well worth the trip for those with a fascination for Pictish sculptured stones, which can be viewed at the Meigle Museum.