The River Ericht in Perthshire runs close to the centre of Blairgowrie and takes its name from the Scots Gaelic word for `beauteous`.
The banks of the River Ericht provide a delightful walk at any time of year with plenty of natural and historical interest en route. Heading north from the town centre of Blairgowrie, there is a pleasant grassy picnic area and, for those wishing to experience the river at closer quarters, there is easy access to a number of refreshing, rocky pools.
The route along the riverbank passes through pleasant mixed woodland to the Falls of Ericht, a narrow stretch of the river that incorporates Donald Cargill's leap - site of a daring feat by a 17th century Covenanter.
Blairgowrie was once an important town in the jute industry and along the route there are a number of old mills as well as several derelict mill lades and weirs. Walkers can continue along the riverbank and extend their walk onto the nearby hill known as the ‘Knockie’. From here there are tremendous views across Blairgowrie and the fertile sweep of Strathmore.
Salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing is available on the River Ericht.
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