Blairgowrie and The Old Furnace

Keathbank Mill, Blairgowrie

Way back in January we booked a week in a cottage over Easter. Well, you can guess what happened to that – zilch. However, rather than cancel, we pushed it back to mid-August, hoping, successfully, that travel would be possible by then. Blairgowrie in Perthshire is under two hours’ drive away, but so far this trip remains the furthest we have travelled all year.

Blairgowrie was built around the River Ericht which powered its textile industry: in 1860 it had eleven water-powered mills employing 1600 people. Today, many have been converted to apartments, as with Keathbank where we stayed, and some remain derelict, including the one on the opposite bank of the river to us.

Our cottage was The Old Furnace, seen on the right of the picture above. Our front door was in the chimney and above the entrance area was an octagonal shower! It was these quirky features which sold it to me when I saw it online. Below are some more views of the cottage inside and out. Sadly, there was only one day when it was warm enough to take our post-walk cuppa on the patio.

Blairgowrie itself is a very attractive little town in a slightly old-fashioned sort of way. We liked the buildings and the interesting shopfronts. Many houses had beautiful, well-tended gardens, and some had unusual names. I’m not entirely sure I’d like to live at Wits End though!

We spotted some ghost signs, though strictly speaking the one to Cargill’s Leap is just an old sign, not a ghost, as Cargill’s Leap still exists.

Finally, this old church now functions as Little’s Restaurant where we booked dinner for our last evening. It was lovely, but dining indoors still makes me nervous.

We spent the week following local paths and trails, mostly straight from our front door. More next time!

65 thoughts on “Blairgowrie and The Old Furnace

  1. Johnny Jones September 11, 2020 / 15:46

    Thanks for these photographs of Blairgowrie. I have never been there since the 40’s! Great website too. Now a favourite of mine.


  2. restlessjo September 9, 2020 / 20:28

    It looks a nice little place, Anabel. Pastures new are always good, after all this being cooped up ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Retirement Reflections September 9, 2020 / 19:49

    Hi, Anabel – I love the quirky little features as well. Being able to access many paths and trails from your front door is a wonderful convenience.
    To discover a place like this less than two hours away is a remarkable find.
    Wishing all of us more travel in the not-too-distant future!


  4. Joanne Sisco September 9, 2020 / 12:48

    The Furnace looks like one of those special little finds. I prefer an unusual place to stay whenever we travel and this one is definitely not your standard hotel fare ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) September 9, 2020 / 11:24

    Glad you still got to enjoy a little holiday! I would also be intrigued by an octagonal shower, though I’m not so sure if I’d be keen to use it. Hotel showers gross me out at the best of times. I’m with you on indoor dining, though I haven’t really done any outdoor dining either, apart from a tea and biscuit at a museum cafe. I have been to a few outdoor markets, but I didn’t eat anything until I was well away from them and could safely unmask!


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter September 9, 2020 / 13:40

      The shower (and everything else) was absolutely spotless and there was a huge list of the cleaning procedures theyโ€™d use which made us feel quite safe (though it meant we couldnโ€™t get in till 6pm and had to leave by 9am to give them extra sanitation time).

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  6. Ann Coleman September 8, 2020 / 23:52

    How lovely! And certainly worth the wait. In this day and age, even a two-hour trip from home is a welcome adventure!


  7. Steve Schwartzman September 8, 2020 / 23:50

    I don’t think I know anyone else who has traveled as far as you have from home.
    Yes, names can be fun. Here in Texas, outside of Austin there’s a small settlement named Nameless.


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