Blairgowrie and Rattray is a burgh in Perth and Kinross, Scotland. Amongst locals, the town is colloquially known simply as Blair.
The second largest town in Perth & Kinross this twin burgh lies in the Strathmore valley and straddles the River Ericht, which flows into the River Isla and then the River Tay. Rattray is on the east bank and Blairgowrie is on the west.
The town expanded greatly in the 19th century around the many jute mills on the river. It is the market town for the surrounding area and a centre for holidaymakers. Blairgowrie is well known as a passing point for tourists and ski-ers. The town of Rattray dates back to the mid 11th century.
Much of the expanding population works in the nearby cities of Dundee or Perth.
Soft fruits such as raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are grown locally.
The traditional ball game of Rattray no longer takes place, but the Rattray silver ball which was the trophy retained by the winners is still in existence. It is believed to have been donated by Sylvester Rattray of Nether Persie who became minister of Rattray in 1591 and continued there until his death in 1623. The Rattray silver ball is now kept at Perth Museum and Art Gallery.
The Glenshee Ski Centre in Glenshee is some 18 miles to the north on the A93 Braemar road. Glenshee Ski Centre is the largest and oldest ski resort in Scotland. It is located in the far north of Perth and Kinross, and to the north of Glenshee, near the A93 road between Blairgowrie and Braemar in the southern Highlands of Scotland. With 21 lifts and 36 runs it is the UK's largest snowsports resort.
Blairgowrie and Rattray is home to the Scottish Junior Football East Region Premier League side Blairgowrie F.C. as well as the Scottish Amateur Football Association sides Rattray A.F.C and Balmoral United A.F.C. which play in the Perthshire Amateur League.
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