One of the Ecomuseum’s most scenic rivers.
The rapid and often turbulent water course of the River Ericht is formed from the confluence of the rivers Blackwater and Ardle which join together north of Blairgowrie & Rattray at Bridge of Cally.
It runs south from there for around 16km (10 miles) before falling into the River Isla which runs into the River Tay. Before it reaches Blairgowrie & Rattray, it cuts through the impressive Craighall Gorge, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and ancient semi-natural forest, highly valued for its botanical and entomological interest.
The scenery on its banks in many parts, particularly at Craighall and in the neighbourhood of Blairgowrie, has often been described as ‘very romantic’.
The Ericht was famed for its salmon fishing as far back as 1326 when Robert the Bruce signed a charter in favour of the monks of Coupar Angus Abbey which gave them “permission…of fishing for and taking salmon…whenever they wish, in their fisheries on the Waters for the Tay, the Isla, the Ericht .. to their own proper uses and for the soup of the aforesaid convent”.
However, whilst it was the Ericht’s fast flowing water that enabled the significant textile industry in the town to develop, as the number of mills increased, fish stocks degenerated with the fouling of the water and although you can still fish for salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling under licence on certain stretches today, their numbers are much diminished.