Blairgowrie and Rattray, Perthshire, Scotland

A guide for new residents and visitors to this central Scottish town of 8,000, now the largest in the county

By Keith A. Forbes and his wife Lois Ann Forbes at Both disabled, they live in Rattray, Blairgowrie, Perthshire and write, administer and webmaster this website for the Blairgowrie Disability Association (BDA). Keith is a member of the UK's The Society of Authors and a consumer activist for the elderly and the disabled. 

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Blairgowrie and Rattray

Blairgowrie Plan by Perth and Kinross Council (local administrative and tax authority. See

Blairgowrie tartan

Blairgowrie tartan. One of  three in the town. Other two are the Blairgowrie Berries and Cherries tartan and Blairgowrie High School tartan, both shown elsewhere in this website.

River Ericht view

River Ericht view from bridge. On one side of the river is Blairgowrie, the other is Rattray. Photo by the author

Blairgowrie regionally

Blairgowrie: central east Scotland, UK. 

In summer (on June 21) it does not get dark until after 10:30 pm and has daylight by 7 am. In winter (on December 21) it gets dark from shortly after 3 pm until about 8:30 am. Blairgowrie is in the British Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) zone. At 7 am (0700 hours) here it is 8 am (0800 hours) in most of Europe, 3 am (0300 hours) in the Caribbean and Bermuda; and 2 am (0200 hours) in Ottawa (Canada); New York and Boston (USA). Visitors who bring laptops or tablets or smartphones, etc and who stay with friends residing locally should ask whether or not the latter have WIFI or wired Internet. If not, bringing their own MIFI is a suggested option. Visitors who, in their countries, may be used to spending a great deal of time on their cell (mobile) phones, should bring their own, after checking with their service provider about any roaming charges here in the UK. This is particularly important because most local residents do not have free telephone calls to Europe or the USA or Canada or beyond, even when they have Internet services. Because such calls are expensive, considerate visitors should either use their own cell (mobile) phones or, if they have brought their own laptops or similar, use Skype or similar to contact their friends or family abroad, bearing in mind the time difference.

Summary of distances from Blairgowrie. Petrol (gasoline) or diesel is about £1 a litre (February 2016 prices). There are two petrol stations in the town.  Visitors come by car or long-distance bus (via Perth or Dundee), or train (nearest stations are Dunkeld  - 12 miles - or Dundee or Perth - both 18 miles. Visitors can rent a car in Dundee or Perth. Visitors with valid driving licenses may drive a local resident's car with permission providing it is not a Motability or other leased vehicle that prohibits anyone else other than a stipulated local resident from driving.


All, except Inverness and further north, less than a 90-minute drive away. Around 90% of Scotland's population live within a 90-minute drive of Blairgowrie and East Perthshire. 

Many Blairgowrie and Rattray residents work in Blairgowrie or nearby, while others work in Perth or Dundee. 

Blairgowrie Town Centre 2

Blairgowrie Town Centre, May 2010 photos by the author. For an ancient history of the town see

Twinned with Fergus, Ontario, Canada and Pleasanton, California, USA  Other places with the name of Blairgowrie - but unlike Fergus and Pleasanton not twinned with the town, no one has yet thought to initiate it - include Blairgowrie, Randburg, South Africa, 7 km from Johannesburg, west of Sandton. See Blairgowrie Gauteng at,_Gauteng.  Also see; Blairgowrie Drive, Blairgowrie, Gauteng, South Africa 2194; Blairgowrie, Victoria, Australia, and Blairgowrie, Middlesbrough, UK. Also see "A Place Called Blair" at Blair Society There is also a Blairgowrie Drive in Henderson, Nevada NV89044, USA.

Hometown or birthplace of notables including George Anton, actor (films include K-19, The Widowmaker, many more); Andy Clyde, actor. Born: March 25, 1892 in Blairgowrie. Died: May 18, 1967 in Hollywood, California. Active: 1920s to 1950s. Major Genres: Western, Action. Career Highlights: Three Men from Texas, Roughly Speaking, Hoppy Serves a Writ. First Major Screen Credit: Water Wagons (1925). There's a memorial to him in Blairgowrie; David Clyde, actor (Scarlet Claw, etc).;  Andrew Clark, actor (The DaVinci Code, etc); Jake Findlay, professional footballer in England); Hamish Henderson, actor (Play Me Something, etc); Tommy Newcomen. Blairgowrie accordionist and entertainer whose 2009 DVD is entitled "Music From The Mists Of Time"; Andy Stewart, singer and guitarist; Belle Stewart, singer, 1920s era.

Blairgowrie town centre

Blairgowrie and Rattray today is an interesting town with many shops including a nice large Tesco and a Wetherspoon public house but significantly for tourists and newcomers with no Aldi or Lidl (nearest are in Dundee and Perth) or chain hotels such as Holiday Inn or Holiday Inn Express or Premier Inn or Travelodge (nearest are in Dundee and Perth) or luxury hotels such as Hilton (nearest is in Dunkeld) or Sheraton. There are several smallish local hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast places but no convention centre or large luxury hotels. The town is not the major nearest A9 tourism and business trunk road but is on the A93 north from Perth and Scone to Glenshee, Braemar, Royal Deeside and Aberseen. Blairgowrie and Rattray is about 12 miles from the nearest point at Dunkeld of the A9 trunk road going north to the picturesque town of Pitlochry, then Inverness and further north, or going south to Stirling and Edinburgh, 70 minutes away by car. The town is 30 minutes north from Perth and Dundee, one hour south west of Aberdeen and 2 1/2 hours south of Inverness. Nearest train stations are Dunkeld, Perth, Pitlochry and Dundee  There are regular daytime bus services to Blairgowrie and Rattray from Perth and Dundee. Bus routes 57 and 59 take about an hour to get to Dundee from Rattray. Major airports are 60 miles away at Edinburgh, somewhat further but still within easy distance from Glasgow and Aberdeen, with a much smaller air service from Dundee and with Scotland's European ferry port at Rosyth about an hour away by car.

Perth and Kinross Council area

Perth and Kinross Council area

Blairgowrie Accommodation, Businesses, Churches, Education, Employers

Blairgowrie-based ambulance, community hospital and medical services

Blairgowrie and area roads and streets 

A Adams Way; Allan Street (named after Colonel Allan Macpherson, Superior of the town in 1800); Altamount Road; Alyth Road; Ann Street; Ardblair Cottages; Ardblair Road; Ardblair Terrace; Arthur Court; Arthur Street; Arthur Wynd; Ashgrove Court; Ashgrove Gardens; Ashgrove Road; Ashgrove Terrace; Athole Street.
B Back Row; Back Wynd; Balmoral Lane; Balmoral Place; Balmoral Road; Balmoral View; Bank Street (formerly Constable Lane, changed when the Bank of Scotland built a branch here); Beeches Road; Berrydale Avenue; Berrydale Road; Birch Crescent; Blairgowrie House Road; Blairmore Drive; Boat Brae; Bonnington Road; Braes Road; Brand Pass; Brown Street (named after John Brown of Marlee, born in a house on the site of the present-day Royal Hotel); Brucefield Road; Buchanan House; Burnhead Road.
C Cargill Place; Castle Street; Cedar Avenue; Charles Court; Chimney Path; Clova Avenue; Cluny Court; Clunymore Drive; Commercial Street; Coralbank; Coralbank Crescent; Coralbank Terrace; Cottershade; Coupar Angus Road; Craighall Place; Croft Court; Croft Lane.
D David Street; Davie Park Place; Drummond Road; Dunkeld Road.
E  Elm Drive; Emma Street; Emma Terrace; Ericht Court; Essendy Road; Ewan Street.
F  Ferguson Park; Ferguson Park Road; Fern Grove; Forebank Road; Forrest Way.
G Gallowbank; Gallowbank Road; Gas Brae; Gean Grove; George Street (named after George Drummond of Newton); Glenalmond Road; Glendevon Court; Glenisla Court; Glenshee Drive; Glenshieling Drive; Golf Course Road; Gowan Brae; Grant Court; Grant Crescent; Grant Road; Green Road; Greenbank Street.
H Harriet Row; Hatton Place; Hatton Road; Haugh Road; Hawthorn Place; Hazel Place; Hazelwood Road; Heather Drive; High Street; High Street (Rattray); Hill Church; Hill O'Blair; Hill Street; Holly Crescent; Honeyberry Crescent; Honeyberry Drive.
I Isla Road.
J James Street (named after James Geddes, local mason); Jessie Street; John Street (named after John Brown).
K. Keay Street (named after Miss Keay, a feuar there); Kingarth Drive; Kinloch Court; Kirk Wynd; Kirkton Park; Kirkton Road.
L Larch Avenue; Leslie Street (named after James Leslie, proprietor of the Leslie Feus); Little Blair Drive; Littlewood Gardens; Lochinblair Gardens; Lochy Street; Lochy Terrace; Lornty Road; Lower Mill Street.
M MacDonald Crescent; Manorbank; Manor Court; Manor Gardens; Manse Court; Maple Place; McClaven Park; Middle Road; Mill Street (named after the road leading to the mill); Mitchell Square (named after Thomas Mitchell of Greenfield); Mount Ericht Road; Moyness Park Crescent; Moyness Park Drive; Myrtle Park; Mullion Way.
N New Road; Newton Castle; Newton Lane; Newton Street; Newton Terrace (latter three leading to Newton Castle); Ninian's Court.
O Old Military Road; Old Mill Road.
P Park Drive; Park Lane; Park Neuk; Parkhead Road; Park Hill Road; Patterson Drive; Perth  Road; Perth Street; Petersgarth Lane; Poplar Avenue; Provost Road.
Q Queen's Avenue; Queen's Road.
R Railway Road; Railway School; Reform Street; Riverside Court; Riverside Drive; Riverside Road; Riverside Walk; River Walk; Rosebank Lane; Rosebank Road; Rosemount Gardens; Rosemount Park; Rowan Avenue; Ruby Place.
S Seton Close; Shaw Street; Shawfield Lane; Sheila Road; Sidlaw Road; Signal Box Road; Skirmie Bus Park; Smithfield Avenue; Smithfield Crescent; Smithfield Way; South Castle Street; South Street; Station Brae; Step Row; Strathardle Crescent.
T Tannage Street (named after a tannery once there); Terminus Street (named after the railway terminus once there); The Coupar Park; The Croft; The Davie Park; The Loon Braes.
U Union Street; Upper Allan Street; Upper Mill Street. 
V Victoria Place; Victoria Street.
W  Walnut Grove; Wee Course Lane; Wellmeadow; Welton Road; West Altamount Lane; West George Street; West Park Road; Whiteloch Avenue (Carsie); William Street: Willow Place; Woodlands Grange; Woodlands Meadow; Woodlands Park; Woodlands Road; Woodlands Stables.
Y  Yard Road; Yeoman Street.

Blairgowrie has:

Blairgowrie lacks:

Buckingham Palace, London

Buckingham Palace, London, worth 980 billion, Council Tax Band H annual cost is £1369.04. Compare this to here in Perth and Kinross where for a property worth £150,000, the Council Tax Band E cost is £1,415.33. 

Perth and Kinross Council Tax bands and charges for 2016/2017


Band Council Tax
Charge (£)
Water Supply
Waste Water Collection
Total Combined Charge (£)
A 772.00 130.80 151.80 1,054.60
B 900.67 152.60 177.10 1,230.37
C 1,029.33 174.40 202.40 1,406.13
D 1,158.00 196.20 227.70 1,581.90
E 1,415.33 239.80 278.30 1,933.43
F 1,672.67 283.40 328.90 2,284.97
G 1,930.00 327.00 379.50 2,636.50
H 2,316.00 392.40 455.40 3,163.80

Blairgowrie History

Early Scottish HistoryThe twinned town but separate communities of Blairgowrie and Rattray are in the Strathmore Valley, on opposite banks of the River Ericht which flows into the River Isla and then the River Tay. Blairgowrie is on the west bank and Rattray is on the east bank. They get their names from Blar Ghobharaidh in Scots Gaelic, or Blairgowrie in Scots, once an 18th century village of 400 or so and Raitear in Scots Gaelic. There are various renditions of the name in early written records; Rathtreff in 1160, Rotref inb 1291, Ratref in 1296, Rothtref in 1205, there are also various other renditions of the name including Rattra. (W. F. H Nicolaisen, 1976, Scottish Place-Names, E. T. Batsford Ltd., London) and Raitear in Scots Gaelic which was taken to mean Fort of the Hunter. The ruins of Glasclune Castle, former home of a cadet branch of the Balthayock Blairs, is located in the hamlet of Kinloch, 3 miles Northwest of Blairgowrie. 

The name Rattray is composed of two parts, the first derived from the word Rath, from both Gaelic and Cymric (modern Welsh or ancient British) meaning fortification; the second part Tref or Treb, Tray, from the Cymric (British) meaning settlement. It is not widely known that British (similar to modern Welsh) was spoken in the area until the tenth century. The name means a fortified settlement and became associated with the family, the Rattrays of Rattray, who once held sway over the fortification and the area. The fortification was built on a snake shaped mound, which was in pre-Christian times associated with some form of serpent worship. The Rattray coat of arms are supported by serpents. Perhaps significantly the weather vane on Old Rattray Church (Kirk), in the centre of this village, is also in the shape of a serpent. 

There is also a Rattray in Aberdeenshire, at,_Aberdeenshire

Wellmeadow, in the centre of the town, is the most prominent local landmark. There were once several springs or wells on the flat ground known by that name. There was also a marsh. Wellmeadow took its name from St. Ninian's Well there, named after this Christian Celtic missionary who once pitched his camp there and drank from the well. It became a public park through which nomadic drovers and shepherds pastured their flocks. 

Blairgowrie and Rattray expanded significantly in the 19th century around the many (12) jute and flax mills (still there, in a picturesque setting with a lovely walk on the opposite side of the river all the way into town) on the banks of the river Ericht. The mills, for both jute and linen, harnessed the river's strong flow to drive their spinning machines and processed the raw jute grown in India and locally-grown flax. While Dundee downriver was the main jute centre not only for Scotland but the whole of the United Kingdom, Blairgowrie too had an important role at that time. With the jute industry gone by the early 1950s when most of the Dundonians and folk from Blairgowrie repatriated back from India, Blairgowrie and Rattray languished appreciably for a while but later became the market town for the area and a centre for visitors and holidaymakers. With their population of about 8,090 Blairgowrie and Rattray combined and became the second-largest town in Perth and Kinross.

River Ericht

Mills along and powered by the River Ericht, such as this one, more than tripled the population and economic significance of the town

 Blairgowie's River Ericht

River Ericht Blairgowrie. Photos by the author. The river, which once had dozens of jute and flax mills powered by its waters, created much industry and employment.

River Ericht facing south

River Ericht from walkway

River Ericht footbridge over river

Keithmill, now flats/apartments

Salmon sculpture

Sculpture of a salmon on the River Ericht walk

A chronological history summary of the town, residents and events

Blairgowrie Parish Church on the Hill

Blairgowrie Station

Blairgowrie Hill Primary School

First Blairgowrie High School, later Hill Primary School, large building centre left, on 1.92 acres

Blairgowrie and the Polish Tank Corps 1940-1942

Blairgowrie War Savings Campaign 1944

Photos taken by the author in Blairgowrie Town Hall, May 2010 of commemorative events. 

former St. Stephen's RC School, Blairgowrie

former Hill Primary School

Former Hill Primary School site

Blairgowrie Berries and Cherries tartan, 2014

Blairgowrie Berries and Cherries tartan, registered 2014

Blairgowrie Berries and Cherries tartan, 2014

Blairgowrie-specific books and documents

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Blairgowrie Path Network

Blairgowrie Path Network

From the town area of the River Ericht able-bodied residents and visitors  can follow five unique walking paths, the Knockie Path shown below in red, the Ardblair Trail shown in light blue and the River Ericht path shown in green.  For those more adventurous, beyond town there are the Bluebell Wood and Drimmie Woods walking paths

Blairgowrie and district Walking Trails

Stout footwear is advised.

Black Loch

A tiny loch trimmed with trees amongst the golf courses 1½ miles (2.5 km) the south of Blairgowrie, Black Loch is located immediately to the east of the A93 trunk road. It is the easternmost of a chain of three lochs, the others being Fingask Loch and White Loch.

Heating, hot water, cooking

There is town-wide mains gas for central heating, hot water and cooking (Scottish Gas, the trading name of British Gas in Scotland) in municipal areas. Scottish Gas offers both gas and electricity. Other electricity providers include Scottish Hydro. Homes and properties in rural areas not served by natural gas may wish to use use LPG gas piped in from a tank sited on their premises or, more commonly, oil (kerosene) trucked in from Perth or Dundee. There are several suppliers. 

Homes and Land in Blairgowrie and area for sale

Go to Perthshire Solicitors Property Centre at 

Also for homes in Blairgowrie,Highlands, rest of Scotland, etc see at and

Blairgowrie for home buyersAscertain in advance what  Development Potential your intended home will have. If you have enough land can you build a cottage? Have neighbours on either side of you received planning permission for their new houses? If so, you should expect the same right.

Average property price. In December 2015 the average property price in Perth and Kinross was £187,287 a 2.5% increase in one year.

Be very cautious about buying any property if the present Council Tax banding is not shown on the Property Schedule applicable to each house. Many Perthshire estate agents with properties for sale in the Blairgowrie area do not show this. Know what the present Council Tax banding is, and when it was last evaluated, by the selling estate agent before you go to look at the house.

Perth and Kinross Council Tax bands. Band A, up to and including £27,000; Band B over £27,000 and up to £35,000; Band C over £35,000 and up to £45,000; Band D over £45,000 and up to £58,000; Band E over £58,000 and up to £80,000; Band F over £80,000 and up to £106,000; Band G over £106,000 and up to £212,000; and Band H over £212,000. The problem with this formula is that it is out-of-date, based on early 1990s housing valuations. 1990s banding still applies, but not at 1990 salaries and 1990s Council Tax assessments. Newcomers who move into the area to downsize may find that while they will downsize in property size they won't always downsize in council tax banding. Council taxes can be the same for a £187,257 property in Blairgowrie as they are for a £850,000 or more property in London or Edinburgh. (For example,  The Queen at Buckingham Palace, worth an estimated 980 million, pays Council Taxes at Band H in London's City of Westminster, for 2015/2016 rate - £1,375.24 - for a Band H property there see She pays less in Council Tax than a $179,000 Council Tax Band E house in Rattray, Perthshire. Potential buyers of Blairgowrie and area homes need to know for sure before they buy what the Perth and Kinross Council - - will charge them in council taxes. Unfortunately, in some local authorities newcomers are not told in advance that their new home goes up a band automatically, unless challenged promptly,with no justification for doing so unless extensive improvements/extensions has been done to justify a council tax band increase. Before you buy, establish not only what your council tax banding is but what those of your neighbours on your road or street you are, see under "Find my Nearest" on the site, insert your local postcode  or intended postcode and pull up the information you need on your property and others in the same postcode. Additionally, look at the asking prices of properties being sold in the town or village and neighbourhood and check their council tax bands. Note that the Perth and Kinross Council Taxes are very unfair to owners of bungalows. They pay more Council Tax on their properties than homes with both a higher market value and more than one storey.

Council Tax Banding appeals. Newcomers can appeal within 6 months of becoming local council tax payers. In the USA, Canada, EU, etc. a Land Valuation and Tax Act or equivalent requires a re-evaluation of all properties to be carried out every five years. There, the purpose of the revaluation is to revalue all properties (commercial and residential) to current levels of value, with all properties revalued at the same time to maintain equity in the valuation list. Property values change over time and these changes are not uniform across the market. Some property types and areas change in value more than others do. The revaluation re-levels the playing field by reflecting these relative changes in value so that the equity of the valuation list in maintained. But this is clearly not so here in Scotland in general and Perthshire in particular. Yet, significantly, in Scotland, business rates (not residential council tax rates) are adjusted every five years. Why not residential Council Tax banding too?

Certificate of Property/Land registration. A certificate of land ownership/registration will be sent to new property owners by the Land Registry but not until about one year later, and not by the Perth and Kinross Council in whose jurisdiction your property is in (the authority that will have full details of that property) but by the Scottish Government. Why does it have to take so long to arrive? Until it arrives you have no proof of ownership of your property but are expected by the Perth and Kinross Council to start paying your council tax immediately. Moreover, any appeals against council tax banding must be made within 6 months as said earlier. Newcomers should surely have the right to get their certificate of property/land ownership before, not long after, they make any council tax appeal.  

Land and Building Transaction Tax (LBTT). From April 2015, a Scottish tax that replaces the earlier UK-wide Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT). Stamp duty is an anachronistic tax. It limits market flexibility, creates regional inequality and its slab structure unfairly distorts the housing market. LBTT is one of the new devolved taxes awarded to Scotland after the September 18, 2014 referendum. Under LBTT it is only the amount in excess of each tax band that is taxed at the higher rate. There are different rates for commercial and residential property. For residential properties, no tax is paid on the property purchased for below £135,000. For purchases of £135,000 to £250,000 a rate of 2% is paid on the amount above £135,000. Once the purchase of a property exceeds £250,000 the rate increases to 10% until the price reaches £1 million. Above £1 million the excess is charged at 12%. The most expensive houses see the largest increases in tax. For anyone buying a house up to £325,000 the costs are lower under the new LBTT. Scottish Government figures suggest 90% of house purchases are below £325,000. For farm and landowners and people who buy undeveloped land on which there is no residential unit, the tax applied on land and farm purchases are also progressive, Again, the relevant tax rate applies on the excess above the threshold. For purchases up to £150,000, there is no tax due. For those from £150,000 to £350,000 3% applies. Over £350,000 4.5% applies. Overall effect of the switch to LBTT from SDLT. Some benefit, others lose out. For example, for a £400,000 house a buyer pays £5,300 more. The most expensive homes see the largest tax increases. A £ 1 million country mansion will incur a tax hike of £33,000. For faim and land purchases, when the price reaches £2 million more will be paid under the new system.

Suggestions for purchase of a house in the Blairgowrie region

Home Reports

From May 2010 Home Reports were phased out of the UK except for Scotland. Home Reports were an expensive failure to both home buyers and particularly home sellers in many respects. But under the Scottish Government, they continue to apply, despite their massive failings including energy ratings discrimination of homes that don't have mains gas and lack of attention to details particularly affecting the disabled.

From 1 December 2008 every property in Scotland being sold was required to have a Home Report (in other parts of the UK a Home Information Pack (HIP) paid for by the person or family selling the property before they can sell it.  See A Home Report or HIP is a new document designed to provide buyers with more information about homes they are thinking of buying before they submit an offer. It is part of a series of measures said to be introduced across Europe reflected in legislation to help cut out carbons emissions and tackle climate change. The Home Report is reputed to provide a measure of the overall energy efficiency of the home and its environmental impact and is required whenever a building is built, sold or rented out. The property's performance is rated in terms of energy use per square metre of floor area; energy efficiency based on fuel costs and environmental impact based on CO2 emissions. You, or more likely your selling solicitor, will be required to have a copy before your home is advertised for sale and to make a copy available to interested buyers of your home. The Home Report includes three separate reports; the Property Questionnaire; the Single Survey; and an Energy Report.

What is a Home Report in Scotland and how is it different from an English one?


Home Report EnergyHome Report QuestionnaireHome Report Survey

Property Questionnaire, Single Survey and Energy Report, all three referred to below.

The Property Questionnaire

This asks you to answer questions about your home that only you are likely to know. Have you, for example, installed new replacement windows, or added an extension? Do any of your neighbours have the right to walk across your property to empty their bins? As far as you know, has your home ever had a problem with rot? These are the sort of questions you will be asked to answer. While many of them will be straightforward, you may not be clear about the answers to others. In some cases, your answer could raise questions at the conveyancing stage that should be dealt with now. If, for example, you made an alteration to your home, you will need to show that you obtained a building warrant if one was required and that you got planning consent if necessary. If you don't have these documents, then this is the time to take remedial action. If you are in any doubt, the solicitor you appoint to sell your home will be able to advise you on the best course of action. 

 The Single Survey

The Single Survey is a detailed survey of your home conducted by a qualified surveyor. It will also provide an estimate of market value. The survey will list the main features of your home and give an assessment of condition for each one. There are three scales, namely: Scale from 1 = no repairs necessary, to 3 = urgent repairs or replacement are needed now. If the survey for your home features a category 3 repair, you might want to consider carrying out the repair yourself before putting your home on the market. However, that may not always be the best solution. You can rely on your solicitor to advise you on whether it is better to repair or to sell your home as it is. You can also expect your solicitor to appoint a surveyor on your behalf who is familiar with, and sympathetic to, your area. 

The Energy Report

No longer in effect in England but still required in Scotland.

Provides a measure of how energy efficient your home is. It is done in pretty much the same way that dishwashers and other electrical appliances now display an energy rating. The report, which will be conducted by the surveyor who provides the Single Survey, also provides information on how you or any buyer could improve the energy efficiency of your home. Unfortunately, all who live in Blairgowrie or Perthshire  are not necessarily going to get a good energy rating on the homes they want to sell. Why not? Some Energy assessment scheme are a travesty. It boils down to the fact that unless you have mains piped-in gas as many cities and towns (including Blairgowrie) do you'll get a poor rating, despite the quality of local plumbing and heating. You can have a very efficient "green" boiler and it might well have a boiler-efficiency rating of 90% or above to a boiler inspector but unless you run it on mains gas the report will say your boiler is inefficient. Similarly, if you use electricity to heat hot water and cook by not mains but LPG gas (it has to be trucked in and put into a metal gas tank), or use oil (kerosene) from an oil tank on your property to heat your house you'll get a low rating. Why? Because LPG is regarded as inefficient for two reasons, it costs more than oil or mains gas. Both  the LPG and oil have to be trucked in. The UK Government and Scottish Governments have made no allowances at all for better efficiency ratings for homes in this region that have no piped-in gas, even when home heating - for example, from locally-sourced wood - is considered to be good from an environmental point of view. If you are disabled, there's no upfront way of checking out the disability-friendly qualities (for example, door widths for wheel chairs access) of the property in advance. No provision for this was made by the Scottish Government Instead, you have to view the house first, then ask formally to see the Home Report.

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