Café Play

Café Play

Café Play

Cafe Play opened in December 2018 and from the outset they discovered an outpouring of support via Facebook. It’s clearly a venue that is offering something valuable to parents in and around Perth. We popped over for a visit to find out more about this new child-friendly resource in the heart of Perth.

What is a ‘Play Cafe’?

A play cafe is a space where parents can bring their children to provide a break from home whilst enjoying a safe child-friendly environment (and which also has good coffee on hand for parents).

Owner Louisa is a mum herself and she noticed the need for something like Cafe Play in the city. Recognising the role that imaginative play has in social and emotional development, Louisa took this as her lead on what cafe play would offer.

She decided to create a space in which children can enjoy imaginative play and spend quality time with other children. All without screens and other distractions. It’s a place for kids to just be kids. As an added bonus their parents get the opportunity to enjoy a few moments of their own, and perhaps even catch up with friends over a coffee.

Cafe Play has emerged from extensive research into what works best in other play cafes. Key ingredients seem to take the form of areas for role play and adventure that nonetheless allow parents to stay in line-of-sight contact with younger children.

Soft play environments, while fun, can leave parents of young, or vulnerable, children anxious when they disappear from view. Cafe Play isn’t a soft play facility; their space is big and robust with wide opportunities for imaginations to grow.

Learning through Play

Imaginative play is known to produce a host of beneficial effects on your child’s development. Add a bit of social development on top and you have a surprisingly solid argument for letting your child play-pretend that they’re a medieval knight, a chef, or a firefighter for an hour or two.

It’s important to Luisa that Cafe Play’s facilities offer stimulation and fun for wee ones. You just have to look at the play area to see that it’s an absolute wonderland of pretend play. There are so many types of play available; domestic play in the house, magic and adventure in the castle and in the gingerbread house, a puppet theatre for the dramatically inclined, and a whole blackboard wall for budding artists to make their mark.

It’s getting easier nowadays for kids to find their way to using a screen as entertainment. A place like Cafe Play is a refreshing step away from this trend; plunging them into a world of pretend play and of real-world interaction with other children.

A bit of peace and quiet

From Louisa’s research they found another key ingredient for play cafes is the availability of a quiet space; a place of calm for children in need of a quiet moment. Other successful Play Cafes often have a place in which very young children, and children who may need a break from noise, can enjoy a few moments of quiet.

Cafe Play’s quiet space is a cosy nook tucked away at the far end of the cafe. It has various uses. Primarily it is utilised by mums who want a bit of quiet while feeding their baby (Cafe Play is 100% breastfeeding friendly, and they also offer bottle warming as well).

Cafe Play’s quiet space is also useful for parents of children who may occasionally feel overwhelmed in public spaces. It’s a cosy corner with a multitude of uses.

It isn’t closed off from the rest of the cafe either so parents with more than one child are still easy to find if their other kids need them.

…Sometimes a bit of noise is good too

What’s more, cafe play also have their own function area. This space has been used more and more often since they opened, as they grow their calendar of events. On top of this, the space is alo available for event bookings like birthday parties (get in touch with Cafe Play for more details).

Cafe Play is quickly developing a calendar of activities, making full use of their function room. Among their upcoming events you’ll find a variety of workshops including (but not limited to) messy play, craft workshops, and storytime events. The room is also used to host pre-loved clothes sales (more details of times etc. on Cafe Play’s events page), and Louisa is also looking into offering early years mindfulness classes.

Free WiFi and a little window of time for parents working from home

Cafe Play is a place for children and parents to unwind. However, there’s nothing stopping parents from making use of the free wifi and play facilities in order to catch up with a bit of work. Working from home sounds idyllic but it can be a little daunting with a wee one.

At Cafe Play you can relax, catch up with an hour or two of work, and enjoy a couple of coffees (and a sneaky wee bite). All this, safe in the knowledge that your child is playing and enjoying some time with other wee ones.

A growing community of support

As we noted already Cafe Play have a loyal and increasing Facebook fanbase. Primarily these are made up of a growing group of parents who are telling their friends about the facilities at Cafe Play. When asked about the highlights of 2018, this fantastic level of support was the clear winner for Louisa.

Cafe Play has gone to great lengths to offer all the features that a parent of young children could want. It’s a venue with a lot more going on than you might think; from their fantastic(and HUGE) pretend play zone, to their ‘baby den’/quiet space, to their free WiFi, and their smooth and invigorating coffee (don’t worry we sampled for your benefit). On top of this their great little function room hosts a wide selection of different events, and can also be hired out for birthday parties at a starting price of £100.

Time to go

Cafe Play are open Tuesday to Saturday from 9:30 till 3:30 (perfectly timed for school drop-off and pick-up). If you have wee ones and you’re feeling the need to get out of the house for a few hours, you’re in for a treat if you pop down to Cafe Play.

Find out more by clicking this link to Cafe Play‘s Facebook page.

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Easter Holiday family fun in Perthshire

Easter Holiday family fun in Perthshire

Easter in Perthshire

1) Live Active Easter Holiday Programme

Description:  Award-winning school holiday camps and sports sessions will keep your super heroes fighting fit, super-charged and extra happy through the Easter holidays! Camps available in Perth, Kinross, Strathearn, Highland and Blairgowrie.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 1 mile

2) Willowgate Activity Centre

Description: School holidays? No, problem why not sign your children up for a day of fun and adventure at Willowgate? Drop them off at 9am where they will spend the whole day doing a mixture of land and water based activities. 

Distance from Perth City Centre: 3 miles

3) Wee Adventures – Easter Activity Days

Description: Fill the Easter Holidays with outdoor adventures! From climbing crags and trees to developing abseiling skills, learning to cook or canoeing out to islands under a Jolly Roger. No two days are ever the same at Wee Adventures.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 31 miles

4) Nae Limits – Wee Limits Easter Holidays

Description:  Wee Limits is back for the Easter Holidays with fun filled days of outdoor adventure running from 09:30 – 15:30. Adventures include Rafting,Hiking, Shelter Building, Fire Lighting, Tree Climbing, Zip Lines and much more!

Distance from Perth City Centre: 22 miles

5) RSPB Loch Leven – Easter Curlew Trail

Description: The Curlews need your help! Follow the Easter themed trail around the beautiful woodlands to find some wildlife, solve the puzzle and win a tasty treat.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 22 miles

6) For Arts Sake Easter Kids Club

Description: Drop the children off for 2 hours of painting fun at 10.30-12.30. Choose which date and venue suits you. Paint either the Unicorn Plate or Llama Plate – your choice

Distance from Perth City Centre: 2 miles

7) Ollie Paisley Tennis – Easter Camp 

Description: Easter is fast approaching and spots for Ollie Paisley Tennis are going quick! Oliva, a local LTA accredited coach, will be hosting tennis camps in Kinnoull, Luncarty and Darnhall throughout April.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 1 mile

8) Perth Collage UHI Easter Activity Camp

Description: Their coaches deliver a range of fun multi-sport activities – including: basketball, football, dodgeball, rounders and indoor climbing.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 1 mile

Over to you!

Now you know about some of our favourite Easter camps, it’s now over to you to book your perfect camp! In case you aren’t familiar with Perthshire, here’s a map to help you find all the camps mentioned above.

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St John’s Shopping Centre Win Top Environmental Award

St John’s Shopping Centre Win Top Environmental Award

St John’s Shopping Centre Win Top Environmental Award

St John’s Shopping Centre has won a Scottish Green Apple Environment Award in the international campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.

The shopping centre have won the award for their Greenspace project that was completed in partnership with children from Goodlyburn Primary School in 2018, where the children planned, designed and created an urban garden in the heart of Perth City Centre with the aim of creating space for biodiversity to thrive.

They competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice, and they will be presented with their trophy and certificate at a glittering presentation ceremony on March 18, 2019.

Derek Martin, Marketing Manager at St John’s Shopping Centre said: “The whole team at St John’s Shopping Centre and the children of P1-3G at Goodlyburn Primary School were thrilled to learn that the project has been recognised by the industry leaders who judged our application.

“We are delighted to have won a Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice. Having also been finalists at the Scottish Environmental Business Awards earlier this year It’s great to see that our conscious effort to reduce our impact on the environment has been recognised yet again.”

As a result of this Green Apple Award success, they have been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their achievement.

They could also progress to represent their country in the Green World Awards 2020 and have 100 trees planted in their name as part of the United Nations Billion Trees initiative.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the country’s major recognition for environmental endeavour among companies, councils, communities and countries.

The awards are organised by The Green Organisation – an international, independent, non-political, non-profit environment group dedicated to recognising, rewarding and promoting environmental best practice around the world. The Green Apple Awards are supported by the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution for Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

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St William of Perth

St William of Perth

St William of Perth

There can not be many cities in the country that has had one of its former inhabitants canonised and created a Saint.  The City of Perth has its own saint and here is his story.

There was a man called William who lived in Perth around the later years of the 1100s. He was a baker and was deeply religious, going to church every Sunday without fail. William was a kindly and considerate man who was liked and respected by the population of the Fair City.  When he had finished baking the days bread, he carefully took out one loaf from every ten and put it aside to give to the poor of the town.

Early one morning he was walking to his bakery as he passed St John’s Church he saw a wicker basket lying in the doorway.  Upon inspection, he saw that the basket contained a sleeping baby. William gently picked up this basket and took it to the warmth of his bakery.

 As he worked, he thought about this baby, it was clearly abandoned, he then decided as he had no children and was financially secure he could bring this child up as if it were his own.  The child was a wee boy and William named it David, he gave it a stable, good life with much love and kindness, the child was called by the locals David the Foundling and as the years rolled by grew up into a healthy young man helping his father in the bakery.

In 1201,  William realised he wanted to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land as he prepared he asked his son to accompany him on this journey. Grudgingly, David agreed, he had friends and a good life in Perth and was not at all keen on leaving the city.

The two men set off travelling through Scotland and into England visiting the religious sites as they went.  William and David were just a little bit north of the town of Rochester when they fell out and had a terrible argument at the roadside.  David in a fit of rage, struck his father a violent blow on the head, the older man fell to the ground, David then drew a dagger and cut his father’s throat.  He then robbed his benefactor and fled the murder scene.

A short time later a local woman who had a reputation of being mad stumbled upon the body.  The woman was wearing a garland of Honeysuckle upon her head. She stood staring quietly at the corpse for some time and then she took the Honeysuckle from her head and placed it on the head of the dead man.  After leaving the flowers on the cadaver for a while, she took it and set it back upon her head. In an instant, her madness was cured. She walked down into the town of Rochester, locals who knew this woman realised that her illness had left her and summoned the priests from Rochester Cathedral.  She told her story and took the holy men to the murder scene. William was taken back to the Cathedral and laid out on public display.

News of this murder and the mad woman being miraculously cured spread far and wide, folk with ailments flocked to the cathedral and touched the corpse.  Many were healed upon touching the body of William. William was buried within Rochester Cathedral, a chapel was built on the site of the murder. The sick and infirm flocked from all over the land to touch the grave and hopefully be healed.  The shrine of William became the second most popular holy shrine in England, second only to that of Thomas Becket at Canterbury.

William was canonised by Pope Alexander IV in 1256 and became St William of Perth, he is the patron saint of adopted children.  In 1883 a wall painting was found in Frindsbury Church near Rochester depicting William it was found to have been painted between 1256 and 1266.  He is still remembered in the town of Rochester, with a street in Rochester called St William’s Way, there was a Hospital in the town called St William’s Hospital and St William of Perth Primary School all pay homage to this man from Perth.

It is a shame that this child of Perth and his story seems to be better known in the South of England than it is in his home city.  Perhaps on his feast day the 23rd of May you might spare a thought for St William of Perth.

Written by Gary Knight

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Picture Perfect Perthshire

Picture Perfect Perthshire

Picture Perfect Perthshire

It’s no secret Perthshire has some of the best viewpoints in Scotland. In fact, a quick search of Instagram returns over 140,000 photos tagged with #Perthshire.

From rolling hills and hidden lochs to idyllic towns and ancient castles and palaces – there’s enough natural beauty to keep any avid photographer content for weeks. And with so much to see and do on offer, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the choice and miss out on some best views this country has to offer.
So this week, we have been working with amature photographers and Perthshire locals to help find the best viewpoints around the region.

Without any further ado, here’s a quick look at our favourite picture-perfect spots from around Perthshire!

1) Queens View, Pitlochry

Description: Queen’s view is one of the most popular in the region – and it’s not hard to see why. Overlooking the stunning Loch Tummel and Schiehallion, this viewpoint you don’t want to miss!

Distance from Perth City Centre: 34 miles

Whilst your here, why not visit…

Highland Fling

The Pass of Killiecrankie is one of the most striking views in the whole country, so why not take it in from a different angle – by plunging down 40 metres below with a bungee cord attached to your feet!

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Atholl Palace

A historic four-star luxury hotel set in Highland Perthshire, Pitlochry, with spa, museum, award-winning gardens and break taking mountain and river views. Best of all, it’s just a 45-minute drive from Perth City Centre!

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Pitlochry Golf Course

With the 6-hole Lettoch Links course, a driving range and a fully-stocked pro-shop, it has everything you need for a fantastic day of golf in Highland Perthshire!

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2) Loch Turret

Description: Loch Turret Reservoir is one of the lesser-known lochs in Perthshire, however, it is certainly not to be overlooked as a great picture opportunity! This hidden gem is the perfect spot for a hill walk (or sledging!)

Distance from Perth City Centre: 23 miles

Whilst your here, why not visit…

The Famous Grouse Experience

Discover how the distillery’s single malt is blended to create one of the UK’s most popular blended whiskies.

Find out more.

The Crieff Hydro

Scotland’s leading Spa Hotel Resort has so much to do, with 60 in/outdoor activities and 5 quality eateries.

Find out more.

Innerpeffray Library

Discover Scotland’s oldest free, public
lending library: a museum where you can iterally touch the past.

Find out more.

3) Kinnoull Hill, Perth

Description: A list of Instagram-worthy spots around Perthshire would not be complete without mentioning Kinnoull Hill.  This viewpoint is only a short walk from Perth City Centre and offers magnificent views of the Tay Valley!

Distance from Perth City Centre: 2 miles

Whilst your here, why not visit…

Willowgate Activity Centre

A leading activites provider based just outside of Perth City Centre. Whether it’s in the water or on dry land, Willowgate has something for everyone!

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A City Centre Eatery

Did you know that Perth was voted Scotland’s Food Town on the Year last year? Our city is bursting with independent coffeehouses and award-winning restaurants. Why not pop in and test a few of our eateries out?

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Scone Palace

Scone Palace is the true home of the Stone of Destiny and has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce.

Find out more.

4) The Hermitage, Dunkeld

Description: The Hermitage is perhaps one of the most visited nature spots in Perthshire and for a good reason! There’s plenty of picture opportunities in this natural woodland.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 20 miles

Whilst your here, why not visit…

The Atholl Arms Hotel

There are few more imposing sights in the Scottish Highlands than the grandeur of the Atholl Arms Hotel in Dunkeld, at the northern end of this delightful highland village.

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Birnam Arts

A delightful multi-purpose arts, conferencing and entertainment venue encompassing the fantastic Foyer CafePotter’s Junction Gift Shop and the Beatrix Potter Exhibition.

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Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre

From early April to late August, the star attraction is a pair of breeding ospreys, which nest just 150 metres from our observation hide.

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5) Loch Earn, St Fillans

Description: A beautiful a freshwater loch with an amazing backdrop of Ben Vorlich and the surrounding mountain range. Definitely worth a look!
The loch is home to a Watersports Centre that offer multiple watersports activities.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 32 miles

Whilst your here, why not visit…

Auchingarrich Wildlife Park

Whatever the weather you’ll find plenty to see and do, with activities for all ages indoors and out. The centre has over 50 different species of animal, each with its own particular charm.

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Cultybraggan POW Camp

Cultybraggan Camp, near Comrie, Perthshire is the last remaining WWII Prisoner of War (POW) Camp in Scotland.

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Comrie’s Earthquake House

Did you know Comrie’s is the earthquake capital of the UK? As a result, the ‘earthquake house’ was built in 1874 to monitor tremors in the ground. Pop along and take a look at this unique piece of history!

Find out more.

Over to you!

Now you know where the best viewpoints are, it’s now over to get snapping. In case you aren’t familiar with Perthshire, here’s a map to help you find all the viewpoints mentioned above.

Make sure to follow us on Instagram to find more amazing photo spots from around Perthshire!

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A Wilder Scotland in Perth: RSGS Talk

A Wilder Scotland in Perth: RSGS Talk

It wasn’t long ago that wild forests stretched their fingers across much of Scotland. Beavers and cranes found sanctuary in extensive wetlands, salmon and trout filled Scotland’s rivers, and lynx, wolf and wild boar stalked woodland glades.

Today, Scotland has become a much more nature-depleted nation. All of our large carnivores have gone and across huge areas the intricate and balanced ecosystem that emerged from the last ice age has unravelled.

It doesn’t have to be this way. A bold vision for Scotland’s future is evolving; a vision that sees native woodland regenerating; a vision where damaged peatlands are restored, and rivers lined by alder and willow run freely; a vision that sees a wilder landscape driven by natural processes, supporting a much broader range of wildlife than exists today.

This new vision is being spearheaded by a group of photographers and filmmakers who have spent the last three years gathering images to make the case for a wilder Scotland. And one of these campaigners is Peter Cairns, a conservation photographer based in the Cairngorms.

Now, Peter is speaking in Perth and showcasing his stunning images. With spectacular mountaintops and ocean floors, and featuring iconic species such as beavers, ospreys and pine martens, Peter will pose an intriguing question: What should Scotland look like?

Commenting on the upcoming talk, Peter said:

“I’m delighted to be part of an inspiring line up of speakers all with fascinating stories to tell. From my home in the Cairngorms, I’m lucky to be able to look out onto forests of Scots pine, hills of granite and the rushing waters of the River Feshie. Spectacular a place though this is, there are pieces missing.”

“Today, although it’s easy to be seduced by the raw beauty of the Scottish landscape, it is sadly an ecological shadow of its former self. Our native woodland covers just 2% of its former range, many species that were once prolific now teeter on the edge, and our large carnivores are all gone. My presentations for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society will showcase this country’s undoubted beauty and drama, but against a backdrop of global biodiversity decline”

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the RSGS remarked:

“Scotland’s landscape is one of its most treasured assets, and this talk by Peter will demonstrate our country’s raw beauty in spectacular fashion. It is, however, a landscape under pressure and one that is not as untouched by humans as it may first appear. I hope this talk will inspire our audiences to think more closely about ‘wilderness’ in general and some of the possible mechanisms we might adopt to conserve, re-invigorate and improve our natural assets.”

Peter will be speaking in Perth on Tuesday 12th March at 7.30pm in The Salutation Hotel, 34 South Street, Perth, PH2 8PH.

Tickets to see Peter are available via Eventbrite or on the door. They are £10 for visitors, £8 for Tiso Outdoor Experience Cardholders, and FREE for RSGS Members, Students and U18s.

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Stagecoach boosts Perthshire independent businesses by getting on board with Mi Rewards

Stagecoach boosts Perthshire independent businesses by getting on board with Mi Rewards

Bus operator Stagecoach is backing independent businesses in Perth by signing up to the local Mi Rewards loyalty scheme, giving passengers the chance to benefit from shopping local and travelling by bus.

Mi Rewards, the UK’s first card-linked loyalty programme launched in Perth in September 2018 by Miconex – a company founded and based in Perth. It takes an innovative approach to rewards schemes by eliminating the need for a special loyalty card. Registered users link their existing debit or credit cards to the service and receive one ‘Mi Point’ each time they spend £1.

In addition to this, Mi Rewards customers also receive perks, event tickets and random acts of kindness just for being part of the scheme.

The scheme promotes the use of local businesses in Perth and there are now more than 70 shops, cafes, restaurants, salons and venues participating in the scheme in and around the city.

Connecting the community with so many of these local businesses, bus company Stagecoach have now joined the scheme, allowing existing bus users to collect Mi Rewards points for travelling by bus. The development will see the people of Perth and Kinross rewarded for travelling and shopping locally at the huge number of retailers across the city.

Stagecoach have also confirmed a double points reward for the launch, which will last from the official launch date of 13 February until Sunday 24 February 2019. This means that Stagecoach customers buying bus tickets using their credit/debit card linked to the Mi Rewards scheme can receive 2 points per £1 spent, helping to build up their rewards to be spent in Perth.

Mary Queen of Scots and Loch Leven Castle

Mary Queen of Scots and Loch Leven Castle

January saw the opening of a new film about Mary Queen of Scots, and although I have yet still to go to the Playhouse in Perth to watch the film,  I thought I would write about a famous event involving Mary that took place in Perth and Kinross – the imprisonment of the queen at Loch Leven Castle.

Mary Queen of Scots is perhaps one of Scotland’s most tragic monarchs,  she was born in Linlithgow Palace on the 8th of December 1542.  Her father James V was not exactly over the moon when he was told of the birth of his daughter.  He was lying in his sick bed in Falkland Palace and upon receiving the news exclaimed rather sadly “it came wi a lass and it will gang wi a lass” he was referring to the Stewart or Stuart dynasty.   Mary’s father James died six days later on the 14th of December. 

The infant was crowned queen on the 9th of September 1543 she was less than a year old.  The King of England Henry VIII tried to persuade the Scottish nobility that the young queen should marry his son and when this was rejected he sent his armies into Scotland to force the issue.  This is referred to as the Rough Wooing, with Scotland being subjected to these English raids the queen was sent to France where she married the heir to the French throne in 1558.  The following year Mary’s husband was crowned Francois II of France.  The time in France was to be the happiest of her life, but it was not to last, for in 1560 the young French king died,  Mary was sent back to Scotland arriving in Leith in 1561.

Things were extremely difficult for her, she was a Catholic while most of her subjects including her nobility were Protestant.  Mary married her cousin Henry Stewart Lord Darnley in 1565, despite having a child together it was not a happy union.  Darnley was spoilt, immature and a womaniser.  He was manipulated into being involved in murdering Mary’s secretary David Rizzio, this crime was carried out in the queen’s chambers in Holyrood Palace.  Mary who was pregnant at the time never forgave her husband for his part in the murder.  Lord Darnley himself was to die in suspicious circumstances, while sick he was convalescing in a building called Kirk o Field in Edinburgh. 

One night while Mary was out celebrating a wedding Kirk o Field was blown up.  Darnley’s body was found outside in the grounds, he had been murdered.  The chief suspect in this assassination was Lord Bothwell, many people at the time also thought Mary herself had a hand in the killing of her husband.  Mary Queen of Scots then committed political suicide by marrying Lord Bothwell, this prompted a rebellion by her lords.  Mary was overthrown, she was taken into custody and them imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle.

Loch Leven castle sits on the biggest island on Loch Leven, it is owned by Historic Scotland and open to the public.  It is well worth a visit, especially on a nice day.  The castle was to be Mary’s prison for just over ten months arriving on the 17th of June 1567 and leaving on the morning of the 3rd of May 1568.  Imprisonment here was to be the low point of Mary’s time in Scotland, while held Mary miscarried twins that had been conceived with Lord Bothwell. Her jailers were The Douglases, a powerful family who had played a prominent role in Scotland’s history since the days of Robert the Bruce. 

Lady Douglas had been the mistress of the queen’s father King James V , she was the mother of James Stewart the Earl of Moray, Mary’s half brother, Moray was to become regent while Mary was locked up, running the country on behalf of the queen’s young son James VI.  The queen was confined to two rooms on the third floor of the tower.  Lady Douglas was to share a bedroom with the queen, so Mary had very little privacy.  She spent her long days walking in the garden or doing needlework. 

Her supporters on the outside were desperate to secure her freedom, they knew Mary’s life was in danger, her jailers had been told to kill Mary if an escape attempt was made by her followers.  Mary did make an effort to escape on one occasion a laundress had been brought to the castle and Mary who was up early swapped clothing with this woman. Covering her face, Mary made it down to the boat,  she was being rowed across the loch when one of the boatmen foiled the plan, he noticed how white, soft and smooth the ladies hands looked. 

A second attempt was to be successful, Mary was helped by one of her jailers he was Willie Douglas an eighteen-year-old youth who was captivated by the charismatic queen.  On the night of the 2nd of May, he managed to obtain the master key to the tower.  When the rest of the household were celebrating May Day with a masked ball, Willie made his way to the queen’s room.  Releasing the queen, they made their way to a boat and rowed across the loch to freedom.

Once free Mary gathered her support and raised an army, it was defeated at the Battle of Langside near Glasgow.  Mary Queen of Scots then fled to England where she sought the protection of her cousin Queen Elizabeth I of England.  Mary was implicated in a plot to kill the English queen and executed in 1587.

Article by Gary Knight

8 Ways to Celebrate Burns Night in Perthshire

8 Ways to Celebrate Burns Night in Perthshire

 

Burns night is nearly upon us! 

Celebrated annually on Robert Burns’ birthday, 25 January, Burns Night gathers Scots and Scots-at-heart around the world to pay tribute to the great poet’s life and works. There will be haggis eating, ceilidh dancing, songs, poetry and more, but most importantly – good company and loads of fun.

Whatever way you want to celebrate Burns Night, Perth can cater for all! With several organised Burns nights happening in Perth and also some great local butchers where you can pick up a fantastic Haggis to cook yourself.  We are sure you can find your own way to pay tribute to the great Scottish poet!

To get the ball rolling we have been on the hunt to find the best ways to celebrate Burns night in the Fair City.

Without further ado, here are the 6 top ways to celebrate Burns Night in Perth this year.

 

1) Explore The Riverside Night Lights ‘Burns Theme’

When: Jan 26 – Jan 27 from 17:00 

Where: Norie-Miller Walk, Perth, PH2 7TR

On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January, Perth will celebrate the contribution Robert Burns has made to Scottish culture, with live entertainment and fun with a Scottish twist as part of the Riverside Light Nights. On Saturday 26 there will also be a themed parade starting in Perth city centre, and heading over the bridge to bring participants to Norie Miller Park. There will be a parade on Saturday 26th Jan starting in the City Centre at 17:00. There is no parade on Sunday 27th Jan. Please note that there may be pyrotechnics at these events.

 

 

2) Indulge in a Wine Dinner at the Dunkled House Hotel 

When: Friday 25th January

Where: Dunkeld House Hotel,  Blairgowrie Rd, Dunkeld PH8 0HX

Enjoy an exclusive evening of fine food and wine to celebrate Scotland’s bard. Join us on Friday 25th January 2019 from 7.30pm.
Join Dunkeld House Hotel for an evening with Matthew Clark, who will talk you through some of their fine wines. Book your place now and enjoy a 5 course menu created by our chef to compliment the wines.

 

2) Stay over at the Salutation Hotel

HotelWhen: Sunday 27th January 

Where: Salutation hotel 34 South Street, Perth, PH2 8PH

Planning on visiting the Riverside Light Nights? It’s set to be a big event this year with the ‘Red Hot Chilli Pipers’ playing as part of the special Burns Night celebrations on Sunday 27th January at Norie Miller Park. Enjoy the night from start to finish by booking our Sunday Night Saver from only £27.50 per person including full Scottish breakfast. Then after the live show head back to the Salutation and enjoy a delicious bar meal as our food is served from 12 till 9pm. Call now to book our fantastic Sunday Saver. 01738 630066

 

 

3) Celebrate With The Perth Burns Club

When: Saturday, January 27, 2017, 18:30 for 19:00

Where: Salutation Hotel, 30-34 South St, Perth PH2 8PH

The club’s Annual Dinner, widely recognised as being one of the country’s leading Burns Nights and also one of Perth’s foremost social occasions, will be held in the Salutation Hotel, for the 40th consecutive year on Saturday, on the 27th January from 6.30pm for 7pm. The Immortal Memory is to be proposed by Donald Paton, Donald is current President of The Burns Club of Vancouver and also Honorary Life President of The Perth Burns Club. The Toast to The Lasses will be proposed by Councillor Willie Wilson, the Depute Provost of Perth & Kinross.  The Reply from the Lasses will be given by former Councillor Joan McEwen. 

The entertainment will be of the accustomed high standard. Further details are provided on the club’s website.

Dress for the function is optional but the wearing of formal or Highland dress is encouraged. The ticket price is £27 for Club members and their spouses and £32 for non-members.

There is no limit to the number of guest tickets allowed but, as recent dinners have seen high attendances and numbers are limited to 175, early booking is advised.  Although dress for the function is optional, the wearing of evening or Highland dress is strongly encouraged.  Any special seating or dietary requests should be mentioned on the reply form.  Please note that we cannot offer refunds for bookings cancelled less than 48 hours prior to the Dinner unless the places can be filled from a waiting list.

 

4) Enjoy a tipple or two at Brewdog Perth!

Burns nightWhen: Friday, January 25, 2019 at 12 PM – 11:59 PM

Where: BrewDog Perth 62/64 George Street, PH1 5JL Perth, Perth and Kinross

Join us for Burns Night and celebrate like the Scots!

We’ll have Scottish beer, music and whisky! Plus our ever popular veggie haggis pizza returns! And we’ll be giving anyone who sports a kilt a pint on us!

 

 

5) Dance the Night Away at the Strathardle Inn

Burns NightWhen: Friday, January 25, 2019, at 7 PM – 11 PM

Where: The Strathardle Inn, Kirkmichael, nr Blairgowrie, PH10 7NS Perth And Kinross, United Kingdom

Join us on Friday 25th January for a traditional Burns Supper with customary addresses, toasts and poetry followed by evening entertainment of Disco and Ceilidh from Bruce Entertainments. Burns Supper:Cullen Skink, Chicken Liver Pate or Potato & Leek Soup (v) Haggis, Needs or Tatties with whisky Sauce or Vegetarian on request Clootie Pudding or Cranachan £15 per person, booking required for meal only. Evening entertainment is open to all. We look forward to seeing you all there.

 

 

6) Tuck into a Burns Supper at the Crieff Hydro

HaggisWhen: Friday, January 25, 2019 at 7 PM – 11 PM

Where: Crieff Hydro Ferntower Road Crieff, PH7 3LQ Crieff

Celebrate Burns Night the traditional way – with lots of friends and plenty to eat and drink! This year, our Burns Supper cost £45 a head and includes all of this:- Piped entrance – Scottish Gin cocktail on arrival – Address to the Haggis – 4-course meal with 3 whisky pairings To book call 01764 655 555 or send us a message on Facebook.

 

 

7)  Show your support at the Perthshire Rugby Burns Night

Burns nightWhen: January 26, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Where: Loft Nightclub Pert h145-151 South Street, PH2 8N Perth, Perth and Kinross

Perthshire Rugby Burns’ Night returns to the Loft on Saturday 26th January. This is a whole club social event and everyone, (members, players, supporters age 18+ from all sections) is welcome. Itinerary: Arrive in That Bar from 6pm Piped in at 7pm. Traditional 3 course meal. Speeches and recitals from members & players across the rugby club membership. Price is £25 each payable on the night. To secure your places or offer a contribution to the night, please email our club captain, Ewan. clubcaptain@perthshire-rfc.co.uk See you there!

 

8) Enjoy a Delicious Traditional Meal from Locally Sourced Suppliers

Simon Howie Butchers 

Simon Howie haggis and puddings are made from their own traditional recipe by their team of award-winning chefs and butchers. They pride themselves on only using the finest ingredients when producing their delicious range of haggis and puddings.

As well as being Scotland’s national dish commonly eaten to celebrate Burns night in January, haggis is a hugely versatile ingredient which can be enjoyed year round.

Who would have thought you could get such a selection of haggis. Howies supply: The Original Haggis, The Wee Haggis, Sliced Haggis, Cheiftan Haggis.

Find out more on their website

DG Linday Butchers 15 North  Methven Street, Perth PH1 5PN 

An award-winning family run butcher business based in Perth, Scotland, established for over 100 years.
We pride ourselves on a personal and friendly service whilst maintaining the traditional standards of customer care.

Provender Brown Delicatessen  23 George St, Perth PH1 5JY

A delight not to be missed, Provender Brown has won a number of prestigious national awards reflecting the range of produce, excellent customer service and general “deli attitude”.

PS: Don’t forget to bring your Perth Gift Card with you, as these businesses (plus many other brilliant independent businesses) accept the gift card!

 

However you chose to celebrate the night, you are guaranteed to find the perfect celebration in Perth!

Have a great Burns Night!


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