The popular River Tay boat trips are back! You can now explore the Tay in a new and exciting way, and see the city from a different angle.

And, to help you make a whole day or evening out around your trip, we’ve put together three fantastic Perth itineraries!

Daytime itinerary for Willowgate boat trips

If your boat trip is starting or finishing at Willowgate Activity Centre, you’re in for a treat.

Aqua Zorbing

Morning

Try your hand at one of the fantastic activities on offer at the Willowgate Activity Centre.

  • Take to the water for an adventure, with Aqua Zorbing, Paddle Boarding, Kayaking or Canoeing.
  • How about Target Archery or Field Archery*? Bring out your inner Robin Hood or Maid Marian as you let those arrows fly (safely and under supervision, of course).
  • Or make like Bear Grylls as you go on a Bushcraft adventure, exploring a range of survival skills such as shelter-building, knot-tying, animal-tracking, water filtration and fire-lighting. (Overnight survival courses also available on request!)

 

Most activities are suitable for kids aged 6 or 7 and up, so the whole family can have fun. *No animals will be harmed during this activity!

Lunchtime

Have a tasty lunch at the Willowgate Café, which is set in a wonderful location on the banks of the river. The café is a converted salmon-fishing station serving a range of delicious homemade soups, sandwiches, light lunches, home baking, artisan coffees, teas and hot chocolate. (Open Wed to Sun, 10am to 4pm.)

After lunch, take a stroll along the Tay, enjoying the beautiful views and looking out for local wildlife and plant life.

Afternoon

Back in Perth, just beside the Fergusson Pontoon is one of Perth’s best-loved attractions, the Fergusson Gallery. Named after the renowned 20th-Century Scottish colourist, the gallery features JD Fergusson’s work and that of his lifelong companion Margaret Morris, who was a pioneering artist, dancer and choreographer. Set in a former waterworks, the gallery is free to visit and sure to inspire.

If seeing all that natural beauty and dance has made you want to stretch your legs, head to the South Inch Park for a stroll or take the kids to the playpark, skate park or South Inch Pavilion Café.

A short hop from the South Inch are some fantastic independent shops – take a stroll up Princes Street and the surrounding area to find these and more:

After all that boating, walking, sightseeing and shopping, you’ll probably be ravenous! Check out our Evening itinerary  for loads of great Perth restaurants, evening activities, bars and more.

 

Daytime itinerary for Kinnoull Hill, Broughty Ferry and Elcho Castle boat trips

 These boat trips start and end at the Fergusson Pontoon, opposite the beautiful Fergusson Gallery. Here are some great ideas for daytime activities to fit round your boat trip.

Morning

Before you hop on your boat, why not grab some breakfast or a morning coffee at one of Perth’s many cafés? A short stroll from the Fergusson Pontoon are these lovely eateries, to name just a few:

You’re also a stone’s throw from a huge number of Perth’s independent shops, such as:

 

For a shot of culture and a beautiful building, head to Perth Museum and Art Gallery, where there are always fascinating regular exhibitions as well as its vast permanent collection.

Tucked behind the museum is the fascinating Fair Maid’s House, an historic building in its own right but also home to the HQ and visitor centre of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

Lunchtime

These city-centre restaurants are always popular at lunchtime with Perth locals and visitors – why not book a table for before or after your boat trip?

 

Or if you fancy a picnic, visit Provender Brown, The Cheese Byre, Duo Deli or the world-famous Murrays Bakers to make up your own delicious lunch.

 

Afternoon

For a lovely walk after lunch, it’s hard to beat the North Inch, right by the city centre. Stroll along the river, enjoy the green space, take the kids to the playpark, or sit on a bench and watch the people go by.

Black Watch Castle and Museum Perth

For a slice of Perthshire history, drop in to the fascinating Black Watch castle, museum, café and shop – and home of the Black Watch Regimental Association – right beside the North Inch.

After all that activity, you’ll be ready for dinner! Check out our Evening itinerary for great Perth restaurants, bars and evening activities.

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Evening itinerary for all boat trips

After your busy day in Perth, it’s time to take your pick from our fantastic restaurants where you’ll get a warm welcome and delicious dinner. Here are a few to choose from:

 

View our full restaurant listings

For evening entertainment, check out Perth Playhouse Cinema where you can choose from a wide selection of films as well as live-broadcast theatre and opera. You can also book tickets for one of the fabulous shows at Perth Theatre or Perth Concert Hall, or laugh / dance your socks off at The Green Room.

If you fancy a nightcap to end your evening, check out Graysons Wine Café, an intimate and friendly bar and café, or select a cocktail at Rocablu. Or be spoiled for choice at The Venue, which has a whisky and wine bar, a cocktail and gin bar, and a rum bar!

Check out the Boating timetable here. We hope you enjoy exploring the city and the river!

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