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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
- Underneath the Arches
- Sarah Peterson Design (as featured on the BBC’s “Money For Nothing”)
- Frames Gallery
- Tayberry Gallery
- Raspberry Gifts
- TB Mitchell Jewellers
- Timothy Hardie Fine Jewellery & Silver
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.
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:
- Boo Vake
- Byers & Co
- Number Five Jewellery
- The Peacock and the Tortoise
- Silver Linings Design Studio
- Whispers of the Past
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.
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?
- Grand’ Italia
- Willows Coffee Shop and restaurant
- Brown & Blacks
- Duo Restaurant
- Pig Halle
- 3 Broth3rs Italian Restaurant
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.
After all that activity, you’ll be ready for dinner! Check out our Evening itinerary for great Perth restaurants, bars and evening activities.
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:
- Tabla Indian Restaurant
- Paco’s Restaurant (Italian, Spanish, American and European)
- Gringo’s Bar & Restaurant (Latin American street food)
- The North Port Restaurant (Scottish & European)
- The Post Box (Scottish & European)
- Everest Inn (Nepalese)
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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