Top 10 Family Events & Festivals

Top 10 Family Events & Festivals

Looking for some family-friendly events this year? If so, you are in the right place. We know how hard it is to find events and festivals that aren’t just suitable for the whole family but are enjoyable for visitors of all ages.

We have been on the hunt to find you some of the best family-friendly events and festivals from around Perthshire. So weather you and your family are interested in experiencing some live music, getting active, learning about Scottish history or just looking for a great day out – Perthshire has it all!

Take a look at our top 10 family-friendly events and festivals below!

1 | Show off your moves at the Solas Festival

Solas Festival is Scotland’s midsummer festival, which has been running since 2009. The all-age, weekend-long celebration of music and the arts is designed to entertain, inspire and challenge.

Find out more at: solasfestival.co.uk

2 | Enjoy a day out at the DiverseCiTAY Festival

 

We’ve got a diverse and talented bunch of young people in Perth, and they’re keen to share their skills and creative passions with you. On the streets and in the parks there will be performances to delight and amaze, and plenty of chances to join in.
Whether it’s music, drama, art, or sport, there will be something for you to see and do.

Find the event here.

3 | Grab your bikes and get over to the Cream o’ the Croft

Held at Comrie Croft, the award-winning campsite and trail centre in the heart of Strathearn in Perthshire, Cream o’ the Croft is a Summer festival for anyone who loves either (or all) of the following things….. Mountain biking – delicious food – amazing trails – quality time with friends and family – camping (or glamping) – live music – having a few drinks – stunning views – sliding down a big hill – dancing into the night – watching your kids run free in the great outdoors – having ridiculous amounts of fun.

Find the event here.

4 | BBC’s Biggest Weekend

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to conquer Scotland’s Munros, a list of Scottish mountains over 3,000 ft (914.4 m), which are named after Sir Hugh T Munro, who surveyed and catalogued them in 1891.  Perthshire is home 28 amazing Munros and climbing these peaks is a great way for experienced walkers to explore some of Scotland’s finest scenery and further-flung locations.

Find out more at visitscotland.co.uk

5 | Enjoy a show or two at the Perth Festival of Arts

The Perth Festival of the Arts is a gem in Scotland’s cultural calendar and stages opera, classical, rock, dance, jazz, drama, visual arts in Perth Concert Hall & Perth Theatre. The programme is bursting with family-friendly concerts and workshops!

Find out more at: perthfestival.co.uk

6 | Take on the Spartan Race

The race will offer a start in the very centre of the city, for the first time ever in the UK. Spartan Race runners will have the chance to run along crowd-lined streets, before heading out onto the hilly trails. WIth a range of races suited to your ability and age – this is the perfect family fun event!

Find the event here.

7 | Take a trip back in time with the Perth Medieval Fayre

Celebrate Perth’s ancient roots with an exciting day of free events and activities in the city centre.

Watch and try your hand at a range of skills including hand and wheel spinning, loom weaving and live metal casting from Threads in Time. There will also be medieval music, weapons and armour, traditional crime and punishment demonstrations and much much more!
Find the event here.

8 | Join in the spooky and kooky fun at the Perth’s Halloween Party 

Perth’s Halloween celebrations get bigger and better every year!  We invite you to enjoy a Halloween Party in Perth where we promise you a spooktacular extravaganza of ghoulish delights!

Find the event here.

10 | Celebrate Scotland’s National day at the St Andrews Day Festival 

Celebrate St Andrew’s Day with live music and a marketplace selling food and drink from Scotland’s natural larder.

Find the event here.

9 | Welcome in the Festive Season with the Perth Christmas Light Switch-on 

Get ready for Perth’s biggest ever Christmas party! It’s big, bright and brimming with stars, Perth’s Christmas Light’s Switch On is this year’s must-see festive celebration with a fantastic line-up of sensational acts making their way to Fair City to kick start the season’s glorious Winter Festival.

Find the event here.

Perthshire Bucket List 2018

Perthshire Bucket List 2018

Are there things in Perthshire you’ve always wanted to do? Activities and sights that you keep meaning to get around to? If so, why not make a Perthshire Bucket List for 2018? Each month (or more often!) you could do a different activity, visit a different attraction or see something different.

We’ve created our own Perthshire Bucket List to inspire you – take a look and let us know what yours would contain. And have a memorable and fun-filled 2018!

January –Take a course

It’s the classic January activity – learning something new! And Perthshire has so much to offer. You could create an unforgettable feast at Perth’s Indian Cook School, Let’s Cook Scotland or one of Taystful’s chocolate-making courses. How could you resist that?!

If you’d like your new skills to really “take off” in 2018, you could learn to fly at Perth Airport with the Scottish Aero Club. Or, if crafting is more your thing, there are many embroidery, quilting, dress-making and sewing workshops on offer at Perth’s The Peacock and The Tortoise.

February – Get up high

It’s been said that experiencing a sense of awe can make us happier. And there’s certainly no shortage of awe-inspiring and towering heights in Perthshire!

If you are feeling super-brave or want to push the limits of what you can achieve, the Killiecrankie Bungee Jump could be just what you’re after. And the same team has found another way to get the adrenaline pumping – the Highland Fling, a thrilling swing from a 40-metre platform under the famous Garry bridge and across the gorge.

If, like me, you prefer to look at nice views rather than bungee into them, there is a plethora of hills, mountains and viewpoints in our lovely county, such as Ben Vrackie, Ben Vorlich, Ben Lawers, Schiehallion, Kinnoull Hill, Moncreiffe Hill, Birnam Hill and Pine Cone Point at The Hermitage. (See our article on Perthshire’s viewpoints for some extra inspiration!)

March – Spot wildlife

Spring is a lovely time to get up close to Perthshire’s wild creatures, as new life is born on land and birds take to the skies in large numbers.

You can see all sorts of wildlife and birdlife, both native and migratory, at Loch Leven RSPB and Loch of the Lowes. Or hand-feed deer and see a barn owl in action at the Red Deer Centre.

To see wildlife in their loch or hillside habitats, visit Highland Safaris, Highland Exploration or Loch Tay Safaris, where you can take a trip in an off-road 4×4 vehicle or a cabin RIB boat, in the company of experienced wildlife guides.

April- Get immersed in history

To celebrate the longer days, why not take a trip to one of Perthshire’s brilliant historical attractions, and learn some great facts about our past? Often, we don’t visit the castle or museum that’s just down the road from us – 2018 could be the year to do just that! Here’s a small selection, but feel free to make your own list to tick off through the year:

May – Come to a big event or festival

Perthshire is the go-to county for fantastic events – the whole year is crammed full of them! In May, and throughout summer, you can experience the thrill of horse-racing at Perth Racecourse, including a Ladies’ Day. The annual Perth Beer Festival is going from strength to strength and is a wonderful day and evening of entertainment, featuring the best of Perthshire’s local drinks producers.

Later in the year you can experience the magic of the Enchanted Forest at Faskally Wood, or keep out the winter chills with Perth’s fun-packed Winter Festival. And if you’ve never yelled yourself hoarse at a St Johnstone Football Club match, do it in 2018!

June – Get outdoors and adventuring

Perthshire is well-known for its outdoor pursuits – with all of our rivers, mountains, forests and wild moors, who could blame us?

Here are some of the companies who will help you to explore and adventure in the great outdoors:

July – See live music

Will 2018 be the year you make it to Solas, Rewind or Fake Festival? Whether you want to hear up-and-coming bands or bop along to an ’80s or ’90s classic wearing your best DayGlo outfits, Perthshire has so many live music events for you.

As well as the outdoor festivals, there’s also great music at The Green Room, Perth Concert Hall, Inchyra Arts Club, Birnam Arts, and more.

Follow Perth City on Facebook or Twitter for all the latest!

August – Come to a Scottish Highland Games

There’s a Highland Games on nearly every summer weekend in Scotland, many of them in August. But did you know how many we have here in Perthshire? As well as two of the largest and most popular – Perth Highland Games and Crieff Highland Gathering – there are also Highland Games at Blackford, Blair Atholl, Kenmore, Birnam, Blairgowrie & Rattray and Pitlochry.

If you’ve never been before, 2018 could be the year you experience this most Scottish of occasions!

September – Do local food and drink

You can eat delicious local food all year round in Perthshire, but as summer turns to autumn, some of our finest food makes an appearance.

To celebrate this bounty, the Great Perthshire Picnic features a whole month bursting with foodie events, from pop-up restaurants to special tastings, great feasts to dainty nibbles.

There’s still time this month to pick or buy fruit from our many fabulous soft-fruit producers such as the Strawberry Shop, and don’t forget that Perthshire tatties are among the best in the world!

For your monthly food fix, don’t miss Perth Farmers’ Market, featuring local producers of bread, drinks, cakes, sweets, cheeses, oatcakes, chillis, gins, chocolates, meats, and much more.

October – Get some culture

As we wander through autumn in Perthshire, there’s so much to do for culture-lovers.

BOOKMARK Festival takes place in Blairgowrie & The Glens and features world-class authors in a boutique setting. Pitlochry Theatre continues its popular summer run of six different shows a week, and the newly refurbished Perth Theatre will have an autumn programme of delights.

Later in the year, check out Pitlochry’s Winter Words Festival, and for fascinating exhibitions all year round, head to the welcoming Perth Museum & Art Gallery or Fergusson Gallery.

November – Do a distillery tour

We couldn’t possibly have a Perthshire Bucket List without a distillery tour. If you’re coming from afar it’s a great way to learn about our national drink. But even if you live in the area, it’s still great fun to do the tour and sample the delicious malts and blends at the end! It’s a great day out for your visitors, too.

And now, with the rise of Perthshire’s gin producers, you don’t even have to like whisky to enjoy a distillery tour!

Our whisky distilleries include Dewars Aberfeldy, Famous Grouse, Edradour and Bells. Gin distilleries you could visit include Strathearn, Persie and Madderty Micro. Slàinte Mhath!

December – Get festive

Perthshire has the antidote to all those dark winter nights – we light them up with parties, light shows, markets and more!

There are Christmas markets throughout the county, and festivals that celebrate Halloween, Bonfire Night, St Andrew’s Day and, of course, chocolate and gin! Don’t forget, either, the Perth Riverside Light Nights, Pitlochry’s New Year’s Day party and Comrie’s Hogmanay Flambeaux event.

Stay in touch

As you can see, there are so many elements you can add to your 2018 Perthshire Bucket List. We have highlighted just a small selection for you – why not use them as inspiration and make up your own list? Don’t forget to let us know what you get up to, and follow us on on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news, photos, videos and events from Perth and Perthshire.

A Quick Guide to Perthshire’s Must See Churchyards

A Quick Guide to Perthshire’s Must See Churchyards

Perthshire is home to some of the most striking church’s and churchyards across the UK and are a must see for any history buff. Churches in Scotland have a long and prestigious influence within Scottish culture. Historically church’s were the central focus of a town, with the churchyards being used not only as burial sites, but also as marketplaces and points of business too.

The historic gravestones which are housed within churchyards across the country display important aspects of Scottish history, with many sites displaying the craftsmanship and religious beliefs of past civilizations such as the Picts and Celts. Weather you are a history fanatic or just fancy an interesting day out, take a trip to some of Perthshire’s most interesting churchyards, right on your doorstep. Here is a quick guide to some of the most interesting and noteworthy churchyards across the country:

1. Alyth Churchyard

 

Alyth Churchyard

This Churchyard is located in the picturesque landscape of the Scottish town Alyth. The church’s heritage can be traced back as far as 1352 and was a significant part of the towns history, with the churchyard being used as the town main trading market for decades. The iconic arches of the Churchyard make this a unique Perthshire churchyard and a must see destination.

2. Collace Churchyard

Alyth Churchyard

Collace Church has had a large influence on the heritage of the local people, being used as a focal point of the town for decades. The ancient gravestones and buildings of the churchyard create an awe inspiring atmosphere with the landscape being associated with the story of Shakespeare ‘Macbeth’.

2. Coupar Angus Churchyard

Coupar Angus Churchyard

The idyllic setting of the Coupar Angus Churchyard makes for a fascinating day out for any enthusiastic historian. The Coupar Angus Abbey Churchyard sits on a slight prominence in an otherwise low-lying area. The site itself has a rich history, with the churchyard ground displaying strong evidence to Roman activity.

4. Meigle Churchyard

Meigle Church’s heritage can be traced back to the Neolithic times and is among the oldest churches in the country. An impressive collection of Pictish sculptured stones can be discovered around the courtyard, highlighting the craftsmanship of the ancient civilization.

Perthshire has a rich history of churchyards, with many of the their heritages being traced back centuries. More information about must see church’s and churchyards can be found here. If Perthshire churchyard history has caught your attention, why not take a look at our article about the fascinating world of body snatching and defending the dead here

Day Out From Perth – Meigle, Alyth & Blairgowrie

Day Out From Perth – Meigle, Alyth & Blairgowrie

Perthshire is well-known for its delicious soft fruits, and for its lovely bluebell woods. The month of May is a great time to sample both of these, so when deciding where to go for this month’s Day Out From Perth, it had to be the Blairgowrie area. There are farm shops aplenty around these parts, selling some of Scotland’s best strawberries, raspberries and vegetables, and there are beautiful bluebell woods to explore.

And because 2017 is the year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, there will be links to the past, too.

I head off on a fruit-/flower-finding mission – first stop Meigle.

9.45am – Meigle

Meigle is a pretty village about 18 miles from Perth, and it’s a pleasant drive. A friend has recommended the Pot & Pantry café and farm shop, so I head there first. I order a coffee and some delicious walnut- and fruit cake and check out the surroundings. There’s a deli area full of treats such as fresh bread and rolls, chai tea, fruit and veg. On my way out, after chatting to the friendly staff, I pick up some corn bread and seed-topped rolls and head next door to the Quirky Cuckoo gift shop. It’s packed with lovely items such as scarves, bags, clothing, traditional kids’ toys, baby gifts and plants. After a little retail therapy, I head on my way.

10.30am – Pictish Stone Museum, Meigle

Until today, I didn’t know there was a Pictish Stone Scuplture Museum in Meigle, so when I see the sign I have to pay it a visit. Just the night before, we’d been with friends to the first ever Museum Late at Perth Museum, which introduced us to a new and innovative Pictish exhibition, so I’m in the mood to find out more. There are some impressive examples of Pictish art here, surprisingly well-preserved. The symbols on the sculpture even include seahorses and a camel! Alan, the museum guide, has in-depth knowledge of his subject, and is game enough to model the Pictish shoes and socks from the dressing-up box. On that sartorial note, it’s time to move on to Alyth.

11.15am – Story Box and M M Ferguson shop, Alyth

I arrive in Alyth and head straight for the Story Box, a local-history archive located in a renovated red phone box. You simply pop into the phone box and press a button to hear fascinating stories about Alyth’s history, recorded by local residents.

After all my historical insights I’m ready for more shopping so I head to M M Ferguson, a local grocer’s shop. It sells oatcakes, bread, local strawberries and rows of sweetie jars adorned with twinkling fairy lights. The woman behind the counter is friendly, chatting away as she tots up the totals on her notepad. I buy some delicious local strawberries and some rhubarb-and-custard sweets in a paper poke (which I was lucky to get – apparently there had been a run on them last week!).

11.30am – The Barony, Alyth

I have time before I leave Alyth to pop up to The Barony, an outdoor centre where you can hire bikes and kayaks, book an adventure, grab a coffee, buy outdoor supplies and even have a shot on their climbing wall. We don’t need any bikes today but I’m keeping it in mind for a future trip as I’ve heard great things about Outdoor Explore, the company that runs kayak tours, hill-walks, mountain bike trips and canoe safaris from this centre and their Perth branch.

11.45am – Marshall’s Farm shop, outside Alyth

 

I’m on my way to Blairgowrie when I spot a shed in a car park off the main road selling local raspberries and strawberries, home-made meringues, fresh potatoes and asparagus. After a quick chat with the farmer (and yet more friendly service) and some tasty purchases, that’s the family’s dinner sorted!

12.00pm – Shops in Blairgowrie

 

Before meeting up with my family for lunch, I pop into the Tourist Information Centre and get some great advice from Rachael who’s on duty there. She gives me a map and some tips on where to find the bluebell wood I have in mind.

Then I wander round the shops, and happen upon All Things Fair, selling fair-trade and local items. I pop in and have a great chat with the owner, Anna, who shows me her wide range of stock, including local soaps, candles from Ullapool, bags by fab Edinburgh company Earth Squared, and jewellery, scarves, bags and clothing from around the world.

Anna also tells me about Something Special, an award-winning designer florist shop on Allan Street. Apparently the shop owner’s away in London this week, having qualified with one of the top 16 florist scores in the UK heats for the RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year 2017. Best of luck! Time now for lunch…

12.45pm – Lunch at Cargill’s Bistro, Blairgowrie

 

For lunch we’ve booked a table at Cargill’s Bistro, by the riverside in Blairgowrie. It’s named after Donald Cargill, a local minister on the run from the king’s guards, who was said to have escaped capture by leaping a seemingly impossible distance over a gorge on the River Ericht.

Cargill’s is a bright, colourful restaurant serving fine local food, and it’s clearly a popular place. We order starters of baked camembert with honey, and garlic mushrooms, followed by a creamy tagliatelle, a burger for our daughter and a dish of scallops and black pudding. It’s tasty, and the presentation is thoughtful. We get some coffees to go, and fetch our dog from the car for a walk along the river.

2.00pm – Riverside Walk, Blairgowrie

 

Time for a short stroll along the River Ericht walk, just one of many that form part of the Blairgowrie path network. Blairgowrie is also the start and finish of the 64-mile long Cateran Trail, Scotland’s only long-distance circular walk and the base for the popular Annual Blairgowrie Walking Festival. That’s one to come back and do! We’re enjoying the fresh air so we decide it’s time to see the bluebell wood.

2.30pm – Bluebell Wood, White Loch and Fingask Loch, Blairgowrie

 

For years we’ve wanted to go to Darroch Bluebell Wood, probably the best-known in Perthshire, so we’re delighted to get our chance today. The walk starts just off the main Perth Road, and we haven’t got far when we come across White Loch, a beautiful, tranquil little loch that’s home to swans, moorhens and, from the look of the expertly-gnawed tree trunks, a family of beavers.

Another few minutes and we’re passing a farm and Fingask Loch, which is a popular hunting ground for osprey. We cross the farm field (keeping the pooch firmly on the lead) and head for Darroch Wood. As soon as we reach the gate we can see the carpet of lilac bluebells, stretching as far as the eye can see. Every corner turned reveals more and more of the pretty purple flowers. It feels magical, an assault on the senses. Even when we’re caught in a rain shower we don’t mind – the aroma released by the storm is heavenly! We head back to the car and the nearby Dalmore Inn – we reckon we’ve earned a hot drink.

3.30pm – Dalmore Inn, Blairgowrie

 

The Dalmore Inn is a comfortable and well-furnished bar and restaurant on the Perth Road, and we’re warmly welcomed despite our slightly dishevelled appearance and wet wellies! We enjoy our hot drinks as our legs dry off in the warmth, and make a note to come back here for lunch or dinner soon.

4.20pm – Home time

 

It’s time to head back to Perth and enjoy our delicious local produce. We’ve all had a great day in this area and we remark on the friendly reception we’ve received everywhere – not just today, but on all of our Days Out from Perth. We think the future of Perthshire’s tourism is in good hands.

Other things to do in the area

Places to stay in Perth

If you’d like to do a great Day Out from Perth, here’s a list of fantastic accommodation in the heart of the city where you can stay, before and/or afterwards:

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Getting Married in Perth

Getting Married in Perth

Getting Married in Perthshire

When it comes to getting married, Perth and Perthshire are hard to beat. Pretty churches, fabulous hotels, stunning scenery and great activities – our big county has it all. Plus we’re located within a 90-minute drive of 90% of Scotland’s population, so everyone can get here easily!

That means there’s a lot of info and advice packed into this article, so grab a cuppa, relax and let us help you plan the most special day of your life!

The Proposal

Well, every wedding has to start somewhere, right? When you’re ready to pop the question to your gal or guy, you’ll want it to be just right. That doesn’t mean it has to be fancy, just whatever is meaningful to you both. So here are our top recommendations for everything from the ring to the celebratory bubbly!

Where to buy the ring

You can find beautiful engagement and wedding rings from these top independent Perth jewellers: 

Byers & Co

Some will help you to design your own, too!

Where to propose

You might want to propose over dinner at 63 Tay Street, Tabla, Deans, Santé, North Port, The Post Box or Grand’ Italia, to name just a few. Or why not pop the question with style at an event such as the Enchanted Forest, Rewind, the Solas Festival, or Perth Highland Games? You could even get back to nature as you get down on one knee at a Perthshire beauty spot or a riverside walk along the North Inch.

Time to celebrate

Congratulations – they said yes! If you’re now both thinking about tucking into some champers, you don’t have to go far. Exel Wines, Provender Brown, Grayson’s Wine Café, The Venue and The Bothy can all provide you with some delicious bubbly to toast your new status.

Venues and Catering

When it comes to wedding venues in Perthshire, the phrase “spoilt for choice” has rarely been more apt. There are so many that it’s impossible to list them all, but here’s a wide and varied selection of hotels, halls and hot spots to suit every taste and budget.

The Byre at Inchyra

Where – Inchyra Estate, Glencarse, PH2 7LU

What – The Byre at Inchyra is a stunningly beautiful wedding venue set in verdant Perthshire countryside. In February 2017 the Byre’s team was delighted to win UK & Ireland Wedding Venue of the Year in the DWHA Awards run by Destination Weddings & Holidays Abroad Magazine, the UK’s largest bridal magazine. The Byre is a tastefully restored, fully equipped, rustic barn comprising several stylish spaces, set in 150 acres of private parkland. Or you can pledge your troth in the beautiful gardens. You can also use the Bridal Day Room at Inchyra House for getting ready in the morning.

Website http://www.thebyreatinchyra.co.uk/weddings-barn-scotland/

Atholl Palace

Where – Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5LX

WhatAtholl Palace Hotel sits in beautifully manicured gardens, high on a hill in the popular town of Pitlochry. From the magnificent tree-lined avenue to decadent suites and a luxury spa, Atholl Palace is a favourite choice for those seeking a Highland fairytale wedding.

Website http://www.athollpalace.com/pitlochry-weddings

Bachilton Barn

Where – Bachilton House, Methven, PH1 3QX

What – Bachilton Barn is uniquely rural, yet a delightfully modern wedding venue located on 700 acres of stunning Perthshire countryside. The converted barn provides private surroundings and provides a perfect blank canvas for wedding couples to draw up the wedding of their dreams.

Website – http://www.bachiltonbarn.co.uk  

Ballathie House Hotel

Where Kinclaven, Stanley, PH1 4QN

What – Ballathie was voted Best Country House Wedding Venue at the 2012 Scottish Hotel Awards and benefits from a glorious position on the banks of the River Tay. For large parties, a marquee can be set up in the stunning grounds. Exclusive use can be arranged of the main house at certain times of the year.

Website http://www.perthshire-weddings.com

 

Comrie Croft

WhereBraincroft, by Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland PH7 4JZ

What Comrie Croft is, in its own words, “a wee bit different from a typical wedding venue”. A 200-year-old farmstead, house and barn set around a courtyard, together with 231 acres of fields and woods, most of the time it’s an award-winning green destination for people camping, hostelling or mountain biking. It’d be an informal, DIY wedding (the team doesn’t plan your wedding for you) but it’s sure to be lots of fun.

Websitehttp://www.comriecroft.com/groups/weddings.html

Crieff Hydro

Where – Crieff

What – Set in 9000 acres of rolling Perthshire countryside, the popular Crieff Hydro has the right space – cosy or grand – for 12 guests or 120. The hotel has a highly experienced wedding co-ordinator and wedding menus are created by three-time Scottish Chef of the Year, Bruce Price.

Websitehttps://www.crieffhydro.com/love/weddings/

Duchally Country Estate

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Where – Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Perthshire, PH3 1PN

What – Duchally offers bespoke intimate weddings in a beautiful elegant country estate for up 40 guests, with an outstanding setting for photographs. The wedding party and guests can stay in luxurious lodges on the estate.

Websitehttp://www.duchally.co.uk/bespoke-weddings/

Dunkeld House Hotel

Where – Dunkeld, Perthshire, PH8 0HX

What – Dunkeld House Hotel, a luxury country house hotel that’s just had a £2m facelift, sits on the banks of the River Tay, in 280 acres of woodland. You can have your ceremony indoors or outdoors (weather permitting), and you can arrive down the mile-long drive in a vintage car or even arrive by boat along the Tay.

Websitehttp://www.dunkeldhousehotel.co.uk/occasions/weddings/

Fingask Castle

Where – Rait, Perthshire, PH2 7SA

What – Fingask Castle is a rural and romantic wedding venue set in the heart of Scotland. There’s a wide choice of locations for an exclusive wedding and reception, be it large or small, civil or religious, Asian or humanist – inside the castle, inside the pavilion or in the stunning gardens. Accommodation is expanding, and up to 70 guests can now stay in the self-catering cottages and new one-night stay ‘potting sheds’.

Websitehttp://www.fingaskcastle.co.uk/index.php/weddings/wedding_home

Fisher’s Hotel

Where – Pitlochry, PH16 5BN

What – Fisher’s Hotel was founded in 1830, a mixture of Georgian and Victorian architecture tastefully refurbished for the 21st century. Features include a magnificent ballroom, beautiful Victorian bay windows overlooking the award-winning gardens and Art Deco fireplaces.

Website – http://www.fishershotelpitlochry.com/pitlochry-weddings

Fonab Castle Hotel

Where – Foss Rd, Pitlochry, PH16 5ND

What – This beautiful castle has a magical Highland setting coupled with contemporary interiors and unrivalled loch-side views, making it a favourite choice for fairytale weddings.

Websitehttp://www.fonabcastlehotel.com/weddings/

Gleneagles Hotel

Where – Gleneagles, near Auchterarder

What – Gleneagles Hotel is known the world over for its five-star luxury. As well as the legendary hotel there are three championship golf courses, an award-winning spa, and a two-Michelin-star restaurant. The wedding team can organise your marriage to take place within the hotel, or nearby in a cathedral or a small local village church.

Websitehttp://www.gleneagles.com/meeting-events/special-occasions/weddings/

Grampian Hotel

Where – York Place, Perth

Weddings Perth

What – The Grampian Hotel specialises in traditional Scottish weddings. Its Tartan Function room is perfect for a wedding breakfast and a good size for evening guests to dance the night away. The hotel offers a bespoke service or an inclusive price with guaranteed affordability, all with the best traditions of service.

Websitehttp://www.grampianhotel.co.uk/Weddings

Murrayshall House Hotel

Where – Just outside Scone, PH2 7PH

What – I’m slightly biased as my husband and I got married here 12 years ago, but this is a lovely comfortable hotel set in picturesque rolling countryside. Take your vows in the local church, or marry in the tastefully decorated lounge with its open fire and large windows. The hotel’s under new ownership and is being given a 21st-century makeover, but remains open for business and bookings. And, if you like golf, you can always arrive the day before and have a round or two!

Websitehttp://www.murrayshall.co.uk/weddings

Perth Racecourse

Where – Scone Palace Park, Perth PH2 6BB

Weddings Perth

What – This romantic setting within the lovely parklands of Scone Palace boasts manicured lawns and stunning scenery. The venue is fully licensed and has a wide range of suites. And there’s a wedding co-ordinator on hand, to make sure the going is good!

Website https://www.perth-races.co.uk/Perthshire-Weddings-Celebrations

Royal George Hotel

Where – Tay Street, Perth

What – The Royal George is ideally situated in the centre of Perth. Wedding parties can welcome guests with reception drinks in the Garden Room, overlooking the river and the award-winning gardens, which may be used for your photographs. You can all relax and enjoy freshly prepared Scottish cuisine in The Morning Room, The Restaurant or The Ballroom.

Website http://theroyalgeorgehotel.co.uk/weddings.html

Church and Village halls

Where – Throughout Perthshire

What – If you’d like to get married without splashing huge amounts of cash, or you’d like to do something more low-key and quirky, why not book a local village hall, string it with fairy lights and bunting, get some students to work the bar and hire a caterer and ceilidh band? Your guests will be treated to an informal, fun-packed wedding that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.

Websites (a selection) –

Celebrants

As you have seen Perth has a variety of locations for both religious and civil ceremonies including the registry office http://www.pkc.gov.uk/gettingmarried . Here are some key links:

Perth Presbytery:       http://www.perthpresbytery.org.uk/

Gateway Community Church:      http://www.gatewayperth.co.uk/

St Mathews Church:   http://www.stmatts.org.uk/

Our Lady of Lourdes  http://www.dunkelddiocese.co.uk/our-lady-of-lourdes-perth/

 

More Churches in Perth: http://weekdaymasses.org.uk/en/area/perth-kinross/churches

Perth Action of Churches Together (PACT) which is an ecumenical body with representatives from over 20 churches and Christian communities from Perth and the surrounding area.  http://www.pact-perth.org.uk/

The Wedding Gifts

So just what should your friends and family buy you as a gift? If you’d rather avoid the big national retailers, and keep shopping local, you have some great options:

  • Perth Gift Card – Why not ask for Perth Gift Cards, which you can now spend at over 75 – yes, 75! – shops, galleries, restaurants and venues. Imagine being able to see a year’s worth of gigs at Perth Concert Hall or having loads of fun days and evenings visiting Perth’s indie shops and award-winning restaurants. So much better than getting two of the same type of toaster, right?
  • Travel vouchers – see the “Honeymoon” section, below, for a list of local travel agents, and you could be jetting off to the sun as soon as you’ve packed away the dress and cake!
  • Experiences – White water rafting, bungee jumping and canyoning are popular wedding gifts for thrill-seeking couples – see “Hen and Stag Dos”, below, for all the possibilities.

Wedding Flowers and Cake

You’ve chosen your venue, your theme, your colours – now all you need to do is to find flowers and a cake that complement your special look. Well, look no further – we have florists and cake-ists aplenty in Perth and Perthshire. Here are a couple of useful lists to get you started:

Flowers
Cakes

Photographers / Film-makers

Choosing the right photographer is so important. She or he will spend the whole day with you and your wedding party, capturing all those special moments – the fun of getting ready, the romantic kisses, the all-important vows and the raucous party. Here are some special photographers, recommended by the wedding venues and/or our Perth City readers:

Toastmaster

Professional Scottish Toastmaster Brian Baxter from Scone.

Brian, as well as a current 35 year military career, is an expert Master of Ceremonies, management specialist, event co-ordinator, consultant in procedure, etiquette and protocol, compere, diplomat, presenter, announcer, substitute host, group organiser and an excellent mentor.

For most people, a wedding is a highlight in their lives, a time when families come together to celebrate. It is also a time when people are understandably anxious. Brian is here to:

  • Ensure that the wedding reception is conducted with due attention to protocol.
  • Free the Banqueting Manager and staff to concentrate on the catering arrangements.
  • Add a colourful and traditional Highland touch to the wedding.
  • Provide “peace of mind” for Bride, Bridegroom, Parents and Guests.

As a professional Toastmaster, Brian has given and continues to offer a heightened sense of occasion, efficiency, diligence and passion to any occasion, while providing structure for hosts and guests of any formal or informal function.

Bridal Party Clothes

Whether you’ve been dreaming about “the dress” since you watched Father Of The Bride as a teenager, or you don’t have a clue what you’re after, these fantastic wedding shops will help you to find the perfect outfit – dress, kilt, sporran, accessories, veils, bags, shoes, you name it – to wow them in the aisles:

Strathearn Kilt Hire, Perth

MOTB Clothes

After the bride and bridesmaid dresses are sorted, whose outfits are the next biggest priorities? That’s right – Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom! You can’t go wrong at these fabulous boutiques, where the mums will get individual attention and a one-off outfit, hat, handbag or shoes for the big day:

Hair and Make-up

In the frenetic buzz of the wedding day, there’s something special about sitting down with your bridesmaids and closest family to have your hair coiffed and your make-up perfectly applied. Here are some stylists and make-up artists who’ll help you to feel like a million dollars:

Gifts for your Helpers

They’ve made it to every dress fitting, helped you choose your sporran and shared a few gins and beers with you at the hen and stag parties. Now it’s time to choose a gift to thank all your loyal helpers – the bridesmaids, best man, ushers, flower girls, page boys, parents, in-laws and anyone else who’s been there for you.

We think the perfect way to thank them is a Perth Gift Card! It’s a pre-loaded Visa card that you can spend at over 75 local businesses.

Or if you’d rather pick something personal, check out all of these fabulous Perth shops where you can buy them the perfect gift to tell them how much they mean to you.

Hen and Stag Dos

Ah, the hen and stag dos. A chance for you to get together with your wildest – sorry, closest – friends and family, and let your hair down before you settle down to married bliss. And what fantastic options we have here in Perthshire for you! Here’s a selection of ideas:

  • Crieff Hydro – for adventure and / or a pampering package
  • Fonab Castle – for a luxury spa experience
  • Highland Safaris near Aberfeldy – travel by Land Rover through unrivalled Perthshire scenery for an unforgettable experience
  • Nae Limits at Ballinluig – thrills, spills or taking part in your own Highland Games…
  • Outdoor Explore – guided kayak tours for a chilled-out but fun-filled experience
  • Perthshire Paintball – for adrenaline-fuelled fun with your mates

Wedding Transport

Do you prefer vintage or modern? Luxury or quirky? These Perthshire wedding transport providers will ensure you arrive at your destination safely and – most importantly – on time!

  • Carriages of Scone – for the largest selection of luxury cars in the Perth area
  • Love Vintage Campers – because who wouldn’t want to hire a vintage Volkswagen Campervan (aka the coolest van ever made) for their wedding?
  • Balfour Hynd – for modern and vintage classic cars, including a Daimler and a 1930s Regent Landaulette.
  • A&BTaxis – offering Jaguar Sovereign cars as wedding vehicles, and a fleet of taxis and mini-coaches to help all your guests zoom from service to reception, or to get home safely.
  • Docherty’s Midland Coaches – a family-run coach business since 1947, with 20 luxury coaches at your disposal.

Honeymoon

To book your honeymoon, it couldn’t be simpler – pop down to the centre of Perth to visit one of our helpful travel agents:

  • First Choice, 61/63 High Street, Perth PH1 5TJ
  • Ramsay World Travel
  • Thomas Cook, 65 High Street, Perth PH1 5TJ
  • Thomson, 61/63 High Street, Perth PH1 5TJ
  • Visit Scotland iCentre, 45 High Street, Perth PH1 5TJ

..or stay in one of Perthshire’s most romantic hotels:

Get in touch

So, there you have it! We hope we’ve given you some fantastic ideas, and that we’ve helped you on the journey to the happiest day of your lives, right here in our beautiful county. If you’ve been inspired by what you’ve read, let us know – and do send us photos of your happy day. Cheers!

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Motorbiking in Perthshire

Motorbiking in Perthshire

Motorbiking in Perthshire

Annelie Carmichael, a regular writer for Perth City, decided to find out why Perthshire’s great for motorbikers……..

I had an inkling about why they might like this amazing county. But since I’ve only ridden pillion on a total of two mopeds in my whole life, I’m not what you’d call an expert.

Time, I thought, to bring in the bikers. So I put out the call, and the bikers answered. You told me what you like about getting on your bike, what it means to you, and what you love about biking in beautiful Perthshire.

And what a great bunch you turned out to be. Forget the well-worn stereotype – motorbiking today seems to be more about freedom, taking in the scenery, having a bit of escapism after a hard week at work, hanging out with your mates – and even raising money for charity.

So read on to find out what bikers really want – and how to find it all in Perthshire.

1) Interesting Roads

Bikers love interesting roads. Who wants to sit in traffic all day on a major road when you could be testing your skills and enjoying the twists, turns and challenges of Perthshire’s rural roads?

Alan Yeoman, a Glasgow biker, says he enjoys Perthshire because it has “more challenging (but not over-challenging) roads. You want country roads, not a straight dual carriageway.”

Bill Suttie, a local biker, likes that Perthshire is “central, with all major roads easily accessible. There are lots of good twisty side roads too. Bikers like twisty roads.”

 

 

Steve Coulson, a biker from Crieff, adds, “Perthshire offers up some nice roads – they’re undulating, with lots of curves, and are by and large in good condition. You can pick any road in Perthshire, and you will find something good about it. You’d struggle to find a road in Perthshire without some great features.”

 

 

Scott Wilson from Longforgan, who’s been biking since he was 16, has this helpful recommendation, based on some of his favourite roads:

“For a 2- to 3-hour ride, I’d do Longforgan to Crieff, then Killearn, Killin (just outside Perthshire), back into Perthshire and down Loch Tay, along to Kenmore, Aberfeldy, down through Dunkeld, Birnam, Perth and back home.

“For a 1- to 2-hour ride you could take the A93 from Perth to Blairgowrie, then west to Dunkeld then the Sma’ Glen, before heading south to Gilmerton or Crieff and back to Perth.”

Darren Slater, a biker from Bridge of Earn, adds, “There are lots of good back roads around Bridge of Earn. The Path of Condie is a beautiful run, as is the Auchterarder-Crieff-Blairgowrie-Perth road.”

 

Recommended roads

Our bikers loved talking about their favourite routes and roads – here’s a selection (see our handy map for routes):

A823 from Glendevon through Gleneagles, Auchterarder, Muthill and Crieff

A85 from Perth through Crieff to Loch Earn, through Comrie and St Fillans (carries on outside Perthshire to Crianlarich and Tyndrum)

A822 from Crieff, through Amulree and the Sma’ Glen, to Birnam and Dunkeld

A826 from Milton to Aberfeldy

A827, from Ballinluig, through Grandtully, Aberfeldy and Kenmore, all the way along Loch Tay

A93, from Perth through Blairgowrie and Bridge of Cally all the way to Glenshee (or you can use A94 through Coupar Angus to Blairgowrie)

A924 & A926, from Pitlochry / Moulin through Bridge of Cally to Rattray and then New Alyth

2) Great scenery

Perthshire is world-famous for its great scenery, and there are few better ways to appreciate it than on two wheels.

Imagine spending a day biking through heather-filled moors, past vast lochs and rushing rivers, over stunning mountains and into glens filled with dappled sunlight. That may sound rather poetic for a bunch of leather-clad lads and lasses, but scenery is one of the things that bikers love best about Perthshire.

Scott Wilson says, “The countryside in Perthshire is the best. There’s a mix of forest, lochs, mountains, and lots of open roads with no interruptions.” Scott particularly recommends the Perthshire glens (such as the Sma’ Glen) for their stunning scenery.

Piotr Gudan, a biker who runs an outdoor adventure centre, says that if you want to see great scenery, “the Scenic Snow Route – A93, from Blairgowrie to Braemar and further north – would be a great start.”

Recommended scenic spots

There are so many to choose from, but here’s a fine selection of scenic spots, to drive past or to stop at and enjoy the spectacular views.

The Lochs

  1. Loch Tummel
  2. Loch Earn
  3. Loch Tay
  4. Loch Rannoch
  5. Loch Garry
  6. Loch Ericht
  7. Loch Errochty
  8. Loch Freuchie
  9. Loch Lyon
  10. Dunalastair Reservoir

The Glens

  1. Glen Lyon
  2. The Sma’ Glen
  3. Glen Shee
  4. Glen Artney
  5. Glen Garry and the Pass of Drumochter

3) Good food and a warm welcome

If you’re out all day or all weekend on your bike, you’re going to want to stop for coffee, tea, some excellent cake or a good old bag of chips.

Timandra Harkness, a biker from London, says that after good roads, “friendly locals are most important. Ease of parking and bike-friendly accommodation also count for a lot.”

 

 

 

 

Steve Coulson adds, “I don’t ride around thinking of biker-friendly cafés, because I’ve felt welcome everywhere in Perthshire.”

It helps, too, if the place you stop at has outdoor seating and a decent-sized area where you can leave your bike and keep an eye on it.

Recommended places to stop

Where do our bikers like to stop for a break in Perthshire? They had lots to say on this subject – suggestions include:

3) Hanging out with other bikers

You bikers are a friendly lot. Although you sometimes like getting away for a journey on your own, you also like meeting up to ride in a group, or to have a blether about bikes, biking and anything else under the sun.

You also raise a lot of money for charity with your mates. Here are some good ways to meet up, join in and raise cash in Perthshire.

SCAA Biker Bash

This annual event sees up to 300 bikers meeting up and riding through picturesque Perthshire locations such as Coupar Angus, Blairgowrie, Bridge of Cally, Pitlochry, Queen’s View and Kenmore. Bikers pay to enter, and proceeds to go Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA), based at Perth Airport. The organisers say: “As bikers we all know the dangers we face each time we take our bikes out, especially on some of the remote roads throughout Scotland. So together we can help make sure the service is there if we should need it.” This year’s event will take place on Sunday 21st May.

Find out more about the SCAA Biker Bash

Perth Bike Night

 

Perth Bike Night, say the organisers, is a “gathering of bikers, trikers and like-minded folk. Regardless of what you ride – 1, 2, 3 or 4 wheels – everyone will be made welcome!” Perth Bike Night is held at Noah’s, Perth, on the last Saturday of every month from April to September. Camping is available on site and there are local biker-friendly B&Bs.

There are various stalls on site selling hot and cold food and drinks, Army Surplus and everything in between.

Perth Bike Night is non-profit-making and proceeds from entry (£2 per person) and any raffle will be donated to the chosen charity of the evening.

Darren Slater adds, “Perth Bike Night has raised a lot of money for charity – we’ve even auctioned off a Harley Davidson bike to support people with disabilities.”

Find out more about Perth Bike Night

Maggie’s Run

The Blairgowrie and District Motorcycling Club (BADMCC) has supported the Maggie’s Centre in Dundee since 2006, by organising the Maggie’s Run. This event takes in some of Perthshire’s most beautiful scenery before heading into neighbouring Aberdeenshire. The annual event has raised over £22,000 for the Maggie’s Centre charity in the last 11 years.

This year’s run for 2017 will be on Sunday 14th May, starting at around 10.00am from the Red House Hotel, Coupar Angus up to Stonehaven and along Deeside.

Find out more about Maggie’s Run

 Thunder In The Glens

Every August, locals in Perthshire and the Highlands are treated to the spectacular sight and ear-splitting sound of 3000-plus Harley Davidsons roaring along our roads.

Thunder In The Glens is a weekend event that attracts participants and their Harleys from all over the globe, including Ireland, Europe, the USA and Australia. Although the riders congregate in Aviemore for the weekend, to get here they enjoy a fantastic journey through the hills and glens of Perthshire. Riders can take any route through the county, either direct or more meandering.

Organiser George McGuire, from the Dunedin Chapter of Harley owners and riders, told me what he loves about Perthshire: “When you come north in Perthshire, to the hill after Kinross, you seem to look right through the valley and it’s like a wide open gate, saying ‘Come in, enjoy yourself.’”

George also mentions that the Dunedin Chapter meets from time to time in the Lovat Hotel, Perth, so if you fancy joining them, just get in touch through their website.

If you’re taking part in this year’s event, and you’d like to stay in Perth on your way, check out our handy list, below, of “Places to stay in Perth”.

 

 

 

The last word

Finally, I asked my biker interviewees what they love about biking in a county like Perthshire. Here’s a selection of their comments:

Timandra: “It’s a completely absorbing activity so it’s very relaxing. It gives a closer contact to the place I’m visiting than any other form of transport – I can not only see but feel the contours of the roads, smell the forests or the food in the towns.”

Steve: “I love the freedom that it gives. You’re out of the metal box and you’re more connected to what’s going around you. I think there’s a big connection between motorcycling and mindfulness. To ride safely you really need to be in the moment. Also there’s a friendliness and fraternity. We look after each other. We appreciate each other’s stances, each other’s different bikes, we all appreciate the connection.”

Darren: “I love the freedom. You get out on the road, get the cobwebs out of your hair. No matter how many people you’re out with, it’s you and the road.”

Freedom, mindfulness, friendliness and relaxation – that sounds like a fantastic way to spend your time. Bikers, you’re very welcome in Perthshire.

 

Remember to stay safe!

Every activity, especially motorsports come with inherent risks, and motorbiking is no exception. Take a look at this brilliant infographic courtesy of Watermans to help you keep safe on the road.

Places to stay in Perth

If you’d like to explore beautiful Perthshire on your bike, here’s a list of comfortable and welcoming accommodation in the heart of Perth city where you can stay, before and/or afterwards:

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Get Set, Bake: The Great Perthshire Cakes & Bakeries

Get Set, Bake: The Great Perthshire Cakes & Bakeries

Get Set, Bake: The Great Perthshire Cakes & Bakeries

1) Celebration Station

Description: Now in its 25th year of business, the team at Celebration Station specialise in cakes for all occasions, sugarcrafts and party goods. Their shop on North Port, just around the corner from Perth Concert Hall, is famed for its elaborate window displays and incredible cakes that entice many a visitor to pass through their doors. 

Distance from Perth City Centre: Less than 1 mile

More On Celebration Station

Their skills with sugar, icing and fondant – including edible figurines, flowers and elaborate scenes – would make even the steely eyed Paul Hollywood offer the much craved handshake of congratulations.

Filling an often overlooked gap in the market, Celebration Station also sell a selection of party goods, such as helium balloons, banners, cake boxes and wedding tops. Home-baked treats like meringues and tablet are also available in store. If you’d like to consult with them regarding a cake idea, pay them a visit or get in touch through their website. Spots fill up fast so don’t delay!

2) Tower Bakery

Description: With 35 years of experience under their belt, Angela and Sandy McKinnon have turned Tower Bakery into one of the great food staples of Perthshire. 

Distance from Perth City Centre: Less than 1 mile

More On Tower Bakery

With 8 retail shops across the district, as well as Fife and Angus, their catalogue of products includes over 200 hand-made treats, ranging from the traditional favourites to contemporary surprises, plus take-away meals and sandwiches.

Their line of Fresh Bakery Goods is also supplied to local supermarkets.

3) Murray’s Bakers

 

Description: Award winning family bakery Murray’s Bakery is 115 years old and World scotch pie champion 2015.

Distance from Perth City Centre: Less than 1 mile

More On Murray’s Bakers

 

Their in house bakery provides fresh bakes for you daily and straight to the shop. A family business established 1901, now on 4th generation in the hands of Linda Hill, Murrays Bakers pride themselves on fresh quality products at reasonable prices with friendly staff in a convenient location in Perth.

4) Sub Rosa Café & Coffee Lounge

Description: Based on St John’s Place, artfully nicknamed the Cafe Quarter of Perth, Sub Rosa is a new independent cafe, bakery and event venue with a speciality in hand-made baking and treats. Everything, from bread to pastries and a range of lunch and tea options, is made on site using the best natural ingredients.

Distance from Perth City Centre: Less than 1 mile

More On Sub Rosa Café & Coffee Lounge

As well as the option to order a coffee and delicious treat in-store, Sub Rosa offer catering for a variety of events, with both sweet and savoury options for your convenience. Sub Rosa can also be used as a venue for your group meeting or special occasion.

Get in touch to find out more. Order the cake of your dreams for any occasion too – pricing starts at £30 for a 9 inch cake (serving around 10 to 12 people) and the Sub Rosa team will be there to help you with your preferences. 

5) Thyme To Eat

Description: One of the newer additions to the scene, Thyme To Eat is the master creation of chef Paul Newman, who has worked in many prestigious hotels across the world from Edinburgh to South Africa. Now, based just outside of Aberfeldy, the Newmans create incredible cakes for every taste and occasion.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 29 miles

More On Thyme To Eat

They’ve done everything from traditional Madeira cakes to multi-storey cupcake towers to celebration pieces to elaborately constructed chocolate delights. Whatever your style, taste and budget, Thyme To Eat can work to your specifications. If your party has a particular theme, bring along a swatch of fabric and they can match the cake to the colour!

Thyme To Eat use the best ingredients available, including home-made jams made with locally grown fruits and locally sourced produce from the Perthshire district. Paul and the Thyme team are also available for private dining experiences in the Errichel Farm holiday cottages and wider Aberfeldy area. 

6) Taystful

Description: Based in Blairgowrie, Taystful is the highly acclaimed work of Shona Sutherland, whose skills have seen her supplying desserts to restaurants in Spain and train with top chocolate masters. Her award winning creations have been enjoyed far and wide, and she remains a favourite in Perthshire for those looking for an occasion cake or sweet treat.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 16 miles

More On Taystful

Taystful’s selection of wedding, birthday and occasion cakes encompasses a wide variety of styles and flavours, each designed to suit your special day’s theme. Your suggestions and ideas can be translated into the ideal sweet treat centrepiece for the occasion: Size, shape, style – traditional, vintage, contemporary, minimalist, novelty or more – flavour and colour are all taken into consideration.

On top of incredible cakes, Taystful also specialise in handcrafted artisan chocolates. Their truffles and sweets are made by hand using purées of local fruits, fresh cream and the best high quality ingredients. They can be sent directly to you or your loved one as a present, and come in a mouthwatering selection of flavours, including: Irish cream and cocoa nib, Isle of Skye sea salt caramel, passion fruit and almond liqueur.

If you’d like to do more than just eat, Taystful offer a variety of courses on cake decorating and chocolate making, as well as activities for kids and chocolate making for the festive season. With countless glowing testimonials and returning customers to match, Taystful’s reputation greatly precedes them, so if they tickle your fancy, check out their website for more information and a selection of their treats.

7) Campbell’s Bakery

Description: With an illustrious history dating back to the 1830s, Campbell’s Bakery remains an iconic family run artisan bakery in Perthshire, with local favourites like Empire biscuits flying off the shelves daily. 

Distance from Perth City Centre: 16 – 21 miles

More On Campbell’s Bakery

The oldest family bakers in the county are proud to uphold their long running heritage with a whole host of incredible treats available daily from both shops in Crieff and Comrie.

As well as their own range, they’re spreading the message across the world through Facebook and Twitter: Check out their daily #cakeoclock hashtag for a glimpse into their daily sweet treat to accompany an afternoon coffee.

Campbell’s love to mix it up with the changing seasons – hot cross buns in Easter, strawberry tarts for Wimbledon, mince pies for a Christmas treat, and many more delights for every special occasion. We’re especially enamoured with their Highland Coo French fancies! .

Find The Great Perthshire Bakeries!

Now you know where the great Bakeries and Cakes in Perthshire are, it’s time to get out and explore! In case you aren’t familiar with Perthshire, here’s a map to help you find all the Bakeries mentioned above.

Explore The Great Perthshire Outdoors

Explore The Great Perthshire Outdoors

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Explore The Great Perthshire Outdoors

Perthshire has long since been renowned as the adventure capital of Scotland. From the simplicity of enjoying a walk and marvelling at our local wildlife to the breath-taking, high-octane thrill of coming down the rapids at Grandtully, there is an outstanding breadth of adventures just waiting to be had in the great Perthshire outdoors. Embrace your #ScotSpirit and get out and #ExplorePerthshire.

If you do decide on a Perthshire adventure this summer then why not add these fantastic activities to your list? Many are just a short drive from the bustling Perth City Centre which makes a fantastic base from which to tour the area.

Whilst you’re here make sure you do a little shopping with our fabulous Perth City Indies, enjoy a meal, drink or light bite, or book into one of the many events, shows and exhibitions that gives Perthshire its worthy place on Scotland’s cultural stage.

 

Perthshire Outdoors Comrie Croft

Comrie Croft - Comrie

If you love mountain biking, you’ll love Comrie Croft.  16km of dedicated graded trails to test your skill and nerve on as well as a skills park.  The grin enducing trails range from swoopy and fast to technical and gnarly, plus there are family friendly along the riverside so it’s suitable for all ages and abilities!

Time From Perth & Transport Options

  • Car – 49 minutes
  • Bus – 1 hour 15 minutes

Booking & Price

  • Various prices for multiple different activities.
  • All activities are advised to be booked in advance.

Contact Details

Braincroft, Crieff, Perthshire PH7 4JZ

Website

Phone – 01764 670140

Perthshire Outdoors Kinnoull Hill

Kinnoull Woodland Park - Perth

Kinnoull Woodland Park overlooks the City. It covers some 260 hectares, with marked trails from the 2 main car parks and the City centre. The green trails lead directly to the summit, while the blue trail follows a route round both Kinnoull Hill and the Deuchny forest. Together they provide a 6 mile walk of varying and outstanding views down the Tay valley, the City of Perth and the Ochil and Highland Hills.

Time From Perth & Transport Options

  • Walk from City Centre- 40 minutes
  • Car – 6 minutes
  • Bus – 40 minutes

Booking & Price

FREE

Contact Details

Kinnoull Hill, Perth,

Website

 

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Perthshire Outdoors Outdoor Explore

Outdoor Explore - Blairgowrie

Outdoor Explore is based at Willowgate Activity Centre by the River Tay and offers a range of bespoke kayaking ventures in Perth and across Perthshire. Trips are aimed to small groups, individuals & families, offering range of wildlife spotting, e.g. ospreys, beavers, otters or even dolphins!

Time From Perth & Transport Options

  • Car – 30 mins in
  • Bus – 50 mins

Booking & Price

  • Various prices for multiple different activities.
  • All activities must be booked in advance.

Contact Details

Blairgowrie, Perth & Kinross

Website

Phone – 07904 324 102

Perthshire Outdoors Nae Limits

Nae Limits - Ballinluig

With over 14 Water & Land Adventure Activities;  Nae Limits has something for you – adrenaline junkies, families, corporate groups, stag & hens are all welcome!

Centrally located off the A9 outside Pitlochry, with our on-site café Rivers Meet, they’re the perfect day out!

White Water Rafting, Canyoning, Tubing & Quads are just some of the awesome activities on offer.

Time From Perth & Transport Options

  • Car – 36 minutes
  • Bus – 1 hour 50 minutes

Booking & Price

Various prices for multiple different activities.

All activities must be booked in advance.

Contact Details

Ballinluig, Pitlochry PH9 0LG

Website

Phone – 01796 482600

Perthshire Outdoors Highland Safaris

Highland Safaris - Aberfeldy

Winner of the ‘Best Visitor Experience’ in Scotland Highland Safari’s combine their new Red Deer Centre with the award winning exhilarating land rover safaris, inspiring walking and biking activities and Perthshire’s only Gold and Gem Panning Centre.

Relax and enjoy the Highland Safaris café and shop set in a unique and stunning location. A truly authentic discovery of everything makes Highland Safaris an exceptional destination.

Time From Perth & Transport Options

  • Car – 52 minutes
  • Bus – 1 hour 30 minutes

Booking & Price

Various prices for multiple different activities.  All activities are advised to be booked in advance.

Contact Details

Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2JQ

Website

Phone – 01887 820071

 

It’s time to explore – walks around Perth

It’s time to explore – walks around Perth

Perth provides the perfect base from which to explore Perthshire’s amazing network of walks – there is something for all ages and capabilities.  With Perth’s great range of accommodation, cafes and restaurants you can enjoy a days walking and then return to Perth to rest your weary feet and then reward yourself with the best that Perth chefs have to offer!

Walks Around Perth

There are a wide range of short walks in and around Perth.  The two major parks – North Inch and South Inch – area connected by the River Tay so take your time to explore both and enjoy the riverside walks located between them.  Kinnoull Hill (see below) and Moncrieffe Hill offer further local options and wonderful views over Perth and Carse of Gowrie.

For more information about the local paths network visit:  http://www.pkc.gov.uk/PathNetworks

 

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Walks around Perthshire

There are an incredible range of options within a 1 hour drive from Perth from gentle strolls through the rolling countryside, riverside walks beside the mighty River Tay to full Munros. Explore some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery with Perth as your base.

We have included some links below to help you plan your trip:

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/perthshire/perth-city.shtml

http://www.bestwalks.com/freewalks/perth.htm

http://www.perthshirebigtreecountry.co.uk/places/perth-blairgowrie

What other people say!

Take a look at how other people have explored Perth and Perthsire walks

MapMyWalk – this is a great tool to help share your experiences with others and find out the hidden gems known only by locals – http://www.mapmywalk.com/gb/perth-sct/

Walking stories –  provides a more descriptive way to share your walking tales.  There are some great examples here from people that have already walked the path – http://www.walkingstories.com/region.cfm/region_page_ID/4/country_ID/242/menu_ID/2/region_ID/25/titl

Map my walk

Accessible

Everyone should have access to the health benefits and enjoyment that the outdoors provides. The lack of appropriate paths is one of the most significant barriers limiting access to the countryside for disabled people and families with young children. Perth and Kinross Community Trust tries to remove these barriers wherever possible. There are a selection of walks which are suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs provided by Perth and Kinross Council, Forestry Commission Scotland, Gannochy Trust, Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust – http://www.pkct.org/news/features/90

A couple of favourites!

The Hermitage – just a 15 minute drive from Perth lies The Hermitage, a National Trust for Scotland owned area with parking just off the A9. The walk starts with a gentle 10 minute stroll beside the River Braan to Ossian’s Hall overlooking the spectacular Black Linn waterfall. You can enter the viewing room through the hidden door (kids love it!) and stand above the waterfall. The noise from the waterfall fills the chamber behind you helping you to appreciate the power of the water. If you are lucky to be there shortly after rainfall – this can be an exhilarating experience!

Continue up the path beside the river for a further 10 minutes and you will reach a suspicious looking pile of rocks. As you reach the far side of the rocks the opening to the cave can be easily found. This is Ossian’s Cave – if there are people here, wait a while until you have the place to yourself, sit in the cave and perhaps all of the world’s secrets will reveal themselves to you.
Now you have a choice – return to the car or continue for a longer walk which via connecting roads can provide a circular route back to the car. There are steeper stages on the longer route but the views over Dunkeld and surrounding mountains are ample reward.
Further information on walking at The Hermitage can be found here. http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/Hermitage/

Kinnoull Hill  was gifted to the city of Perth in 1924, and along with Corsiehill and Deuchny Wood, was officially recognised as Scotland’s first woodland park in 1991.  The hill provides spectacular views over Perth and the Carse of Gowrie and is only a five minute drive from Perth City Centre.

There are lots of different routes up to the summit of the hill but the easiest way up is to park from the Jubilee Car Park – cross the road and take a left to follow the fence taking time to look out over the Carse and watch the River Tay on its final leg towards the sea at Dundee.

The woods here are open and an ideal spot for dog walking or for kids to play and climb. The path inclines gently at first and then steeper as it heads towards Kinnoull Tower – a folly built in 1829 by Lord Grey of Kinfauns.  This is a spectacular site sitting atop sheer cliff faces and for those brave enough to step close to the edge they may be rewarded with a glimpse of a peregrine falcon who are known to live here.

Continue on past the tower to the true summit of the hill, as you take the final steps the view out over Perth opens in front of your providing a view over the city and then North to mountains beyond.

For more information about Kinnoull Hill and other walks in the area visit – http://www.pkc.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=11022&p=0

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