Young Performers Wanted for Two Inch Carnival Parade

Young Performers Wanted for Two Inch Carnival Parade

Young performers and bands from Perth and Kinross are being invited to be part of a colourful and exciting event this summer, as part of Perth's contribution to the Year of Young People 2018.

The Year of Young People 2018 (YOYP2018) aims to inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contribution to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. The six key aims of YOYP2018 are:

• Participation
• Education
• Health and Wellbeing
• Equality and Discrimination
• Enterprise and Regeneration
• Culture

On Saturday 23 June, Perth’s Diverse CiTay Festival will kick off at 12.30pm with a Two Inch Carnival Parade travelling from the South Inch to the North Inch, where there will be an afternoon of entertainment and activities. The Mill Street Youth Market will round off the Festival between 5pm and 10pm. Around 10,000 people are expected to attend over the course of the day.

Young performers and bands are now being sought to be part of the parade and/or the entertainment on the North Inch. Opportunities are open to young people aged from 8 to 26 years old. Anyone who would like to be considered for these elements of the Festival should please email the Council’s Events Team on or call  01738 477952 or 475294.

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:

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

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:

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.

Top 10 Outdoor Activities in Perthshire

Top 10 Outdoor Activities in Perthshire

If you are looking to get the adrenaline pumping by taking part in an unforgettable adventure, you are in the right place. Perthshire is bursting with some amazing locations and outdoor activities which are guaranteed to give you an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.

Whether you are in the mood for some serious walking, fun the water or taking to the skies you are guaranteed to find a perfect adventure in Perthshire. To get you started, here is our top 10 outdoor activities in Perthshire you must experience this year:

1 | Take on the Cateran Trail

Fancy a week-long walking getaway or a nice long walk over the weekend? Then the Cateran Trail is one for you!

With 64 miles / 103 km of trails, stunning scenery and delightful villages perfect for stopping to recharge and refuel, the Cateran Trail has something for everyone looking for a bit of an adventure. Fill your boots with woodlands, glens, moors and more.

Find out more at:

2 | Take a Trip with Outdoor Explore


Outdoor Explore is based in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, offering outdoor activities across Central and Eastern Scotland. It’s offering bespoke adventures for individuals, small groups and families. These are suitable to novice and experience explorers who would love to see truly hidden gems of this area. You can try kayaking (tandem or solo), canoeing, hill walking, archery and mountain biking with us. We are also in partnership with other unique activity providers in the area, so if looking for something more, get in touch as we may offered a discounted ‘bundle’ of sessions.

Find out more at:

3 | Take the leap with Highland Fling

Experience the unique free falling feeling of a bungee or try the fantastic new bridge swing over the River Garry with Highland Fling Bungee this winter! The UK’s first permanent bungee and bridge swing is perfect for adrenalin seekers and with photography and videos available, you can really cherish your thrilling experience! 

Find out more at

4 | Bag ALL of Perthshire’s Mighty Munro’s

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

5 | Take the plunge with Perth BSAC

Perth BSAC is a friendly, active diving club affiliated to the British Sub Aqua Club. It was founded in 1983 and based, as the name suggests, in Perth at our club premises and the Glenalmond College pool where we train over the winter on Wednesday evenings.

Find out more at:

6 | Scale Perthshire’s Biggest rock walls

Perthshire is home to some truly stunning mountains and hills, which makes it the perfect place to hone your rock climbing skills. No matter what your skill set or experience level, you are guaranteed to find a piece of Perthshire that is right for you.

Find your nearest rockface at:

7 | Take to the skies with ACS Flight Training

ACS Flight Training in Perth is Scotland’s Leading Modular Flying School, offering everything from a flying experience to your Commercial Pilots Licence.

Find out more at:

8 | Freefall 10,000 FT with Skydrive Strathallan

Skydive Strathallan, founded in 1960, is the oldest skydiving centre in Scotland, and with three aircraft, is also the largest. We provide beginners courses with Tandem Skydiving as well as first time solo parachute jumps. Based in central Scotland, the club is also a full facility for experienced skydivers. Please use the options above to explore what the club has to offer.   We sell gift vouchers for solo and tandem parachute jumps and we can advise on charity parachute jumps.

Find out more at

9 | Get off the Beaten Path with Land Rover Experience

Land Rover Experience Scotland is a 5-Star Activity centre offering an exciting and fun, off-road driving experience with access to over 150 miles of wild Highland estate land. Located on the edge of Butterstone Loch in Highland Perthshire, the centre benefits from some of the most stunning scenery imaginable and is ideally situated in central Scotland, within easy reach of major cities and airports and 10 minutes from the A9 truck road. The centre is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and it is not uncommon to spot an osprey fishing for trout in the loch.

Find out more at

10 | Shred on the Slops of Perthshire

Glenshee Ski Centre offers the UK’s most extensive skiing and snowboarding facilities – we hope you will enjoy our mountains of adventure. Glenshee’s impressive 22 lifts and 36 runs offer an amazing diversity of natural terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders. There are lots of options to choose from – you can join a class, go private, hire an instructor for your group, get into race training or simply take advantage of one of our great value package deals.

Find out more at

Top 10 Glamping Sites in Perthshire

1) Alexander House Glamping, Auchterarder

Description: Alexander House is the perfect glamping retreat from the hustle and bustle of work and your daily life. Unplug the laptop and switch off your phone and relax with a loved one in one of our two cosy Yurts – Bramble and Heather, or have fun with your wedding guests in our pop-up glamping Bell Tents.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 15 miles

2) Bamff Eco-Tourism, Alyth

Description: Bamff is a small estate on the edge of the Scottish Highlands in East Perthshire. It is managed for organic sheep farming, timber, native woodland, forest regeneration, affordable housing and renewable energy. Over the last three decades there has been an emphasis on ecological management which has been assisted by two families of beavers and a herd of wild boar.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 20 miles

3) Comrie Croft Eco Camping, Comrie

Description: Comrie Croft’s unique handmade kata tents are the ultimate wild camping experience without the hardship. Go to sleep to the sound of the deer and owls outside, or (if you are lucky) the silence of snow falling!  Six of the seven katas are set in open birch woodland around 1-2 minutes walk from the facilities. All the katas are hand-crafted by Croft staff to make them really amazing, and they now have toilet out houses too! You can keep cosy in them in all weather using the wood-burning stove in the centre of the tent.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 22 miles

4) Craighead Howfs

Description: If you’re looking for something a little different and out of the ordinary for your stay in Perthshire, then Craighead Howf is the perfect place to base yourself. The tranquil country setting is surrounded by natural beauty, with stunning gardens, a lochan and woodland areas making for the perfect place to lose yourself from the stress of day-to-day life. With a range of glamping accommodation, you are guaranteed to find the perfect accommodation for any occasion.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 27 miles

5) Eco camp Glenshee, Blairgowrie

Description: Ecocamp Glenshee is year-round accommodation in warm, cosy, super insulated pods/Shepherds Huts, Wagon, Howff and seasonal Bell Tents in Glenshee, near Blairgowrie, Perthshire. The perfect centre for skiers, mountain bikers, cyclists, canoeists,wildlife enthusiasts, fishing enthusiasts, hill walkers and those using the Cateran Trail.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 28 miles

6) Guardswell Farm Self-catering, Carse of Gowrie

Description: Guardswell Farm is a 150-acre grassland farm situated on a south facing hillside, between Abernyte and Kinnaird, Perthshire. With panoramic views extending from North of Dundee, along the River Tay, over to the North of Fife, down to the Carse of Gowrie and all the way along to Glencarse; we feel a bit mean keeping it all to ourselves.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 13 miles

7) Loch Tay Highland Lodges Glamping Domes, Killin

Description: From Wigwams and Geodesic domes to ‘bunkhouse’ style accommodation, our glamping options provide you with the luxuries of home, while enjoying a relaxing holiday nestled in the Scottish Highlands. Some of our Glamping unit’s have services within them like our Premium Wigwam which feature a small bathroom and a kitchenette. Perfect for families, friends, and couples alike, all our Glamping accommodations provide elevated views overlooking Loch Tay or Ben Lawers mountain.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 49 miles

8) Windy Hollow Organics, Dunblane

Description: WindyHollow Eco Glamping can be found in the rolling hills of Perthshire only just over an hour away from Edinburgh and Glasgow. With wonderful views, opportunities for cycling, skiing, walking along streams and wildlife photography, this is the perfect base for any outdoor enthusiast.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 11 miles

9) Kilgraston Farm Yurts

Description: Kilgraston Farm Yurt’s are beautiful, handmade yurt is situated in the farmhouse garden. Found in a rural setting on the edge of the village of the Bridge of Earn, the huts are ideally situated for exploring lovely Perthshire. Only 45 minutes drive from the centre of Edinburgh, one hour from Glasgow and one hour from the ski slopes of Glenshee. Not to mention that a delicious farmhouse breakfast is included!

Distance from Perth City Centre: 6 miles

10) Wigwam Holidays, Various

Description: Wigwam Holidays blend the comforts of home with the simple joys of the great outdoors. They’re designed for nature-cravers, adventure-chasers, peace-and-quiet-seekers, stargazers and memory-makers. With locations across Perthshire, you are guaranteed to find a camp that suits you!

Distance from Perth City Centre: Various Locations

Over to you!

Now you know where our favorite castles 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 castles mentioned above.

Year of Young People 2018

Year of Young People 2018

Scotland’s first ever Year of Young People is happening in 2018. It aims to inspire all ages through its young people (8-26) by celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine on a local and global stage.

Young people are at the heart of designing, developing and deciding what they want the year to be. The Scottish Government is working with youth partners and the events and tourism sector to deliver activities and experiences for communities across Scotland to enjoy and discover more about our amazing young people.


DiverseCiTay Festival – Saturday 23rd June 2018


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.

Visit the young entrepreneurs market to buy from the next generation of budding business people.

Perth Theatre will showcase youth dance, theatre and drama and Perth Museum and Art Gallery will highlight issues that are important to young people.

The Two Inch Carnival – ( the shortest carnival in the world)–  features floats designed around the theme of diversity which will be developed by our young makers and creatives. The carnival also offers street performances, including Indian dance groups, Samba, pipes and drums, and other music and arts forms.

We round the event off with a special evening concert, then it’s on to the after-party events with options for over and under 18s.


More details to be announced soon

What’s On

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Myths and Magic Day School 10:00 am
Myths and Magic Day School @ Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Apr 2 @ 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Myths and Magic Day School @ Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Spend the whole day immersed in the magical world of Myth and legend. Discover and learn magic tricks and the power of illusion from professional magician Cara Hamilton. Cara Hamilton has been a Professional Mindreader[...]
Torchlight Tours 2:00 pm
Torchlight Tours @ Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Apr 11 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Torchlight Tours @ Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Are you brave enough to explore the museum basement by torchlight? Join ‘History and Horror tours’ for a spooky guided tour discovering some of the oddest objects in the museum’s collection and the grizzly tales[...]
Torchlight Tours 2:00 pm
Torchlight Tours @ Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Apr 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Torchlight Tours @ Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Are you brave enough to explore the museum basement by torchlight? Join ‘History and Horror tours’ for a spooky guided tour discovering some of the oddest objects in the museum’s collection and the grizzly tales[...]

Free Golf For Under 18s


Clubs across Perthshire offer all junior golfers under 18 years FREE golf when playing with a paying adult. We are delighted to encourage any combination of adults taking juniors out to enjoy a round in a two, three or four-ball.

A maximum of two children are permitted to play free, accompanied by one green fee paying adult. We recommend booking in advance as reservations are subject to availability. Some clubs may apply restrictions but whenever possible, they will do their best to accomodate and give junior golfers an opportunity to experience golf in Perthshire.

The Show That Goes Like This!

orget the housework, throw away your phone, get yourself down to North Inch Community Campus and join King Arthur and his Knights of the round table, in their quest to find the Holy Grail! From cheering Laker girls, French people and Killer rabbits, Ad-Lib Theatre Arts presents Eric Idle and John DuPrez’s Tony award-winning musical Spamalot.

BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend: Perth

We are delighted to announce some more brilliant acts joining us at Scone Palace for the BBC Radio 2 and the BBC Radio 3 #BiggestWeekend!

Breabach, Karine Polwart and Eddi Reader are the newest acts to be added to the line-up, and we can’t wait to welcome them to Perth City Centre!!

Tickets are still available for the Friday night but make sure you get your tickets soon before they are gone!

The countdown is on for the most exciting live music event of the Summer, as BBC Music, Radio 2 and Radio 3 join forces to bring two days of spectacular performances to Scone Palace.

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.

New National Lottery fund opening for Year of Young People

Young people across Scotland have the opportunity to #SparkAChange in their lives, thanks to the new Year of Young People National Lottery Fund.

Top 10 Toddler Adventures

No matter how old you are, there are plenty of amazing adventures and experiences to enjoy around Perthshire and tiny tots are no exception! With the first five years being crucial for physical, intellectual, and social-emotional development, Perthshire is the perfect place to let your child develop.

Outdoor adventures, sporting activities and wildlife – keeping them happy and amused has never been easier.

Take a look here at someone of the amazing experiences toddlers and pre-schoolers can have, right here in Perthshire.

Young Street Performers and Traders Wanted!

We are looking for young traders and street performers, age 16 to 26-year-old, who would like a FREE market pitch or street performance space at this years DiverseCiTay Festival.
We want the young people of Perthshire to show off their hidden talents and bedroom businesses as we celebrate the diverse culture of residents across Perthshire.

We are expecting over 10,000 attendees at our Festival so this is a great opportunity to strut your stuff!

Top 10 Glamping Sites in Perthshire

Glamping is perfect those who want to get out and get in touch with nature whilst retaining some home comforts we have all grown accustomed too.
Perthshire is bursting with brilliant campsites which specifically cater to glamping accommodation.

Queen Victoria exhibition opens at Blair Castle

Following the nation’s interest and intrigue in the life of Queen Victoria, Blair Castle is opening its doors on Friday 30th March to a new exhibition ‘Victoria at Blair Castle’, which aims to reveal the monarch’s connection with the highland estate and her close friendship with the Duchess of Atholl.
This special exhibition will celebrate the re-opening of the castle in time for Easter and over the next ten weeks guests will be treated to a memorable experience, that will look back at the royal’s close connection with Atholl Estates and Blair Castle. This new feature to the castle guarantees the perfect day out for fans of ITV’s award-winning series ‘Victoria’ and includes some of the stunning costumes from the period drama.

Meet the Perthshire local who took on the Ninja Warrior Course

Most of us have wondered what it would be like to take on the Ninja Warrior course at one point or another. But if you, like me, suffer from chronic laziness then the chances are this has remained an intangible dream.

The Biggest Weekend Fringe

The Biggest Weekend Fringe is a creative and comprehensive 10-day outreach programme which will take place in the lead up to The Biggest Weekend.

The Fringe will include live musical performances, industry insight, workshops and Q&A’s with BBC Radio DJ’s and influential figures, a UK wide tour with BBC Music Introducing, a new Ten Piecesinitiative, Radio 1’s Academy, employability events, work experience opportunities for young people plus lots more.

Get Involved

Scotland is the first country in the world to dedicate a full year to celebrating young people. And we need your help to make it unforgettable. How can you champion and celebrate young people during 2018?

Share your ideas via #YOYP2018



stay social & spread the word #YOYP2018

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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 4x4 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.

Happy Mondays: Week 5 – Back Door Microadventure

Happy Mondays: Week 5 – Back Door Microadventure

Microadventures straight out of your front or back door are the best type of adventures.  No faff with travelling somewhere and forgetting to bring your shoes, just straight out the door and off you go.  These are my favourite types of adventures.  They are my favourite type of adventure, because it doesn’t take a huge commitment if you are short on time, you’re not spending lots of time travelling in a car, and if something goes wrong, you are not far from home.

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

ABF The Solider’s Charity launches 2018 Cateran Yomp with new drone footage that puts you right in the heart of one of Scotland’s great trails

ABF The Solider’s Charity launches 2018 Cateran Yomp with new drone footage that puts you right in the heart of one of Scotland’s great trails

The Cateran Yomp is an annual cross-country event that puts soldiers and civilians side by side on a 24-hour trek across the historic ‘Cateran Trail’ in Perthshire. 

Set on the drovers’ roads, forests and mountain tracks of one of Scotland’s best-loved long distance walking routes, the Cateran Yomp invites walkers to complete the 54 mile track in just 24 hours. And they have decided to launch the 2018 event with a specially commissioned video by acclaimed adventure sports videographer Stefan Morrocco.

The Official Cateran Yomp video is here!

In June this year Stefan Morrocco, whose personal specialisations include triathlon, cycling, horse-riding, skiing and mountain bike racing may have been expecting a sedate change of pace, but despite living locally to the Cateran Trail in Blairgowrie, he was not prepared for the excitement and diversity of the 54 mile challenge.

He says: “’Filming the Yomp was great fun, and not least to see over the course of the 24 hours how the competitors’ reactions changed to having a camera pointed at them.  First thing they were all smiles and laughs, but as the day wore on the smiles were replaced with just a nod of the head of acknowledgement from entrants deep in concentration.”

Special drone footage, commissioned from Kieran Baxter, incorporated within Morrocco Media’s new film, shows the drama and splendour of The Spittal of Glenshee down the trail to the pathless moorland around Loch Beanie.

Stefan Morrocco says: “I mountain biked up to Loch Beanie and have never had so many offers to buy my bike! I’ll definitely remember the bike up to Loch Beanie, the hour I sat at the top of Alyth Hill at 10:30 at night waiting on someone coming through, scaring the guys in Alyth Den when I was filming them in the pitch black, scenes of battered feet towards the end of the event and the mountains of fantastic food on offer around the course, are amongst my strongest memories.

There is no doubt this is a serious, challenging and very rewarding challenge for anyone taking part. With a real sense of achievement at the end.”

Stefan charted the progress of the 1,150 hikers who had signed up for the 2017 event. They collectively covered over 37,000 miles – the equivalent of travelling 1.5 times around the earth.

Since 2010, 4,500 trekkers have taken on the annual challenge to help fundraise for the charity that provides a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their families in times of need.

The annual event has raised an estimated £2.9 million in seven years in support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Registration for the 2018 Cateran Yomp 9-10 June is now open.


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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.

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