Cycling in Perthshire

Cycling in Perthshire

Ever since global cycling ambassador Mark Beaumont burst onto the international scene, his home county of Perthshire has seen a big upsurge in cycling. More people than ever are getting on their bike, whether for health and fitness, fun with friends and family, taking part in competitions or to help the environment

Mark’s made a video (see above) that shows how brilliant Perthshire is for cycling – we see him climbing the hills of Glenshee and the Sma’ Glen, coasting round the North Inch in Perth, zooming through the forest in Dunkeld and enjoying the views from the Meikleour and Garry bridges.

So we’ve had a chat with some more Perthshire bike enthusiasts to find out where they go and why it’s the best county for cycling!

The Photographer

Ian Potter is a photographer, designer and mountain-biking enthusiast.

Where do you cycle in Perthshire?

My local mountain bike trails are all in Perth. We often start in Scone and cycle up through Murrayshall Golf Course (there are sanctioned paths) then over the hills into Deuchny Woods where there are a lot of man-made trails. Then over to Kinnoull Hill where there are more trails to ride. A lot of the trails are created on the back of the Fair City Enduro so they are all well thought-out and have different degrees of difficulty.

(Ian’s tip: If you are heading up Deuchny I’d advise grabbing someone who knows it well. The trails aren’t marked and you could be fooled into thinking there’s not much to do up there!)

You’ve got Dunkeld just up the road, too, which is more challenging if you need something a bit tougher to get your teeth into. And we also have the award-winning Comrie Croft just along the road which offers incredible trails, scenery, bike rental, bike repairs and fantastic grub – an absolute must-visit!

What do you love about cycling in Perthshire?

I love the fact that you can go up to Kinnoull and Deuchny, and the conditions can drastically change how the trails are riding. Every time I go up it seems to throw different challenges at me and trails I think I’ve nailed can hit me with a curveball. There are also so many trails that no ride needs to be identical.

Watch Ian’s YouTube videos of great bike rides around Loch Ordie and Glen Tilt. His routes are posted under the videos so you can try them too!

The Cycling Couple

Fiona and Stuart Cairns (and their two sons) share a love of cycling, and one of their favourite things is getting on their bikes and hitting the trails, whether it’s for a family day out or a competitive event.

Where do you cycle in Perthshire?

We love Loch Rannoch, as it’s quiet and the scenery is spectacular. The roads are undulating, allowing for a bit of speed. There’s a good circular route taking in Tummel Bridge, Loch Rannoch, Schiehallion, back to Tummel Bridge (or add on the scenic south side of the loch, back to Pitlochry).

The Hermitage is a stunning woodland location, too. There are plenty of trails for novices, plus a downhill route for more advanced biking. It’s great for family cycling as there is no traffic. There is plenty to see along the way, such as Ossian’s Hall and the falls, Ossian’s Cave, the lookout, and Pine Cone Point. And it’s only ten minutes’ cycle from Dunkeld and its various attractions.

(Fiona’s tip: Remember to stock up on your supplies and repair kit before setting out, as it’s often not long before you’re far from civilisation!)
 

What do you love about cycling in Perthshire?

The roads are fairly quiet, the road surfaces are generally good for skinny tyres, and travelling at bike speed allows stunning scenery and views to be fully appreciated, such as the beautiful reflections of the mountains on Loch Rannoch. There are also often great places to stop for a coffee or a meal, such as the Moor of Rannoch restaurant, or Escape Route in Pitlochry, which is a well-stocked bike / repair / hire shop with a pretty awesome café!

There are some great local bike events (see Cycling events at the end of the article).

The Explorer

Michael Kelleher is a keen wild-camper and dad of two who loves exploring the wilds of Perthshire on his bike.

Where do you cycle in Perthshire?

 There are lots of great routes in Perthshire. The Tay Loop is a nice 80K route from Perth to Dundee and can be ridden in either direction but I like Perth – Abernethy – Newburgh – Wormit – Newport – Dundee and back along the Tay through Errol and Kinnoull Hill.

Yesterday I rode National Cycle Route 77 through Almondbank and Bankfoot and met up with my wife and kids in Dunkeld for a coffee. For a longer day out, one of my favourite routes is Perth along the River Almond to Buchanty Spout – through the Sma’ Glen and then up the steep hill through Glen Quaich and into Kenmore, then up over Schiehallion and along the Tummel to Pitlochry, from here up over the Moulin Moor and home via Blairgowrie and Stanley.

As a family we like the Perth loop. It’s about 20K which goes along the North and South Inches to Almondbank and Huntingtower, along to Noah’s Ark.

One of my favourite things to do on a bike, however, is an overnight trip. I load the bike up with a tent and sleeping bag and head into the hills, mostly on road- or hill tracks.

What do you love about cycling in Perthshire?

There are lots of iconic Perthshire views and places, and you really feel like you’ve had a good day out. For example, in the Carse of Gowrie between Perth and Dundee there are quiet single-track roads with beautiful views over the Tay and Fife to the south and up to the Cairngorms in the north. And earlier this year I cycled from Rannoch Station to have my tea in the most remote restaurant in the UK. Great fun and a great wilderness experience.

The Café-visiting Eventer

Lindsey Thompson is a teacher and mum who has discovered that there are loads of brilliant bike events – and cafés! – around Perthshire. She loves cycling and supports initiatives that help to get more people cycling.

 Where do you cycle in Perthshire?

I have covered most of the cycle routes and cycleable roads within a 20-mile radius of Perth. Some favourite routes are:

The Rhynd loop, a 10-mile loop from Edinburgh Road via Rhynd and coming back through Bridge of Earn (with the tempting Brig Farm Shop halfway up the hill). The views to Kinnoull Hill and the tower are stunning.

Sustrans route 77 (east) over Kinnoull Hill towards Dundee, passing Errol (with a quick stop at Cairn O’Mohr) and coming back the same way or crossing the Tay Bridge and heading back through Fife via Newburgh.

Sustrans route 77 (north) through Pitcairngreen, Almondbank and Bankfoot to Dunkeld, and then further on to Pitlochry (both of which can be combined with a train journey back, or from Dunkeld, a return route can be made via Caputh, Murthly, Stanley and Luncarty). I sometimes combine my cycles with Geocaching, too!

– The Round Perth cycle route is great. A regular short ride for me is to head along Glasgow Road, following the cycle path up to Broxden and then the Round Perth cycle signs past Noah’s Ark, to Tibbermore, where more delightful cake and treats await at Gloagburn Farm Shop.

– The roads around Dunning have spectacular views (and the odd challenging hill). Devil’s Hill from Dunning to Glendevon is a steep but beautiful climb, and then back towards Gleneagles along the valley side showcases some of Perthshire’s most beautiful landscape. I cycled Devil’s Hill when there was still snow in the ground, and it was like cycling through Narnia.

– The golden triangle of roads between the A9 and A85 has some lovely and fairly flat cycling circuits, taking in places such as Madderty, Kinkell Bridge, Muthill and Auchterarder; villages and towns with interesting sights and history.

– The Loch Leven Heritage trail is an excellent 13-mile loop on flat car-free trails (more suitable for hybrid, cross or mountain bikes than road bikes). It’s great for children as there is a playpark, too. The RSPB Loch Leven Reserve, Loch Leven’s Larder and the Boathouse Restaurant are all on the way and there are several beaches to stop at and skim some pebbles or swim, or combine with a visit to Lochleven Castle by boat in the summer. The trail is full of geocaches too.

Sustrans route 775 from Perth, through Bridge of Earn, to Milnathort and Kinross is great (and the 17 miles to Milnathort will work up an appetite to visit Heaven Scent Café before heading back the same way, or coming back via the B996 and A912 after Glenfarg and cutting back onto the cycle routes around Bridge of Earn at the junction with the A913).


What do you love about cycling in Perthshire?

Perthshire is a great location to cycle in because whatever direction you go in, there are miles upon miles of quiet country roads, varied landscapes and of course, cafés to get cake to fuel your journey.

There are some great organisations, clubs and events out there, too. The Coupar Angus Cycling Hub is a great initiative that aims to get more people cycling. They held a Belles & Buns cycle on 19th May round Dunkeld and Coupar Angus, which was great. I’m looking forward to volunteering at the Mini Enduro at the Cream o’ the Croft event.

Perth & Kinross Council are great for getting kids into cycling. The Bikeability course is heavily promoted in schools. They are always looking for volunteers to run the course!

The Family

Claire and Mario Peeters love cycling with their two teenage girls. The family’s Dutch-Scots heritage stands them in good stead and they all enjoy taking off for the day on their bikes, stopping off for lunch or coffee along the way.

 Where do you cycle in Perthshire?

 We love cycling over the North Inch in Perth and up to Inveralmond. Kinfauns is also great and I absolutely love the route over the Queen’s Bridge and following the old railway path by the riverside.

What do you love about cycling in Perthshire?

It’s all on our doorstep! The scenery is beautiful, with so many different terrains, but you don’t have to be professionals as you can choose your route to suit different levels – most are easy and there are plenty of places to stop off for food. You can bribe teenagers with ice cream stops/picnics along the way… and I love that it gets them off their iPads and out of the house!

The Weekend Adventurer

Where do you cycle in Perthshire?

I like cycling the hills between Perth and Dundee. I go up the back of Kinnoull Hill, past Deuchny Wood, across to the top, then past Gallowmyre and down the steep hill at Pitroddie. I also like the Rhynd/Moncreiffe Hill circular loop that comes out at Bridge of Earn.

What do you love about cycling in Perthshire?

The roads I cycle on are peaceful, with not much traffic, especially on a Sunday; some of them are actually marked as cycling-friendly. But one if the best things is that so many of them interconnect, so you can have a choice of different route lengths; I can pick from a 10-mile route up to a 30-mile one. There are nice contrasts in scenery and landscapes, and the roads and tracks are varied and challenging, from rolling hills to steep climbs or flatter sections. The views are fantastic, too. Perthshire’s got everything, really!

 

Cycling and biking events

As you can imagine, Perth now has a brilliant array of cycling and biking events, for everyone from beginners to experts. Here’s our snapshot of what’s coming up:

  • Cream o’ the Croft (including Mini Enduro) – Scotland’s family-friendly, fun-packed Mountain Bike Festival, 15th to 17th June 2018
  • Monster Balance Bike ChallengeSunday 17th June 2018; design and build a Monster Balance Bike to race at the Cream O’ The Croft and Eliminator bike festivals!
  • Coupar Angus Cycling Festival – Sunday 17th – Sunday 24th June 2018 (includes talk by Mark Beaumont and the Ballo Enduro event)
  • Fair City Enduroa spectacular Halloween-themed biking event on 27th October 2018, Perth
  • Belles on Bikes Tayside – varied and interesting monthly cycle rides for women.
  • ByCycle, the Perth & Kinross Cycle Campaign – lots of events including a weekly Wednesday cycle round different parts of Perth & Kinross.
  • Cateran Sportive – an exciting road challenge in and around the Cateran Trail, 18th August 2018.
  • Sportive Kinross – a well-established event with three levels of difficulty; takes place annually in April.
  • Étape Caledonia – every May, this sell-out event attracts riders from all over the country to take on truly breathtaking rides through the spectacular Scottish Highlands.
  • Ochil Hills 100 Sportive – annually in June; takes in some of the best of Perth & Kinross cycle routes.
  • And don’t miss Mark Beaumont’s 80 Days Around the World event in Perth in September 2018!

 

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Book Your Free DiverseCiTAY Bus Journey

Book Your Free DiverseCiTAY Bus Journey

Book Your Free DiverseCiTAY Bus Journey on Saturday 23rd June. We’re offering free return bus trips to Perth City Centre from Invergowrie, Blackford, Kinross, Alyth and Aberfeldy

Select the trip that suits you from the list of available options below. Don’t forget to book a return journey too! If none of the trips work for you, make sure to take a look at our sustainable travel page for more travel options.

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Gary Knight: The Cultybraggan Camp

Gary Knight: The Cultybraggan Camp

Cultybraggan Prisoner of War Camp sits just outside the village of Comrie in Perthshire. Built in 1941, when things were looking bleak for Britain and her allies, as things were not going well in the war with Hitler’s Germany. France had fallen, seemingly unstoppable German panzers were tearing across Russia; Rommel’s troops in Africa were on the offensive for much of the year and America was neutral until attacked by Japan in December 1941.

As the tide began to change more and more German prisoners were being captured at the front, and Cultybraggan became one of two maximum-security prisoner of war camps, housing amongst its inmates die-hard Nazi’s classified as “black” prisoners as they had to wear black cloth patches on their prison uniforms.

The camp consisted of four divided areas of accommodation for the prisoners. The prisoners slept in long Nissen huts heated by a stove. Which must have been hot in the summer and cold in the harsh Perthshire winters, the prisoners slept in bunk beds in crowded conditions but despite this many soldiers would have just been glad to be out of danger especially as the tide of war turned against the
Germans.

Not all of the German prisoners held in the UK thought the war was lost. When the Germans launched a last-ditch offensive in the Western Front in the winter of 1944 a large contingent of Nazi Prisoners planned to break out of their camp in Wiltshire after overpowering the guards and march on London. This plot was discovered, the ringleaders, sent north to Cultybraggan. One of the prisoners sent north was Wolfgang Rosterg, he should not have been with the hardliners as he was a moderate and acted as an interpreter for the British. The Nazis’ thought that Rosterg had betrayed them and after being tried by a Kangaroo Court he was hanged by his fellow countrymen in the latrines of compound B.

Wolfgang Rosterg was the second German to die in tragic circumstances at Cultybraggan Camp, on the 29th of November 1944 Willie Thorn another who the Germans suspected of spying was found hanging in the latrines.

The kindness the prisoners received from the locals while imprisoned made a lasting impression on some, Heinrich Steinmeyer served in the 12th SS Panzer Division. Captured in Normandy in 1944 and sent to Cultybraggan when Steinmeyer died he bequeathed his house and life savings to the elderly of Comrie.

Cultybraggan ceased in its role as a Prisoner of war camp in 1947 the MOD made use of the facilities and turned Cultybraggan into a training centre. Amongst the thousands of young man and women trained at Cultybraggan included (as the Dundee Courier reported on the 19th of June 1951) Bobby Johnstone the Hibernian and Scottish International football player.

Another tragic death struck the camp in July 1950 when 19-year-old David Barclay of the Queens Royal Lancers died after being accidentally shot and killed while he and a friend were shooting. Another occurrence at the camp took place in May 1972 when two members of a Scottish terrorist organisation called the Tartan Army attempted to break into the encampment to steal. Also charged at their trial with breaking into various premises in Ayrshire and Renfrewshire and trying to rob ammunition, explosives, detonators and fuses so it would seem likely that the theft of military ordnance the intention at Cultybraggan. Also charged with causing an explosion on the BP pipeline at Bridge of Earn in 1973. Both men were found guilty of committing terrorist acts and received custodial sentences in 1976.

Today The Comrie Development Trust looks after the Cultybraggan Camp, and they let out some of the Nissen huts to local businesses while a museum is under development. Cultybraggan Camp run regular guided tours every Sunday from May to September from 11 am with the last being at 3.00 pm, and I have just started doing a Ghost Tour at the Camp every Wednesday night from 8.00 pm until 9.30.

Find out more about Gary’s Ghost Tours here!

The Pics of Perthshire

The Pics of Perthshire

The Pics of Perthshire

It’s no secret that Perthshire is a stunning part of Scotland. With towering Munros, beautiful lochs and forgotten history, there are 100’s of stunning locations across the county. With so much to offer, sometimes is hard to show off all the amazing places within Perthshire.

So this month, we have teamed up with some of Scotlands best amateur photographers and asked them to share with us their favourite spots from around the region. We have asked them what Perthshire means to them, and to share it with us through their camera lens.

Each week this month, our Instagram account will be taken over by a different photographer, which will show us their Pics of Perthshire! Take a look below and find out about some of the brilliant photographers we are working with this month. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram to keep up with all the Pics of Perthshire!

This Month’s Guest Photographers

 

Sam Hayles

4 -8th June

Sam Hayles is an independent design consultant and award-winning graphic designer and has experience in working with bands, record labels, Trailer Music companies, DJs, Artists, Magicians and Music Composers since 1999!
Apparently, he finds digital graphics so interesting, that he does it also in his free time! He enjoys taking photos and exploring Scotland as much as he can with his family. A great opportunity to take photos of beautiful Scotland. Take a look at his Instagram page here.

Drone View Scotland

 

Chris is an avid amateur photographer from Perth. He is passionate about capturing the inspiring natural beauty of Scotland and its hidden gems. Take a look at their Instagram page here.

 

Previous Guest Photographers

Destinos Distantes

This brillant page is ran by Steph and Alicia, part time student/part time workers/part time travellers.

Chris Knight

Chris is an avid amateur photographer from Perth. He is passionate about capturing the inspiring natural beauty of Scotland and its hidden gems.

Questions of Light Photography

Questions Of Light Photography presents photography from macro to landscape concentrating on the effect of light in different ways on the world around us.

To see all of these amazing artist’s pictures from around Perthshire, make sure you follow our Instagram page!

Matildas Musings: Outlanderish Cultural Tandem Experience

Matildas Musings: Outlanderish Cultural Tandem Experience

Summer has finally arrived at Matildas Rest and after being on our travels for the last few weeks Team Matilda decided on a hilly ride on our own doorstep this week as my dynamic crew build up the miles and elevation for our Hebridean Way adventure in early June.

Interestingly this ride had the added advantage of turning into a cultural experience with my dynamic crew receiving an education into the cult hit tv show Outlander. They are always impressed at the rich history they find right in Team Matildas own backyard – and in this case both real and fictional.

 

Bruce Makes Perthshire an Edinburgh Fringe Venue

Bruce Makes Perthshire an Edinburgh Fringe Venue

Each year local comedian Bruce Fummey takes a new show to Edinburgh Fringe. This year is different. He’s bringing the Edinburgh Fringe to Perthshire throughout August. Perthshire played a starring role in Scotland’s history and points of historical interest round Perthshire will provide the backdrop for Bruce’s Macbeth Without the Shakespeare Bollocks Tour at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe.

Bruce performed the Macbeth Without the Shakespeare Bollocks stand up show at the 2017 Edinburgh fringe. He then took the show down under to Perth Western Australia, where the show was nominated for a Fringe award, before heading on to New Zealand.

Bruce said: ‘I suddenly realised, why don’t I take people to the places these events happened? The road from Birnam Wood to Dunsinane is on our doorstep. So I will take folks on a Loch Leven Castle boat trip, to Scone Palace, Dunkeld Cathedral and Glamis Castle, as I tell them the true story behind the last great Celtic king of Scotland.’

If you want to enjoy the full day tour as part of Edinburgh Fringe, tickets are available at www.edfringe.com

The people of Perthshire don’t have to wait till August. You don’t even have to travel to Edinburgh. Bruce will offer tours starting out from Perth at 8.45am from now till August. For details and enquiries just pop in to the Visit Scotland information centre in the High St or go online to www.scotlandhistorytours.co.uk

 

Boating on the Tay – Itineraries

Boating on the Tay – Itineraries

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

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

Daytime itinerary for Willowgate boat trips

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

Aqua Zorbing

Morning

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

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

 

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

Lunchtime

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

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

Afternoon

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Morning

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

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

 

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

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

Lunchtime

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

 

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

 

Afternoon

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

Black Watch Castle and Museum Perth

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

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

Book a River Tay boat trip today!

Check out the Boating timetable and information leaflet

Evening itinerary for all boat trips

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

 

View our full restaurant listings

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

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

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

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Glasgow Warriors to play Harlequins in pre-season encounter in Perth

Glasgow Warriors to play Harlequins in pre-season encounter in Perth

Glasgow Warriors have announced that they will play English Premiership giants Harlequins in Perth ahead of the 2018/19 season.

‘The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge’, in association with Perth & Kinross Council, will be held at Perthshire RFC’s North Inch ground on Saturday 18 August (kick-off 2pm).

The game will take place two weeks before the new Guinness PRO14 season gets underway.

A 5,000-capacity arena will be constructed close to the city centre and the event is being sponsored by The Famous Grouse.

The game will be part of a huge weekend of activity in the city, with the rugby arena also being used for other events.

Aviva Premiership champions in 2012, Harlequins have a squad packed full of international players, such as England’s Danny Care, British & Irish Lion Kyle Sinckler and former Scotland winger Tim Visser.

The London club last played the Warriors in 2016 when Harlequins edged a pre-season victory 22-17 at the Twickenham Stoop.

It has also been confirmed that seven days later (Saturday 25 August) the Warriors will travel to play Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens to complete their pre-season preparations.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach, Dave Rennie, said: “It’s great that we’re taking a game to Perth and have the chance to engage with supporters from across our region.

“We represent the West and North of Scotland, so we’re excited to get on the road again after the success of our game against Northampton in Stirling last year.

“Harlequins are a top side full of international players and will provide us with the type of challenge we need as we gear up for the new season.”

Leader of Perth & Kinross Council, Councillor Murray Lyle, said: “It is a great show of faith in Perth that Glasgow Warriors have chosen our city to play host to this high profile pre-season match.

“The North Inch is a fantastic location and it will be an excellent opportunity to see a professional rugby match in the heart of the city.”

John Laurie, The Famous Grouse Experience, General Manager, said: “We’re proud to be backing Glasgow Warriors in their pre-season preparations as they welcome one of the biggest names in English professional rugby to Perth, our home since 1896.

“We are excited to continue our long-standing backing of rugby in Scotland. This partnership gives us a chance to bring a new and unique experience to fans of the game.”

CEO of Perthshire Rugby, Allan Brown, added: “Perthshire Rugby are delighted that Glasgow Warriors have chosen the North Inch in Perth as the venue for this fixture and we welcome this high profile fixture to Perth as we embark on our 150th anniversary celebrations.

“We look forward to welcoming supporters from Glasgow and all over the Caledonia region to the North Inch, the home of Perthshire Rugby and we look forward to working with Glasgow Warriors and Perth & Kinross Council to make this a tremendous success.”

Tickets for this game will then go on public sale from glasgowwarriors.org from 10am on Monday 18 June.

A Six Inch of Topsoil and the Fact it Rains

A Six Inch of Topsoil and the Fact it Rains

‘In Spring of last year, wearing inappropriate footwear and driving a dinky wee car that is quite frankly not cut out for these muddy roads, Perth Theatre Artistic director Lu Kemp and playwright Kieran Hurley set off around rural Perthshire to speak with people who live in this land, about rural life.’

Sitting down to eat your fry up on a sleepy Sunday morning, it’s easy to not think twice about where it all comes from.  With food being so easily accessible in our modern society, thanks to the numerous booming supermarkets, selling its ever-replenishing stock, we often overlook the hard-working farmers who prevail to supply our ever increasing demand to simply eat and drink.

‘A Six Inch of Topsoil and the Fact it Rains’ is a singularly unique piece of theatre, conveying the lives of people who work and live in the rural lands of Perthshire.  Written by playwright Kieran Hurley and directed by Lu Kemp, together they have created an insightful and highly enjoyable theatrical experience through interviews carried out with the rural locals.
Preformed at Birnum Arts Theatre not a mere 20 minutes from Perth we were treated to seeing the countryside at its best, with Perth offering a large variety of local eateries we were spoilt for choice.

Performed by Melody Grove and Aly Macrea, the show had a welcoming and comfortable feel from the very beginning.  Feeling as though you were visiting a friend for coffee, you were invited into a comfortable appearing farmhouse kitchen with a weather-beaten welsh dresser, stags antlers proudly sitting atop, adorning playful, clear fairy lights. Grove and Macrea burst into authentic folk song which the audience more often than not couldn’t help but join in with.

Grove and Macrea portrayed the variety of interviewees from the proud and jovial local Laird to the elderly couple who had been farming all their days.  Their portrayal of the characters was both insightful and passionate allowing the audience to become fully immersed into each specific character’s background and experiences.  Relaying the differences in farming from past decades and what it means for its future.  Changes in legislation, public demand, adverse weather conditions all contributing factors to the livelihoods of the farmers.
The play opens our eyes to the fact that everything on our plates comes from somewhere, and makes us consider whether we actually value the real worth of what is grown right on our own doorstep.

With lively numbers throughout from Grove and Macreas many musical talents, it was impossible to not tap your toes, sing along and overall have a thoroughly enjoyable time.

By Erin Tindal

Biggest Weekend Travel Information

Biggest Weekend Travel Information

If you’re coming along to Perth’s Biggest Weekend this May, you are going to have to start thinking about your travel plans. If you need some advice on travelling into Perth, make sure you have a look at our travel tips here.

To get to the Biggest Weekend from Perth City Centre you have a couple of options. Here you can find out more about the Shuttle Bus and Parking Tickets specially organised for the Biggest Weekend!

There is no drop off on the site for private vehicles, due to the volume of traffic expected.

 

Check this page to find out more details about transport, parking details and other useful information about getting to the event. This page will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Plan your travel in advance to minimise disruption. Access to the event is by car, shuttle bus or on foot. Private vehicles wishing to drop off passengers should drop them in Perth, from where they can walk or get the shuttle bus, as there will be no drop off on site. Please follow the signs rather than your sat nav, as some roads may be closed.

Travelling by car:

Car parking areas are next to the event site with a maximum of around 15 minutes walking. There will be limited public car parking available at the event location. Consider car sharing: check out https://liftshare.com.

Parking tickets are sold on a first come first served basis:

  • Tickets bought between 7 May – 20 May 2018: £15 (plus £2 handling charge) per car per day
  • Tickets bought between 21 May 2018 – 24 May (Show Week): £18 (plus £2 handling charge) per car per day
  • Car parking tickets must be purchased in advance of the event.
  • Buy your parking tickets here – https://booking.scone-palace.co.uk/event/bbc-biggest-weekend-car-parking

 

Travelling by bus:

Stagecoach East Scotland has teamed up with the BBC Biggest Weekend and Perth & Kinross Council to run a shuttle bus service for people travelling to the event from Perth City Centre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May. The bus pick up / drop off location is a 20-minute walk through grassy parklands. Please wear sturdy footwear.

Journeys will leave from the dedicated shuttle bus stop at the junction of Perth High Street and Tay Street from 11:30 am on Friday 25 May and run every half an hour to Scone Palace. Returning to Perth City Centre in the evening, the last journey from the Palace will depart at 00:30 on the Saturday morning.

On Saturday 26 May, shuttle bus services will begin at 10:00am from the same dedicated stop and run every 15 minutes throughout the day to Scone Palace. Returning in the evening the last departure to Perth City Centre will be at 01:00 on the Sunday morning.

Both return and single journey tickets cost £5.00 per person.

Please pre-book your seats for the shuttle bus service before 18 May, when online booking closes. After 18th of May you can still buy tickets in person at Perth bus station until Friday the 25th. Seats are likely to be extremely limited on the day for those who have not pre-booked.

Buy your bus tickets here – http://www.citylink.co.uk/e_biggestweekend.php

 

Travel Map

Take a look at our map to find out about road closures, walking routes and drop off points.

 

Question and Answers for the Biggest Weekend

Traffic and Transport

General questions

  1. How do I get to the event?

Site access is well signposted, so if you’re travelling by car or on foot follow the event signage to reach your destination. The route is not the same as a normal visit to Scone Palace Events, so don’t rely on sat nav!

  1. Where can I drop off passengers in my car?

Drivers of private vehicles who do not wish to park at the site should drop passengers in Perth, at South Inch car park, so that they can walk or get the shuttle bus. There is no pick-up/drop-off area on site, anyone who enters the car park will be asked to pay.

  1. Why can’t the public pick up and drop off at the venue?

This decision was based on traffic modelling which highlighted there was insufficient capacity on the local road network. Therefore the traffic plan concentrated on the shuttle bus operation supplemented with the car park and walking options.

  1. I’m driving a minibus, will I be able to use the taxi rank?

 Unfortunately the temporary taxi rank at Quarrymill Car Park will be unable to take the volume of minibuses which are now being predicted. Any minibuses, with the exception of those operated by a taxi firm, will be directed to the on site car park, and asked to pay the on the day ticket price of £20. Entries to the car park will stop at 9.00 pm on both nights, so if the minibus will be leaving and returning later that day you will need to be back in the car park before 9.00 pm.

Retain your parking ticket from earlier in the day to show on re-entry.

  1. How do I leave the event by walking/ car / taxi etc ?

Follow the event signage.

If you are walking temporary tower lights are being put in place on the A93 and Old Scone Brae to make your journey safer.

If you are leaving the car park follow the signage and directions from police/stewards.

If you are meeting a pre-arranged taxi, walk back down the A93 towards Quarrymill. Please note Quarrymill car park will not be acting as a taxi rank, so you will not be able to pick up a taxi from here if it has not been booked in advance.

Please remember there is no pick-up point within or near the site, so if you’re meeting someone for a lift after we advise you to arrange pick-up at the South Inch car park in Perth city.

Shuttle bus

  1. I didn’t buy my bus ticket by 18 May, can I still get the shuttle bus?

 There will be limited bus tickets available on the day. If you missed the online deadline, you can still buy tickets in advance in person at Perth bus station.

  1. Where do I go to catch the shuttle bus in Perth?

 There will be a queuing system in place, as large numbers of passengers are expected between 11am and 3pm. To enter the queue, please approach Tay Street from the south (ie from the South Street end).

  1. I am unable to walk for 20 minutes. Can I still get the bus?

Yes, transport from the shuttle drop off to the arena will be arranged for people unable to walk.

  1. Will there be enough tickets available for those who want to pay for the shuttle bus on the day?

 On the day tickets will be limited, you will have to queue to buy tickets on the day, and only once one has been purchased will you be allowed to join the next queue to get on a shuttle bus. If you haven’t purchased a ticket in advance you will get there, but you should expect a lengthy wait, particularly if you intend to travel during peak times.

  1. Do I have to stick to the travel time on my pre-booked ticket?

 No, the time chosen when you booked your shuttle bus ticket was for pre-planning purposes so we could get a sense of the busiest times. Your ticket will be valid all day.

  1. Will the A4 bag size restriction be enforced on the shuttle bus?

 Yes, one of the conditions of access to the event is that bags bigger than A4 will not be allowed, this will be enforced by stewards before anyone is allowed on the shuttle bus.

Parking private vehicles

  1. Will the parking pass count as a ‘permitted vehicle’?

If you are parking on site please follow event signage which will direct you to the car park. If you’ve pre-paid for parking please show a copy of your email confirmation and you will be allowed access to the site without re-paying. Parking passes will not give you access to roads closed by traffic orders.

  1. I’ve pre-paid for parking, but haven’t received a ticket, what should I do?

 Anyone who has pre-paid for parking online will have received an email confirmation, people who have booked more recently will also have received a PDF attachment. Either a printed copy of the PDF or a print out of the email if there wasn’t a PDF attachment will be sufficient to prove that you have pre-paid for parking. If you haven’t received a confirmation email or have any concerns, please contact Scone Palace directly.

  1. Are you allowed to leave cars overnight on Saturday and collect them on Sunday?

No, overnight parking is not allowed. Vehicles left in the event car park overnight may be removed.

Taxi

  1. Do taxis have to register?

No, although taxi drivers should follow instructions from stewards/police, and should be aware that they may be diverted away from Quarrymill when it is full.

Please note this is not a taxi stance.

Taxis can only drop off and pick up pre booked hires.

  1. Why are taxis not allowed to drop off nearer the venue?

This decision was also based on traffic modelling which highlighted there was insufficient capacity on the local road network. Therefore the traffic plan concentrated on the shuttle bus operation supplemented with the carpark and walking options. The taxi pick up and drop off is a few hundred yards from the pedestrian entrance to the site.

  1. Where should taxis coming from Blairgowrie go?

 Any traffic coming down the A93 from the Blairgowrie direction which is not heading for the event car park will be directed up Old Scone Brae, and southward through Scone.  Taxis can then access Quarrymill from the south (Bridgend) side of the A93.

Cycling/ Walking

  1. Will there be somewhere safe for me to lock up my bicycle on site?

 Cyclists should follow the main walking routes to the venue. Just north of the South Lodge Gate into the estate, on the opposite side of the road, cyclists will be directed into what was the former stable block area where secure cycle parking will be provided. Cycle parking facilities will be provided along with toilets and lighting, although cyclists will need to provide their own bike lock to secure their property.

  1. Where is the pedestrian access to the site?

 Pedestrian access is via Gate C which is on the A93 (Isla Road to Old Scone) – slightly further north of the normal Scone Palace visitor entrance. Signage will be in place, and stewards on hand to direct you.

Other access questions

  1. Are disabled / physically impaired visitors allowed to bring camping chairs?

Friday 25 May – BBC Radio 3 event

All event goers are permitted to bring with them 1 folding chair for use at the event.

These must come through the normal entrance lanes and are subject to security searches.

Saturday 26 May – BBC Radio 2 event

As a general rule no folding chairs are allowed into the event on Saturday due to the numbers of people expected. The only exceptions are for festival goers who have accessibility requirements which have been confirmed with the access co-ordinator for the event in advance (normally by indicating accessibility requirements at the point the event ticket was booked). The chair will be tagged at the check in cabin and will be granted access.

People travelling in the area, not attending the event

 

22. Which roads are affected by restrictions / closures on the Friday?

 Looking at the latest estimates, we expect numbers on Friday to be similar to those for previous events at Scone, and so we do not expect to have to implement the closures of Tay Street, High Street, George Street, Bridge Lane or Perth Bridge, although there will be parking and loading restrictions. Restrictions for local traffic will also be lifted on the A93 (Isla Road) to allow commuter vehicles to travel this road on the Friday.

A Google MyMap showing the traffic restrictions/closures on both days is available here: http://bit.ly/2GMQ5qO

23. Why do you need to put restrictions on Stormont Road on Friday when the traffic won’t be so heavy?

The road in question is a key route in the overall traffic management plan, as such it was identified by the Event Transport Sub Group, (this group consists of the Emergency Services, PKC, and other Traffic and Transport Professionals) as a prime location for indiscriminate parking by event goers. Therefore we were asked to promote a Temporary Traffic Restriction Order to prevent parking and to ensure that this main artery, is kept clear for residents, emergency services, and exiting traffic.

24. Why has there been so little communications and engagement with communities leading up to the event?

All affected residents, businesses and community councils have been contacted with details of the travel and road restrictions for the BBC’s Biggest Weekend. Unfortunately the travel plan took longer than anticipated to finalise, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Travel planning is a multi-agency responsibility, and we have consulted with partners as well as taken into account the latest event ticket sales and bus and car parking ticket sales, in order to ensure as little disruption as possible.

25. Local media reported people in Stormontfield would need to take a 20 mile detour to buy provisions. Is this true?

The road restriction which caused this concern is only in place between 9.00 pm and 2.00 am following each of the events to support people exiting the event, during this time the U88 Stormontfield will be closed to westbound traffic. We hope that this small period of time, late at night, gives residents enough flexibility to stock up during the day

26. Are both bridges leading into Perth only open to buses?

Both the Old Perth Bridge and Queen’s Bridge are open to normal traffic, however, event traffic should follow event signage to reach the event. We would recommend that other road users avoid the Old Perth Bridge as far as possible as it will be very busy, particularly during peak travel periods.

 

Road Closures and Travelling around Perth/Scone during the event

Friday 25th May 

Looking at the latest estimates, we expect numbers on Friday to be similar to those for previous events at Scone, and so we do not expect to have to implement all of the road closures originally expected. The information below has been updated to reflect the closures and parking/loading restrictions which will be in place on the Friday.

Saturday 26th May

On Saturday, there will be unprecedented numbers travelling within a relatively short space of time, so we do expect to have to close more roads to cars. If you do not need to travel during the peak times for people travelling to (10:00 to 14:00) and from (22:00 to 01:00) on each day, then we’d recommend planning any journeys outwith these times., 

  • A93 Perth to Blairgowrie, Isla Road (Main Street to Old Scone) will be closed to all traffic apart from permitted vehicles from 08:00 Saturday 26th May to 10:00 Sunday 27th The diversion will be via the A94 to Scone. There will be local access as far as Upper Springlands. From 08:00 Friday 25th May to 10:00 Sunday 27th May there will also be a 20mph speed restriction, plus loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
  • U88 Stormontfield (A93 Old Scone to Race Course entrance) will be closed to all westbound traffic from 21:00 Fri 25th May to 02:00 Sat 26th May and also from 21:00 Sat 26th May to 02:00 Sun 27th May. The diversion will be via the A94 Scone to Redstone – C438 Redstone – C437 Guildtown – A93 – U88 Cambusmichael. This diversion will be extremely busy when people are leaving the event. There will also be a 20mph speed restriction, plus loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
  • U87 Old Scone (A93 to Stormont Road) will be closed to all westbound traffic from 08:00 Fri 25th May to 08:00 Sun 27th May. The diversion will be via the A94. There will also be a 20mph speed restriction, plus loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
  • U89 St Martins (A93 – C434) will be closed to all eastbound traffic from 08:00 Fri 25th May to 15:00 Fri 25th May and also from 08:00 Sat 26th May to 15:00 Sat 26th May. The diversion will be via the C434 – A93 – C437 – C438 – A94. There will also be a 20mph speed restriction, plus loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
  • Keir Street, Perth (A94 – A93) will be closed to all westbound traffic from 08:00 Fri 25th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May. The diversion will be via the A94. There will also be loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
  • Main Street, Perth (Strathmore Street – Perth Bridge) will have loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation from 06:00 Fri 25th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
  • Stormont Road, Sandy Road, Spoutwells Road, Spoutwells Drive and Oakdene Road, Scone will have parking and loading restrictions (both sides) in place from 06:00 Fri 25th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May. This is to maintain the local bus services and prevent indiscriminate parking.

 

Loading and parking restrictions (both sides) will be in place on the following roads from 06:00 Friday 25th May to 10:00 Sunday 27th May. Details of road closures/other restrictions are as below.

  • Tay Street, Perth (Perth Bridge – Queen’s Bridge) will be closed to all traffic apart from buses from 06:00 Sat 26th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
  • High Street, Perth (Tay Street – Watergate) will be closed to all traffic apart from buses from 06:00 Sat 26th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
  • George Street, Perth (High Street – Charlotte Street) will be closed to all traffic apart from buses from 06:00 Sat 26th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
  • Bridge Lane, Perth (Skinnergate – George Street) will be closed to all traffic from 06:00 Sat 26th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.

 

The following roads are also included in the Temporary Traffic Restriction Order. They have been included only in case they are needed and will hopefully not be necessary. However, there is expected to be a lot of traffic on these roads at the start and end of the event.

  • A85 Perth Bridge & West Bridge Street, Perth
  • C434 Balbeggie to St Martins
  • C438 Redstone to Gallowhill
  • C437 Gallowhill to Guildtown

 

The peak arrival times are expected to be 10:00 – 14:00 and the peak departure times 22:00 – 01:00 for both the Friday and Saturday events. Traffic will be significantly heavier on the Saturday.  Please plan around this, and where possible avoid travelling during these times unless it’s absolutely necessary. 

Pedestrian routes will not be affected and emergency access will be maintained at all times.