Christmas Nights Out in Perth

Christmas Nights Out in Perth

As the nights draw in and the year comes to a close, our thoughts turn to the Christmas celebrations. Whether it’s a party with your office colleagues, a date with someone special or a fun night out with friends and family, we all deserve to put on our glad rags and enjoy the festive spirit. So, just for you, we’ve gathered a sparkling selection of some fantastic Christmas nights out in Perth!

1) Party Nights

Mercure Hotel

Book your Christmas party at Mercure Perth Hotel for a fun-filled evening of festive dining, indulgent cocktails and dancing to the sounds of the DJ at A Glistening White Christmas Party. Whether you’re celebrating with friends, family or colleagues, the Mercure has the festive celebration to suit your party, your pocket and your date. From intimate party lunches, mid-week festive celebrations, full-on glitz and glamour party nights, or even an after-party in January, Mercure has it all.

How to book: Book by calling 01738 481607 or emailing christmas@mercureperth.co.uk.

Parklands

Parklands is offering special Festive Party nights, where you can bring your friends or colleagues to enjoy a luxury-three course dinner served in the 63@Parklands restaurant, followed by some great sounds provided by the resident DJ.

The hotel also offers accommodation up until the morning of the 25th December, and a selection of festive menus over the Christmas period. Menus can be personalised to your own requirements.

How to book: Book at Parklands online or by contacting the hotel on 01738 622451.

The Grampian Hotel

The Grampian Hotel is hosting fun-filled Festive Party Nights on 1st, 8th and 15th December, as well as pre-Christmas lunches and dinners from 1st to 22nd December and Festive High Teas from 1st to 24th December. They’re also taking bookings for their Hogmanay Party too!

How to book: Contact The Grampian Hotel online to check availability and book your festive party night, lunch, afternoon tea, high tea, dinner or Hogmanay party.

The Royal George Hotel

Whether you are looking for a traditional Christmas party night or a festive dinner with friends, The Royal George Hotel in Perth city centre will help your party go with a swing!

The Party Nights, including disco, are on 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd December from 7.30pm at £30 per person. There are also discounted Early Turkey Party Nights on 1st and 7th December, available with disco for £24 per person.

How to book: For further information or bookings please contact the hotel reception on 01738 624455.

Huntingtower Hotel

Huntingtower Hotel is offering Party Nights on Friday 7th, 14th, 21st, Thursday 13th, Saturday 8th, 15th, 22nd, and Sunday 16th December. Your special night will include a pre-dinner glass of bubbly, a three-course meal and coffee, party hats and novelties, then a disco and photo booth. They also offer a Hogmanay Party Night if you’re really planning ahead!

1) Delicious Christmas Evening Meals

63 Tay Street

63 Tay Street’s Christmas Day menu will be a luxury set-5-course affair. The menu will become available nearer the time, but the main feature will be specially selected free-range turkey with all the festive trimmings. The afternoon will be finished off with locally roasted bean coffee and homemade Petit Fours.

View 63 Tay Street’s Christmas brochure

The Post Box

The Post Box, which is featured in the Michelin Restaurant Guide, invites you to enjoy a Festive evening dinner in their city centre restaurant. Courses include Smoked Salmon, Roast Turkey, Pan-Fried Hake and Drambuie & Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse. Vegetarian and vegan options are available on request.

Tabla

Award-winning Tabla Indian Restaurant offers you a sumptuous Christmas feast with a difference, including Dakshin Fried Fish, Haggis Bonda and Green Lentil Patties for starter; and South Indian fish, chicken, lamb or vegetable dishes for mains, accompanied by delicious drinks and welcoming service.

View Tabla Restaurant’s Christmas Dinner Menu brochure

Tabla

Award-winning Tabla Indian Restaurant offers you a sumptuous Christmas feast with a difference, including Dakshin Fried Fish, Haggis Bonda and Green Lentil Patties for starter; and South Indian fish, chicken, lamb or vegetable dishes for mains, accompanied by delicious drinks and welcoming service.

View Tabla Restaurant’s Christmas Dinner Menu brochure

Deans

At this busy and hectic time of year, Deans is at hand to help make part of the “Festive Rush” easier, more relaxing and more enjoyable. Come with your family or friends to enjoy the open fire and fine food, accompanied by great drinks and a festive atmosphere. On offer for your night out is a Party Dinner or À La Carte Dinner (and there are also Party Lunches and À La Carte Lunches). Courses include Shetland Salmon, Cheese & Apricot Soufflé, Ochil Venison and Pithivier of Mushrooms. Desserts feature Valrhona Chocolate Cheesecake, Clementine & Raspberry Pavlova and many others.

View Deans’ Festive menus

3) Shows and Events

Of course, Christmas nights out aren’t just for workmates or big groups – here are some you can do with your friends and family!

Perth’s Winter Festival

Perth’s Winter Festival is an exciting calendar of events running from Hallowe’en in October to Chinese New Year in February. It brings a seasonal extravaganza of markets, shows, family fun and cultural events to Perth. With the Riverside Night Lights, the Christmas Lights Switch-On and everything in between, you’ll have a host of nights out to choose from over the festive season!

Find out more about Perth’s Winter Festival

Snow White and the Seven Dames

Whistle up your best booing, hissing and singing voices and help Snow White and friends live happily ever after in Perth Theatre’s dame-tastic family panto!

From Fri 30th November to Sat 5th Jan

Find out more about Snow White and the Seven Dames

Childline Christmas Concert

The annual Perth ChildLine Christmas Concert is organised by the NSPCC and Perth & Kinross Council Education & Children’s Services. Now in its 17th year, the evening promises to entertain and get you into the festive spirit. The Perth & Kinross Instrumental Music Service will present a variety of ensembles including Perth Youth Orchestra, bands and choirs in a joyous evening of Christmas music, carols and popular classics.

 Find out more about Childline Christmas Concert

Kilgraston School Christmas Concert

Through music and drama, the students of Kilgraston School will re-create some of the original “Portraits of Christmas” on stage: of Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the Shepherds and the Wise Men. Come along for a wonderful and uplifting evening celebrating the Christmas Story! 

Find out more about Kilgraston School Christmas Concert

The Polar Bears Go Up

The Polar Bears are moving up in the world. They’ve lost their balloon and they need to get it back. It’s time to get up, step up, climb up, jump up. One thing’s for sure, the only way is up! The Polar Bears Go Up is non-verbal and deaf-friendly. For ages 2-5. 

Find out more about The Polar Bears Go Up

Phil Cunningham’s Christmas Songbook

Now a Perth festive tradition, Phil Cunningham is once again calling his musical pals together and re-opening his Christmas songbook.

Eddi Reader, Karen Matheson, John McCusker and Phil will lead you through a great fun night of modern and traditional Christmas music. Featuring Kris Drever, Ian Carr and Kevin McGuire along with a special guest Brass Band. Book early to avoid disappointment!

 Find out more about Phil Cunningham’s Christmas Songbook

The Green Room

There are also gigs and Pups In The Pub nights in The Green Room throughout December. Check out the Gig Calendar for more details!

RSNO Christmas Concert Featuring the Snowman

We’re walking in the air… It isn’t Christmas until The Snowman has taken you on his magical journey through the winter sky. Enjoy this special showing of the festive classic on the large screen, accompanied live by the RSNO and narrated by guest presenter Jamie MacDougall. Perfect for the whole family, this is a Christmas party filled with seasonal favourites, carols old and new – and, of course, a chance for everyone to sing along! 

Find out more about RSNO Christmas Concert Featuring the Snowman

Things to do in Autumn in Perthshire

Things to do in Autumn in Perthshire

There’s so much to do in Perthshire during the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”. If you like getting outdoors among the red and gold leaves, there are so many ways to do it. If you prefer to wrap up warm indoors, we’ve got music gigs, theatre shows and much more to keep you cosy and entertained. From the Russian State Symphony Orchestra to Halloween fright nights, from the Fair City Enduro to kayaking on Loch Tummel, we reckon we’ve got something for everyone! This is a selection of highlights – for full listings check out Perth City Centre’s Events Calendar.

1) Outdoor Fun 

Run Club

Wednesday, 24 October

Further. Fitter. Faster. Join Colin, Live Active’s experienced, enthusiastic and energetic running coach for a running club for experienced and advanced runners. Over 8 weeks your technique and running performance will be improved through a range of athletic drills and training sessions that will include Fartlek, Interval and Hill running.

Find out more about Run Club

Fair City Enduro 2018

Saturday 27th October

Ever dreamt about shredding super-sick trails dressed as a Badger? Fair City Enduro, listed as one of Red Bull’s “must do” MTB Events in the UK, takes place around Halloween and is a mix of breath-taking trails, views… and outfits. You and hundreds of other bikers start the day in the city centre before climbing high above the city to some seriously tasty trails.

Find out more about Fair City Enduro

Kayaking on Loch Tummel

Sunday 28th October, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Loch Tummel is one of the best kayaking locations in Scotland. Wrap up warm and let Outdoor Explore guide you through the fabulous scenery, listening to tales and historical facts. This 2- to 2.5-hour-long guided tour is novice-friendly as there are single or double kayaks. Costs £45pp, but if you have your own kayak and kit, you can claim £20 off.

Find out more about Kayaking on Loch Tummel

The Perth 5K, 10K and kids 1.5K MoRun 2018

Sunday 4th November, 9:30am – 12:00pm, North Inch, Perth

MoRunning is back this November and they are proud to be returning to Perth! Brand new medals, more partners, great entry benefits and, of course, continuing their support for the Movember Foundation. So, all you MoBros and MoSistas, make sure you follow MoRunning on Facebook and get your entry secured. All the MoRuns have limited places so don’t miss out!

Find out more about Perth 5K, 10K and kids’ 1.5K MoRun 2018

2) Music, theatre, books and museums 

Alex Nye: The Art of the Ghost Story

Wednesday 10th October, 7:30pm, Innerpeffray Library

What better as Halloween approaches than to share a spooky evening with the writer Alex Nye? Alex will share her inspiration behind the writing of a new and haunting mystery, with the aid of atmospheric sounds, music and images. This will be a lively end to the 2018 season in the beautiful Innerpeffray Library. Alex will base her talk around her novel For My Sins, a “lost memoir” written by Mary, Queen of Scots herself!

Find out more about Alex Nye: The Art of the Ghost Story

Horsecross Voices

Various dates, Perth Concert Hall

A fun, informal singing group for adults. No previous singing experience or music reading is required. Featuring special themed nights throughout October and November including “Songs from around the world”, “Feel Good Scottish Songs” and “The Proclaimers”! Age 18+.

Find out more about Horsecross Voices

The 306: Dusk

Wednesday 10th to Saturday 27th October, Perth Theatre

A powerful new piece of music theatre about memory and forgetting, friendship and betrayal, exploring what the Great War means to us today. Co-commissioned with 14-18 NOW, it is the concluding part of the 306 Trilogy, following 2016’s The 306: Dawn, and last year’s The 306: Day.

Find out more about The 306: Dusk

Hairspray by Ad-Lib Theatre

Thursday 11th October, 7:00pm, North Inch Community Campus

The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray is the family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962, and Tracy Turnblad has one dream – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” When she finally gets her shot, she’s transformed from social outcast to sudden star.

Find out more about Hairspray by Ad-Lib Theatre

Drovers’ Tryst Ceilidh

Saturday 13th October, 7:00pm, Strathearn Artspace

Put on your dancing shoes and come to celebrate on the final night of the Tryst at Strathearn Artspace. Doors open 7pm, dancing will start at 7.30pm.

Find out more about Drovers’ Tryst Ceilidh

Richard Thompson in concert

Saturday 13th October, 7:30pm – 10:30pm, Perth Concert Hall

Richard Thompson is one of this country’s greatest songwriters and most distinctive guitar virtuosos, capable of breath-taking drama and sublime delicacy, hailed by Rolling Stone as “a perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist”. His songs have been covered by everyone from Alison Krauss to Robert Plant.

Find out more about Richard Thompson in concert

A Celtic Autumn – Wood & Smoke

Sunday 14th October, 10:00 – 1:00pm, The Scottish Crannog Centre

The ancient loch dwellers who lived in crannogs were well-prepared as they entered winter with foods and fuel to keep them going. These preparations, such as woodworking, turning and whittling demonstrations, are featured in this event, with a chance to try them out. Smoked and cured foods, berries, apples and mushrooms, and rich meaty stews, will all be on offer for a donation.

Find out more about A Celtic Autumn – Wood & Smoke

St John’s Kirk: Morrison’s Academy

Sunday 14th October, 3:00pm, St John’s Kirk

St John’s Music, running throughout autumn, winter and early spring, is a series of organ recitals and concerts promoted by the Kirk. It aims to showcase the best of local music-making and to provide a platform for the many talented performers in and around Perthshire. This concert features pupils from Morrison’s Academy.

Find out about St John’s Kirk: Morrison’s Academy

Traditional Scottish Music Night – third Monday of every month

Monday 15th October, 8.30pm – 11.00pm, Greyfriars Bar

If you enjoy playing traditional music, come along to Greyfriars Bar on the third Monday of every month for an informal and fun evening. All welcome – from complete beginners to experienced musicians! Meet from around 8.30pm.

Find out more about Greyfriars’ Traditional Scottish Music Night

Russian State Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday 17th October 2018, 7:30 pm, Perth Concert Hall

A fantastic evening of rich Russian romanticism with a superb international orchestra. Rachmaninov’s second symphony wears its heart on its sleeve with lush melodies and one of the most gorgeous slow movements ever composed. Chloë Hanslip plays Prokofiev’s ravishing first violin concerto and the programme is rounded off with the yearning beauty of a suite of movements – Tchaikovsky’s evergreen Swan Lake.

Find out more and get tickets for the Russian State Symphony Orchestra

Let’s Inherit The Earth

Thursday 25th October, 7:30pm, Birnam Arts

Award-winning Dogstar Theatre Company teams up with Sweden’s Profilteatern to create a punk musical comedy about global warming, environmental destruction and mass extinction. Come and enjoy eighty minutes of theatrical mayhem on the greatest existential threat outside The White House! Performed by a brilliant Scottish and Swedish ensemble.

 Find out more about Let’s Inherit The Earth

Pitlochry Festival Theatre shows

Throughout October

There’s so much going on at Scotland’s Theatre In The Hills this autumn that we can’t fit it all in! Highlights of this season include smash-hit musical Chicago, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and The Last Witch, the powerful story of the last woman to be sentenced in Scotland for witchcraft.

Find out what’s on at Pitlochry Festival Theatre

There But Not There installation

Until 11th November, Black Watch Castle and Museum, Perth

To conclude the Black Watch Castle and Museum’s centenary programme they will host this silhouette installation until 11th November 2018. This project is linked to the There But Not There national initiative to educate all generations about the ultimate sacrifice made during the First World War.

The display features a 6-foot outdoor “Tommy” sculpture with 13 transparent silhouettes throughout the venue creating a remembrance trail. Each silhouette commemorates and shares the stories of some of the many Black Watch soldiers who displayed great courage, making the ultimate sacrifice. There is an exhibition of artefacts kept for years by soldiers’ families as a way of remembering those who did not return from the conflict.

Find out more about There But Not There installation

3) Amazing Events 

The Enchanted Forest

Until 4th November, various times, Faskally Wood (shuttle buses from Pitlochry)

This unique and spectacular event promises visitors a truly enchanting experience that they’ll never forget. Set amidst the stunning autumn woodland of Forestry Commission Scotland’s Faskally Wood in Highland Perthshire, The Enchanted Forest is Scotland’s premier sound and light event. The 2018 show, entitled Of The Wild, combines breath-taking visuals, interactive special effects and a dazzling music score to make it a magical show for all the family.

Find out more about The Enchanted Forest

Spirits of Scone – Halloween Frightfest!

Thursday 25th to Wednesday 31st October, 6:00pm, Scone Palace

This October, round up your most fearless of friends and make your way to the Spirits of Scone, a fright-fest like no other! The nights are dark and the grounds will be transformed into a truly terrifying playground for menacing ghouls and horror film freaks. They’re lurking in the woods and hiding in the maze; this is where your nightmares come to life!

Find out more about Spirits of Scone – Halloween Frightfest!

History and Horror Tour of Perth City Centre

Friday 26th October, 8:00pm, Perth City Centre

History and Horror Tours are running a free tour of Perth City Centre as part of Perth’s Halloween weekend celebrations. Find out about the dark past of Perth on this walking tour of the city. Tours last for about 1 hour 15 minutes, and the recommended age is 8+. (Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for walking outside in our indecisive Scottish weather!)

Find out about History and Horror Tour of Perth City Centre

Perth’s Halloween Party

Saturday 27th October, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Zombies, ghosts, and creepy crawlies will come out of the woodwork for free Halloween entertainment where the crowd become part of the performance. Dress up in your favourite Halloween costume and join in the parade from Horsecross Plaza or, if you’re feeling brave, try your luck in the misty maze and the zombie run.

Find out more about Perth’s Halloween Party

Murder, Mystery and Intrigue

Friday, 9 November 2018 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm

Ballathie House Hotel welcomes “Complete Mystery”, Scotland’s leading theatrical Murder Mystery Company, as they bring you an evening to remember. But be prepared… these are no ordinary sit-down Murder Mysteries. They ask all guest investigators (yes, YOU) to tread the crime scenes and gather the evidence as the story unfolds. You will find yourself in the midst of the action and witness the darker side of human nature as it happens!

For more information, visit the Ballathie House Hotel website, email email@ballathiehousehotel.com or call the Reservations team on 01250 883268

4) For the kids (young and old)

Eaten

Sunday 7th October, 2:00pm, Pitlochry Festival Theatre

A show about eating and being eaten! With surrealist humour, an imaginative storyline and colourful characters including Giant Daisy, Dr Poo and Conceptual Cow, this show invites children and grown-ups to think about the fascinating world of food chains and our place in the natural world.

Find out more about Eaten

Willowgate Activity Weeks

Week 2 – 15th to 19th October, 9:00am – 5:00pm 

These fun-packed October holiday weeks, for ids aged 7 to 15, will keep them entertained – and tire them out! You can book for a full week or individual days. An example programme is as follows:

Monday – Kayaking, Canoeing & Aqua Zorbing

Tuesday – Raft Building & Bushcraft

Wednesday – Highland Games, Archery & Commando Challenges

Thursday – Stand Up Paddleboarding & Gameshow Bonanza

Friday – Mixed Paddlesports, Build your own assault course & Field Archery

Find out more about Willowgate Activity Week

Black Beauty

Saturday 13th October, 11:00am – 12:30pm or 2:00pm – 3:30pm, Perth Theatre

From the cosy horsebox they call home, Andy and Andy take the bit firmly between their teeth and tell the classic tale of Black Beauty as you’ve never seen it before. Saddle up, jump on and gallop headlong into a story where loneliness gives way to hope, friends become heroes, and courage saves the day. Blending storytelling, music and puppetry, this vibrant re-telling of Black Beauty offers fun and adventure for fans of the book, classic TV show and those brand-new to the tale, and will warm your heart during the coldest of autumn days.

Find out more about Black Beauty and book tickets

Charlie Ward

Monday 15th – Friday 19th October, starting at half-hour intervals

In a makeshift hospital behind the front line in 1914, the war’s casualties are treated. To boost morale, staff arrange for a Charlie Chaplin film to be shown for the bedridden, with the ward’s ceiling serving as the silver screen. For one soldier, the flickering images, whirring projector and Chaplin’s comic timing trigger complex emotions and memories. Cast from the trenches to childhood, from trauma to dreams, the film sets him on a journey into a personal no-man’s-land. An immersive sound installation for a small audience, lasting about 15 minutes. Includes some periods of total darkness. Age Guidance: 12+

Find out more about Charlie Ward

Perthshire Rugby Camps

Thursday 15th & Friday 16th November, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Join in the fun and play this energetic and enjoyable sport, in Perthshire Rugby Camps’ October holiday dates. The camps are for boys and girls in P4 to S2. To book a place on any camp date, please email Rory McKay at rdo@perthshire-rfc.co.uk. Each day costs £10.

Stuff by Sylvia Dow

Thursday 1 November, 7:30pm – 8:40pm, Birnam Arts

Stuff is about the hoarding of memories, emotions and things. Today the Council is coming to clear Magda’s house. She must find a way to deal with the constant shifting of stuff in her house and her head, as she revisits the past and struggles with the present to find a way to face the future. Told with humour and tenderness, this will resonate in its view of our attachment to things, and our need for attachment to each other. Suitable for age 12+.

Perth’s Halloween Party: Saturday 27th October

Perth’s Halloween Party: Saturday 27th October

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! Here’s a quick look at what you can expect at this years celebration.

Halloween Parade (18:00)

The fun kicks off with the Halloween Parade, this year leaving from Horsecross Plaza and ending at King Edward Street – dress up and join in!

Zombie Maze and The Tents of Doom!

The Zombie Maze is back! Bigger, better and more terrifying than ever – are you brave enough? If scares are your thing then Zombie Horroween has plenty to offer!  Suitable for Adults and Teenagers. You can find the Zombie Maze on Mill Street this year!

Music – The Horizon Stage (Mill Street from 18:00)

The music will feature performances from some brilliant local bands, performers and lots of fun family entertainment.

The Steve Ferringo Band: Taking to the stage at 18:15, the Steve Ferringo Band have now been in force for over 10 years, tantalizing audiences on both sides of the continent, and are an incredible Hulk of a band… loud, extravagant, voluptuous, and visual. Including Hit Songs from artists such as Kaiser Chiefs, Oasis, Madness, Kings of Leon, Robbie Williams and, err… Beyoncé?! Lead singer Steve Ferringo is eccentric as are the band, who look, play and sound like nothing you’ve ever heard before… Frenzied and exciting – a totally unbelievable experience. If you only go out of your way to see one band this year, make sure it’s The Steve Ferringo Band – the band, other bands come to see!!

The Irritable Owls The Irritable Owls are one of Scotland’s top good time Ska Bands and will be rocking our Horizon stage at 19:45. Hailing from The Fair City, John Ramsay (vocals/accordion), Mike Lee (guitar), Colin Scott (bass) and Dave Bone (drums) have been entertaining audiences all over Scotland with feel good classics from The Specials, Madness and Bad Manners to name but a few. The uniqueness of a midi accordion out front, producing the sound of a full brass section, stands the band apart from all the rest! Get your dancing shoes on and we’ll see you down the front!

Music – The Family Stage (Kind Edward Street from 17:00)

Our Family stage will be rocking all night with some eerie entertainment from some brilliant local artists! Here’s what you can expect to see on the night:

Who Time
Introduction 17:00 – 17:10
Ad Lib Flash Mob 17:15 – 17:25
Phoenix Cheer Leaders 17:30 – 17:45
Parade arrives 17:45 – 18:15
Onda 18:15 – 18:30
Dance Bank 18:30 – 18:50
Fair City Baton Twirlers 18:55 – 19:15
Inspire 19:20 – 19:30
Julie Young 19:35 – 19:50
Letham Majorettes 19:55 – 20:10
Howler Presentation 20:10 – 20:15
Sweeny Tod 20:15 – 20:30
Loudest Scream 20:35 – 20:50
Mass Time Warp 20:50 – 21:00

Firewalk

Our firewalk returns to the City of Perth Halloween Night for the second year in a row. This is your chance to experience the rare opportunity of walking barefoot across hot coals, all while raising money for your chosen charity.
 

To enter, get in touch with Brian at BMoyes@pkc.gov.uk or give him a call on 01738 475294.

Halloween Howler – Skinnergate (18:30)

This is a fun obstacle run for children aged 6yrs through to 12yrs within the City Centre of Perth. Children will enjoy running and climbing over obstacles while being chased by spooky but ‘not to scary’ Halloween characters. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places for boys and girls! Every child receives a goody bag and a great medal for braving the course! Runs start from outside Perth Concert Hall & Museum following a route around St. John’s Kirk, returning back to the High Street. Book your spot today.

Plus much, much more!

Perth City Centre will be full of fun for all the family with Storytelling, Face Painting, Funfair Rides, Apples Dooking and fantastic food and drink.

Come join the fun!

Caution: While there will be something for all ages, parts of the city will be zoned as unsuitable for  younger children due to the scarier entertainment on offer. Parental discretion is advised.

Other Spooky Celebrations in Perth City Centre 

Halloween Flag Making

Saturday 13th October, Various times, Perth Civic Hall

Make your very own Halloween flag! Lots of recycled materials are available, but feel free to bring along any scraps that you would like to include in your creation! 25 free spaces are available in each workshop. Find out more here.

Halloween (2018)

Friday 19th October, Perth Playhouse 

Lovers of horror films are working themselves into lather over the release of the new Halloween film which is set 40 years after the original which first introduced the terrifying character of Michael Myers. Find out more here.

Perth: No Fair City

Thursday 25th October, 16:30, Waterstones

 

Meet the author and hear the dark tales of Perth’s past.

Beetlejuice 2

Friday 26th October, Perth Playhouse 

A follow-up to the 1988 comedy, “Beetlejuice”, about a ghost who’s recruited to help haunt a house. Find out more here.

History and Horror Tour of Perth

Friday 26th October, 20:00, Horescross Plaza

Tour commences from Horsecross Plaza. Limited free places. Find out more here.

Victorian Style Seance

Friday 26th October, 20:00, Effie’s Tearoom 

Set in the stylish surroundings of one of Perth’s famous tearooms, experience magic and suspense of a Victorian Style Séance with hopefully visits from the ‘Spirits of Old Perth’. Find out more here.

Mini Ghost Hunt/Investigation

Friday 26th October, 22:00, Effie’s Tearoom 

Set in the stylish surroundings of one of Perth’s famous tearooms, experience a mini-investigation and ghost hunt as it unfolds.

Perth : No Fair City

Saturday 27th October, 12:00 noon, Waterstones

 

Meet the author and hear the dark tales of Perth’s past.

 

Lakeland Treasure Hunt

Saturday 27th October, 09:00- 17:30, Lakeland Perth

Pop into Lakeland this Saturday and take part in their spooky treasure hunt. It’s free to enter and the winner will win a hamper full of tasty goodies!

Little Terrors Candy Apple Making

Sunday 28th October, 16:00, The Bothy 

Bring along your mini monsters and let them create and decorate their very own candy apple, the perfect Halloween treat. Find out more here.

Spritis of Scone

25th – 31st October, 18:00 – 21:00, Scone Palace

There’s a frightening chill of Halloween in the air… This October, why not round up your most fearless of friends and make your way to the Spirits of Scone, a fright-fest like no other! The nights are getting dark, and the grounds will be transformed into a truly terrifying playground for menacing ghouls and horror film freaks. They’re lurking in the woods and hiding in the maze; this is where your nightmares come to life!  Find out more here.

Exel Wines at the Museum

Exel Wines at the Museum

Exel Wines is Perth’s leading independent wine merchant and (so far as we can calculate) Scotland’s largest internet wine supplier, offering over 2,000 wines and an extensive range of malt whiskies, gins and other spirits. From their Perth shop and warehouse, wine fans across Scotland, the UK and Europe can find the wines they want from across the world, largely at UK-best prices. They specialise in highly-rated wines featured in the world’s wine press, particularly Decanter magazine.

We’re Going to Town to host one of our favourite wine producers here in Perth on the evening of Friday, 9th November. And we’d like you to join us.

The producer is Planeta, the doyen of Sicilian wine. As Hugh Johnson’s World Atlas of Wine puts it, “the innovative and savvy Planeta family has put modern Sicilian wine on the world map”. From international grape varieties to those found only on Sicily, from unusually velvety reds to complex whites, the Planeta range is among the very most popular that we offer at Exel.

That range, you can sample in detail with Planeta in November.

We’ll be joined by their winemaker, Patricia Toth, who will guide you through a broad selection of the Planetas, all to be enjoyed with a selection of accompanying canapés.

We’re particularly pleased to be holding the event in the Sculpture Hall of the Perth Museum and Art Gallery: a splendid space for some splendid wines.

The tasting will run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm that evening and there will be 80 tickets available. We’re expecting a full and busy evening, but to get everything sealed down early, we’re offering an Early Bird ticket, priced £17.50 a head, from now until 5pm on Friday, October 12th (4 weeks before the event). Thereafter, tickets will be £20.00. Tickets can be purchased easily on-line here, or via our shop at 47, South Street.

This promises to be quite an evening for wine enthusiasts and the wine-curious alike. If you can be there, we and Planeta would be delighted to see you.

Scenic Drives in Perthshire

Scenic Drives in Perthshire

Perthshire’s scenic roads are among the best-loved in the country, famed for their beautiful and dramatic scenery, with so much to see and do along the way. And this is a wonderful time of year to drive or cycle our scenic routes (let’s face it, any season in Perthshire is wonderful!), so we’ve got five fantastically beautiful scenic roads for you to enjoy amid the dramatic colours and sunsets. We hope you enjoy Perthshire at its most scenic!

Scenic Road #1: Perth to Pitlochry (the non-A9 way)

Route: The A93 then A924 from Perth – Old Scone – Guildtown – Blairgowrie – Bridge of Cally – Kirkmichael – Moulin – Pitlochry Approx. time and distance: 75 minutes/41 miles See and do along the way:  Willowgate Activity Centre, Scone Palace, Bluebell Woods (Blairgowrie), Cargill’s Leap, Moulin Hotel and Distillery, Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre, Explorers Garden, Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Why it’s special:  This route takes you from Scotland’s newest city along beautiful tree-lined country roads, past rolling farmland and into the heart of Perthshire’s soft-fruits country around Blairgowrie, before turning north-east and exploring the gentle hills just before the ski areas start. Then you’ll traverse the wild moors to the pretty village of Moulin and drop into the popular Highland town of Pitlochry for the finish.

 

Scenic Road 2: Pitlochry to Rannoch Station

Route: The A924, B8019 and B846 from Pitlochry – Tummel Bridge – Kinloch Rannoch – north side of Loch Rannoch – Rannoch Station (on the way back, an alternative route takes you up to Blair Atholl on the B847 and B8079). Approx. time and distance: 1 hour 20 minutes/ 37 miles See and do along the way: Tay Forest Park, Queen’s View Visitor Centre at Loch Tummel, Highland Exploration loch cruises and Land Rover tours, Schiehallion (a stunning munro), Loch Rannoch, Loch Eigheach Gaur Reservoir, Rannoch Station (the most remote and beautiful station in the UK), Rannoch Station Tearoom.

Why it’s special: On this route you’ll experience some of Perthshire’s most remote scenery and some truly stunning lochs. You’ll drive past ancient forests and alongside one of our most iconic loch areas that’s well-known for the wildlife and forests – and the warring clans that once lived here.

 

Scenic Road 3: The Snow Roads Scenic Route

Route: The A93 and A939 from Blairgowrie – Bridge of Cally – Persie House – Glenshee – Spittal of Glenshee – Braemar – Crathie – Cockbridge – Tomintoul – Grantown-on-Spey. Approx. time and distance: 32 minutes/ 19 miles to Spittal of Glenshee (Northernmost Perthshire) – 2 hours 10 minutes/ 79 miles for the whole route to Grantown-on-Spey See and do along the way: Guided tours and expeditions with Outdoor Explore, Persie Distillery, Glenshee Ski Centre, The Lecht Ski Centre via the infamous A939 Cock Bridge to Tomintoul road, the Photo Posts, the viewing installations at Glenshee, Corgarff and Tomintoul.

Why it’s special: Mark Tate, Chief Executive of Cairngorms Business Partnership, says, “This is a beautiful route: the classic car driver, families on a Highland adventure or somebody who wants to take their time and cycle the route will be able to immerse themselves in the stunning landscapes and local culture.”

Check out our article on the Snow Roads Scenic Route for more details – and let us know if you take any fantastic photos there!

 

Scenic Road 4: Meikleour through the glens to Dull

Route: A984 and A822 from Meikleour – Spittalfield – Caputh – Dunkeld – Amulree – Auchnacloich – Glen Quaich – Kenmore – Dull

Approx. time and distance: 1 hour 20 minutes / 36 miles

See and do along the way: Meikleour Beech Hedge, get a photo at the famous Dull sign, Castle Menzies, Loch Tay Safaris for a boat trip or Land Rover Safari, Red Deer Centre, the Hot Box sauna and loch slide, the Crannog Centre.

Why it’s special: This richly varied route starts in the farmlands of Strathtay, near the world’s highest beech hedges at Meikleour, and enters Highland Perthshire near Dunkeld before crossing to the beautiful and picturesque Amulree. Single-track roads (with passing places) take you through Glen Quaich, a popular spot with motorbikers, car drivers and cyclists. You’ll then cut up to the magnificent Loch Tay on your way to Kenmore, a popular tourist destination, ending up at Dull (famously twinned with Boring, Oregon!).

 

Scenic Road 5: Perthshire Tourist Route

Route: A822, A85, A826 and A827 from Greenloaning – Muthill – Crieff – Amulree – Aberfeldy – Grandtully – Ballinluig Approx. time and distance: 1 hour 22 minutes / 45 miles See and do along the way: Innerpeffray Library, Comrie Croft for hiking and mountain biking, Drummond Castle Gardens, Famous Grouse Experience, The Birks Cinema, The Birks of Aberfeldy, Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier, Nae Limits outdoor centre

Why it’s special: Perthshire Tourist Route offers not only a beautiful drive through richly varied woodland, pretty villages and rolling hills, but also many opportunities to stop and visit places of interest, including award-winning distilleries and a multi-award-winning chocolate-maker!

Matildas Musings: Yummy cake at new Braco Coffee Shop

Matildas Musings: Yummy cake at new Braco Coffee Shop

Carrot cake and tandeming goes together like … well like Team Matilda’s Captain and Stoker really!

And my dynamic crew’s love for a stop at a coffee shop for carrot cake has become a signature event of our rides. In fact I understand the unbeatable combination is now de rigueur for most tandemers!

The “old git” and the “old gal” had been told about a great new tandem and cycle-friendly coffee shop in Braco and the plan for the day involved a pedal to build an appetite to sample the goodies on offer…

Books, bookshops, authors and festivals: A literary tour around Perthshire

Books, bookshops, authors and festivals: A literary tour around Perthshire

Perthshire is a creative place. We have a huge number of festivals and an enviable line-up of concerts, exhibitions, galleries, museums, not to mention highly creative people! Books and writers play an important part in our creative scene, so we’d like to take you on a tour of Literary Perthshire, and bring you all the events, festivals, bookshops and bookish places in one place. We hope you enjoy it!

1) Author Events

CPK Libraries, which runs Perthshire’s public libraries, regularly hosts an exciting variety of author events. Here’s what’s coming up this season:

Ann Cleeves with Wildfire

Wed 19th September,
AK Bell Library

Author of the hugely popular Shetland books, now a major TV series, reads from her latest in the series.

Find out more

Bill Jones with Black Camp 21

Fri 5th October,
Cultybraggan Camp.

Award-winning author Bill Jones will talk about his latest book, the World War II thriller ‘Black Camp 21’, based on true events, at the atmospheric setting of Cultybraggan Camp.

Find out more

David McPhail with Top Secret Grandad & Me

Tue 20th November,
Loch Leven Community Library

A fun, interactive event with children’s author David MacPhail. He will talk about mind maps and how you can use them to plot stories, then discuss his latest book, about Jay Patel and his ghost grandad! Age 8-plus.

Find out more

Quintin Jardine with A Brush With Death

Tue 20th November,
Loch Leven Community Library

As part of the Kinross-shire Winter Festival and Bookweek Scotland, best-selling Scottish crime author Quintin Jardine will discuss his final book, in which the now “retired” Bob Skinner investigates the mystery behind a millionaire’s unexplained poisoning.

Find out more

Murder Mysteries and Bun Breaks with Robin Stevens

Fri 30th November,
Loch Leven Community Library

Robin Stevens, author of the ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ series and winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the younger fiction category, talks about detective duo Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong and their latest mystery, “Death in the Spotlight”. Find out why Robin is so fascinated with murder mysteries, what makes a great detective and solve a unique mystery… Ages 9+.

Find out more

Crime Writers Gillian Galbraith and Shirley McKay in conversation

Wed 21st November,
Loch Leven Community Library

Shirley McKay, author of the Hew Cullen Mysteries which are set in St Andrews, will be in conversation with Gillian Galbraith, author of the Alice Rice Mysteries.

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In conversation with Jim Crumley and Robin A. Crawford

Tue 23rd October,
Waterstones, Perth

Jim’s latest book, “The Nature of Autumn”, charts the colourful progression from September to November, telling the story of how unfolding autumn affects the wildlife and landscapes of his beloved Scottish countryside.

Find out more

Events at Innerpeffray Library

Various dates,
Innerpeffray Library

Enjoy a delightful selection of events in a unique setting, including Alex Nye – “The Art of the Ghost Story”, and “The Course of History: Ten Meals that Changed the World” by Struan Stevenson MEP.

Find out more

Literary Analysis course

Thurs 11th October,
Birnam Arts

This is a course for any literary aficionado interested in delving into the fascinating world of analysis. Examine the form and content of poems, classic novels and plays in a relaxed, easy-going class. Gain a greater appreciation of the methodology authors use to convey their goals – the setting, plot, characters and imagery. Bring pen, paper and a love of literature!

Book this course online

2) Bookshops and Exchanges in Perth

Big Dog Books, Perth

Opened in 2016, Big Dog Books is an independent comic book, games, and pop culture shop. Big Dog Books aims to create a social space for kids, young adults – and those old enough to know better – to get away from screens and computers and into a genuine social network.

The Birnam Reader

This compact but well-stocked bookshop is just around the corner from Birnam Arts. The friendly independent bookshop offers a wide range of second-hand books and CDs, all whilst serving delicious coffee and homemade cakes!

Fun Junction, Crieff and Perth

As well as one of the best toy and game selections in the whole county, Fun Junction, an independent, family-run business with branches in Perth and Crieff, also stocks a lovely selection of kids’ books.

Book Exchanges at Blend and The Library

There are free International Book Exchanges at popular coffee shop Blend and at AK Bell Library. Bring a book along, swap it for another that you fancy, and have a coffee while you’re there!

Waterstones, Perth

It’s the national bookshop that feels like an indie – Waterstones has been a feature of Perth’s city centre for over 20 years and continues to attract a loyal reading public. As well as the great selection of fiction, non-fiction and children’s books and toys, Waterstones also plays host to a Scottish Fiction Reading Group on the first Tuesday of every month.

Mustard Seed Book Shop, Perth

The Mustard Seed Book & Gift Shop offers a wide range of Christian books, Bibles and many gifts and souvenirs from around Perthshire.

Oxfam Books & Music, Perth

This is a treasure trove of great-quality, low-priced second-hand books. The stock is wide-ranging, from modern fiction to collectable antiquarian but their main specialism is Scottish material, including books on Scotland and by Scottish authors, from Ian Rankin to Robert Burns.

Pitlochry Station Bookshop

Tucked away in a railway arch at Pitlochry Station is this lovely bookshop full of second-hand treats, including novels, non-fiction, coffee-table tomes, a kids’ corner and much more.
Most books are about £1 and there is a wide selection. On top of all that, the bookshop raises thousands of pounds for six diverse charities.
Find out more about this bookshop in our Day Out to Pitlochry article!

The Watermill & Homer, Aberfeldy

The Watermill & Homer is a hugely popular bookshop, gallery, café and design-led homeware store, on three floors of a converted oatmeal mill. Opened in 2005 by Michael Palin, it was awarded UK Independent Bookshop of the Year in 2009. There are regular events – Edinburgh author Alexander McCall Smith is a regular visitor – and a lovely mix of books, gifts, music and a kids’ section.

3) Book Festivals

Bookmark Festival

5th – 7th October 2018

Bookmark returns to Blairgowrie, Rattray and The Glens for its sixth year, with more authors and events to delight the audiences. The founding principle of this festival is to foster and encourage a love of literature in all its forms by sharing a passion for reading and writing in a friendly, inclusive environment. This year, authors featured include Denise Mina, Allan Johnson, Isla Dewar and a special event celebrating 100 years of Muriel Spark.

Kinross-shire’s Winter Festival

Oct/Nov/Dec 2018

Kinross-shire’s Winter Festival is a celebration of exciting community events from the end of October to December. There are always great author events – this year’s selection includes Ann Cleeves, writer of Shetland and ITV’s Vera and “Murder mysteries and bun breaks” with Robin Stevens (see Author Events, above).

Winter Words Festival

14th – 17th February 2019

Winter Words is the perfect way to enjoy the last days of winter (and celebrate the first signs of spring) amidst the spectacular landscape of Highland Perthshire. Taking place each February at Pitlochry Festival Theatre, the festival brings in well-known and distinguished artists from around the world for over two weeks of stories, songs, and workshops.

Those bookish good folks at Birnam Arts and The Birnam Reader have put their heads together and come up with a festival of sheer brilliance! Join us in Birnam, along with a stellar lineup of writers, speakers and musicians, to celebrate a wealth of words, certain to warm your heart and brighten up your November.
Follow Perth City Centre and The Birnam Book Festival on Facebook to be the first to hear about the line-up!

3) Bookish Places to Visit

AK Bell Library, Perth

This fantastic library is a lively creative hub for Perth and Perthshire, offering all the lending services you’d expect but also a rich archive, a packed calendar of events (see Book and Poetry Events, above) and a café and gift shop. It’s one of the venues you can visit as part of Perth Doors Open Day, taking in a Behind the Scenes and Treasures tour and visiting some areas not normally open to the public, including a rare chance to see behind the scenes in the Council Archive. There are two guided tours; booking is essential.

Beatrix Potter Exhibition

Beatrix Potter had a long and fruitful relationship with Birnam and Dunkeld. While in Scotland, Beatrix wrote a “picture letter” which provided the basis for her first book The Tale of Peter Rabbit. This charming Beatrix Potter exhibition invites you to step back in time and immerse yourself in the world of a Victorian classroom, put on your own puppet show featuring Peter Rabbit and friends or experience a wash day in the style of Miss Tiggywinkle!

Innerpeffray Library

Innerpeffray Library is Scotland’s oldest free, public lending library: a museum where you can literally touch the past. At a site steeped in history from Roman times to living memory, the Library offers visitors a hands-on, unforgettable experience of Scottish heritage.

In its tranquil rural setting by the River Earn, you can travel back in time and explore the books, the people and the story of Innerpeffray. See Author Events for what’s on in this beautiful place.

John Buchan’s house, Perth

Did you know that Perth is the birthplace of John Buchan, legendary author of The 39 Steps and many other thrilling adventure novels? A plaque at 18/20 York Place (currently the home of Mindspace), commemorates his service as Governor General of Canada, but on Sunday 30th September you can visit as part of Perthshire’s Doors Open Days.

Quarto Press, Coupar Angus

The Quarto Press is a “private press”, run for fun, not profit. Housed in a converted 19th-century cottage and wagon-shed, there is a working traditional letterpress facility that uses hand-set metal and wood type in the way that printing was done from the 1450s to 1900. Also contains a collection of small presses and specialist items used by printers. You can visit on most days (phone ahead) or as part of Doors Open Day 2018.

Royal Scottish Geographical Society Visitor Centre

Visit the Fair Maid’s House, home to the Royal Geographical Society’s Visitor Centre, where you can “navigate” to the stylish explorers’ library, or the Cuthbert Map Room if you’re an atlas fan. There’s also a very exciting opportunity to bring a fantastic new book to life, by pledging to order a copy of The Great Horizon, a collection of 50 fascinating adventure stories from the last 150 years, retrieved from the RSGS archive.

Soutar House

Born in 1898 in Perth, William Soutar is known as one of the greatest poets Scotland has produced. On Perthshire’s Doors Open Days, Soutar House in Perth’s Craigie area is open for viewing – this year it’s on the 29th September.

There are also two William Soutar Perth Walks that start at the Fergusson Gallery and take you through Perth City Centre or through and around Craigie where Soutar lived. Walking guides are available from the A K Bell Library, the Tourist Information Centre and the Fergusson Gallery. Find out more about this fascinating poet and his work on the William Soutar website.

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Perthshire for thrill-seekers

Perthshire for thrill-seekers

Perthshire has much to offer visitors – from culture geeks to country walkers – who are seeking peace and quiet, but there’s also a whole world of thrills to be found if you want to try something wilder. Our county has a reputation as the go-to region in Scotland for thrill-seekers, outdoor adventurers and everyone eager to take a walk on the wild side, with some of the most highly rated and qualified instructors in the field at your disposal. And the Perthshire countryside is the perfect backdrop for your adventuring – you can soak up the scenic sights right before you bungee-jump off a bridge or whitewater-raft down the river!

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most thrilling activities to try. Everything’s within driving distance of Perth city too, making it an ideal base for your break.

1) Bungee Jumping

The Pass of Killiecrankie is a beautiful wooded gorge with the River Garry flowing by its base. It’s one of the most striking views in the whole country, so why not take it in from a different angle – by plunging down 40 metres below with a bungee cord attached to your feet! The Highland Fling Bungee jump is the UK’s first static bungee jump, giving intrepid thrillseekers a once in a lifetime experience of a 50mph free fall that bounces you back.

The Highland Fling is a favourite with adrenaline junkies but is also popular for the more intrepid group weekend activity, including stag and hen parties, and many a charity fundraiser. So whether it’s your birthday, anniversary, family gathering or you’re just looking for a challenge, Highland Fling are there for you. You can bring along your supporters to cheer you on as well.

You can also make sure the moment is recorded for history – and bragging purposes – through photos or video.

Find out more at Highland Fling’s website for more details.

2) Highland Fling Bridge Swing

While you’re at the Pass of Killiecrankie, why not make it a double thrill by trying Scotland’s most exciting swing? The latest development from Highland Fling Bungee is the Bridge Swing, the first purpose-built, permanent swing platform from a bridge in Britain.

From a specially designed swing platform 40 metres above the River Garry, in a full body harness, you’ll be quick-released from above, dropping into a free fall of around 15 metres before the rope takes the slack and you accelerate through a thrilling arc under the bungee platform where the main anchors are attached. Once the swing is over you’ll be winched back to where you started. This is a safe and unforgettable adrenaline-packed experience using the latest technology and safety equipment, led by experienced, qualified Bridge Swing Masters.

Find out more at Highland Fling’s website for more details.

3) White Water Rafting

 

There are ten rivers in Perthshire, perfect for a gentle paddle, but for those looking for something with more force, the River Tay can’t be beaten, and has been a favourite destination for white water rafters for many years. Highland Fling offers a six mile run from Aberfeldy to Grandtully that’s ideal for families (children over 8) and groups, no experience necessary.

Splash White Water Rafting is one of the UK’s most experienced expert outdoor adventure activity providers, offering exhilarating rafting trips starting from its base in Aberfeldy. The river trips showcase the beautiful Highland landscapes as you learn your new skills, before the river drops into the challenging rapids to Grandtully, including one called “The Washing Machine”!

White Water Rafting Scotland also offers routes on the Rivers Tay and Tummel. Choose your level, from a less hectic mild river run to the fast and furious white-knuckle rapids and drops. Their highly qualified instructors will ensure you have the safest experience possible. Book online and combine with a variety of other outdoor activities for a top weekend away or jam-packed holiday, or to pick up gift vouchers, valid for up to a year.

Nae Limits, the 4-star activity experience as featured on television adverts for Visit Scotland, also offers exceptional white water rafting expeditions on the Tay and Tummel, with the River Orchy offering one of the most extreme rating experiences in the country – class 5 rapids guaranteed!

Find out about whitewater rafting at Highland Fling Bungee, Splash White Water Rafting, White Water Rafting Scotland, The Rafting Company and Nae Limits.

4) Cliff Jumping

Cliff-jumping is a great activity for those with a little more bravado who want to try something more unusual. Jumping from a cliff into a plunge pool is an exhilarating, challenging and fun-packed experience. With heights starting from 3 feet and ascending to 45 feet, it’s an activity you can build up as you feel more confident. How far you go is up to you! Set near Pitlochry in Highland Perthshire, Pitlochry Outdoor Activities offers cliff-jumping in a beautiful setting, and it’s a great family and corporate group activity.

5) Canyoning & Gorge Walking

Whether you choose the horizontal or vertical path, there’s an exhilarating route waiting for you. Gorge walking is the more straightforward route; a walk up or down a river, including all the leaps and slides necessary. Canyoning is the more challenging task, where the only way is down. Splash is an experienced operator that started offering this exciting adventure sport – a mix of jumping, walking, swimming and abseiling – in Scotland back in 2003.

There are plenty of paths on offer across Perthshire, with Nae Limits and Vertical Descents, and both organisations provide appropriate training. Nae Limits offers half- and full-day packages to push you to your very limits. Check out both websites to find the best experience for you.

6) Quad Biking, Segways and 4x4 off-roading

Perthshire’s rugged landscape and rolling hills offer the ideal terrain for a thrilling off-road experience. There is a variety of places across the region where you can try these exciting activities, each with its own attractions and recommendations. Nae Limits’ quad biking estate covers an incredible 1000 acres of farmland, complete with tricky ditches and hills to navigate, while Perthshire Offroad’s miles-long trails near Glenfarg combine the beauty of the landscape with the challenge of the route by quad bike or Land Rover Defender. Meanwhile Crieff Hydro offers Quad Biking, Segway Tours and 4x4 driving, meaning you have a choice of fun-filled transport!

Each place offers an experience suited to your abilities, desires and group size, making it ideal for everyone from families to hen- and stag dos and corporate parties. These activities are available all year round, regardless of the weather. So even if it pours down on your visit, you won’t go away disappointed.

7) Paintball

Ever wanted to see if your Call Of Duty skills transfer to the real world? Nothing brings a group together quite like a fierce contest, and paintballing allows for all the thrill of combat with none of the mortal wounds (although we can’t promise you won’t be a tad bruised by the end of it all). Test out your strategy skills and see if you can make the winning shot. Nae Limits and Paintball Perth both provide the activity in the region and will equip you with full body protection, a gun and enough paintballs to ensure your enemies truly fear you. Splash has a Paintball site and offers packages that combine this activity with one of their other fun-packed activities such as whitewater rafting or canyoning.

8) River Bugging 

If you can’t decide this weekend between sitting in your armchair or hurtling down a fast-flowing river, now you can do both! River Bugging is a great way to play on the river if you want that little bit more excitement. A Bug looks like a hi-tech blow up armchair; you sit in it and use a fin and webbed gloves to propel you safely down the river. It’s ideal for summer river levels and promises to be a thrill-packed adventure! Splash, based near Aberfeldy, brought River Bugging to Scotland from New Zealand in 2003 and is the most experienced provider in Scotland, offering this great sport on the Tummel and Tay rivers.

9) Rock Climbing

Climbing is one of the fastest growing sport in the UK at the moment, with Scotland being home to some of the best locations in the UK. No matter what your experience level, there is something for everyone to climb Perthshire. For beginner climbers and families, there are plenty of experienced guides that will take you to some great locations, including Gulabin Lodge Outdoor Centre and Beyond Adventure.

If you are looking for something a bit more serious, UK Climbing has an online map that outlines all the crags in your local area. Remember to always stay safe and climb within your ability!

 

10) Mountain Biking

Whether you’re bringing your own bike up or looking to give it a go for the first time, there are many great places across Perthshire for mountain biking. Comrie Croft is fast becoming one of the go to destinations for bikers, with over 87km of routes to take (all of which can also be hiked if you’d prefer something a little less strenuous). At Comrie Croft you can try out your talents on the mountain bike skills park and pump track, which is completely free to try. Bike hire is available nearby as are amenities for washing your bike and yourselves, plus tea, coffee and delicious cakes are available in the nearby tearoom, making for the perfect end of the day treat. Check out their website for more information.

 

There are no fewer than 16 mountain biking routes across Highland Perthshire, and riders can take comfort in knowing that their subsequent landowners have approved the routes. You can pick the route to your level of difficulty, with easier treks for the novices and real challenges for the experts. If you’re interested in the full map of routes, Develop Mountain Biking in Scotland have helpfully provided a series of downloadable cards on their website.

 

Get the Kids out there!

Kids love adventure, and it’s healthy for them to learn about risks while having the time of their lives. These companies specialise in thrill-seeking for kids, so they can have as much fun as you do in the wilds of Perthshire:

Willowgate Activity CentreWillowgate is the go-to place in Perth for mini (and grown-up) fun-seekers, with aqua-zorbing, paddle-boarding and kayaking all on offer. Find out about activities at Willowgate Activity Centre

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Get another bite of Perth and Kinross as Cake Fest returns

Get another bite of Perth and Kinross as Cake Fest returns

After a deliciously spectacular inaugural event in 2017, Cake Fest Perth and Kinross is back for a second ‘slice of the action’ in 2018 as part of the annual Winter Festival celebrations.

Bakers of all abilities, from beginner to expert, are again being invited to take up their wooden spoons and contribute to this year’s event, by reproducing their favourite building or place in Perth and Kinross in cake form. Each sculpture will then be placed on an edible map of the area, created throughout the day by Cake Fest head baker Simon Preston.

The grand unveiling of Cake Fest 2018 will take place on Sunday 18 November 2018 as part of the Perthshire Feast event in Mill Street and Horsecross Plaza. Once complete, and after an opportunity for the public to view the eyecatching cake map, it will then be sliced up and shared with festivalgoers.

New for this year, Cake Fest will feature a redesigned, larger map and will celebrate a range of local events and anniversaries, such as the 150th anniversary of Perthshire Rugby Club. Looking back even further into local history, the Cake Fest map will also be
inspired by an ancient tradition which was banned in 1577, when Perth bakers last paraded to celebrate St. Obert, the patron saint of their trade.

Bakers taking part can choose a landmark they love to be temporarily immortalised in cake or select from a list which includes:

Available Plots 

Perth City Hall
Perth Racecourse
Perth College
Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery
Ossian’s Hall
Taymouth Castle
Smeatons Bridge
Blair Castle and Hercules Garden
Dunkeld Cathedral
The Gleneagles Hotel
Pitlochry Theatre
Queen’s Bridge
General Wades Bridge and the Black Watch Monument
Atholl Palace Hotel
Enchanted Forest
Perth Leisure Pool
Perth Cenotaph
Perth Grammar School
Black Watch Castle & Museum
St John’s Kirk

Taken Plots

Crannog Centre
Huntingtower Castle
Mcdairmid Football Stadium
Kinnoull Hill Tower
A K Bell Library
Perth Concert Hall
Methven Castle
Playhouse Cinema
Bridge of Earn Institute
Beatrix Potter Garden
Pitlochry Dam and Visitor Centre
Fergusson Gallery
North Inch
Cultybraggan POW Camp
Bell’s Sports Centre
Scone Palace
Balado Golf Ball
Crieff Hydro
St. Matthew’s
Innerpeffary Library
Loch Leven Castle
Birnam Oak
South Inch
St Paul’s
Blackcraig Bridgehouse

Kinross House
Drummond Castle
Elcho Castle
Glenturret (Famous Grouse) Distillery
Glenshee

 

 

If you don’t have a Gmail account, please just email your Name, Phone numebr and the building you would like to bake to simon@cakefest.org.uk

A Day at the Black Watch Museum

A Day at the Black Watch Museum

The Black Watch Museum in Balhousie Castle in Perth is a must for anyone interested in military history. The museum has been situated in the castle since the early 1960’s, and it is packed with historical artifacts from this proud old regiment.

The museum is currently running an exhibition entitled “There But Not There”. This is a fascinating presentation on some of the men lost to us during the First World War, in which nearly 9,000 Black Watch soldiers perished, and thousands more would have suffered both terrible physical and psychological wounds. The “There But Not There” exhibition has positioned around the museum life-size perspex images of a handful of these casualties with information about who they were and tales on their life and how they met their
death. There is an exhibition of artifacts that belonged soldiers fighting in the war that have been donated by their families. A very moving booklet accompanies the presentation, but perhaps the most poignant display is the outline of a life-size soldier, this can be seen as you enter the museum grounds from the car park. I have to admit I am biased as my great grandad fought in the Battle of the Somme while serving in the Black Watch. The There but Not There display can be seen at the museum until the 11th of November – Armistice Day.

There is much more to see at the Black Watch Museum. As you enter the first section takes the visitor back to the origins of the regiment which was formed when the government were struggling to control the Highlands. It was a time of civil war as the Jacobites sought to restore the exiled Stuart King’s to their lost throne. To help police the highlands and keep an eye on the Jacobite clans the government raised six companies in 1725. In 1739 another four companies were recruited, and they became the 43rd Regiment of Foot. It was first mustered at Aberfeldy in 1740, and by the river, in Aberfeldy, a distinct monument stands to commemorate this event.

The museum tells of the part played by the Black Watch at the Battle of Fontenoy in May 1745, despite the battle being a defeat for the British. The Black Watch fought so gallantly that a French officer described them as “Highland Furies”.  The regiment was sent to fight in the American War of Independence by this time it had been renumbered to the 42nd and titled the 42nd Highland Regiment of Foot, and in America, they fought with distinction.  The museum has an excellent section on the wars against Napoleons French with many weapons and uniforms on display.

As you can imagine World War One plays a significant part in the exhibition.  With many notable attractions on display.  A kilt belonging to Captain William Debnam McLaren Stewart from the Comrie area in Perthshire who was killed at the Battle of the Somme on the 25th of September 1916 is on display.  On this kilt traces of mud from the battlefield can still be seen. Captain Stewart features in the “There But Not There” commemoration.

The exhibition then goes onto the Second World War, I was fascinated by a “Tommy Helmet”.   It had been discarded by a Scottish soldier serving in the 51st Highland Division in France in 1940.  The 51st were ordered to surrender after acting as a rear guard thus allowing thousands of British and French soldiers to escape the advancing Germans and depart from the beaches of Dunkirk back to Britain to fight again.  This helmet was found in the sea at St Valery-en-Caux in 1990. For me it made an impressive display piece, I could not help wondering just who ditched this helmet and what happened to this man?

There are opportunities for the kids to dress up in uniforms and a chance to colour in with tables pens and paper provided.  So the Black Watch Museum is a thoughtful and humbling day out for all the family, I would recommend you try to take in the “There But Not There” exhibition before it ends on the 11th of November 2018.

Article by Gary Knight