City of Perth Salute

City of Perth Salute

The City of Perth Salute returns for its 3rd year to Perth city centre. The parade of International pipe and military bands are joined by local bands from across Perthshire, in this fantastic free family event on the 19th August.


Watch the parade as it sets off at Noon from the South Inch to the North Inch, along Tay Street, culminating in an arena performance, on the North Inch, which begins at 13.00 hrs and runs until 14.15. There is space for spectators in the 5,000 seat stand or there is plenty of space if you want to pack a picnic and watch from the comfort of the North Inch.The parade will feature International Marching bands from around the world. Steel bands, jazz bands and the Beats of Brazil Samba Band will help to bring a carnival feel to the parade. Closer to home Perthshire Brass, the Blackwatch ACF Band and Perth and District Pipe Band will all be parading. The Top Secret Drum Corps will also be performing in the arena. If you haven’t already seen them perform then you are in for a real treat.


Around the parade arena there will be static displays of military vehicles, a replica spitfire and some tasty treats. Once the Salute has finished why not visit the award winning shops and restaurants in Perth city centre.



Perth City Salute 2018 Programme for Grandstand Arena

Fanfare – Black Watch Cadet Fanfare Team
Pipes and Drums – Perth and District Pipe Band
Perthshire Brass
Julie Young Dancers
Royal Cavalry from Oman
Black Watch ACF Band and ACF Pipes and Drums
Marching Band of China
Marching Band of Mexico
Top Secret Drum Corps
Finale – Military Bands and Pipes and Drums
March off

The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge | Glasgow Warriors V Harlequins

The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge | Glasgow Warriors V Harlequins

The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge | Glasgow Warriors V Harlequins

Glasgow Warriors will play English Premiership giants Harlequins in Perth in August.

‘The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge’, in association with Perth & Kinross Council, will be held at Perthshire RFC’s North Inch ground in a 5,000 capacity arena on Saturday 18 August.

The match is being sponsored by The Famous Grouse and 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.

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Match Ticket prices now includes all fees.

  • ADULT Any match ticket purchaser not eligible for the below category
  • U18 Aged 18 or under as of 1 September 2018. Proof of age must be available upon request.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there dedicated parking?

There is no dedicated parking for this event. Please use one of the long stay car parks in the city centre. Please not parking for this event is not available at Bell’s Sports Centre.

How far is the event from the train/bus Station?

The North Inch is a 15-minute walk away

Is there any standing at the event?

There is a stadium with seating and also standing space at the event

Will there be refreshments at the event?

Perthshire Rugby are providing the bar and food provision for this event.

Can tickets be bought on the day?

A limited number of tickets will be available for cash purchases only.

Is the North Inch Golf Club still open?

Yes the golf course is open as normal


Perthshire Events Round Up: What’s Happening in August and September?

Perthshire Events Round Up: What’s Happening in August and September?

Perthshire is positively packed with events in August and September. But have you found yourself scratching your head and wondering which event is happening when, and where?

Well, worry not – we have a round-up of fantastic events that are happening across the county in August and September. Bookmark this page, share it on social media, send it to your friends and family, and you’ll never be short of something to do over the next two months.

Wednesday 1st August to Sunday 30th September – By Hammer and Hand, Perth Museum & Art Gallery

Discover the fascinating story of the crafts and merchants that made Perth. Who were they, what did they make and sell, and why were they organised into Incorporated Trades and the Merchant Guild? This exhibition draws together significant objects, artwork and archives to bring to life Perth’s important economic history.

Look out (or rather, up!), too, for the fascinating banners above the streets near the museum, depicting the old trades of Perth.

Find out more about By Hammer and Hand

Wednesday 1st August to Sunday 30th September – Maggie’s Penguin Parade

For three months in summer 2018 the streets of Perth, Dundee and the surrounding region are home to a trail of individually designed and beautifully decorated giant penguin sculptures. This project, brought to you by Maggie’s Centre Dundee, in partnership with Wild in Art, showcases the wealth of artistic talent in the area and will raise significant funds to support Maggie’s vital work caring for local people affected by cancer.

Can you find them all? Remember to let us know @perthcitycentre when you post your photos on social media!

Find out more about Maggie’s Penguin Parade

Friday 3rd August to Tuesday 9th October – Boating on the Tay

Discover the River Tay with a range of fantastic boat trips! Take a trip from Broughty Ferry to Perth or discover Elcho Castle on a trip from Perth City Centre.

Due to the tidal nature of the river, the trips will run at different times of day, meaning you get the choice to explore this beautiful river first thing in the morning, during the day or into the early evening.

To find a time and date that suits you, simply head to our Boating On The Tay page and book your tickets!

Find out more about Boating On The Tay / Book your tickets today

Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th August – The Perth Show

Perth Show has been a popular event for 153 years, bringing the agricultural community of Perthshire into the city for two days of showing the year’s finest livestock.

Perth Show includes a wide variety of entertainment and trade stands, from sweet stalls to huge tractors and many things in between. It’s also a showcase for local artisans, the SWRI and local businesses from all sectors of Perthshire.

Within the Perth Show is the equally popular Perthshire On A Plate festival, bringing you the best of Perthshire foods, with foodie demos and lots of culinary fun.

Visit Perth Show website

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

The streets of Perth will be alive with Medieval re-enactment, Medieval crafters, puppets and storytellers and the return of the famous Ye Olde Perth Dunk Tank. There will also be exciting live music from Clanadonia.

King Edward St will be the location for the Combat Zone where Knights will show off their skills in medieval combat. For the first time at this event, the Great Perthshire Tattie Run – an exciting race where participants have to carry a bag of tatties or a “spud and spoon” while running! – will also take place.

Find out more about Perth’s Medieval Fayre

Find out more about the Great Perthshire Tattie Run (it’s free to enter)

Saturday 11th August – Touch of Tartan Half-Marathon Kilt Run

This year’s popular Touch of Tartan Half-Marathon starts at 11am at Perth Airport (Scone). The route is a 13-mile half-marathon and entrants will run along scenic pathways and roads and finish on the North Inch.

The Touch of Tartan Half Marathon is open to anyone aged 18 and over, and as the course is 13 miles long, we suspect that most participants wouldn’t want to run a full 13 miles wearing a kilt!

Instead, participants in the Half Marathon will be asked to have some form of tartan on display – this could be anything from a piece of ribbon to a t-shirt, headband or tartan socks. It’s entirely up to you!

Find out more about the Touch of Tartan Half Marathon

Saturday 11th August – 11th November 2018 – Black Watch Museum, There But Not There

The Black Watch Castle and Museum’s World War 1 centenary programme will conclude with the There But Not There silhouette installation. This project will be linked to the There But Not There national initiative to educate all generations about the ultimate sacrifice made during the First World War.

Our display will feature a 6-foot outdoor “Tommy” sculpture with 13 silhouettes placed throughout the venue creating a remembrance trail for visitors. Each silhouette is a way of commemorating the many Black Watch soldiers who displayed courage and bravery, making the ultimate sacrifice. The experience includes an exhibition which shares artefacts that have been kept for years by soldiers’ families as a way of remembering the fathers, sons, brothers, cousins and uncles who did not return from the conflict.

Find out more about There But Not There at The Black Watch Castle and Museum

Sunday 12th August – Perth Highland Games

Perth Highland Games, one of Scotland’s most popular, will be held at Scone Palace this year for the first time in its 90-year history.

The Games include traditional Heavyweight events such as throwing weights and hammers, tug-o’-war and tossing the caber. In addition, there is Highland dancing, foot- and cycle races, solo piping and the very popular pipe band contest with large numbers of bands taking part this year.

A wide range of trade and craft stands will cater for your shopping and catering needs and there’s a fairground amusements area for children of all ages.

Find out more about Perth Highland Games

Wednesday 15th August – International Youth Band Festival

Perth will host the very first International Youth Band Festival, which will see over 500 young artists aged from 9 to 22 in bands from both China and Scotland coming together to meet, do workshops and play music.

This 5-day grand gathering features two sections of competitions for chamber orchestras and marching bands, respectively, as well as various workshops, master classes and friendship concerts. Perth Concert hall will host the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 15th August and the Closing Ceremony on Saturday 18th August.

Find out more about the International Youth Band Festival

Saturday 18th August – Glasgow Warriors vs Harlequins Pre-Season Challenge

Glasgow Warriors will play English Premiership giants Harlequins at Perthshire RFC’s North Inch ground in Perth city centre, in a 5,000-capacity arena. The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge, in association with Perth & Kinross Council, 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.

Find out more about the Glasgow Warriors / Harlequins event

Saturday 18th August – Summer Carnival at Perth Racecourse

The Summer Carnival is back and, after last year’s sell-out, make sure you snap up your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

The biggest crowd of the season will flock to Perth Racecourse for a mixture of jump racing and summer entertainment. It’s a real carnival vibe and the crowds will be entertained by live music, magicians and more on the most popular day of the year.

The Grandstand and Centre Course areas are open with live music and entertainment on throughout the day, including a range of fun inflatables for the kids in the Centre Course. Dance and sing along to the tunes from SambaYaBamba on arrival, and Shaka Loves You will be taking to the main stage after the final race too.

Drive right in and bring your own picnic to the Centre Course area. Let the kids play while you grab a drink from the Sports Bar and watch the action unfold.

Saturday 18th August – Summer Carnival at Perth Racecourse

Sunday 19th August – Crieff Highland Gathering

Crieff Highland Gathering is held in the centre of Crieff at the iconic Market Park. There will be a full programme of traditional Highland Games competitions including running, youth running, cycling, Highland Dancing, Heavyweights, Light Field, and Tug o’ War. The Games will also showcase several piping performances throughout the day as well as the spine-tingling Salute to the Chieftain and the customary Massed Pipe Bands finale.

Find out more about Crieff Highland Gathering

Sunday 19th August – The City of Perth Salute

The City of Perth Salute returns for its third year to Perth city centre, bringing an exciting parade where international pipe bands and military bands are joined by local bands from across Perthshire, in this fantastic free family event.

The parade sets off at 12pm from the South Inch, along Tay Street, culminating in an arena performance on the North Inch. There is space for spectators in the 5,000-seat stand or you can pack a picnic and  blanket and watch from the embankment nearby.

The parade will also feature international marching bands, steel bands, jazz bands, with the Beats of Brazil Samba Band bringing a carnival feel to the parade. Perthshire Brass, the Blackwatch ACF Band and Perth & District Pipe Band will all be parading, too, and The Top Secret Drum Corps will perform in the arena.

Find out more about the City of Perth Salute

Thursday 23rd – Sunday 26th August – Blair Castle International Horse Trials & Country Fair

Scotland’s leading equestrian event takes place in the Atholl Estates surrounding Blair Castle. With events such as show-jumping, Highland Pony Showing and Land Rover off-roading, this event is ideal for horse-riders and country enthusiasts. The Bruadar Country Fair includes events such as Terrier Racing and Flyball, and there are over 200 trade stands offering fine art, casual and country clothing, equestrian goods, jewellery and vehicles. A large food hall is full of delights – handmade chocolates, organic and rare breed meats, pastries, baked goods and fine wines.

Find out more about the Blair Castle International Horse Trials & Country Fair

Saturday 25th August – Birnam Highland Games

The Birnam Highland Games are a traditional Scottish Highland Games held amidst stunning Perthshire scenery. The family-friendly games have been held annually since 1864 and include the traditional Games features such as heavy events, piping, Highland dancing and field & track. Experience for yourself the fun and culture that has kept the Games so popular for over 150 years.

Find out more about Birnam Highland Games

Saturday 8th September – Pitlochry Highland Games

Pitlochry Highland Games has been hosting competitors and enthralling spectators since 1852. The Games competitions include tug o’ war, Perthshire Heavyweight League, Junior Heavyweight Events, Highland dancing, junior piping, Scottish Athletics Clubs Junior Relay and the Scottish Junior Jumps Championship.

There will also be a street parade of pipe bands, sponsored by Edradour Distillery, followed by individual pipe band championship and ending with a mass parade of the pipe bands.

Find out more about Pitlochry Highland Games

Sunday 9th September – Farming Yesteryear Vintage Rally

The Scottish Vintage Tractor and Engine Club Farming Yesteryear and Vintage Rally 2018 will be held at Scone Palace, where vintage tractors, stationary engines, steam engines and agricultural machinery will be on display with vintage cars, lorries and other vehicles. There will be working demonstrations of vintage agricultural machinery including ploughing, combining and threshing, plus trade stands and auto jumble.

Find out more about the Farming Yesteryear Vintage Rally

Monday 10th September – Autumn Race Day at Perth Racecourse

Although summer is over there’s still great racing at Perth in their penultimate fixture of the year – the Autumn Race Day.

With seven races in the first autumn fixture, some of the best horses of the UK and Irish winter jumps scene will take to the track to get their season underway.

Find out more about Autumn Race Day at Perth Races

Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September – Taste of Perthshire Food Festival

This new and exciting food and drink festival will take over Perth city centre for three jam-packed days in September. Bursting with fantastic flavours, local and international producers and demonstrations from award-winning chefs, including Jean-Christophe Novelli, the Taste of Perthshire Food Festival has something for every palette.

Follow our food trail round the many fantastic and award-winning food businesses in Perth City Centre and discover what make us Scotland’s Food Town 2018.

You’ll also find a huge mix of traders, from the popular Continental Street Market traders, the latest Street Food dishes or local food and drink producers. There really will be something to tempt even the most unusual of tastes!

Find out more about Taste of Perthshire Food Festival

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September – Spartan 2018 Scotland Trifecta Weekend & Ultra

Spartan Race is a leader in the sport of obstacle racing, offering exciting racing for all fitness levels. This Spartan Race will start in the very centre of Perth for the first time ever. To begin the race, entrants will take in the beautiful and diverse architecture of the Fair City before crossing the River Tay and heading out onto the steep Kinnoull and Deuchny Hills to experience breath-taking views whilst the energy drains from the legs.

Throw in obstacles and you’ll have an event that will test mental strength, endurance, grit and perseverance. With a Sprint (5km+), Super (13km+), Beast (20km+) and an epic Ultra (42km+) there really is something for all levels of athlete.

Find out more about Spartan 2018 Scotland Trifecta Weekend & Ultra

Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th September – Glorious Finale at Perth Racecourse

It’s the oldest fixture at Perth Racecourse and the final one of the year; get ready for the two-day Glorious Finale! Come along dressed in your finest tweeds for a racing fixture that first took place in 1908. Over the two days, take a look back at the Racecourse’s highlights of the year while watching 14 races across both afternoons.

Find out more about the Glorious Finale at Perth Racecourse

Friday 29th to Sunday 30th September – WOW Perth 2018 – Women of the World Festival

Following a fantastic launch in October 2017, WOW – Women of the World Festival will return to Scotland for the second time.

Celebrating and recognising the achievements of women and girls as well as taking a frank look at factors stopping them from achieving their potential, WOW is a jam-packed festival weekend including talks and debates from nationally renowned speakers, music, dance, theatre, performance, poetry and comedy as well as wide-ranging workshops and activities ranging from song to yoga, and speed mentoring to skateboarding.

WOW – Women of the World Perth 2018 is part of Southbank Centre’s expansion of its global WOW network of festivals to create nine new WOWs in five cities across the UK to mark the centenary of female suffrage in 2018. Perth is the only Scottish city to host one of these WOWs.

Find out more about WOW 2018 – Women of the World Festival

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Spartan Race 2018

Spartan Race 2018

Do you fancy taking on a physical challenge with a bit of a difference this year? How does an endurance event requiring you to wade through muddy bogs, scale slippery 8-foot ramps, clamber up 25-foot-high cargo nets, leap over fire and more, sound to you?

Well if that has peaked your interest then you’ll be delighted to hear that one of Britain’s biggest sporting series, Spartan Race, is coming to Perth in 2018. Combining running with fun and challenging obstacles, this physical and mental test was completed by over a million people across 30 countries last year, making it the world’s leading obstacle course racing series.

The Perth event will be the only one in Scotland this year, and will take place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September. Designed to cater for all fitness levels, there are three main types of Spartan Race; Sprint (5km+), a Super (12km+), and a Beast (22km+). There is also a race for the little ones, and the Spartans Kids Race is for children aged between 4 and 13 over a 1.5km course.

For beginners, the Sprint race is recommended and with over 20 obstacles to overcome on the course it’s a firm favourite with both new and experienced Spartan racers. It takes an average runner around an hour and a half to complete a Spartan Sprint and each one has its own unique challenges and character. For those who have more experience in endurance events, the Super or Beast races may be more appealing.

The Perth race will kick off in the city centre with runners making their way through crowd-lined streets before they head out onto the hilly trails of Kinnoull Hill and Deuchny Woods. It’s a picturesque route with stunning views over the city and the River Tay, although you may be more focused on the obstacles ahead of you than the views behind you! Spartan Sprint is an accessible challenge; even if you’re overweight, or if you have never run before, it’s something that anyone can do.

General Manager of Spartan Race UK, Sam Lansdale, is looking forward to bringing the series to Perth and hopes as many of the local community get involved as possible.

“It’s always a pleasure to host events in Scotland,” Sam said, “in areas both of such natural and man-made beauty. Racers will find themselves drawn in by the atmosphere of the landscape. We have an event that will test mental strength, endurance, grit and perseverance. The scenery will boost enjoyment and inspire everyone to get to that finish line even faster.

“A big part of our race is about community and pushing yourself to achieve something more than you think you can. It’s about resetting your frame of reference, from wanting to sit on the couch all day long, eating junk food to going outdoors for a ten minute jog. That’s your initial step on the ladder to completing your first Spartan Sprint.

“We have mums, dads, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and many others taking part who are maybe just looking for a new kind of fitness challenge. The Spartan Sprint is an accessible challenge; even if you’re overweight, or if you have never run before, it’s something that anyone can do.”

The sport of obstacle racing is booming as a worldwide craze and attracts millions of runners and keep-fit enthusiasts who are perhaps tired of the more traditional endurance events. Contrary to the misconception that the sport is dominated by men, 40 percent of the Spartan Race participants are women. Obstacles are kept top secret until race day in order to surprise the runners, so you can do as much research as you like but you won’t know what to expect until you see an obstacle mid-race!

The Great Perthshire Food and Drink Tour

The Great Perthshire Food and Drink Tour

Perth & Kinross is known and loved for the quality of its food and drink, from luscious soft fruits and fresh farm vegetables to salmon, Highland beef and venison. We have many producers of fine cheese, chocolate, oatcakes and breads, not to mention our gin, whisky, wine, beer and soft-drink makers.

Munro Bagging in Perthshire

Munro Bagging in Perthshire

Perthshire is known as the gateway to the highlands – and with a title like that, you know that you are in the right place for a hill walk or two.

In case you don’t know, Munros are Scottish mountains over 3000 feet (915 metres). Perthshire is home to 28 of the 282 Munros across Scotland and is the perfect place to dip your toe into the world of Munro bagging.
Weather you are a seasoned walker or just looking for something to keep the family busy – the perfect Munro is waiting for you!

Every Munro and hill walk in Perthshire delivers a stunning view, each with its own unique qualities and characteristics.

Here is a couple of our favourites to get you started Munro bagging in Perthshire.


1) Schiehallion

Schiehallion is probably one of the best know Munros in Scotland. Schiehallion, which translates from Gaelic as the ‘fairy hill of the Caledonians’ stands at 3,553 feet. If you are a Scottish lager fanatic, science geek or an outdoor explorer – changes are you have already heard of this one.

If you haven’t heard of it, let me give you a little history lesson. Schiehallion has always been a popular area of the region, with evidence of the land being inhabited for as long as 3000 years. The mountain is commonly mistaken for an inactive volcano, however, it was actually formed by ice erosion during the Ice Ages.
If you are a since boffin, you might be interested to know that this mountain was involved in an important experiment to estimate the mass of the Earth in the last 18th century. The mountain was perfect for the experiment due to its symmetrical shape. Want to find out more about this experiment? Take a look at this great BBC video here.

Schiehallion sits 10 miles north-west of the idyllic town of Aberfeldy and overlooks Loch Tay, Loch Tummel and Loch Rannoch. While public transport can be taken to Aberfeldy or Pitlochry, private transport will be needed to reach the Braes of Foss car park, where you can start the assent of the mighty Schiehallion.

In hillwalking terms, Schiehallion is one of the easier Munros to bag. With a well-maintained footpath and a relatively easy to access makes it a perfect starting point for your Munro-bagging adventure (it also offers some stunning views too!)

Want to find out more about this Munro? Take a look here!


2)  Ben Chonzie

If you’re looking for a great hill walk that comes with the bragging rights of being a Munro, Ben Chonzie is a good place to start.

In the books of avid hill walkers this one is classed as one of the easiest Munros in Perthshire (and Scotland) to sink your teeth into. Nevertheless, this is a great walk to enjoy with the whole family which deliverers some stunning views of the Perthshire (and a great spot to see some local wildlife!)

Ben Chonzie sits between the Perthshire towns of Crieff and Comrie. This is a popular hillwalk for locals and tourists alike, as it offers a great introduction into the world of Munro bagging. The Munro itself can be And enjoys some amazing views of west Perthshire.

Want to find out more about this Munro? Take a look here!

3)  Carn Liath on Beinn a’Ghlo

Unless you have access to a car or some form of private transport, accessing Munros can be very challenging.
Carn Liath on Beinn a’Ghlo is arguably one of the easier Munros in Perthshire to access without a car. Please note, there is a walk to get to the start of the Munro – you have been warned!
Beinn a’Ghlo towers over Blair Atholl and with plenty of public transport links to the village, makes for a great hillwalking destination for those who don’t have access to a car. Take a look here if you would like to find out more about sustainable travel around Perthshire.

Beinn a’Ghlo  is a huge, complex hill with many ridges, summits and corries, covering approximately 40 square kilometres. The mountain resembles a miniature mountain range than a single peak, with three Munros across the mountain. These are Carn Liath (976m), Bràigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain (1070m) and Càrn nan Gabhar (1122m).

The start of the walk is 4km from the town centre, so be prepared for a long day. However, the Munro itself is a very relaxing walk with a prominent path right to the top.
Once at the top of this mountain, you are rewarded with some stunning views of Highland Perthshire, Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain and Carn nan Gabhar.

Want to find out more about this Munro? Take a look here!

3)  The Cairnwell Munros

If you’re looking to do some serious Munro bagging in Perthshire, this is a great place to get some serious walks under your belt.

The Cairnwell Munros can be found behind the Glenshee Ski Centre (west side of the Cairnwell pass). While there are actually nine Munros around Glenshee, us mere mortals will struggle to tackle bag them all in a single day.
So, if you’re looking to tick a couple Munro’s of your list in a single trip, the Cairnwell Munros is a great place to start.

While these Munros might not impress seasoned Munro baggers because of ski centre infrastructure and ‘lack of wilderness’ its nevertheless a remote a beautiful part of Scotland (or at least in my humble option anyway!) On the flip side of the coin, accessing the Cairnwell Munros is made easy dude to the Gleshee Ski Centre Car Park.

Unlike a lot of Murnos, there is a ski lift that can take visitors right to the top of Cairnwell (this doesn’t count as Munro Bagging!) However if you can resist the temptation to take the lift, you (probably) won’t regret it.

Find out more about this Munro here.

As you can see, there is a huge range of Munros in Perthshire to enjoy. Whether you are a complete novice or a seasoned walker, you are guaranteed to find an unforgettable trail here in Perthshire.

If you’re going to try one of these amazing Munros out please remember to come prepared with all the hillwalking essentials. Alternatively, there are various guided tours around Perthshire that would be happy to show you around our beautiful countryside. There are also some stunning walks and trails around Perthshire if you fancy a more relaxed walked.

Maggie’s Penguin Parade has made it to Perth City Centre!

Maggie’s Penguin Parade has made it to Perth City Centre!

For three months in summer 2018 the streets of Dundee and surrounding region (including Perth!) will be home to a trail of individually designed and beautifully decorated giant penguin sculptures. Each will showcase the wealth of artistic talent in the area, creating economic and cultural benefits for Dundee. This project is brought to you by Maggie’s Centre Dundee, in partnership with Wild in Art, and will raise significant funds to support Maggie’s vital work caring for local people affected by cancer.

Dundee has long had an association with penguins and replicas of these lovely creatures can be found throughout the city. RRS Discovery was the last wooded three-masted ship to be built in Britain and its first mission was the British National Antarctica, the home of the penguin. The penguin has become a symbol of the great explorers who set out from Dundee. Our 100-strong waddle (yes- really that’s the collective noun for penguins) will supplement their more indigenous friends. Wild in Art is the global leader in the organisation of mass participation public art events which bring together artists, communities and schools with private and public organisations to create memorable and significant events for all to enjoy.

Can you find them all??

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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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


Steven Robinson Pictures


Steve is a wedding and landscape photographer based in Perth. His pictures manage to capture the beauty of the natural world with minimal editing or Photoshop.  When shooting weddings, Steve uses a documentary style to capture the decisive moments throughout the day. Take a look at his website here.


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!