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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boating on the Tay

Boating on the Tay

Boating on the Tay

From May until September 2018 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.

Why not combine your trip on the Tay with a spot of shopping in Perth and breakfast/lunch/dinner from one of our great cafes and restaurants or try something new at the fab Willowgate Activity Centre.

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FAQs

 

 

FAQS

Can I cancel my booking and if so how? Cancellations must be made 48 hours before a trip for a full refund. Cancellations must be made via email to perth@mi-cnx.com

If a trip you have booked is cancelled due to bad weather or extreme river conditions, you will be notified by email 24 hours prior to the trip.

Please ensure at the time of booking that you are happy with the vessel that you have selected for your trip as it may not be possible to change this at a later date or on the day

Full payment must be received prior to the trip commencing.

Are there reduced rates for group bookings? Enquiries for group bookings should be submitted via email to info@perthcity.co.uk. When enquiring about a group booking, please be aware you will need to book the whole trip which will range from 8 seats to 12 seats, depending on the vessels/offering available. Group bookings should be sought as early as possible.

Can I buy tickets on the day? If there are tickets available for trips on the day of enquiry, customers have up until 1 hour before the trip departs to book a ticket.

What is the age limit for children’s tickets? 12 years of age

Is there wheelchair access? Please note that Marine Safety Regulations deem that the vessels are unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Are dogs allowed on the boats? Our boat trips are now dog-friendly! However, there is limited space on the boats and a limited number of dog life jackets, so please make sure you let us know if you are planning on bringing your dog along. You can do this by leaving a note in the comment section of the checkout.

Do babies and very young children qualify for free tickets? Yes. Children under the age of 3 years qualify for free tickets, however, tickets must still be chosen when stating passenger numbers i.e. no of passengers under the age of 3 years. Stringent safety measures restrict the number of passengers per vessel, so please ensure the number of tickets acquired accurately reflects the passengers who will be boarding the vessel as per booking.

Are there toilet facilities? Toilet facilities are available at the South Inch car park and Willowgate Café (during opening hours)

Is it safe to carry babies on backpacks or baby carriers on the boats? Babies will only be allowed on board a vessel when securely positioned in a backpack or baby carrier. Buggies or prams will not be allowed on the vessels and there are no storage facilities for buggies/prams at the pontoons.

How far in advance should I arrive at the boat before departure? On the day of your trip, please make sure you arrive in plenty of time as the boats keep to a tight schedule

What parking is available at the Perth departure point? Parking is available at the South Inch Car Park

What parking is available at the Willowgate departure point? Parking is available at Willowgate Fisheries

What happens if the trip is cancelled? Trips will only be cancelled in extreme weather or river conditions

Can I reclaim VAT on my ticket? Yes, you can reclaim the VAT on your ticket.

Can I phone to book? Bookings can be made by phoning Willowgate Activity Centre on 01738 637 245 during office hours.

What happens if I don’t turn up or cancel my trip after making a confirmed booking? Customers who have to cancel bookings should refer to the cancellation policy above (first question). If you don’t turn up, but fail to cancel your booking, the seat remains vacant. If the booking is cancelled 48hrs in advance, the seat will become vacant and available for re-booking.

No refunds will be given for late cancellations (less than 48hrs notice) which are not as a direct result of bad weather or extreme river conditions. Failure to turn up for a trip which has been booked does not qualify for a refund.

What should I wear? Check the weather and dress appropriately. Life jackets will be provided.

What safety measures are in place?
Safety measures are in place on the pontoons, life jackets will be provided and the operator has to pass stringent safety measures to enable the transit of passengers on commercial vessels. Operating conditions outlined by the Harbour Master has been issued to the operator. All trips are reported to the Coast Guard.

 

 

 

Partners

 

Partners

In partnership with Perth and Kinross Council and the Tay and Earn Trust these boating trips are provided by Taymara and David Anderson Marine.

Taymara (Tay Maritime Action) is a voluntary sector organisation which exists to serve the local communities of Tayside – ie the geographic areas of Fife, Dundee & Angus and Perth & Kinross – with their vessels and qualified crews providing safe access to the exciting Tay River marine environment to provide knowledge, qualifications, skills and memorable maritime experiences for all, but especially for those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable.

http://www.taymara.org/

http://www.davidandersonmarine.co.uk/

 

 

Terms and Conditions

 

 

Booking Terms and Conditions:

  • Cancellations must be made 48 hours before a trip for a full refund. Cancellations must be made via email to perth@mi-cnx.com
  • If  a trip you have to be booked is cancelled due to weather or river conditions you will be notified by email 24 hours prior to the trip
  • Trips will only be cancelled in extreme weather or river conditions
  • Please ensure at the time of booking that you are happy with the vessel that you have selected for your trip as it may not be possible to change this at a later date or on the day
  • Full payment must be received prior to the trip commencing
  • Children should be accompanied by adults on all trips

 

 

Getting Here

Perth is the most accessible city in Scotland with fantastic road, bus and rail links.

Getting to Perth by Car

Perth is easily accessible by road from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Stirling and Inverness. There’s a wide range of safe and secure, short stay car parks within the city centre.

Find out more about parking in Perth City Centre at http://www.pkc.gov.uk/cityparking

Getting to Perth by Bus

Perth can be reached by a network of fast and reliable coach services. Travelling around Perth is easy by bus, with many fast and reliable services available, from all over the City.

Getting to Perth by Train

Perth Railway Station is a short walk from the city centre. There are regular services to and from Stirling, Dundee and Pitlochry, with a journey time of around 30 minutes. Direct trains to and from Edinburgh run at approximately two hourly intervals.

Perth is a historic city set beside the beautiful River Tay and located just 90 minutes from 90% of Scotland’s population. It’s the perfect place to stay whether you are exploring the city itself or the huge range of attractions and activities available across Perthshire. Check out the accommodation section which provides details a wide range of options to suit every taste and budget.

Dog Friendly Perth: Four-Legged Friends Welcome!

Dog Friendly Perth: Four-Legged Friends Welcome!

For as long as I can remember dogs have been a big part of our family.  The first dogs we had were two Dobermans, later on followed collies, a dachshund and now Baxter our Lhasa Apso.  As all dog lovers will understand dogs are a massive part of the family and it’s great being able to include them in more than just a walk in the park.

For nearly four years I’ve been blessed with having my little sidekick Baxter the Lhasa Apso.  From the beginning he became a huge part of the family.  We take him everywhere from shopping trips, nights out, road trips and holidays.  Baxter even played a very important role in our wedding as ‘Best Dog’ and came with us on our honeymoon in the campervan when we did the North Coast 500.  Everything is planned around him so he is never left alone for a long time if we can’t find a dog sitter.

When Baxter was around 6 months old I found out that a few of the cafes and pubs in town welcomed dogs. It was great as it meant we didn’t need to worry about how long we were away and Baxter loved coming with us and being fussed over by everyone he met. Over the past few years Perth has become more and more dog friendly with many shops, cafes, pubs and even hotels welcoming our four legged companions.  You are now spoiled for choice with the vast range of places you can visit with your dog.

A few years ago I set up Dog Friendly Perthshire to help inform other dog owners of all the great places that welcome dogs across Perthshire and to also benefit dog friendly businesses. Perth is quickly getting the reputation as the Dog Friendly Capital Of Scotland and it’s easy to see why with so many places welcoming dogs and genuinely enjoying them visiting their premises.  You are now able to visit Perth city centre and spend a whole day shopping and getting a bite to eat and something to drink without the worry of leaving your dog and having to rush back home to them.

Take a look at Baxter’s top 10 Dog Friendly places to visit in Perth here!

 1. Brew & Chew, High Street

Brew and Chew leads the way when it comes to dog friendly venues. Dogs are welcomed just as much if not more than their owners and you always get a big waggy tail welcome from Burach the resident sproodle! It’s the perfect place to grab a bite to eat with your four-legged companion. There is an excellent menu and lots of homemade treats to choose from. Dogs are not left out and have their own special menu of sausages, popcorn, cookies and the most popular of them all doggy cupcakes!

 

 

 

2. Rose House Coffee Shop and Florist, St John Street

 

The Rose House Coffee Shop is another fantastic addition to Perth’s dog friendly eateries offering soups, sandwiches, afternoon tea and a great selection of yummy cakes! A couple of shops down is the Rose House Florist. As well as a love of flowers Audrey and her staff have a big love of dogs which is evident across both her shops. You will often be welcomed by the resident dogs the handsome Oscar and his little sister Daisy!

 

 

 

3. Whispers Of The Past, George Street

 

Whispers Of The Past is a gem of a shop that you do not want to miss if you are doing some shopping with your four-legged pal! Specialising in new and vintage home wear, jewellery, cards, candles and much more. Dogs are always welcome and a bowl of water is available along with a biscuit or two.

 

 

4. The Green Room, Canal Street

If you are looking for a drink a bit stronger than a coffee then The Green Room is a superb dog-friendly pub. With a fantastic atmosphere, live music most nights, 3 bars, over 580 drinks to choose from and two log fires for your dog to cosy up in front of it’s no wonder that it’s so popular with dogs and their owners.

 

 

5. Alan’s Pet Shop, Kinnoull Street

Probably every dogs favourite place to visit in Perth is Alan’s Pet Shop! Alan’s first shop has now been open an impressive 35 years and with the Perth shop being in business for 8, Alan is very experienced and knowledgeable with your dogs needs. Alan’s sells everything your dog could want from dog food, jackets, leads, toys, treats and bedding. Shop dogs Macy, Kobe and Yuna are always on hand to lend a helping paw too.

 

 

6. Gringos Bar and Restaurant, Canal Street

A recent addition to Perth’s dog friendly restaurants is Gringos’! Specialising in serving delicious Mexican & South American Street food along with a well stocked bar of tequila and cocktails. Whether its food or just a couple of drinks you are after you and your dog will always get a warm welcome at Gringo’s. The owners themselves are big dog lovers and their chihuahua’s Ruffin, Pablo and the famous Gringo himself love relaxing in front of the open fire.

 

 

7. Byers & Co, George Street

Byers & Co is another fabulous dog-friendly shop owned by the talented Linda who creates bespoke beautiful jewellery with her shop assistant Nevis the Labrador on welcoming

duties. As well as selling her own jewellery Linda can rework your own jewellery, create pieces from your own design and even holds jewellery workshops. Nevis even kindly shares his biscuits with four-legged customers.

 

 

8. BLEND Coffee Lounge, High Street

Dogs and their humans are always greeted with a warm welcome in BLEND! It’s a firm favourite for dog owners who return time and time again for it’s friendly atmosphere, great coffee, cakes and for being Perth’s first ever dog friendly coffee shop! The staff always make a huge fuss of all doggies that visit.

 

 

 9. Old Ship Inn, High Street

The Old Ship Inn is a traditional pub set in the heart of Perth city centre and said to be the oldest pub in all of Perth. It’s very welcoming with the bonus of a log burner for you and your dog to cosy up in front of. With a well stocked bar and a variety of drinks it’s the perfect pub to relax with a drink or two with your four legged companion. There are always plenty of doggy biscuit treats too so your dog is never feels left.

 

 

 10. The Cherrybank Inn, Glasgow Road

The Cherrybank Inn has everything you could want from a dog friendly pub and restaurant and is hugely popular with dogs and their owners. It has an excellent reputation for bar lunches and evening meals along with a well stocked bar that provides real ale and a large selection of malt whiskys. Dogs are given their own bowl of water and provided with lots of biscuits so there are plenty of happy faces and waggy tails when you visit!

 

About the Author

This article was written by Katie at Dog Friendly Perthshire. Dog Friendly Perthshire aims to promote all the dog-friendly in the areas around the county and to Perth recognised as leading ‘dog Friendly’ city in Scotland.

To keep up to date with the latest news, reviews and day trips make sure you follow their Facebook page here!

Year of Young People 2018

Year of Young People 2018

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

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

#YOYP

DiverseCiTay Festival – Saturday 23rd June 2018

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

More details to be announced soon

What’s On

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Perth Lantern Parade and Nativity Scene 5:00 pm
Perth Lantern Parade and Nativity Scene @ Perth City Centre
Dec 1 @ 5:00 pm
Perth Lantern Parade and Nativity Scene @ Perth City Centre
A lantern parade involving school pupils, churches and community groups. There will be daytime workshops to make your own lantern, before you participate in this parade through the city centre. The parade starts at 5pm[...]
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Perth’s St Andrews Day Scottish Festival 12:00 pm
Perth’s St Andrews Day Scottish Festival @ Perth City Centre
Dec 2 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Perth's St Andrews Day Scottish Festival @ Perth City Centre
Celebrate St Andrew’s Day with live music and a marketplace selling food and drink from Scotland’s natural larder. Find the Facebook event here.
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ChildLine Christmas Concert 7:30 pm
ChildLine Christmas Concert @ Perth Concert Hall
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm
ChildLine Christmas Concert @ Perth Concert Hall
The annual Perth ChildLine Christmas Concert is organised by the NSPCC and Perth & Kinross Council Education & Children’s Services. Now in its seventeenth year, the evening promises to entertain and get you into the[...]
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Kilgraston School presents Portraits of Christmas 7:00 pm
Kilgraston School presents Portraits of Christmas @ Perth Concert Hall
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm
Kilgraston School presents Portraits of Christmas @ Perth Concert Hall | Scotland | United Kingdom
When we think about Christmas, our mind brings us mental ‘snapshots’ of the season: a beautiful Christmas tree, a Bing Crosby record, the smell of mulled wine from the kitchen, and the warmth of a[...]
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Strathallan School Musical Showcase 7:00 pm
Strathallan School Musical Showcase @ Perth Concert Hall
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm
Strathallan School Musical Showcase @ Perth Concert Hall | Scotland | United Kingdom
A spectacular showcase of musical talent from Strathallan School. Featuring over 200 musicians from our Orchestra, Pipe Band, Rock Bands, Choirs and many more that are certain to keep you entertained and get you in[...]
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Christmas Carol Concert at Scone Palace 7:30 pm
Christmas Carol Concert at Scone Palace @ Scone Palace
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Christmas Carol Concert at Scone Palace @ Scone Palace
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY 12th OCTOBER Hark the Herald Angels Sing……Once again we are delighted to be joined by the Fair City Singers, an independent choir made up of 80 talented 11 -18 year olds from[...]
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Ad Lib Theatre Presents: Cinderella 7:00 pm
Ad Lib Theatre Presents: Cinderella @ North Inch Community Campus
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm
Ad Lib Theatre Presents: Cinderella @ North Inch Community Campus | Scotland | United Kingdom
Cinderella lives a life of drudgery, bullied by her horrible Ugly sisters and wicked step-mother. Her muddled and confused father, Baron Hardup is powerless to intervene (he’s more scared of them than she is!) and[...]
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Ad Lib Theatre Presents: Cinderella 1:30 pm
Ad Lib Theatre Presents: Cinderella @ North Inch Community Campus
Dec 22 @ 1:30 pm
Ad Lib Theatre Presents: Cinderella @ North Inch Community Campus | Scotland | United Kingdom
Cinderella lives a life of drudgery, bullied by her horrible Ugly sisters and wicked step-mother. Her muddled and confused father, Baron Hardup is powerless to intervene (he’s more scared of them than she is!) and[...]
Ad Lib Theatre Presents: Cinderella 7:00 pm
Ad Lib Theatre Presents: Cinderella @ North Inch Community Campus
Dec 22 @ 7:00 pm
Ad Lib Theatre Presents: Cinderella @ North Inch Community Campus | Scotland | United Kingdom
Cinderella lives a life of drudgery, bullied by her horrible Ugly sisters and wicked step-mother. Her muddled and confused father, Baron Hardup is powerless to intervene (he’s more scared of them than she is!) and[...]
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Ad Lib Theatre Presents: Cinderella 1:30 pm
Ad Lib Theatre Presents: Cinderella @ North Inch Community Campus
Dec 23 @ 1:30 pm
Ad Lib Theatre Presents: Cinderella @ North Inch Community Campus | Scotland | United Kingdom
Cinderella lives a life of drudgery, bullied by her horrible Ugly sisters and wicked step-mother. Her muddled and confused father, Baron Hardup is powerless to intervene (he’s more scared of them than she is!) and[...]
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Free Golf For Under 18s

 

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

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

The Show That Goes Like This!

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

Top 10 Glamping Sites in Perthshire

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

Top 10 Big Adventures

If you are looking to get the adrenaline pumping by taking part in a big adventure, you are in the right place. Perthshire is bursting with some amazing locations and activity providers which are guaranteed to bring you an adventure you won’t forget in a hurry.

£10 Experiences | Cheap Things to do in Perthshire

Is money a little tight this week? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of great experiences to enjoy in Perth and around Perthshire without breaking the bank. If you are looking for some fun things to do without spending a fortune, here is 10 amazing experiences you can have for under £10!

10 Things For Teenagers to do in Perthshire

No matter how old you are, there are plenty of amazing adventures and experiences to enjoy around Perthshire and adventurous teens are no exception!

Outdoor adventures, sporting activities and day’s out ideas – Perthshire is the place for Teenagers looking for an adventure or two!

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

Young Street Performers and Traders Wanted!

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

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

Top 10 Family Events & Festivals

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

Queen Victoria exhibition opens at Blair Castle

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

The Biggest Weekend Fringe

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

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

Year of Young People 2018

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

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

Get Involved

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

Share your ideas via #YOYP2018

 

 

stay social & spread the word #YOYP2018

 

 

Top 10 Digital Detox Experiences

Top 10 Digital Detox Experiences

Digital detox experiences are places of escape from the bustle of the 24-hour connected lifestyle. No Wi-Fi, no internet, so you can just switch your phone off and enjoy the peace. A digital detox is a great holiday for families to reconnect; for couples who just want to spend time alone; or even for groups of friends who don’t want technology to distract from having a good time together.

1 | The Hotbox Aberfeldy

Fired by a giant crackling wood burner, lined in aspen and with panoramic windows stretching 40′ along it’s length, its the perfect place to relax whilst you take in the magnificent views across the Loch & hill ground beyond. Complete with its own fire pit, lawn area and access to our water trampoline via the private beach below, its just too good to miss. Not forgetting, The Hot Box also boasts its very own outdoor bar!!

Find out more at: taymouthmarina.com

2 | Dark Skies at Rannoch

One of the most magnificent sights in all of nature is the night sky peppered with stars, distant planets and streaking meteors. Luckily for us, Scotland has some of the largest expanses of dark sky in Europe making it a perfect destination for eager stargazers.

Find out more at: visitscotland.com

3 | Wild Camping & Night Kayaking at Rannoch

Fancy getting off the beaten track? If you don’t mind sacrificing the usual day-to-day comforts and conveniences and want to explore the areas of Scotland that very few visit, then wild camping is for you. It’s a great way to discover remote parts of our stunning landscapes and get close to nature. Plus, the experience definitely comes with a great feeling of adventure!

Find out more at visitscotland.com

4 | Dunalister Loch & Hidden Village

From the front of this Victorian grey-stone hotel in the isolated village of Kinloch Rannoch in the Scottish Highlands the craggy slopes of Craig Varr rise up.

5 | EcoYoga

Nick and Rachel have created the ecoYoga Centre at Inverliever Lodge as an expression of their belief in a healthy, happy, carbon free and sustainable lifestyle. The transformation from an old outdoor centre to its present incarnation as a luxurious but still genuinely ‘eco’ holiday experience is now complete. Set in magnificent Scottish scenery; hills, lochs, rivers and forests abound. The ecoYoga Centre is totally off-grid. Powered by our 550Kw hydro turbine and a large bank of solar panels.

Find out more at: ecoyoga.org

6 | Treehouse Glamping

The Tree Howf is a beautifully designed and crafted masterpiece!

Built high up within the branches of the tree it has amazing 360 degree views over the Ochil hills and beyond

Immerse yourself in peace and quiet in this totally self sufficient tree house, which has internal cooking facilities, shower and wood burning stove/ oven, while downstairs there is compost toilet.

Find out more at: craigheadhowf.co.uk

7 | Guardswell Self-catering

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

Find out more at guardswell.co.uk

8 | Munro Bagging

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

Find out more at visitscotland.co.uk

9 | Mountain Biking at Comrie Croft

Comrie Croft is fast becoming the mountain biking and hiking destination for Perthshire and beyond.

Find out more at comriecroft.com

10 | Spa Uniq

The Spa Uniq Retreat Cabin is a fantastic place to chill out and totally relax. It has many fabulous features, designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind. The decor is restful with colours of champagne, pearl and purple.  The theme is “luxurious spa”.  The concept is unique – a self-catering spa cabin with private roofed hot tub and quirky cedar barrel sauna.  You won’t find anything quite like it.

Find out more at spauniq.co.uk