Perthshire Open Studios

Perthshire Open Studios

Perthshire Open Studios was launched in 2008 and is now in its 11th year. It is an annual nine-day (1st – 9th) event held in September and involves artists and makers across Perth & Kinross opening their doors for visitors to come and learn about their crafts.  A growing number of participants and visitors each year makes it a highlight in the calendar of arts events in Scotland.

Matilda’s Musings – What a difference 180 degrees makes on Forteviot flutter

Matilda’s Musings – What a difference 180 degrees makes on Forteviot flutter

You’ve heard the old cliche about a football match being “a game of two halves” – well our latest tandem adventure falls firmly into the camp of being “a ride of two halves”! And it truly underlines just what a difference 180 degrees can make when out tandeming!

Back to the start and Sunday was the day Spring was due to start in Perthshire and for once the weather matched the forecast and we awakened to bright sunshine at Matildas Rest. My crew were in happy mood as we had a hearty but healthy breakfast – within the guidelines of the Hay Eating Plan – before we all got kitted up and headed out into beautifully sunny Perthshire’s countryside.


Perth Festival of the Arts 15th – 27th May 2017

Perth Festival of the Arts 15th – 27th May 2017

Perth Festival is the place to be in May 2017. It is one of the highlights in Scotland’s cultural calendar. Now in its 46th year see a rich programme of classical music, opera, rock, jazz, folk, comedy and visual art in Perth Concert Hall. Click here to see the full programme or click on images above for more on each show.

Tickets on sale at 10am 20th March for Friends and 10am 27th March for General Booking. Join Friends online only £10.

Read more about Perth Festival – past artists Van Morrison, Jools Holland, KT Tunstall, The Proclaimers, Jack Bruce, Sharleen Spiteri, Don MacLean, Bryn Terfel, Nigel Kennedy, Nicola Benedetti, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa…

Nicola Benedetti Recital

Monday 15th May

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

Tickets: £25.00 – £35.00

Nicola Benedetti opens the Perth Festival of the Arts with an intimate evening’s recital and “in conversation with” playing a new programme of classical works for violin and piano, alongside her duo partner, Alexei Grynyuk.
The Perth Concert Hall is the ideal setting to showcase Nicola’s individual interpretation of exquisite smaller scale pieces and provides the perfect contrast to the orchestral repertoire that she performs more often in Scotland and the rest of the world.

The evening ends with a chance for the audience to ask Nicola questions.

Book Tickets:

Martin Taylor and Alison Burns – 100 Years of Ella Fitzgerald

Wednesday 17th May

The Loft, 20:00

Tickets: £20.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.
Celebrating 100 Years of Ella Fitzgerald
to be held at The Loft in South Street, Perth
When you think of legendary singer Ella Fitzgerald, you think of the some of the greatest music ever performed. 2017 marks a very special year as one of the most loved entertainer of all time Ella Fitzgerald will be celebrated around the world with a series of commemorative centennial events.
As part of these celebrations multi-award winning guitarist Martin Taylor and Scottish-Canadian jazz singer Alison Burns will be touring the UK for a series of concerts highlighting the Grammy-award winning collaboration between Ella and jazz guitarist Joe Pass.
Taylor and Burns who have performed for Prince William and whose fans include Sir Michael Parkinson and Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, will present a concert inspired by the intimate 1960’s duo recordings of Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald.
Martin Taylor
Collaborations with artists including Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Jamie Cullum and Bill Wyman have seen him garner two honorary doctorates, a BBC lifetime achievement award, Top 10 albums in both the USA and Europe, a record 14 British Jazz Awards and in 2002 he was appointed MBE ‘For Services to Jazz Music’ by Her Majesty the Queen of Great Britain. As one of the world’s most recognized online guitar teachers his innovative online guitar school with its headquarters in Napa, CA has been featured on NPR, BBC, Fox News and the LA Times and is subscribed to by guitarists in over 58 countries.
Alison Burns
There are singers and there are jazz singers. There are jazz singers and there are a few artists who bring more to the microphone – their life, love, heartaches and joy. Alison Burns is one of those artists. Her debut album, Kissing Bug, was received with universal acclaim and became the first album by a Scottish jazz singer to reach the Jazz Top 10. So far she has played in far-flung destinations such as Tokyo, New York, Cannes, Italy and Shanghai and guested with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Big Band.


Thursday 18th May

Perth Concert Hall, 10:00

Free Event


Curated by Frames Gallery
10.00 – 19.30 Thursday 18th May
10.00 – 19.30 from Friday – Saturday 19th & 20th May
10.00 – 18.00 Sunday 21st May
Beside Perth Concert Hall
Admission Free

Perth Festival is delighted to announce the return of arTay. This large exhibition of Contemporary Scottish Art and Craft was a big success when it ran from 2000-2005 and it is with great anticipation that we have decided to bring it back.

See some of the 2016 paintings click  ArTay

•    It is called “arTay” and consists of a very large marquee erected outside of Perth Concert Hall and will hold an exhibition of Scottish Contemporary Art and Craft.
•    It will feature the work of over 80 artists and makers drawn from all over Scotland and there will be around 300 works on show
•    This is quite a unique event as it’s not an art fair and is much bigger than any normal commercial gallery could hold.
•    It is on for four days and admission is free.
•    Using the contacts that I have built up over the 30 odd years that I’ve been involved in Scottish Art, we will have an impressive range of work on show. From RSA members such as Gordon Mitchell, Doug Cocker and Reinhard      Behrens, RSW members such as Sandy Murphy, Charlie MacQueen, Christine Woodside alongside lesser known but still excellent artists.
•    The main aim of arTay is to make Contemporary Art as accessible as possible to as many people as possible and all the work will be for sale.
•    Perth Festival first held this event in 2000 and ran it for five years and now in 2014 it has been re-instated. It was one of the Festivals most successful events with around 5,000 people visiting the tent over the four days.
•    Perth Festival has been running for over 40 years and is one of the biggest festivals outside of Edinburgh but it has a reputation for being mostly performance based so this very costly investment in visual arts is a big commitment for them.
•    Below is a list of the artists who have currently agreed to take part.
•    Please contact me for more information  and images if required: Hugh Goring:  01738 631085

10am – 7.30pm
Free Admission

‘Tosca’ English Touring Opera

Thursday 18th May

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

Tickets: £25.00 – £45.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.

Conductor: Michael Rosewell
Director: Blanche McIntyre
Designer: Florence de Maré
Lighting Designer: Mark Howland
Puccini’s Tosca is one of the world’s best-loved operas, brimming with lust, corruption and intrigue.
When the firebrand revolutionary Cavaradossi is imprisoned, Tosca is faced with an impossible choice: submitting to the desires of the sadistic chief of police, or letting her lover be executed.
Directed by award-winning Blanche McIntyre, and featuring a trio of powerful British artists for Tosca, Cavaradossi and the malevolent Scarpia, ETO’s new production is sure to be a night of passion.
A new production. Sung in Italian with surtitles.

There will be a pre show talk at 18.30 in the Norie Miller Room. Please reserve a free ticket at the Box Office.

English Touring Opera will also be performing shows at Fairview School for Children with Special Needs and for Primary Schools while they are visiting Perth.

Book Tickets:

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra 2017

Friday 19th May

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

Tickets: £38.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.

Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

featuring GILSON LAVIS
with special guest CHRIS DIFFORD
Doors: 7 pm.
Support act on stage: 7.30 pm – 7.50 pm.
Jools Holland on stage: 8.20 pm. Finish time approx 10.30pm
Pianist, bandleader, singer, composer, television presenter and multiplatinum recording artist Jools Holland returns this year accompanied by special guest Chris Difford. He will be accompanied by the sound of Jools’ unforgettable Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.
Jools Holland with be performing tracks spanning his entire solo career as well as songs taken from his new duets album ‘Sirens Of Song’, released November 2014. With a catalogue that reaches through decades, a night with Jools Holland will bring you the greatest boogie-woogie party in town.
Also featuring the astounding vocal power of Ruby Turner, the soulful tones of Louise Marshall and the tireless drums of original Squeeze member Gilson Lavis, along with the inimitable musicianship of the Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Jools’ boogie-woogie party is not to be missed!

Jools Holland OBE DL was born Julian Miles Holland on January 24, 1958 in Blackheath, South East London. At the age of 15 Jools was introduced to Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford; together they formed Squeeze, and shortly afterwards they were joined by Gilson Lavis (who had already played with, among others, B. B. King, Chuck Berry and Max Wall), who still drums with Jools. Up The Junction and Cool For Cats gave Squeeze meteoric success and their popularity rapidly extended to America, where their tour included performances at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

In 1987 Jools formed The Jools Holland Big Band, comprising himself and Gilson Lavis. This has gradually metamorphosed into the current 20-piece Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, which consists of pianist, organist, drummer, three female vocals, guitar, bass guitar, two tenor saxophones, two alto saxophones, baritone saxophone, three trumpets, and four trombones.
Jools’ career as a television presenter has run parallel to his musical career. He started in the early 1980s when he interviewed The Police for a documentary that was made while they were recording at George Martin’s Montserrat studio. Jools then auditioned to become co-presenter (with Paula Yates) of The Tube, which achieved almost immediate cult status and discovered a whole new generation of musicians and comedians between 1981 and 1986.
As always, Jools continues to dazzle audiences across the UK with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and their exuberant live performances.  They have just come off an extensive UK tour and, for the 21st year in a row, celebrated the dawn of the new year with the whole nation on BBC2’s New Year’s Eve TV Show ‘Jools’ Annual Hootenanny’.

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Helena Kay Recital

Saturday 20th May

St Matthews Church, 11:00

Tickets: £10.00

Helena Kay (tenor saxophone) and Peter Johnstone (piano) have been playing together since they met in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra. Their new duo project will feature some original music, as well as some of their favourite songs from the Great American Songbook and the jazz canon.

Helena Kay started playing alto saxophone when she was 11 years old and was introduced to jazz when her first saxophone teacher gave her a Charlie Parker CD. She grew up in Perth and moved to London in 2012 to begin studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she received tuition from Martin Speake, Gareth Lockrane, Malcolm Edmonstone, Martin Hathaway and Christian Forshaw. She graduated in 2016 with a First Class in BMus Jazz (Hons) and was also awarded the Anjool Malde Jazz Prize for the highest jazz final recital mark that year. In 2015 she won the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year Competition on tenor saxophone; an instrument-switch inspired by her love of Sonny Rollins’s playing in particular.

Helena is now a Guildhall Artist Fellow for the jazz department at the Guildhall School, while maintaining a freelance career as a performer and teacher. She performed with her trio at the Glasgow Jazz Festival 2016 and at the London Jazz Festival in November 2016 with her band KIM Trio (with David Ingamells and Misha Mullov-Abbado).

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Tenebrae Choir

Saturday 20th May

St John’s Kirk of Perth, 19:30

Tickets: £25.00 – £35.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more. There will be both reserved and unreserved seats for this concert.

Russian Treasures – Rare choral gems and celebrated sacred music from the Russian Orthodox Church


You’ll never forget the first time you hear the choral music of Russia. From the subterranean bass notes to the melodies that soar above them, this is singing that simply has to be experienced in the flesh.


This concert features popular favourites and little known gems, rarely heard outside Russia. St John’s Kirk will be a marvellous setting for a Perth Festival of the Arts debut of the critically acclaimed choir

Songs from Rachmaninov’s ‘All night Vigil’ and his ‘Liturgy of St John Chrysostom’ will be performed alongside pieces by Glinka, Chesnokov and Tchaikovsky and many others. Tenebrae Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision. Tenebrae has twice secured the award for Best Choral Performance in the BBC Music Magazine Awards (2012 and 2016), and its recording of Fauré’s Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra was nominated for the Gramophone Awards (2013). Tenebrae is renowned for its highly-acclaimed interpretations of choral music with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance through to contemporary choral masterpieces and has appeared at major festivals including the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival and Montreux Choral Festival (Switzerland). This season, in order to mark Tenebrae’s fifteenth anniversary, the choir is touring its first major commission, Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, as well as launching its inaugural Holy Week Festival at St John’s Smith Square.
Supported by DUNARD FUND

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The View

Saturday 20th May

Perth Concert Hall, 20:00

Ticket prices TBA

The View is the hottest indie band to come out of Dundee. Don’t miss them.

The band consists of Kyle Falconer, Kieren Webster, Pete Reilly, Steven Morrison and Paul Band. The album ‘Hats Off to the Buskers’ was released in early 2007 and featured four top 40 singles, including their highest peaking release to date ‘Same Jeans’ which entered the UK top five upon release. Chart success came again in 2012 with ‘Cheeky For A Reason’ which entered the UK top ten chart and topped the chart in Scotland. In 2013 the band also released a compilation album entitled ‘Seven Year Setlist’ which featured their most played live tracks along with some new material.

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Festival Service – Perth Youth Orchestra

Sunday 21st May

St John’s Kirk of Perth, 11:00

Free Event

One of the great traditions of Perth Festival of the Arts, is our annual Festival Service in St John’s Kirk.
This is an inspirational and uplifting event, and also, a great civic occasion. The members of Perth Youth Orchestra join the choir and organist of St John’s Kirk to lead the music and raise the roof of this historic building.

Nigel Kennedy

The Brewin Dolphin Festival Concert

Sunday 21st May

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

Tickets: £35.00 – £55.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.

Pawel Tomaszewski, keyboards
Tomasz Kupiec, bass
Adam Czerwinski, drums
and The Orchestra of Life

Bach Meets My World
J. S. Bach Praeludium
J. S. Bach Sonata E-major
J. S. Bach Partita No 1 B-minor

J. S. Bach Allegro from Sonata A-minor

N. Kennedy Dedications
For Jarek Smietana
For Stephane Grappelli
For Isaac Stern
For Mark O’Connor
For over twenty-five years, Nigel Kennedy has been acknowledged as one of the world’s leading violin virtuosos and is, without doubt, one of the most important violinists Britain has ever produced. His virtuoso technique, unique talent and mass appeal have brought fresh perspectives to both the classical and contemporary repertoire. He is the best selling classical violinist of all time.
The Dedications is Nigel’s own composition dedicated to other musicians who inspired him throughout his career, from Stephane Grappelli, to Jarek Smietana, the Polish jazz guitarist, Isaac Stern to Mark O’Connor, the outstanding Nashville violinist. Nigel has been playing the Dedications all over the world and the audiences love the pieces, because they are very melodic and accessible.
Sponsored by

Brewin Dolphin

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Marcus Brigstocke – Why the Long Face?

Age 14 plus

Monday 22nd May

Perth Concert Hall, 20:00

Tickets: £22.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.
“Dazzling, inspired, perfectly observed.  I’ve yet to see anything funnier” – Daily Telegraph
 “Intelligent, dark, subtle stuff” – The Observer
“ …. Charming, hilarious and utterly refreshing” –  Sunday Mirror
I was born with a long face and now there’s UKIP and Putin and being single and Islamic State and Trump and Paul Dacre of the Daily bastard Mail and tax dodging corporations and the bloody referendum and for some reason people have started drinking kale juice?! This is a show about gratitude and happiness… with just a tiny bit of wild eyed, incredulous, livid ranting
One of Britain’s finest comedians and broadcasters, Marcus’s talent was noted early on in his career in 1996 when he won the BBC New Comedian Award at the Edinburgh Festival. He is now regarded as a major comedy, writing and acting talent, performing stand up nationally to sell out audiences around the UK and globally at international comedy festivals.
BBC Radio 4 has become somewhat of a second home to him with regular appearances on The Now Show and Just A Minute, and he has notched up an impressive list of TV credits including team captain on Argumental (DAVE) and the host of BBC4’s The Late Edition and I’ve Never Seen Star Wars. Other appearances include; Have I Got News For You (BBC ONE), QI (BBC TWO), Sorry I’ve Got No Head (BBC ONE), The Late Edition (BBC FOUR), and the 11 O’Clock Show (Channel 4).

Swinging at The Cotton Club

Tuesday 23rd May

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

Tickets: £25.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.
‘Swinging at The Cotton Club’ is the action-packed show celebrating the music, dance, and songs of the Cotton Club – New York City’s legendary nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s. The exciting dance and music of the Cotton Club is recreated by the fabulous The Lindy Hop Dance Company, the world’s premier jazz dance company and Harry Strutters HotRhythm Orchestra featuring vocalist Marlene Hill and compere/vocalist Megs Etherington.

Treacherous Orchestra, Rachel Sermanni, Adam Holmes and The Embers

Wednesday 24th May

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

Tickets: £25.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.

Enjoy an evening of lively, diverse Scottish and Celtic folk-rock, from gentle ballads to foot stomping reels, performed by a trio of outstanding Scottish acts.


Treacherous Orchestra are nothing short of a Scottish supergroup who are big in numbers and perform in epic style. Their story is one of many strands, a tale told spanning the length and breadth of Scotland.  An undefinable collective force fusing people, concepts, styles and influences, shaping a musical supergroup that defies description.  From the North to the South, East to the West they came, converging in the musical melting-pot of Glasgow, trading ideas over beers and playing music with ferocity, verve and passion. Be prepared to be blown away.
Adam Holmes is one of the brightest rising stars on the Scottish folk scene. He crafts lyrics that resonate like old folk songs, set to melodies rooted in haunting slow airs. Like John Martyn’s strum and sting, laced with a slice of Celtic soul and a touch of traditional folk. His first album with the Embers in 2014 was nominated for both Scottish Album of the Year and Best Album at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. He has been singer/guitarist with the popular powerhouse band RURA, on their critically acclaimed albums and touring widely. His latest album with the Embers, Brighter Still has been recently released.
Rachel Sermanni is a Scottish folk musician from Carrbridge. An accomplished storyteller, she writes rich, thoughtful lyrics which belie her twenty something years. Her folk noir style ranges from gentle to grungy. Both her 2012 debut album, Under Mountains, and latest album, Tied to the Moon in 2015, were released to critical acclaim. Tied to the Moon was nominated for Scottish Album of the Year.

HMS Pinafore

Thursday 25th May

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

Tickets: £22.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.
Don’t just see it – be in it! The audience are the chorus for this production…


Set sail on Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore and join principal singers from the D’Oyly Carte and Carl Rosa Opera companies, with YOU, the audience taking on the roles of sailors, sisters, cousins and aunts. From the comfort of your seat you will rehearse the popular songs under the direction of West End and opera conductor Ian McMillan, while costumed soloists give a lively performance on stage. No experience necessary. Fun for all ages. Best costumes (optional) win prizes…

Scottish Opera Pop-up Roadshow 26th & 27th May

Friday 26th May

Perth Concert Hall, 12:00

Free Event


Scottish Opera is packing up its theatre on wheels and bringing two pop-up operas out on the road to Perth.

Performed by a storyteller, singers and instrumentalists, and supported by a set of colourful illustrations, each show gives a fantastic introduction to opera. It will be in a converted trailer, recreating the Theatre Royal in Glasgow and parked beside Perth Concert Hall in Mill Street.
There will be three shows a day. These shows are free but it is essential to reserve a ticket at the Box Office in advance. Each show lasts 25 minutes and is suitable for a family audience. A maximum of four tickets per booking as seats are limited.

Friday 26th May
12.00 A Little Bit of La bohème
14.00 A Little Bit of The Pirates of Penzance
15.00 A Little Bit of La bohème
Saturday 27th May
12.00 A Little Bit of The Pirates of Penzance
14.00 A Little Bit of La bohème
15.00 A Little Bit of The Pirates of Penzance

Local schools will be visiting the trailer on the Wednesday and the Thursday.


Book Tickets:

Justin Currie and The Pallbearers

Friday 26th May

Perth Concert Hall, 20:00

Tickets: £25.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.

‘This Is My Kingdom Now’ is the new album from Justin Currie, to be released May 12, 2017 on Endless Shipwreck Records. Currie will support the release with a headline tour with his band The Pallbearers, culminating at Islington Assembly Hall on June 2.
After 22 years toiling in the moderately successful pop/rock outfit Del Amitri, Justin Currie made the rash decision to go it alone in 2003, spending the next four years fannying about writing, drinking and doing any weird non-rock gig he was invited to participate in; jazz shows, folk shows and soul shows added more saggy strings to his collection of bows. In 2008 he finally pulled his finger out and pushed the button on a solo career with the release of his masterpiece of maudlin, ‘What Is Love For’. The question mark was missing, perhaps denoting an answer reached: “the future is miserable and I shall sing it”.
His fourth album of this series, ‘This Is My Kingdom Now’, follows on from follow-ups ‘The Great War’ (2010) and ‘Lower Reaches’ (2013). The pop sensibility of Del Amitri’s sprightly hits was largely missing from this solo oeuvre, replaced by a tone Currie himself describes as “suicide in a saucy shirt”. Over time audiences have begun to divine hit-type hooks buried within the gloom and now flock to hear epics such as “No, Surrender”, “If I Ever Loved You” and “Falsetto” with an alacrity some find surprising in an age where distraction from modernity’s inferno is a kind of medical emergency.
Currie lives and breathes in Glasgow, collects beer mats and makes his own cushions.



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Children’s Classic Concerts

Saturday 27th May

St John’s Kirk of Perth, 15:00

Tickets: £6.00 – £10.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.

Children’s Classic Concerts presents ‘Tartan Tales’
Join the clans of the Children’s Classic Concerts mighty mini-orchestra for a musical journey through the swirling mists of Scottish storytelling. CCC’s irrepressible hosts, Owen and Olly, will be your musical guides as they take you galloping on Tam O’Shanter’s horse, through the stormy waters of Fingal’s Cave, all the way to the battlefields of Braveheart – you might even be lucky enough to spot Nessie along the way!
Children’s Classic Concerts introduce classical music to 4 – 12-year-olds in a jam-packed hour of musical storytelling, well-loved tunes and lots of participation!
With support from Creative Scotland and the Gannochy Trust.

Moscow Philharmonic

Saturday 27th May

Perth Concert Hall, 19:30

Tickets: £25.00 – £45.00

Tickets go on sale at 10am on 20th March for Friends and at 10am on 27th March for General Booking. Very easy to join the Friends online for only £10 for one year or more.
Conducted by Yuri Botnari with pianist Freddy Kempf
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Suite
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Freddy Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists, performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. Exceptionally gifted with an unusually broad repertoire, Freddy has built a unique reputation as an explosive and physical performer not afraid to take risks as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist. Freddy came to national prominence in 1992, when he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition.
The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1951 by Samuil Samosud, as the Moscow Youth Orchestra for young and inexperienced musicians, acquiring its current name in 1953. It is most associated with longtime conductor Kiril Kondrashin under whom it premiered Shostakovich’s Fourth and Thirteenth symphonies as well as other works. Yuri Simonov has been the orchestra’s principal conductor since 1998.
Made In Perth

Made In Perth

Perth has a fantastic variety of independent shops, galleries and food retailers. But did you know just how many of their products are made right here?

Shopping locally helps our beautiful city to thrive and grow, and supports not only Perth’s retailers but also the local artists and makers. And if you’re a visitor to Perth we have a great range of products that you can take home as souvenirs of your trip.

We’ve gathered a list of jewellers, artists, gourmet food producers, tailors and many more, who all produce in Perth (or Perthshire) and sell in the city. Many of them accept our fabulous Perth Card, too (see below). We hope you enjoy exploring the list and meeting our amazing makers!


The Bean Shop

Made inPerthThe Bean Shop was established in 2003 by husband and wife duo, John and Lorna Bruce, with the vision of delivering the finest coffee roasted in Scotland to the good people of Perth and the UK.

John and Lorna began hand-roasting coffee in the basement of their George Street shop, and the business has grown steadily since then, with online sales taking off in 2004.

The Bean Shop continues to develop blends and refine its coffee list to ensure that there’s always a selection of the finest speciality coffee beans available.


Social media: Follow The Bean Shop on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram

Where to buy: The Bean Shop is at 67 George Street, Perth, PH1 5LB

Contact: 01738 449955 or

Casella & Polegato

Casella & Polegato is a popular Italian artisanal bakery close to the city centre.

Supervised by master baker Denis Casella, everyone at Casella & Polegato values both tradition and innovation – some of the recipes and techniques are little changed from the time of their great-grandparents. But they also like trying new ideas with exciting flavours and combinations.

Casella & Polegato doesn’t try to compete with factory-made bread, because the team believes that what it produces is something that only comes from being hands-on and passionate. (And the prices are reasonable, too!)


Social media: Follow Casella & Polegato on Facebook or Twitter

Where to buy: Casella & Polegato is at 9-10 Whitefriars Street, Perth PH1 1PP

Contact: 01738 58 02 07 or

The Cheese Byre

Made in PerthThe Cheese Byre is an independent family-run business catering for dedicated cheese lovers and fans of speciality food.

Scottish cheese-makers offer a large selection of cheeses in a wide range of different textures and flavours, and the Cheese Byre’s aim is to bring to the Perthshire market some of the very best Scottish cheeses and accompaniments.


The Cheese Byre offers a tempting array of Perthshire produce, including:

  • Summer Harvest oils and dressings
  • Young’s Preserves chutneys and jellies
  • Kenmore Bakery oatcakes and shortbread
  • Aberfeldy Oatcakes


Social media: Follow The Cheese Byre on Facebook or Twitter

Where to buy: The Cheese Byre is at 52 Atholl Street, Perth PH1 5NN

Contact: 01738 270347 or

Inveralmond Brewery

Made in PerthYou could say Perth-based Inveralmond Brewery blazed a trail when it comes to locally produced craft beer. Set up before the worldwide craft beer explosion, Inveralmond and its small but highly trained team has now carved out a reputation for meticulously crafted, honest, straight-up brews.

This year the company, now owned by Innis & Gunn, celebrates 20 years in the business. Inveralmond’s most popular brands are Ossian, a pale golden beer, and Lia Fail, a darker malty beer.


Social media: Follow The Inveralmond Brewery on Facebook or Twitter

Where to buy: You can buy directly from The Inveralmond Brewery Limited, 22 Inveralmond Place, Perth, PH1 3TS, or in local shops such as Provender Brown
01738 449448 or

Murrays Bakers

Made in PerthA family business established in 1901, and now on the fourth generation in the hands of Linda Hill, Murrays Bakers pride themselves on fresh high-quality products at reasonable prices, with friendly staff, in a convenient location in Perth.

Murrays are well-known in Perth for many of their products including their bridies, sausage rolls and apple pies, and since 2015 their fame has spread worldwide after they were crowned Scotch Pie World Champions.


Social media: Follow Murrays Bakers on Facebook

Where to buy: Murrays Bakers are at 114 South Street, Perth PH2 8PA

Contact: 01738 624633 or email online

Perth Farmers’ Market

Made in PerthDid you know that Perth opened the first modern-day Farmers’ Market in Scotland? Since the first market in 1999, it’s grown in size and reputation and now hosts over 40 Perthshire stallholders every month. Products include cheeses, fresh bread, jams and pickles, meat, fish, drinks, fruit & veg, and confectionery. There are regular cooking demonstrations, too, which inspire and delight visitors.


Social media: Follow Perth Farmers’ Market on Facebook or Twitter

Where to buy: Perth Farmers’ Market takes place in King Edward Street, Perth, on the first Saturday of every month (except January) from 9am to 2pm.

Contact: 01738 582159 / 07732 483729 or

Provender Brown

Made in PerthProvender Brown is a hugely popular Perth delicatessen, selling a wide range of food and drink, as well as lunches and gourmet dinners freshly made in-store.

Owner Diane Brown is a great supporter of local producers, and the well-stocked and welcoming shop boasts a fantastic range of Perthshire artisanal suppliers, including:





  • Chocolate Truffles from the Wicked Chocolate Company
  • Whisky, gin and liqueurs from Morrison & Mackay, Bankfoot
  • Smoked salmon from Dunkeld Smokery, Dunkeld
  • Still and sparkling wine, cider and soft drinks from Cairn O’Mohr, Errol
  • Ale and Bitter from Strathbraan Brewery, Dunkeld
  • Gins from: Strathearn Distillery in Methven and Glenshee Craft Distillery in Bridge of Cally
  • Oils, dressings and vinegars from Summer Harvest, Madderty
  • Conserves, jellies and chutneys from Dalchonzie Fruit Farm, Comrie
  • Honey from Heather Hills Honey Farm, Bridge of Cally
  • Craft Mead from The Rookery, Blairgowrie
  • Cheese from Strathearn Cheese Company, Cultybraggan, Crieff
  • Oatcakes from The Handmade Oatcake Company, Crieff
  • Butter tablet and fudge from Gordon & Durward, Crieff
  • Smoked meats and game terrines from Rannoch Smokery, Kinloch Rannoch
  • Whisky from: John Dewar & Sons in Aberfeldy, Edradour Distillery in Pitlochry, Tullibardine Distillery in Blackford and Blair Atholl Distillery in Pitlochry

More Info:

Social media: Follow Provender Brown on Facebook and Twitter

Where to buy: Provender Brown is at 23 George Street, Perth PH1 5JY

Contact: 01738 587300 or by email online


 Byers & Co

Made in PerthByers and Co designs and makes beautiful contemporary jewellery and silverware from its workshop in Perth.

Owner Linda Byers designs and makes all pieces, specialising in silver, gold and platinum jewellery. Linda puts a minimalistic, contemporary spin on her design, taking inspiration from a variety of factors, mainly the natural world and the customers themselves.

She loves using interesting stones such as rough diamonds, coloured diamonds, one-off precious stones and a whole variety of semi-precious and non-precious stones (although every stone is precious to Linda!) She is happy to re-use customers’ own stones and/or metal in the designs.

Byers and Co also produces silverware such as drink vessels, table centres, chess sets, tea sets, candlesticks and more. These are produced on a commission basis – just contact Linda to discuss your ideas.


Social media: Follow Byers & Co on Facebook and Twitter

Where to buy: Byers & Co is at 50 George Street, Perth PH1 5JL


Cairncross of Perth

Made in Perth




Cairncross of Perth is known as the home of jewellery made from fine Scottish river pearls. (The pearl has been protected since 1998 but Cairncross is

licensed to use pearls sourced before then.) Their exquisite pearl jewellery can be commissioned in silver or gold in Cairncross’ own workshop.


Social media: Follow Cairncross of Perth on Facebook

Where to buy: Cairncross of Perth is at 18 St John Street, Perth PH1 5SR.

Contact: 01738 624367 or

Number Five

Made in Perth

Number Five is a shop and gallery offering an extensive selection of contemporary jewellery.

Resident goldsmith and designer Claire Donald creates a friendly, informal and relaxed atmosphere. Customers are welcome to browse the collection of pieces by the 50 or so carefully chosen makers.

The jewellery at Number Five is produced in a wide variety of materials to suit every taste, from brightly coloured acrylics, anodised titanium, stainless steel and aluminium, to silver and 18-carat gold.

Claire specialises in bespoke commission pieces, and has good relationships with all the makers, so can approach them to tailor any piece to individual requirements.


Social media: Follow Number Five on Facebook

Where to buy: No.5 is at 17 High Street, Perth PH1 5JS

Contact: 01738 634196 or  


Precious Sparkle

Made in PerthPrecious Sparkle is an enticing gift shop in the city centre. Owner Dawn Cotton Fuge designs and makes her own jewellery in her in-store workshop. As well as Dawn’s products, the shop sells interiors items, scarves, bags, cards, toys, candles, glassware and more, all with an emphasis on quality and style with many items being handmade and/or fair-trade.

Dawn’s also the director of The Scottish Bead Fair in Perth (held this year in August) and The Handmade Show, and promotes beading, jewellery-making and handmade crafts in Scotland.

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Social media: Follow Precious Sparkle on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest

Where to buy: Precious Sparkle is at 10 Charlotte Street, Perth PH1 5LL

Contact: 01738 630740 or

Silver Linings

Made in Perth Jewellery designer Kyley Campbell opened Silver Linings Jewellery Design Studio in March 2016 after running Kyley Campbell Jewellery for over 10 years.

Alongside Kyley’s own distinctive pieces, Silver Linings has a wide variety of other jewellery, art and gifts from Perth and Perthshire, including artists Diana King (jewellery), Sarah Halliday (prints), Tony Simpson (wooden bowls) and Luna James (model houses)

 More Info:

Social media: Follow Silver Linings on Facebook

Where to buy: Silver Linings is at 13 High Street, Perth PH1 5JS

Contact: 01738 443620 or


Elegance of Perth

Made in PerthElegance of Perth offers a high-quality bespoke hat-making service. The shop stocks a comprehensive range of hats, fascinators and cocktail hats for all occasions. The in-store milliners, with over 40 years’ experience between them, are on hand to advise on shapes and colours that will suit their customers.

Elegance of Perth designs and makes hats to customers’ requirements, giving each person a unique piece. No colour is impossible, as the milliners can dye to match any outfit.


Social media: Follow Elegance of Perth on Facebook

Where to buy: Elegance of Perth is at 17 Atholl Street, Perth PH1 5NH

Contact: 01738 630415 or email online

Eva Christie

Made in PerthEva is one of the city’s best-known knitters, and has encouraged huge numbers of Perth people, young and old, to pick up their needles and enjoy the craft.

She creates unique wearable pieces of art and specialises in contemporary accessories using traditional stitches, drawing inspiration from her childhood among the glens and sea lochs of the West Coast of Scotland.

Eva offers tuition in therapeutic knitting, yarn parties and consultation on community art projects. She has produced garments for catwalk shows and even made a scarf for Basil Brush when he co-hosted the Christmas Lights Switch-On in Perth in 2016.

Eva’s largest current project is as Director of Perth Festival of Yarn, which this year will take place at the Dewars Centre, on 10 September 2017.


Social media: Follow Eva on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube

Where to buy: You can buy Eva’s hand-knitted accessories, knitting kits and hand-dyed yarns at Perth Museum and Art Gallery or by contacting Eva directly.

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Hat in the Cat

The Hat in the Cat is a unique studio and shop, making and selling hand-crafted hats, textiles and accessories, and running one-day hat-making workshops.

Master milliner and internationally renowned textile artist Jeanette Sendler and teaching associate Alison Mountain use traditional methods to produce hand-made, high-quality products that are unique and individual.

Customers can buy what they see in the shop or commission pieces (preferably by appointment).

Hat in the Cat also makes period costumes and hats for events, theatre shows and re-enactments.


Social media: Follow The Hat in the Cat on Facebook

Where to buy: The Hat in the Cat is at 2 Main Street, Bridgend, Perth PH2 7HB.

Contact: 01738 624213 or

Scottish Sporrans

Made in Perth Scottish Sporrans is a professional sporran-making company with over 20 years’ experience of handcrafting high-quality custom-made leather products.

Owner Janet Eagleton MBE, her husband Hamish and son Marcus, share their time between making products in their home workshop and running their shop in Perth’s George Street. The company has produced goods for some well-known clients including Prince Charles and Samuel L Jackson.

Marcus has introduced new ideas into the business and is the designer and maker of their unique sporran handbags, which are very popular.


Where to buy: Janet Eagleton & Son’s Scottish Sporrans is at 39 George Street, Perth PH1 5LB

Contact: 01738 447187 / 07876 764709 or


Blues & Browns

Made in PerthBlues & Browns was established in Perth, Scotland by Kairen Alexis Ruse in 2002 with a simple philosophy: “to create beautifully tailored clothes which harmonise and compliment the female silhouette regardless of her age”.

The company’s Wendyhouse Workshop manufactures everything from hats to intricately tailored coats in robust tweeds and wool to exquisite celebration outfits in the finest silks and velvets, all under the watchful eye of Master Tailor Melinda Juhasz and her team.

Blues & Browns’ bespoke service offers their discerning customers individual attention, an impeccably hand-tailored fit, sumptuous and elegant fabrics and the meticulous quality of craftsmanship.


Social media: Follow Blues & Browns on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram

Where to buy: Blues & Browns is at 19-21 South Street, Perth PH2 8PG

Contact: 01738 626526 or



Jardine Gallery & Workshop

Julian Jardine established Jardine Gallery & Workshop in his home town of Perth in 2008. He makes and sells his own pieces in the gallery, specialising in ceramics of animals and fantastical creatures.

Jardine Gallery holds regular quarterly exhibitions of work from a wide range of artists, based mainly around nature, wildlife and organic forms. The gallery also has regular workshops for both children and adults, which are extremely popular.


Social media: Follow Jardine Gallery & Workshop on Facebook

Where to buy: Jardine Gallery is at 45 New Row, Perth PH1 5QA

Contact: 01783 621836 or contact online

Perthshire Open Studios

Made in PerthPerthshire Open Studios is an annual nine-day event held in September. Artists and makers across Perth & Kinross open up their studios so that the public can view and buy their work.

Launched in 2008, Perthshire Open Studios is a Community Interest Company and not-for-profit organisation, making a significant contribution to the local economy and generating local community art and craft events throughout the year.

Social media: Follow Perthshire Open Studios on Twitter
Where to buy: Check out the Perthshire Open Studios website for a list of studios (2017 information will be added soon)
Contact: By email online

The Picture Frame Maker

Made in PerthWith over 20 years of experience in the art and framing industry, The Picture Frame Maker offers an excellent framing service as well as a high-quality art gallery to suit everyone’s needs and tastes.

The friendly and reliable team aims to provide all customers with a comprehensive framing service that incorporates their ideas and suggestions.

Where to buy: The Picture Frame Maker’s gallery and workshop are at 38 Skinnergate, Perth, PH1 5JH.


Contact: 01738 451 724 or

Tayberry Gallery

Made in PerthTayberry Gallery sells unique and ever-changing collections of British-made art and design, including jewellery, ceramics, wood, textiles, illustrations, paintings, glass, sculpture, prints, cards and more.

Co-owner Sarah Spalding creates design-led jewellery from her Perthshire workshop and studio and sells them in the gallery.

Sarah offers various collections using different techniques and ideas, with precious metals such as silver, gold and platinum and, at times, gemstones.


Social media: Follow Tayberry Gallery on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

Where to buy: Tayberry Gallery is at 19 Princes Street, Perth PH2 8NG

Contact: 01738 440899 or

Frames Gallery

Made in PerthFrames Gallery is a family-run business, established in 1979. It has an enviable reputation for showing some of the best in contemporary Scottish art and craft, including work by Perthshire artists, alongside an award-winning picture framing workshop.


Social media: Follow Frames Gallery on Facebook or Twitter

Where to buy: Frames Gallery is at 10 Victoria Street, Perth, Scotland, PH2 8LW

Contact: 01738 631085 or



The Original Chair Company

Made in PerthThe Original Chair Company was created in 2006 by Kate MacKenzie, who has a passion for chair design and interior design.

The Original Chair Company refurbishes antique armchairs and sofas, and provides a bespoke furniture service where chairs and sofas are made to customers’ designs.

The company’s upholsterers are experts in taking pieces of antique furniture and giving them new life, creating a family heirloom that can be passed down through the generations.



Social media: Follow The Original Chair Company on Facebook

Where to buy: The Original Chair Company is at Unit 62G, Perth Aerodrome, Perth, PH2 6PL
01738 551600 or

The Perth Card

Made in PerthThe Perth Card is the ultimate “Made in Perth” product, as you can spend it in over 65 outlets in the city. That means you can support local businesses and find yourself a unique Perth product, gift, night out or fun-filled experience.

It’s ideal as a Christmas or birthday gift, as a leaving present, or as a thank-you or bonus to your staff!



Social media: Follow The Perth Card on Facebook or Twitter

Where to buy: Online at The Perth Card website, or pop in to Scottish Seasons or McCash’s Country Store

Contact: 01738 444 376 or

Perth Concert Hall / True Gents

Perth Concert Hall, run by Horsecross Arts, is a keen supporter of local talent. On Friday 3rd March 2017, Perthshire folk rockers True Gents are supporting the legendary Red Hot Chilli Pipers in what promises to be a show so hot it should carry its own health warning!

Part of Perth Concert Hall’s Celtic Sessions, this gig is not to be missed, and you can even hang out in the foyer bar for a tune and a drink at an informal music session after each show.



Social media: Follow Horsecross on Facebook

Where to buy: Online on the Horsecross website, or call/visit the Box Office.

Contact: Box Office on 01738 621031

Matilda’s Musings – Mini Oor Wullie weather window workout

Matilda’s Musings – Mini Oor Wullie weather window workout

After all the excitement of Matilda’s BLiSSful Strathyre savoir-faire sojourn here’s the latest blog about Team Matilda’s local ride near Matildas Rest to try and clock up some miles and keep fit during the colder winter weather. So Sunday morning dawned but as the “old git” pulled open the blinds it looked as though plans would be thwarted as it was lashing with rain. But my Captain is a great believer in the local weather forecast – which said the wind would die down and the rain would stop by lunchtime…

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Winter Itineraries / Winter Breaks

Winter Itineraries / Winter Breaks

Winter Breaks

One of Scotland’s favourite Winter destinations, Perth city centre is a popular choice for shopping, eating out and being entertained! Join us as we switch on the lights of Scotland’s newest city and celebrate with live music, a chocolate festival and a cultural event for the entire community. Think everything from foodie fountains to knitters circles, singing brownies to chart-topping stars. While you’re here, why not stop for a bite of lunch, take part in one of the fantastic markets on offer or book into one of the spectacular Christmas shows, pantos or concerts? Pick up our Festive Markets in Perthshire Itinerary for more details.



Hotels for every break and every budget; that’s what you’ll and when you’re booking your holiday in Perthshire. Well-known chains sit alongside independent boutique hotels offering a choice at all levels including the ultimate ve-star experience from the world famous Gleneagles Hotel.
Perth Farmers Market – From Sat 19th Nov

Camping & Glamping

The modern day alternative to a B&B, camping has enjoyed a resurgence of late and brought with it the new glamping experience. Here in Perthshire, we have everything from wigwam pods by the river’s edge to shepherd’s huts in the Highland hills.

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Self Catering

Self Catering

There are many self-catering options in Perthshire, from city centre luxury apartments to lodges overlooking lochs, mountains and hillsides, a perfect home from home experience awaits you and your party. Check out the website to find neat little cottages sleeping two people up to majestic castles for thirty or more.
The Christmas Collection – 5th November to 31st December

Guest Houses

If it’s a personal touch you enjoy a short break in Scotland then look no further than a Perthshire guest house. Spread throughout our beautiful city and countryside, you will find a fantastic mix of styles, prices and accommodation types with many owners boasting locally sourced Perthshire breakfasts.


Forget the rundown hostels of yesteryear, Perthshire boasts a choice of award-winning hostels providing budget-oriented, sociable accommodation with many of the comforts of a traditional B&B. Rooms can be private or shared, with cooking facilities or breakfast available as your own choice.

Explore Historical Perthshire

Explore Historical Perthshire


Explore Historical Perthshire

Perthshire is steeped in history and is home to many of Scotland’s great stories, battles and significant events.   From the majesty of Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish Kings, to the superstitious carvings of the Picts you will find an absorbing time awaits you in historical Perthshire, Scotland’s ancient capital.

If you plan to unravel some of Scotland’s history this summer, then make sure to include these fascinating attractions in your itinerary. Many are just a short drive from the bustling Perth City Centre which makes a fantastic base from which to tour the area.

Whilst you’re here make sure you do a little shopping with our fabulous Perth City Indies, enjoy a meal, drink or light bite, or book into one of the many events, shows and exhibitions that gives Perthshire its worthy place on Scotland’s cultural stage.

Historical Perthshire - The Black Watch Castle and Museum

Black Watch Castle and Museum - Perth

The Black Watch Museum is housed in the historic Balhouise Castle. The origins of the Castle are said to date back to the 12th century. Their Five Star Museum shares the story of the iconic Black Watch Regiment, Scotland’s Premier Highland Regiment. The Castle gift shop offers a wide range of products from handpicked Scottish gifts to regimental mementos. In their award winning café they offer a delicious menu selection using fresh locally sourced produce. The unique and compelling location also offers after hours private dining, exclusive use of the Castle alongside with group and bespoke tour.

Time From Perth & Transport Options

  • Short walk from Perth City Centre.
  • Car parking available.

Booking & Price

  • Adults £7.50 £12.50
  • Concession £6.00 £10.00
  • Children £3.50 £7.50
  • Flexible Family Ticket (max 2 adults 4 children) £18.00
  • Black Watch Association, serving Black Watch Battalion & Royal Regiment of Scotland
    (please show membership card/id) FREE £5.00
  • Friends (please show membership card) FREE £5.00

Contact Details

Hay St, Perth, PH1 5HR


Phone: 01738 638152

Historical Perthshire - Dunfallandy Stone

Dunfallandy Stone - Pitlochry

The Dunfallandy Stone is a Pictish cross slab that is thought to have been carved around the 8th century.

A cross divided into panels of interlaced ornament and flanked by angels and beasts can be seen on the front, while on the back, framed by two serpents, are seated figures to either side of a cross, a horseman, tools and five mysterious Pictish symbols.

Time From Perth & Transport Options

  • Car – 42 minutes
  • Train – 30 minutes
  • Bus -1 hour 30 minutes

Booking & Price


Contact Details

Dunfallandy, Pitlochry, PH16 5NA



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Perthshire Events

Historical Perthshire - Stanley Mills

Stanley Mills - Stanley near Perth

Stanley Mills is a unique complex of water-powered cotton mills situated on a majestic bend in the River Tay.

Get hands-on in one of their most dynamic sites. Picturesquely sited on the banks of the Tay, Stanley Mills were founded to process cotton at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the 1780s, repeatedly adapted to changes in the textile industry, and finally closed in 1989.

Time From Perth & Transport Options

  • Car – 22 minutes
  • Bus – 40 minutes

Booking & Price

  • Adult (aged 16-59) £5.50
  • Concession (aged 60+) £4.40
  • Child (aged 5-15) £3.30
  • Child Under 5 (aged 0-4) £0.00

Contact Details

Mill Brae, Stanley PH1 4QE
Phone: 01738 828268
Historical Perthshire - Scone Palace

Scone Palace - Scone by Perth

Nestled in the outskirts of Perth and on the banks of the silvery Tay, sits Scone Palace, one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations. Famous for being the crowning place of Scottish Kings, this iconic landmark welcomes over 100,000 visitors annually to experience a combination of unique, historic and cultural experiences both inside the Palace and in the spectacular Grounds and Gardens.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary as a visitor attraction in 2016, this year Scone Palace is offering all visitors the opportunity to upgrade their Palace and Grounds Entrance Ticket to a Palace and Grounds Season Ticket at no extra charge, meaning visitors can enjoy unlimited entry throughout the season, until October 31st, 2016.

Time From Perth & Transport Options

  • 8 minutes in car
  • 20 minutes in bus
  • walk in 45 minutes
  • cycle in 15 minutes
  • Car parking available and coaches welcome

Booking & Price

Prices are available for grounds only and grounds and palace entry.

Private tours can also be arranged on request.

Book online or phone (especially for larger groups) or pay on the day.

Contact Details

Scone Palace, Perth, PH2 6BD


Phone: 01738 552300

Historical Perthshire - Blair Castle

Blair Castle - Blair Atholl

Discover Blair Castle and go on a journey into the fascinating past of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Unique amongst Scottish castles, the story told here will take you from a visit by Mary Queen of Scots to the Civil War, and from the Jacobite cause to the disaster of Culloden following Bonnie Prince Charlie’s own stay in the castle. You’ll also learn how Queen Victoria’s famous stay led to the creation of Europe’s only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Enjoy the magnificent grounds and the restored 18th century, nine-acre, walled garden.

Time From Perth & Transport Options

  • Car – 48 minutes
  • Train – 45 minutes

Booking & Price

Prices for House and House & Garden

  • Adults £10.70 £5.90
  • Seniors £9.10 £5.90
  • Students (with I.D) £9.10 £5.90
  • Children (5-16 Years) £6.40 £2.70
  • Family Ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £28.90 £14.70

Contact Details

Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH18 5TL


Phone: 01796 481355

Matilda’s Musings – BLiSSFul Balquhidder’s brilliant bravura!

Matilda’s Musings – BLiSSFul Balquhidder’s brilliant bravura!

Join us for another fantastic update from the wonderful ‘Matilda’s Musings’ as our twosome on a tandem return to visit the Loch Earn area to do another blog on their fascinating cultural outside art, #BLiSStrail.

It seems that LETi, the local Loch Earn Tourism Information group, was so impressed with their photo and video blog from the previous trip to see the first section of the art trail at the end of October around the St Fillans and Lochearnhead loop that they asked Team Matilda to come back and do another blog on one of the other two legs of the trail – this time around Balquhidder….



Matildas Musings – BLiSSful (but Baltic) Loch Earn Loop

Matildas Musings – BLiSSful (but Baltic) Loch Earn Loop

Matildas Musings – BLiSSful (but Baltic) Loch Earn Loop

Reveille on Sunday morning at 7.30 am. The “old gal” muttered: “You can’t be serious!” But the “old git” was a man on a mission! And despite the gloomy low cloud and drizzle outside at Matildas Rest in Perthshire, the “old gal” was persuaded that it was dry and sunny at today’s venue of Loch Earn.

The route appealed because it is a naturally beautiful area within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park – with a relatively easy 16 mile loop round the loch – which is only about a 40 minute drive by car through Crieff and Comrie. Despite it being so close, it was new territory for Team Matilda.

Now my dynamic duo – and me – always like new areas. But believe it or not, we were recommended to try it by my good tandem friend Bluebird – and her crew John and Jane, who live almost 500 miles away outside Southampton! How did this happen?…

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