Queen Victoria exhibition opens at Blair Castle

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 castle’s archivist has curated an educational and engaging showcase of images and artefacts relating to the time Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited the region, alongside key facts and anecdotes which illustrate the role they played in the history of Atholl Estates.

Discover why the Atholl Highlanders are known as the only private army in Europe; what lasting tribute Princess Victoria planted in the estate; view the private letters exchanged between Duchess Anne and Queen Victoria; and learn about the special gift the Duke and Duchess of Atholl gave to Queen Victoria.

The setting for episode 7 in the second series of the ITV programme, Blair Castle has a long history with the royal family. Visitors to the exhibition will see the beautiful bedroom suite purchased by the Duke of Atholl specifically for Queen Victoria’s visit. With no expense spared on the furniture and décor, Queen Victoria later wrote in her journal: “We went to look at the old and really handsome rooms in which we lived.”

First visiting Scotland in 1842, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert quickly fell in love with the country and subsequently chose to return in 1844, when they stayed at Blair Castle for three weeks.

Julia Sim, Head of Sales and Marketing at Blair Castle, said: “Blair Castle is a truly fitting venue to host this Queen Victoria Exhibition. Not only did Queen Victoria and Prince Albert develop a close relationship with the Duke and Duchess of Atholl, but they were also advocates of Blair Castle and enjoyed their initial visit to the region so much that they chose to return for, what in those days was, a long stay.

“The combination of old and personal artefacts belonging to Queen Victoria, alongside the replica costumes from the ITV period drama all help bring the stories from the past back to life. They also paint a picture of the relationships and happy times enjoyed by the royal couple at Blair Castle. Whether you’re a history buff or simply want to find out more about the royal family’s Scottish connections, the exhibition has something for everyone.”

The Queen Victoria Exhibition will run from Friday 30 March until Sunday 10 June. Access to the exhibition is included in the entrance fee of £12 per adult, with annual season passes for access to Blair Castle and the grounds available at a cost of just £20 per adult.

For more information on Blair Castle and Atholl Estate please visit www.blair-castle.co.uk.

The Monarch of the Glen at Perth Museum and Art Gallery

The Monarch of the Glen at Perth Museum and Art Gallery

The Monarch of the Glen painting will be at Perth Museum and Art Gallery from the 25th November 2017 – 13th January 2018

The Monarch of the Glen is one of the most famous British pictures of the nineteenth century: for many people it encapsulates the grandeur and majesty of Scotland’s highlands and wildlife. Painted by Edwin Landseer, it depicts a monumental and precisely defined ‘royal’ or twelve point stag – a reference to the number of points on its antlers. Many of Landseer’s paintings show interactions between humans and animals, but in this, his most well-known work, a single emblematic creature is viewed in a moment of exhilaration. The Monarch of the Glen became widely admired in nineteenth century, when it was reproduced in prints, and achieved even greater renown in the twentieth century when it was employed as a marketing image for various products, so endowing it with global recognition.

The iconic painting was acquired for the nation in March 2017 after a high-profile fundraising campaign. Between October 2017 and May 2018 it will go on show in Inverness, Perth, Paisley and Kirkcudbright. Organised by the National Galleries of Scotland, with support from Scottish Government, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the Art Fund.

IMAGE CREDIT: Sir Edwin Landseer, The Monarch of the Glen (about 1851). Purchased by the National Galleries of Scotland as a part gift from Diageo Scotland Ltd, with contributions from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Dunard Fund, the Art Fund, the William Jacob Bequest, the Tam O’ Shanter Trust, the Turtleton Trust, and the K. T. Wiedemann Foundation, Inc. and through public appeal, 2017.

Author Jo Woolf Shares Stories of Awesome Adventure and Extreme Exploration

Author Jo Woolf Shares Stories of Awesome Adventure and Extreme Exploration

Last night, The Royal Scottish Geographical Society was delighted to launch the first book in post by Writer-in-Residence, Jo Woolf. With an invite-only guest list including publishers and editors from Sandstone Press and 60 patrons who had pre-ordered a copy of the book, the launch was a roaring success complete with speeches, fizz and a remarkable themed cake worthy of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ depicting the book’s cover image (see attached picture). Entitled ‘The Great Horizon’, Jo’s debut book recounts some of the most exceptional tales of ‘daring and do’ from the last three centuries, all drawn from the vast archives stored at RSGS headquarters.

Featured in the book are stories from some of the world’s most famous explorers, such as Sir Ernest Shackleton and Sir Ranulph Fiennes, as well as lesser known feats of grand adventure from the likes of Isobel Wylie Hutchison, Karen Darke and Hubert Wilkins. Also included in the book is a feature on Craig Mathieson, one of our current RSGS Explorers-in-Residence who, in 2004, led the first dedicated Scottish Expedition to the South Pole, man-hauling his sledge 730 miles over the Antarctic continent.

Commenting on the event, Jo said: “Tonight’s launch at the RSGS was an emotional celebration of several years’ hard work, discovery and friendship at the RSGS, capped off, quite unexpectedly, by a visit from my two daughters. It was fabulous to see so much support for the book and to have the opportunity to thank the many individuals who have made this book such a marvellous reality”.

Discussing ‘The Great Horizon’, Mike Robinson, RSGS Chief Executive, said:  “Our Writer-in-Residence, Jo Woolf, has dug deep into the RSGS archives, unearthing some truly fascinating stories from some of the world’s most famous explorers. However, perhaps some of the most remarkable tales – verging on unbelievable – come from those who you may have never heard of. We hope that the wonderful insights and vignettes in Jo’s book will encourage people to want to learn more about these great men and women, and perhaps inspire people to head into the outdoors on their own grand adventures”.

Remarking on the book, author Jo Woolf said: “I have been repeatedly amazed, moved, entertained, and uplifted by these stories: the definition of exploration itself may have been re-shaped somewhat over the decades, but the courage and enduring spirit of explorers is still the same. Having spent the last few years digging around in the archives of the RSGS, I want to share some of these extraordinary tales with you in ‘The Great Horizon’”

Jo’s book is published by Sandstone Press (RRP £24.99) and is available to purchase here: http://sandstonepress.com/books/the-great-horizon.

In addition, throughout the winter season, Jo will be discussing the book in a series of illustrated talks across Scotland, incorporated into the RSGS Inspiring People Talks Programme. Details of the talks can be found here: https://rsgs.org/inspiring-people/talks-and-events/.

A Quick Guide to Perthshire’s Must See Churchyards

A Quick Guide to Perthshire’s Must See Churchyards

Perthshire is home to some of the most striking church’s and churchyards across the UK and are a must see for any history buff. Churches in Scotland have a long and prestigious influence within Scottish culture. Historically church’s were the central focus of a town, with the churchyards being used not only as burial sites, but also as marketplaces and points of business too.

The historic gravestones which are housed within churchyards across the country display important aspects of Scottish history, with many sites displaying the craftsmanship and religious beliefs of past civilizations such as the Picts and Celts. Weather you are a history fanatic or just fancy an interesting day out, take a trip to some of Perthshire’s most interesting churchyards, right on your doorstep. Here is a quick guide to some of the most interesting and noteworthy churchyards across the country:

1. Alyth Churchyard


Alyth Churchyard

This Churchyard is located in the picturesque landscape of the Scottish town Alyth. The church’s heritage can be traced back as far as 1352 and was a significant part of the towns history, with the churchyard being used as the town main trading market for decades. The iconic arches of the Churchyard make this a unique Perthshire churchyard and a must see destination.

2. Collace Churchyard

Alyth Churchyard

Collace Church has had a large influence on the heritage of the local people, being used as a focal point of the town for decades. The ancient gravestones and buildings of the churchyard create an awe inspiring atmosphere with the landscape being associated with the story of Shakespeare ‘Macbeth’.

2. Coupar Angus Churchyard

Coupar Angus Churchyard

The idyllic setting of the Coupar Angus Churchyard makes for a fascinating day out for any enthusiastic historian. The Coupar Angus Abbey Churchyard sits on a slight prominence in an otherwise low-lying area. The site itself has a rich history, with the churchyard ground displaying strong evidence to Roman activity.

4. Meigle Churchyard

Meigle Church’s heritage can be traced back to the Neolithic times and is among the oldest churches in the country. An impressive collection of Pictish sculptured stones can be discovered around the courtyard, highlighting the craftsmanship of the ancient civilization.

Perthshire has a rich history of churchyards, with many of the their heritages being traced back centuries. More information about must see church’s and churchyards can be found here. If Perthshire churchyard history has caught your attention, why not take a look at our article about the fascinating world of body snatching and defending the dead here

Body Snatchers: A Gruesome Guide to The Body Business

Body Snatchers: A Gruesome Guide to The Body Business

Who are body Snatchers?

As unusual as it sounds – body snatching, the action of taking a corpse from its place of burial to be sold for medical or teaching purposes, was a huge problem 200 years ago. The dead were in high demand at the time, and perhaps not for the reason you would first think.

In the 19th century, the law restricted the use of medical research to only allowing postmortems  to be carried out on the bodies of deceased criminals. With a huge shortage of corpses, medical professionals and students alike looked to find alternatives. The answer? Dig up bodies of the recently deceased from churchyards around the country. Body snatching became a booming industry as a result of this demand, with some body’s fetching up to £12 on the black market, which was equivalent to the annual pay of a factory worker at the time.

Body Snatching became a serious problem in the turn of the 19th century, with the scandal being driven by the huge demand medical research facilitates had for human corpses. The action of grave robbing was not a new concept, with accounts of grave robber’s stealing from burial sites across the country for hundreds of years before body snatching became a significant problem. While body snatching was a gruesome and  disrespectful criminal act, the phenomenon had a large impact on the world as we know it. Countless groundbreaking medical discoveries were made as a result of human corpses used by medical professionals and to helped deepen our understanding of the human anatomy and how bodies were affected by illness and disease.

Body Snatchers in Perth and Kinross

Just like the rest of the country, there is a detailed history of body snatching in Perth and Kinross. There are numerous accounts of grave robbing across the county. The Perth and Kinross  Heritage Trust developed a detailed guide on body snatching within the county which can be seen below:



Discover the Action

If you want to get closer to the action, why not visit some of the best churchyards in Perthshire? Go straight to the scenes of the crimes and see first hand where body snatchers would find their victims. With a huge range of churches and churchyards around Perthshire you are bound to find out all about the fascinating history of body snatching. Take a look at our article about the best churchyards in Perth and Kinross here.


About Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust

The Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust is a council-based organisation which is dedicated to preserving and promoting the architectural and archaeological heritage of Perth and Kinross. They conserve the local historical sites so residents, tourists and future generations have the opportunity to discover the fascinating history of Perthshire.

If you would like to find out more about the Perth and Kinross Heritage trust, visit their website to learn more about their current projects and places of historical interest within Perthshire here.


Mary Queen of Scots Festival 2017

Mary Queen of Scots Festival 2017


The Mary Queen of Scots Festival 2017

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September
Market Park, Kinross – FREE ENTRY!



The Mary Queen of Scots Festival is part of Scotland’s ‘Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology’ and set to inspire visitors to #facethepast #HHA2017

The Mary Queen of Scots Festival 2017 will celebrate the rich cultural and history and heritage of the Kinross area, most notably it’s famed connection to Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. The event will commemorate Mary’s life as Kinross poignantly marks the 450 year relationship with the Castle on Loch Leven Island where she was held captive and where spent some of her most troubled years, and the end of her reign in 1567.

The festival will take place over the first weekend in September (2nd & 3rd) at Market Park, Kinross and the programme will include living history encampments, music, food and drink and a programme of children’s entertainment to explore; all activities will guarantee a great day out.Working with our partners It’s Not All Black & White (who created the original concept in 2015) the new Mary Queen of Scots Festival programme for 2017 will be created, developed and delivered by Unique Events, Scotland’s leading independent event organisers and festival creators.

The festival will showcase the varied pastimes the Queen enjoyed as well as create a medieval atmosphere. Aspects of the festival include:


 The festival will have its very own royal encampment filled with the sounds and scents, the hustle and bustle of 16th century Scotland with Mary, herself, in attendance. It will be impossible for the visitors not to be instilled with a sense of enthusiasm and excitement for the time of Mary, Queen of Scots. We are delighted to have Clanranald Trust for Scotland, Scotland’s premier living historians, onboard to provide both historically accurate and spectacular activities throughout the day.

Mary herself, will hold court dressed in her finery, going about her royal business and enduring her captivity in style. Visitors will be invited to have an audience with Her Majesty and to join in with the revelries as Suitors, Court Advisors and servants vie for her attention.

Medieval Encampment

The Royal Stuart Kitchens

This is a hands on activity showcasing the food of the time period, both for Royalty and peasantry. Enough to make anyone’s stomach turn!

In addition to this dining display, a large variety of the best catering companies in the area are joining us at the festival to bring you a brilliant selection of delicious cuisine. Companies such as Woodburns Pizza, Jarvis Pickle, Alanda’s Fish and Chips and Nelson’s Ice Cream will all be attending the. To plan your meal or more information about these delicious treats find out more here.


Blacksmith Armoury

Queen Mary’s reign was a turbulent time for Scotland. Armourers and Smiths all over the country wer

e very much at the heart of the period’s constantly evolving War industry.  Visitors can experience the creation of the elaborate weapons and armour of the day. The armoury will also house a selection of weapons throughout the ages, showcasing the development that happened throughout Mary’s reign.


Stuart Pastimes

Pastime and leisure entertainment is something we value today but was equally important to all classes 400 years ago.  In Mary’s time, theatre was very popular and most of the plays were about morality.  Most of the actors at the time were men, even the women!  Other popular games included, balloon ball, ring ball, dice, cards and mummery.  Fully interactive set up hosted by costumed characters.


Topiary tent

MQoS introduced the concept of formal gardens to Scotland.  Come and meet her gardeners, see the tools and have a go at topiary.


Tudor pottery

Tudor pottery for domestic and leisure use – Using a drum kiln and employing traditional and modern types of clay and techniques, we want to have a hands on area for children (and adults) to make their own ‘poppets’ and learn about the importance of clay industries of the time.


Medieval Falconry


Visitors will also be able to visit a falconer with a chance to meet the amazing birds of prey and learn about their role in medieval society.





With the invention of gunpowder, most traditional ways of war suddenly became obsolete therefore armoured combat became a sport in the form of jousting and man on man armed competitions a bit like today’s riding and fencing competitions.

In magnificent tailored armour, Jousting Knights come from all over the realm to show off their finery and prowess in the saddle. There will be Knights from the Kingdom of Cornwall, the Shire of Nottingham, the Flatlands of Mercia and our own home-grown Caledonian Knights.  You will be able to mingle with these flamboyant characters, hear details of their training, lives, loves and losses. In between the jousting demonstrations our knights will be “tilting at the ring”.

The jousting demonstration will run both days with overall ‘winner’ receiving the Queen’s favour the MQoS Festival Shield.



The Gorns

Traditional Scottish music typical of the time period will be played throughout the festival In the Belhaven tent. The Gorms are an exciting act coming to in the Belhaven Tent for the Mary Queen of Scots Festival and will be playing a large range of Scottish Folk music hits.  Other acts to appear in the Belhaven Tent over the weekend include The Cognac TwinsCalum Baird and Ruth Gillies. Definitely worth a watch!

To  accompany the great traditional music, a blend of debates and talks from a range of guest speakers will also be hosted in the Belhaven tent .




The Wee White Dug

The Wee White Dug

Casper aka the Wee White Dug will be joining festival goers on Saturday 2nd September, and is hoping for an audience with the queen and maybe even a selfie if he’s lucky. Casper recently spent an enjoyable morning with Thomas from Visit Dunfermline, exploring the historic centre of Dunfermline.  He’s looking forward to visiting Kinross to find out more about Scotland’s most iconic queen, and the time she spent in captivity at Loch Leven Castle. Casper is the star of BBC featured, Scottish travel blog ‘Scotland with the Wee White Dug‘.  Written by his history geek Mum Sam, the blog follows Casper as he travels around Scotland.



Programme Details


Morning Programme

In the morning we will spend some time thinking and talking about Mary Queen of Scots.

Genealogy talk – Join us as one of Scotland’s top Genealogists gives us an insight into tracing your past.

Discussion – Some healthy and good natured debate about Mary, her reputation, her influence and, of course, her story.


Afternoon Programme

Throughout the afternoon there will be an amazing array of music, with lively trad and folk bands with some of Scotland’s best musicians and fantastic local, acoustic acts.

Children’s Entertainment
Alongside the amazing activities in the Encampments we will have face painting, games, arts & crafts and storytelling. Children will enjoy tales from Scottish folklore and history.

Food & Drink
Our fantastic sponsor Belhaven will be on site providing an excellent selection of ales and beers alongside a spirits, wine and non-alcoholic offerings.

There will be a great selection of hot and cold food offerings available on the day, don’t worry, we’ll tell you who will be coming before then event so you can plan your eating schedule!

There will also be a quality retail village offering Scottish food and drink produce and quality gifts made by Scottish crafters, with ‘meet the maker’ opportunities as well as specialty Mary Queen of Scots branded merchandise available.

Don’t miss out!

This action packed weekend is a must see event for anyone interested in Mary Queen of Scots – and all aspects of medieval history. With such a large variety of entertainment being displayed there really is something for everyone. And best of all its totally free to attend!

To register your interest in the festival and keep up to date with the latest news, simply sign up to the Facebook event.

ABF The Solider’s Charity launches 2018 Cateran Yomp with new drone footage that puts you right in the heart of one of Scotland’s great trails

ABF The Solider’s Charity launches 2018 Cateran Yomp with new drone footage that puts you right in the heart of one of Scotland’s great trails

The Cateran Yomp is an annual cross-country event that puts soldiers and civilians side by side on a 24-hour trek across the historic ‘Cateran Trail’ in Perthshire. 

Set on the drovers’ roads, forests and mountain tracks of one of Scotland’s best-loved long distance walking routes, the Cateran Yomp invites walkers to complete the 54 mile track in just 24 hours. And they have decided to launch the 2018 event with a specially commissioned video by acclaimed adventure sports videographer Stefan Morrocco.

The Official Cateran Yomp video is here!

In June this year Stefan Morrocco, whose personal specialisations include triathlon, cycling, horse-riding, skiing and mountain bike racing may have been expecting a sedate change of pace, but despite living locally to the Cateran Trail in Blairgowrie, he was not prepared for the excitement and diversity of the 54 mile challenge.

He says: “’Filming the Yomp was great fun, and not least to see over the course of the 24 hours how the competitors’ reactions changed to having a camera pointed at them.  First thing they were all smiles and laughs, but as the day wore on the smiles were replaced with just a nod of the head of acknowledgement from entrants deep in concentration.”

Special drone footage, commissioned from Kieran Baxter, incorporated within Morrocco Media’s new film, shows the drama and splendour of The Spittal of Glenshee down the trail to the pathless moorland around Loch Beanie.

Stefan Morrocco says: “I mountain biked up to Loch Beanie and have never had so many offers to buy my bike! I’ll definitely remember the bike up to Loch Beanie, the hour I sat at the top of Alyth Hill at 10:30 at night waiting on someone coming through, scaring the guys in Alyth Den when I was filming them in the pitch black, scenes of battered feet towards the end of the event and the mountains of fantastic food on offer around the course, are amongst my strongest memories.

There is no doubt this is a serious, challenging and very rewarding challenge for anyone taking part. With a real sense of achievement at the end.”

Stefan charted the progress of the 1,150 hikers who had signed up for the 2017 event. They collectively covered over 37,000 miles – the equivalent of travelling 1.5 times around the earth.

Since 2010, 4,500 trekkers have taken on the annual challenge to help fundraise for the charity that provides a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans and their families in times of need.

The annual event has raised an estimated £2.9 million in seven years in support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Registration for the 2018 Cateran Yomp 9-10 June is now open.



Further information visit www.soldierscharity.org/yomp or ‘like’ facebook.com/CateranYomp

Soldiers Of Killiecrankie

Soldiers Of Killiecrankie

This weekend (30th/31st July) sees Perthshire host the Soldiers of Killiecrankie Festival.

Once more, musket fire will echo through the surrounding hills as re-enactors from around the UK recreate the Battle of Killiecrankie, giving visitors an authentic experience of the sights, sounds and smells of the past.

The annual Soldiers of Killiecrankie event, includes displays of Hanoverian Williamite (government) Troops, Highlander Jacobites and Jacobite Cavalry. In 2017 we also have a guest appearance of the Scots Greys (who were formed in 1873). There are also a variety of period sensitive stalls, food stalls and activities. There is an excellent living history camp, which you are encouraged to walk through and meet the soldiers and their wives and girlfriends and lean how they lived, over 300 years ago.

Meet the highlanders, to be dressed in a traditional highland costume, both male, female, boys and girls. Battlefield Tours, take you along the line where the Government soldiers stood. Day long program in the BIG Tent with activities for the adults as well as the children.

See the full programme for the Soldiers of Killiecrankie below! 

The Soldiers of Killiecrankie event is organised and run by the local community of Killiecrankie and Fincastle. The event was inspired by a visit of Alan Larsen who threatened to bring the Jacobite Cavalry to the 2014 anniversary weekend. He in fact did just that and the birth of Soldiers of Killiecrankie occurred and has taken place annually since then.

The Carpow Logboat included in 25 Objects That Shaped Scotland’s History

The Carpow Logboat included in 25 Objects That Shaped Scotland’s History

The Carpow Logboat joins 25 objects that shaped Scotland’s history

From a Roman distance slab to a medieval football, Antarctic goggles to a dancing fiddle – VisitScotland has today (20 July) revealed the top 25 objects that have shaped Scotland’s history in a stunning new e-book.

The list has been unveiled on International Chess Day (20 July) as a special nod to the most famous chess pieces in history – the Lewis Chessmen  – who feature at number 9 on the date ordered list. 

Compiled by an expert panel for the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the 25 objects cover over 5000 years of Scottish history and the length and breadth of the country from Shetland to Dumfries and Galloway. 

The objects were chosen based on chronological and geographic spread alongside their individual interesting stories. The final 25 were chosen by a panel that included representatives from Historic Environment Scotland, National Museums of Scotland, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and VisitScotland.

VisitScotland hopes that visitors will go on a trail this summer to discover as many of the objects as possible and in turn discover more about Scotland’s fascinating past.

The oldest object in the list is a barbed harpoon point (originally found in the Macarthur Cave, Oban) that dates back to the Middle Stone Age, and is one of the earliest instruments used to hunt and fish in Scotland.

The most modern in the list is Dolly the Sheep – the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell – who is currently housed at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and celebrated her 20th anniversary in 2016.

More unusual objects on the list include the Orkney Venus – the earliest known depiction of the female human form – which dates from the Neolithic period and was uncovered at the Links of Noltland on the Orkney island of Westray in 2009.

A violin which ignited Robert Burns’ rebellious streak, revealing more about the great Bard’s personality is another object that makes the final cut.  The Gregg Violin was owned by Burns’ dance teacher, William Gregg. In around 1779, Robert Burns started taking dancing lessons and wrote that he hoped these new skills would ‘give my manners a brush’, but it was most likely an act of rebellion because his father did not approve of such seemingly sinful behaviour.

The Carpow Logboat

A major project led by the Trust over 10 years, to excavate, recover, conserve and display a 3,000 year old log-boat from the Tay estuary. The results, presented in an award-winning monograph, led to the innovative Loch Tay logboat experiment.

In 2006 the Trust excavated and recovered a unique Late Bronze Age logboat from the Tay estuary near Perth. From discovery of the boat in 2001, the project took over 10 years to complete and resulted in two major publications and exhibition of the vessel in Perth Museum and Art Gallery. The Trust led a partnership including CFA Archaeology Ltd, local marine engineering firm Moorings and Marine Services, and both the National Museums of Scotland and Perth Museum and Art Gallery.


Excavation and recovery of the 9m waterlogged boat from the inter-tidal zone of the mighty Tay was logistically challenging and conservation and study of the vessel at the National Museums of Scotland identified fixtures and fittings, damage, wear, and even tool-marks from socketted axes and moss caulking used to make a boat water-tight.

Dating to around 1000 BC, Carpow is one of the best preserved prehistoric log-boats from Britain, the second oldest boat known from Scotland. To find out more, read one of our award-winning publications on the boat, which use extensive illustrations to tell the story of the discovery, excavation, conservation, but also how this remarkable find has contributed to our understanding of Bronze Age life in Scotland.

The City of Perth Salute

The City of Perth Salute

International artistes will join local bands in the City of Perth Parade from the South Inch to the North Inch, along Tay Street culminating in an arena performance. This breathtaking display of Military choreography will include a 50 minute show featuring a selection of the centrepiece acts.

Acts to include:

The Japanese Central Band (with kind permission of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo)

Indian Naval Band (with kind permission of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo)

Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Black Watch Cadet ACF Band

Fair City Baton Twirlers

Gaita Medieval Music

Perthshire Chinese Dragon

Perth Pipe Band

Perth Brass Band

Dunedin Dancers

Criterion Jazz Band

Phoenix Cheerleaders

Adventure Circus

Julie Young Highland Dancers

Riders of the Storm

The Billy Anderson

Perthshire Rugby Club

Aerial Kellick plus castle horror

Haddington Pipe Band

Bothwell Castle Pipe Band

Uddingston Pipe Band

Rhythm Wave

The Fair Maid

Beats of Brazil

Morris Leslie Vehicles


Our own local Perth & District Pipe Band will, of course, be part of the parade bringing their own colourful and joyful display to the occasion.

This is a FREE event. No booking is required. Please bring along your own seating. After the performance join us for boating on the Tay and all the great City Centre attractions.

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