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

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

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

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

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

The match is being sponsored by The Famous Grouse and will be part of a huge weekend of activity in the city, with the rugby arena also being used for other events.

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

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

Categories and Match Ticket Pricing

Match Ticket prices now includes all fees.

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

Match tickets for The Famous Grouse Pre-Season Challenge will be priced as follows:

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there dedicated parking?

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

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

The North Inch is a 15-minute walk away

Is there any standing at the event?

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

Will there be refreshments at the event?

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

Can tickets be bought on the day?

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

Is the North Inch Golf Club still open?

Yes the golf course is open as normal


Book Your Free DiverseCiTAY Bus Journey

Book Your Free DiverseCiTAY Bus Journey

Book Your Free DiverseCiTAY Bus Journey on Saturday 23rd June. We’re offering free return bus trips to Perth City Centre from Invergowrie, Blackford, Kinross, Alyth and Aberfeldy

Select the trip that suits you from the list of available options below. Don’t forget to book a return journey too! If none of the trips work for you, make sure to take a look at our sustainable travel page for more travel options.

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Boating on the Tay – Itineraries

Boating on the Tay – Itineraries

The popular River Tay boat trips are back! You can now explore the Tay in a new and exciting way, and see the city from a different angle.

And, to help you make a whole day or evening out around your trip, we’ve put together three fantastic Perth itineraries!

Daytime itinerary for Willowgate boat trips

If your boat trip is starting or finishing at Willowgate Activity Centre, you’re in for a treat.

Aqua Zorbing


Try your hand at one of the fantastic activities on offer at the Willowgate Activity Centre.

  • Take to the water for an adventure, with Aqua Zorbing, Paddle Boarding, Kayaking or Canoeing.
  • How about Target Archery or Field Archery*? Bring out your inner Robin Hood or Maid Marian as you let those arrows fly (safely and under supervision, of course).
  • Or make like Bear Grylls as you go on a Bushcraft adventure, exploring a range of survival skills such as shelter-building, knot-tying, animal-tracking, water filtration and fire-lighting. (Overnight survival courses also available on request!)


Most activities are suitable for kids aged 6 or 7 and up, so the whole family can have fun. *No animals will be harmed during this activity!


Have a tasty lunch at the Willowgate Café, which is set in a wonderful location on the banks of the river. The café is a converted salmon-fishing station serving a range of delicious homemade soups, sandwiches, light lunches, home baking, artisan coffees, teas and hot chocolate. (Open Wed to Sun, 10am to 4pm.)

After lunch, take a stroll along the Tay, enjoying the beautiful views and looking out for local wildlife and plant life.


Back in Perth, just beside the Fergusson Pontoon is one of Perth’s best-loved attractions, the Fergusson Gallery. Named after the renowned 20th-Century Scottish colourist, the gallery features JD Fergusson’s work and that of his lifelong companion Margaret Morris, who was a pioneering artist, dancer and choreographer. Set in a former waterworks, the gallery is free to visit and sure to inspire.

If seeing all that natural beauty and dance has made you want to stretch your legs, head to the South Inch Park for a stroll or take the kids to the playpark, skate park or South Inch Pavilion Café.

A short hop from the South Inch are some fantastic independent shops – take a stroll up Princes Street and the surrounding area to find these and more:

After all that boating, walking, sightseeing and shopping, you’ll probably be ravenous! Check out our Evening itinerary  for loads of great Perth restaurants, evening activities, bars and more.


Daytime itinerary for Kinnoull Hill, Broughty Ferry and Elcho Castle boat trips

 These boat trips start and end at the Fergusson Pontoon, opposite the beautiful Fergusson Gallery. Here are some great ideas for daytime activities to fit round your boat trip.


Before you hop on your boat, why not grab some breakfast or a morning coffee at one of Perth’s many cafés? A short stroll from the Fergusson Pontoon are these lovely eateries, to name just a few:

You’re also a stone’s throw from a huge number of Perth’s independent shops, such as:


For a shot of culture and a beautiful building, head to Perth Museum and Art Gallery, where there are always fascinating regular exhibitions as well as its vast permanent collection.

Tucked behind the museum is the fascinating Fair Maid’s House, an historic building in its own right but also home to the HQ and visitor centre of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.


These city-centre restaurants are always popular at lunchtime with Perth locals and visitors – why not book a table for before or after your boat trip?


Or if you fancy a picnic, visit Provender Brown, The Cheese Byre, Duo Deli or the world-famous Murrays Bakers to make up your own delicious lunch.



For a lovely walk after lunch, it’s hard to beat the North Inch, right by the city centre. Stroll along the river, enjoy the green space, take the kids to the playpark, or sit on a bench and watch the people go by.

Black Watch Castle and Museum Perth

For a slice of Perthshire history, drop in to the fascinating Black Watch castle, museum, café and shop – and home of the Black Watch Regimental Association – right beside the North Inch.

After all that activity, you’ll be ready for dinner! Check out our Evening itinerary for great Perth restaurants, bars and evening activities.

Book a River Tay boat trip today!

Check out the Boating timetable and information leaflet

Evening itinerary for all boat trips

After your busy day in Perth, it’s time to take your pick from our fantastic restaurants where you’ll get a warm welcome and delicious dinner. Here are a few to choose from:


View our full restaurant listings

For evening entertainment, check out Perth Playhouse Cinema where you can choose from a wide selection of films as well as live-broadcast theatre and opera. You can also book tickets for one of the fabulous shows at Perth Theatre or Perth Concert Hall, or laugh / dance your socks off at The Green Room.

If you fancy a nightcap to end your evening, check out Graysons Wine Café, an intimate and friendly bar and café, or select a cocktail at Rocablu. Or be spoiled for choice at The Venue, which has a whisky and wine bar, a cocktail and gin bar, and a rum bar!

Check out the Boating timetable here. We hope you enjoy exploring the city and the river!

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Biggest Weekend Travel Information

Biggest Weekend Travel Information

If you’re coming along to Perth’s Biggest Weekend this May, you are going to have to start thinking about your travel plans. If you need some advice on travelling into Perth, make sure you have a look at our travel tips here.

To get to the Biggest Weekend from Perth City Centre you have a couple of options. Here you can find out more about the Shuttle Bus and Parking Tickets specially organised for the Biggest Weekend!

There is no drop off on the site for private vehicles, due to the volume of traffic expected.


Check this page to find out more details about transport, parking details and other useful information about getting to the event. This page will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Plan your travel in advance to minimise disruption. Access to the event is by car, shuttle bus or on foot. Private vehicles wishing to drop off passengers should drop them in Perth, from where they can walk or get the shuttle bus, as there will be no drop off on site. Please follow the signs rather than your sat nav, as some roads may be closed.

Travelling by car:

Car parking areas are next to the event site with a maximum of around 15 minutes walking. There will be limited public car parking available at the event location. Consider car sharing: check out

Parking tickets are sold on a first come first served basis:

  • Tickets bought between 7 May – 20 May 2018: £15 (plus £2 handling charge) per car per day
  • Tickets bought between 21 May 2018 – 24 May (Show Week): £18 (plus £2 handling charge) per car per day
  • Car parking tickets must be purchased in advance of the event.
  • Buy your parking tickets here –


Travelling by bus:

Stagecoach East Scotland has teamed up with the BBC Biggest Weekend and Perth & Kinross Council to run a shuttle bus service for people travelling to the event from Perth City Centre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May. The bus pick up / drop off location is a 20-minute walk through grassy parklands. Please wear sturdy footwear.

Journeys will leave from the dedicated shuttle bus stop at the junction of Perth High Street and Tay Street from 11:30 am on Friday 25 May and run every half an hour to Scone Palace. Returning to Perth City Centre in the evening, the last journey from the Palace will depart at 00:30 on the Saturday morning.

On Saturday 26 May, shuttle bus services will begin at 10:00am from the same dedicated stop and run every 15 minutes throughout the day to Scone Palace. Returning in the evening the last departure to Perth City Centre will be at 01:00 on the Sunday morning.

Both return and single journey tickets cost £5.00 per person.

Please pre-book your seats for the shuttle bus service before 18 May, when online booking closes. After 18th of May you can still buy tickets in person at Perth bus station until Friday the 25th. Seats are likely to be extremely limited on the day for those who have not pre-booked.

Buy your bus tickets here –


Travel Map

Take a look at our map to find out about road closures, walking routes and drop off points.


Question and Answers for the Biggest Weekend

Traffic and Transport

General questions

  1. How do I get to the event?

Site access is well signposted, so if you’re travelling by car or on foot follow the event signage to reach your destination. The route is not the same as a normal visit to Scone Palace Events, so don’t rely on sat nav!

  1. Where can I drop off passengers in my car?

Drivers of private vehicles who do not wish to park at the site should drop passengers in Perth, at South Inch car park, so that they can walk or get the shuttle bus. There is no pick-up/drop-off area on site, anyone who enters the car park will be asked to pay.

  1. Why can’t the public pick up and drop off at the venue?

This decision was based on traffic modelling which highlighted there was insufficient capacity on the local road network. Therefore the traffic plan concentrated on the shuttle bus operation supplemented with the car park and walking options.

  1. I’m driving a minibus, will I be able to use the taxi rank?

 Unfortunately the temporary taxi rank at Quarrymill Car Park will be unable to take the volume of minibuses which are now being predicted. Any minibuses, with the exception of those operated by a taxi firm, will be directed to the on site car park, and asked to pay the on the day ticket price of £20. Entries to the car park will stop at 9.00 pm on both nights, so if the minibus will be leaving and returning later that day you will need to be back in the car park before 9.00 pm.

Retain your parking ticket from earlier in the day to show on re-entry.

  1. How do I leave the event by walking/ car / taxi etc ?

Follow the event signage.

If you are walking temporary tower lights are being put in place on the A93 and Old Scone Brae to make your journey safer.

If you are leaving the car park follow the signage and directions from police/stewards.

If you are meeting a pre-arranged taxi, walk back down the A93 towards Quarrymill. Please note Quarrymill car park will not be acting as a taxi rank, so you will not be able to pick up a taxi from here if it has not been booked in advance.

Please remember there is no pick-up point within or near the site, so if you’re meeting someone for a lift after we advise you to arrange pick-up at the South Inch car park in Perth city.

Shuttle bus

  1. I didn’t buy my bus ticket by 18 May, can I still get the shuttle bus?

 There will be limited bus tickets available on the day. If you missed the online deadline, you can still buy tickets in advance in person at Perth bus station.

  1. Where do I go to catch the shuttle bus in Perth?

 There will be a queuing system in place, as large numbers of passengers are expected between 11am and 3pm. To enter the queue, please approach Tay Street from the south (ie from the South Street end).

  1. I am unable to walk for 20 minutes. Can I still get the bus?

Yes, transport from the shuttle drop off to the arena will be arranged for people unable to walk.

  1. Will there be enough tickets available for those who want to pay for the shuttle bus on the day?

 On the day tickets will be limited, you will have to queue to buy tickets on the day, and only once one has been purchased will you be allowed to join the next queue to get on a shuttle bus. If you haven’t purchased a ticket in advance you will get there, but you should expect a lengthy wait, particularly if you intend to travel during peak times.

  1. Do I have to stick to the travel time on my pre-booked ticket?

 No, the time chosen when you booked your shuttle bus ticket was for pre-planning purposes so we could get a sense of the busiest times. Your ticket will be valid all day.

  1. Will the A4 bag size restriction be enforced on the shuttle bus?

 Yes, one of the conditions of access to the event is that bags bigger than A4 will not be allowed, this will be enforced by stewards before anyone is allowed on the shuttle bus.

Parking private vehicles

  1. Will the parking pass count as a ‘permitted vehicle’?

If you are parking on site please follow event signage which will direct you to the car park. If you’ve pre-paid for parking please show a copy of your email confirmation and you will be allowed access to the site without re-paying. Parking passes will not give you access to roads closed by traffic orders.

  1. I’ve pre-paid for parking, but haven’t received a ticket, what should I do?

 Anyone who has pre-paid for parking online will have received an email confirmation, people who have booked more recently will also have received a PDF attachment. Either a printed copy of the PDF or a print out of the email if there wasn’t a PDF attachment will be sufficient to prove that you have pre-paid for parking. If you haven’t received a confirmation email or have any concerns, please contact Scone Palace directly.

  1. Are you allowed to leave cars overnight on Saturday and collect them on Sunday?

No, overnight parking is not allowed. Vehicles left in the event car park overnight may be removed.


  1. Do taxis have to register?

No, although taxi drivers should follow instructions from stewards/police, and should be aware that they may be diverted away from Quarrymill when it is full.

Please note this is not a taxi stance.

Taxis can only drop off and pick up pre booked hires.

  1. Why are taxis not allowed to drop off nearer the venue?

This decision was also based on traffic modelling which highlighted there was insufficient capacity on the local road network. Therefore the traffic plan concentrated on the shuttle bus operation supplemented with the carpark and walking options. The taxi pick up and drop off is a few hundred yards from the pedestrian entrance to the site.

  1. Where should taxis coming from Blairgowrie go?

 Any traffic coming down the A93 from the Blairgowrie direction which is not heading for the event car park will be directed up Old Scone Brae, and southward through Scone.  Taxis can then access Quarrymill from the south (Bridgend) side of the A93.

Cycling/ Walking

  1. Will there be somewhere safe for me to lock up my bicycle on site?

 Cyclists should follow the main walking routes to the venue. Just north of the South Lodge Gate into the estate, on the opposite side of the road, cyclists will be directed into what was the former stable block area where secure cycle parking will be provided. Cycle parking facilities will be provided along with toilets and lighting, although cyclists will need to provide their own bike lock to secure their property.

  1. Where is the pedestrian access to the site?

 Pedestrian access is via Gate C which is on the A93 (Isla Road to Old Scone) – slightly further north of the normal Scone Palace visitor entrance. Signage will be in place, and stewards on hand to direct you.

Other access questions

  1. Are disabled / physically impaired visitors allowed to bring camping chairs?

Friday 25 May – BBC Radio 3 event

All event goers are permitted to bring with them 1 folding chair for use at the event.

These must come through the normal entrance lanes and are subject to security searches.

Saturday 26 May – BBC Radio 2 event

As a general rule no folding chairs are allowed into the event on Saturday due to the numbers of people expected. The only exceptions are for festival goers who have accessibility requirements which have been confirmed with the access co-ordinator for the event in advance (normally by indicating accessibility requirements at the point the event ticket was booked). The chair will be tagged at the check in cabin and will be granted access.

People travelling in the area, not attending the event


22. Which roads are affected by restrictions / closures on the Friday?

 Looking at the latest estimates, we expect numbers on Friday to be similar to those for previous events at Scone, and so we do not expect to have to implement the closures of Tay Street, High Street, George Street, Bridge Lane or Perth Bridge, although there will be parking and loading restrictions. Restrictions for local traffic will also be lifted on the A93 (Isla Road) to allow commuter vehicles to travel this road on the Friday.

A Google MyMap showing the traffic restrictions/closures on both days is available here:

23. Why do you need to put restrictions on Stormont Road on Friday when the traffic won’t be so heavy?

The road in question is a key route in the overall traffic management plan, as such it was identified by the Event Transport Sub Group, (this group consists of the Emergency Services, PKC, and other Traffic and Transport Professionals) as a prime location for indiscriminate parking by event goers. Therefore we were asked to promote a Temporary Traffic Restriction Order to prevent parking and to ensure that this main artery, is kept clear for residents, emergency services, and exiting traffic.

24. Why has there been so little communications and engagement with communities leading up to the event?

All affected residents, businesses and community councils have been contacted with details of the travel and road restrictions for the BBC’s Biggest Weekend. Unfortunately the travel plan took longer than anticipated to finalise, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Travel planning is a multi-agency responsibility, and we have consulted with partners as well as taken into account the latest event ticket sales and bus and car parking ticket sales, in order to ensure as little disruption as possible.

25. Local media reported people in Stormontfield would need to take a 20 mile detour to buy provisions. Is this true?

The road restriction which caused this concern is only in place between 9.00 pm and 2.00 am following each of the events to support people exiting the event, during this time the U88 Stormontfield will be closed to westbound traffic. We hope that this small period of time, late at night, gives residents enough flexibility to stock up during the day

26. Are both bridges leading into Perth only open to buses?

Both the Old Perth Bridge and Queen’s Bridge are open to normal traffic, however, event traffic should follow event signage to reach the event. We would recommend that other road users avoid the Old Perth Bridge as far as possible as it will be very busy, particularly during peak travel periods.


Road Closures and Travelling around Perth/Scone during the event

Friday 25th May 

Looking at the latest estimates, we expect numbers on Friday to be similar to those for previous events at Scone, and so we do not expect to have to implement all of the road closures originally expected. The information below has been updated to reflect the closures and parking/loading restrictions which will be in place on the Friday.

Saturday 26th May

On Saturday, there will be unprecedented numbers travelling within a relatively short space of time, so we do expect to have to close more roads to cars. If you do not need to travel during the peak times for people travelling to (10:00 to 14:00) and from (22:00 to 01:00) on each day, then we’d recommend planning any journeys outwith these times., 

  • A93 Perth to Blairgowrie, Isla Road (Main Street to Old Scone) will be closed to all traffic apart from permitted vehicles from 08:00 Saturday 26th May to 10:00 Sunday 27th The diversion will be via the A94 to Scone. There will be local access as far as Upper Springlands. From 08:00 Friday 25th May to 10:00 Sunday 27th May there will also be a 20mph speed restriction, plus loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
  • U88 Stormontfield (A93 Old Scone to Race Course entrance) will be closed to all westbound traffic from 21:00 Fri 25th May to 02:00 Sat 26th May and also from 21:00 Sat 26th May to 02:00 Sun 27th May. The diversion will be via the A94 Scone to Redstone – C438 Redstone – C437 Guildtown – A93 – U88 Cambusmichael. This diversion will be extremely busy when people are leaving the event. There will also be a 20mph speed restriction, plus loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
  • U87 Old Scone (A93 to Stormont Road) will be closed to all westbound traffic from 08:00 Fri 25th May to 08:00 Sun 27th May. The diversion will be via the A94. There will also be a 20mph speed restriction, plus loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
  • U89 St Martins (A93 – C434) will be closed to all eastbound traffic from 08:00 Fri 25th May to 15:00 Fri 25th May and also from 08:00 Sat 26th May to 15:00 Sat 26th May. The diversion will be via the C434 – A93 – C437 – C438 – A94. There will also be a 20mph speed restriction, plus loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
  • Keir Street, Perth (A94 – A93) will be closed to all westbound traffic from 08:00 Fri 25th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May. The diversion will be via the A94. There will also be loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
  • Main Street, Perth (Strathmore Street – Perth Bridge) will have loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation from 06:00 Fri 25th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
  • Stormont Road, Sandy Road, Spoutwells Road, Spoutwells Drive and Oakdene Road, Scone will have parking and loading restrictions (both sides) in place from 06:00 Fri 25th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May. This is to maintain the local bus services and prevent indiscriminate parking.


Loading and parking restrictions (both sides) will be in place on the following roads from 06:00 Friday 25th May to 10:00 Sunday 27th May. Details of road closures/other restrictions are as below.

  • Tay Street, Perth (Perth Bridge – Queen’s Bridge) will be closed to all traffic apart from buses from 06:00 Sat 26th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
  • High Street, Perth (Tay Street – Watergate) will be closed to all traffic apart from buses from 06:00 Sat 26th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
  • George Street, Perth (High Street – Charlotte Street) will be closed to all traffic apart from buses from 06:00 Sat 26th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
  • Bridge Lane, Perth (Skinnergate – George Street) will be closed to all traffic from 06:00 Sat 26th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.


The following roads are also included in the Temporary Traffic Restriction Order. They have been included only in case they are needed and will hopefully not be necessary. However, there is expected to be a lot of traffic on these roads at the start and end of the event.

  • A85 Perth Bridge & West Bridge Street, Perth
  • C434 Balbeggie to St Martins
  • C438 Redstone to Gallowhill
  • C437 Gallowhill to Guildtown


The peak arrival times are expected to be 10:00 – 14:00 and the peak departure times 22:00 – 01:00 for both the Friday and Saturday events. Traffic will be significantly heavier on the Saturday.  Please plan around this, and where possible avoid travelling during these times unless it’s absolutely necessary. 

Pedestrian routes will not be affected and emergency access will be maintained at all times.


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!

A Lens on Life in Africa – Photographer Harry Hook Shares Stories and Images from his Adventures in Africa

A Lens on Life in Africa – Photographer Harry Hook Shares Stories and Images from his Adventures in Africa

Having spent over 40 years taking photographs in Africa it’s fair to say that Harry Hook knows a thing or two about this wonderful continent. The collection of images he has amassed is astounding: vivid, dramatic, unusual and deeply intriguing. And the stories behind the pictures are equally fascinating too, shedding remarkable and emotional perspectives on the day-to-day lives of people across Africa.

The RSGS is delighted to announce that esteemed photographer Harry Hook will be presenting a richly illustrated public lecture about his photographic adventures in Africa on Tuesday 13th March in Perth. His talk will be the last of the 2017/18 Inspiring People series in Perth.

For his lecture entitled About Africa: In Pictures, Harry will focus predominantly on the theme of migration, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. In this part of the world, millions upon millions of Africans are heading for towns and cities, leaving behind their villages, land and possessions. And in recent years, the pace of this change has been staggering.

The effects of these mass movements have been felt across Africa, promoting massive cultural and societal change. African cities now loom large and dominate people’s frame of reference, and the many distinct rural societies and tribal groupings that once predominated in the countryside are becoming lost within these urban populations.

But fortunately, these changes have not been lost on Harry. His vast body of work – which will be skilfully shared with the audience in Perth – shines a bright and fresh light on these developments, illuminating the shifting ways in which people live in Africa.

Speaking about the upcoming talk, Chief Executive Mike Robinson said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Harry to Perth. His talk is set to be beautifully illustrated with photographs from his collection, so it will be fascinating to discover the deeper meaning and stories behind some of his most exquisite images. This is a must for anyone with a passion for photography, travel, physical spaces or human geography.”

Harry Hook has been taking photographs since 1968. As a photographer for Getty Images his work has been published by leading newspapers and magazines around the world. Harry has also worked as an award-winning film writer, producer and director, most notably on titles such as Photographing Africa (2014), an emotional BBC4 documentary about his own career, Lord of the Flies (1990) and Silent Witness (1996).

Tickets can be bought or reserved online via the RSGS website. Tickets may also be available on the door: £10 to visitors and £8 for Tiso Outdoor Experience Cardholders. Entry is free for RSGS members, U18s and students.

The venue for the lecture is:

Salutation Hotel, 34 South Street, Perth, PH2 8PH

BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend: Perth

BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend: Perth

Scone Palace | 25th – 26th May 2018


The countdown is on for the most exciting live music event of the Summer, as BBC Music, Radio 2 and Radio 3 join forces to bring two days of spectacular performances to Scone Palace.

We can now exclusively reveal the first star names who’ll be joining us in Perth. We’ll be announcing loads more artists in the coming weeks!

Nigel Kennedy

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

BBC Radio 2: Saturday 26th May

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Getting Here

Perth is the most accessible city in Scotland with fantastic road, bus and rail links. Scone Palace is just two miles North of Perth City Centre.

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

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.

Travel to Scone Palace

By Car: There will be limited public car parking available at the event location, tickets for this will be sold on a first come first served basis and the cost will be confirmed in due course.

By Bus: There will be a regular shuttle bus service to and from Perth City Centre serving the event site. Tickets for this will be available for purchase from March. Costs will be confirmed in due course.

By foot: Scone Palace is approximately 35mins walk from Perth City Centre.

Further information will be published on this page as it becomes available and will also be sent to all ticketholders using the email used at the time of purchase. Perth City website will publish full information on travel in due course.


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Perth City Centre


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.

RSGS – Honouring Volunteers

RSGS – Honouring Volunteers

Last week, the RSGS was delighted to host a very special Inspiring People talk in Perth that recognised some of the Society’s most committed volunteers. At the event, Freda Ross, John Lewington and Jo Woolf were awarded prestigious Honorary Fellowships as a token of the Society’s immense gratitude for their years of dedication and voluntary endeavour. This presentation was followed by a fascinating talk given by Jo in her capacity as Writer-in-Residence which covered a raft of breath-taking stories from her recent publication, The Great Horizon.

Since the RSGS moved to Perth in 2008, Freda and John have been unwavering in their support of the RSGS, regularly hosting trips to the Fair Maid’s House visitor centre, producing quizzes and brochures for both schoolchildren and the general public, and giving a range of rousing talks to external organisations. Moreover, without fail, both have always been quick and enthusiastic to respond to the Society’s calls for extra assistance, often at the very last minute.

Likewise, Jo has gone way beyond anything that the Society could have reasonably asked for since her appointment as Writer-in-Residence in 2014. Working almost full-time, she has skilfully captured, crafted and communicated the many stories hidden in our archive, most notably by publishing her recent book, The Great Horizon. This features 50 vignettes from some of the most notable explorers of the last 150 years whilst also detailing some of the many feats achieved by lesser-known adventurers, travellers and scientists, all of whom have a connection to the Society. Her engaging style has done wonders for the promotion and profileof the Society’s history which will help ensure the long-term preservationof these remarkable stories, something that the RSGS hopes will inspire the next generation.

Commenting on the evening, Chief Executive Mike Robinson said: “Volunteering is the lifeblood of the Society, and we are incredibly grateful to all who give up their time for us. It was my great pleasure to present Freda, John and Jo with Honorary Fellowships for their years of dedication and immense enthusiasm. They are a credit to the Society, and we look forward to continue working with our newly appointed Honorary Fellows.”

Jo Woolf, RSGS Writer-in-Residence said: “It was a great privilege to receive an Honorary Fellowship from the RSGS, particularly as so many of the explorers I have been researching had the same honour bestowed. It was a fabulous evening, and I can’t wait to embark on my next adventure with the Society.”

Much of the work that is carried out by the RSGS is voluntary: the Society’s local groups are run by volunteers, as are the RSGS committees and Board.  It is volunteers who host trips to the RSGS visitor centre, and volunteers who help clean, catalogue and conserve its collections. The Society has volunteers who help in the office and volunteers who give talks to external groups. Residencies with the Society, as both explorers and writers, are also voluntary positions. In short, there is a voluntary position for everyone – so if you, or anyone you might know, is interested in volunteering then please get in touch.

The Society can be reached via enquiries@rsgs.orgor 01738 455050.

Destination Hotels in Perth & Perthshire

Destination Hotels in Perth & Perthshire

Perth and Perthshire are hugely popular destinations for visitors travelling from Scotland, the UK and abroad. Not only is Perthshire centrally located, it’s also the Big Tree County that’s home to Scotland’s newest city. There’s so much to do and see, yet it’s easy to find tranquil places to relax and unwind, too.

Perth and Perthshire are spoiled for choice when it comes to destination hotels. Whether you’re after a cosy log fire with a warming malt, the best of fresh local food and drink, high-octane adventure, a round of golf or a spa break, our hotels will provide you with the perfect destination. Here’s a selection of our best – and to make it even harder to choose, we have all of their upcoming special offers in one place for you!

Murrayshall House Hotel sits atop a magnificent 365-acre estate at the end of a mile of tree-lined country lanes. Overlooking the historic village of Scone, just outside Perth, it offers two beautifully manicured golf courses and views of stunning Perthshire countryside.

Recently refurbished to a very high standard, Murrayshall House Hotel offers fine dining and a choice of 40 tastefully decorated bedrooms and suites. Its current offers are:

Huntingtower Hotel in Perth is a friendly, comfortable country house hotel in a quiet location just on the edge of the city. This affordable, authentic country house experience is one of quiet, understated elegance and charm, award-winning cuisine, fine wines and Scotch malts, and delightful gardens and grounds.

The restaurant at Huntingtower is traditional and simple offering an excellent choice of fresh meat, fish and game locally sourced from Perth and Perthshire. Offers coming up here include:


Ballathie House Hotel, set in a stunning location on the banks of the River Tay, is an outstanding country house hotel of exceptional character and rare distinction, recently winning the accolade of Country Sporting Hotel of the Year.

The Ballathie fishing beats on the River Tay are highly regarded amongst anglers. But it’s not just fishing on offer – the Estate also offers a variety of outdoor sports and activities including walking, cycling and clay pigeon shooting, all a short stroll from the hotel.

Gleneagles Hotel almost needs no introduction – it’s Scotland’s best-known luxury hotel. Nestled in a magnificent countryside estate in the heart of Scotland, it boasts three championship golf courses, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant, luxurious rooms and suites and a wealth of activities including tennis, horse-riding, falconry, off-road driving, fishing and an award-winning spa. Offers for Gleneagles include:

Tucked away in beautiful Highland Perthshire near the bustling towns of Dunkeld and Birnam, Dunkeld House Hotel boasts an unrivalled experience of Scottish country living. This four-star luxury country house hotel sits on 280 acres of well-maintained and natural woodland and overlooks the wide and fast-flowing River Tay, renowned for its salmon fishing.

Dunkeld House Hotel has a fantastic selection of special offers so you can treat yourself, your loved one or your friends

Duchally Country Estate is set in 27 acres of secluded and picturesque Perthshire parkland near Gleneagles. Guests can stay in the Country House Hotel or luxury lodge accommodation and enjoy a warm and friendly Scottish welcome. Duchally has won many Scottish tourist board awards for its levels of accommodation, dining excellence and green tourism.

The hotel restaurant is also open to non-residents and has become a popular haunt for both locals and visitors to enjoy fine dining and celebrate special occasions. Duchally’s current offers are:

Conveniently located on the edge of the historic market town of Crieff, just one hour from Glasgow and Edinburgh, Knock Castle Hotel & Spa has panoramic views of beautiful woodlands and the Perthshire hills. Offering great Scottish hospitality, award-winning food, stunning countryside and a luxurious country retreat, Knock Castle is ideal for a break in the heart of Scotland. Its current offers are:

The Atholl Palace Hotel is a grand Scottish baronial building overlooking wooded parkland grounds and the popular Highland town of Pitlochry. Originally opened as the Athole Hydropathic in Victorian times, the hotel retains many features of the traditional large country house, with spacious, relaxing public areas and beautiful gardens. It also features the first hotel museum in the UK! The Atholl Palace is a destination for day visitors as well as guests, who come for the bar lunches, afternoon teas, pool and spa treatments. Current offers here include:

Fonab Castle is a unique 5-Star castle hotel tucked away on the edge of the popular Highland town of Pitlochry by the stunning Loch Faskally. There are 42 individually designed luxury rooms and suites, many with breathtaking views of the loch – and there’s even a Castle Penthouse for a true touch of decadence. Activities include off-roading, specially arranged tours and Supercar experiences. Current offers at Fonab are:


This charming small hotel nestles in a picturesque square in Comrie, near Crieff, in the Southern Scottish Highlands. Lovingly restored by its owners in 1996 with the aim of creating “a beautiful, intimate, small, luxury hotel in Scotland”, The Royal Hotel offers fine dining, comfortable rooms, a generously stocked malt whisky selection, and a huge variety of nearby activities including fishing, walking and visiting castles. Current offers at The Royal include:

Dunalastair Hotel Suites is a privately owned Victorian hotel located in the village square of Kinloch Rannoch, on the edge of Loch Rannoch and at the foot of the Schiehallion Mountain in beautiful Highland Perthshire.

The hotel has recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment, bringing luxurious interiors to the grand historic building. There’s a lounge overlooking the enclosed courtyard, and Edina’s Kitchen restaurant offers locally sourced food. There’s so much to do in the area, too, from cycling and walking to boat trips and off-road tours. Offers at Dunalastair include:

Come and stay / find out more

We hope this has given you a great flavour of what’s on offer in beautiful Perth and Perthshire, and that you’ll come and stay here soon!

For information about all the interesting and exciting things to do and see while you’re here, check out Perth City Centre on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or our Days Out From Perth series.