The Black Watch Castle & Museum win BIG

The Black Watch Castle & Museum win BIG

Award Success for The Black Watch Castle and Museum

The Black Watch Castle and Museum was the proud winner of the 2018 Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality business of the year at the prestigious Courier Business Awards held on Saturday 27th October.

A Courier Business Awards spokesperson said,

“In a very competitive category, the judges were blown away by the growth, ambition and commitment to quality demonstrated by Anne Kinnes and her team at The Black Watch Castle and Museum.  Over the past year there have been increases in visitor numbers, an expansion to the premises and the team has ventured into the wedding and events market. There was no question The Black Watch Castle and Museum fully deserved to be recognised for the second consecutive year in the Tourism and Hospitality section of the Courier Business Awards.”

Anne Kinnes, CEO, The Black Watch Castle and Museum, explains,

“We are thrilled to have won the 2018 Courier Tourism and Hospitality Business of year. This award gives deserved recognition to the Castle and Museum team for their unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries and their continued dedication to providing our visitors with a world class experience. I would like to thank my hardworking team of staff and volunteers, without whom successes such as this would not be possible.”

Caroline Warburton, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, tells us,

 “On behalf of VisitScotland, I’d like to congratulate Anne and her team on this thoroughly-deserved award. The Black Watch Castle and Museum has grown to become one of Perthshire’s most popular historic attractions, engaging and inspiring visitors through excellent customer service and exciting exhibitions. To win for the second year running shows that staff continue to remain passionate and committed to offering visitors the best experience possible.”

The Courier Business Awards recognise and reward business and individuals from across Dundee, Fife, Perthshire and Angus for their talent, innovation and excellence within their respective fields.

To find out more about The Black Watch Castle and Museum visit theblackwatch.co.uk

Mi Rewards Is LIVE – REGISTER TODAY for Points, Perks & Prizes!

Mi Rewards Is LIVE – REGISTER TODAY for Points, Perks & Prizes!

Register Today For Points, Perks & Prizes!

The UK’s first card-linked loyalty programme has launched in Perth. Whenever you shop local you support local jobs and enrich the local economy. This gives you every reason to feel good about yourself. But wouldn’t it be nice to get a little something back too? Perth businesses really do appreciate your support and they’ve come up with the perfect way to say thank you.

Simply register on the Mi Rewards Perth platform, link your payment cards and whenever you shop in the participating Perth indie businesses you will be able to benefit from ‘Mi Rewards Perth’.

 

What’s different about Mi Rewards Perth?

You’ve probably already signed up to a host of loyalty programmes. It’s likely you have so many cards that you need a separate wallet just to keep track. Mi Rewards isn’t like that. It isn’t a reward card (there is no extra thing to carry around with you at all). Mi Rewards Perth is a ‘thank you’. Simply register and link your existing debit/credit cards and every time you spend a pound in a participating business using these cards you get one ‘Mi Point’. Once you have enough Mi Points you can hit convert and we will send you a free Perth Gift Card! The amazing thing about Mi Rewards is that membership also makes you an instant ‘Perth VIP’. Being a member gets you entry into competitions, exclusive access to VIP-only discounts and offers, plus you may find yourself on the receiving end of an occasional ‘random act of kindness’ courtesy of the businesses you know and love.

Tune In With The Kilted Coaches To Find Out Your Exclusive Perks & Prizes!

We will regularly be broadcasting LIVE (usually a Friday) from the Perth City Centre Facebook Page with the help of social media sensations, The KIlted Coaches, who are Stephen Clarke and Rab Shields. These Personal Trainers from Perth, Scotland have spent the last 13 years getting clients fitter, stronger and leaner.

Observing within the industry extreme dieting, unrealistic training regimes and unusually high depression rates they realised that so many people were missing the ‘Health’ in Health & Fitness. The Kilted Coaches mission is simple. To bring back HEALTH AND HAPPINESS to as many people as possible across the globe.

Don’t Miss Out – REGISTER TODAY!

Simply register your account, link your payment cards (to ensure you earn points as you spend) and stay tuned for regular Facebook LIVE events where the Kilted Coaches will be visiting Mi Rewards Perth businesses to announce details of  EXCLUSIVE PERKS OR PRIZES, ONLY AVAILABLE TO THOSE REGISTERED ON THE PLATFORM!

Get another bite of Perth and Kinross as Cake Fest returns

Get another bite of Perth and Kinross as Cake Fest returns

After a deliciously spectacular inaugural event in 2017, Cake Fest Perth and Kinross is back for a second ‘slice of the action’ in 2018 as part of the annual Winter Festival celebrations.

Bakers of all abilities, from beginner to expert, are again being invited to take up their wooden spoons and contribute to this year’s event, by reproducing their favourite building or place in Perth and Kinross in cake form. Each sculpture will then be placed on an edible map of the area, created throughout the day by Cake Fest head baker Simon Preston.

The grand unveiling of Cake Fest 2018 will take place on Sunday 18 November 2018 as part of the Perthshire Feast event in Mill Street and Horsecross Plaza. Once complete, and after an opportunity for the public to view the eyecatching cake map, it will then be sliced up and shared with festivalgoers.

New for this year, Cake Fest will feature a redesigned, larger map and will celebrate a range of local events and anniversaries, such as the 150th anniversary of Perthshire Rugby Club. Looking back even further into local history, the Cake Fest map will also be
inspired by an ancient tradition which was banned in 1577, when Perth bakers last paraded to celebrate St. Obert, the patron saint of their trade.

Bakers taking part can choose a landmark they love to be temporarily immortalised in cake or select from a list which includes:

Available Plots 

Perth City Hall
Perth Racecourse
Perth College
Perth Museum and Art Gallery
Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery
Ossian’s Hall
Taymouth Castle
Smeatons Bridge
Blair Castle and Hercules Garden
Dunkeld Cathedral
The Gleneagles Hotel
Pitlochry Theatre
Queen’s Bridge
General Wades Bridge and the Black Watch Monument
Atholl Palace Hotel
Enchanted Forest
Perth Leisure Pool
Perth Cenotaph
Perth Grammar School
Black Watch Castle & Museum
St John’s Kirk

Taken Plots

Crannog Centre
Huntingtower Castle
Mcdairmid Football Stadium
Kinnoull Hill Tower
A K Bell Library
Perth Concert Hall
Methven Castle
Playhouse Cinema
Bridge of Earn Institute
Beatrix Potter Garden
Pitlochry Dam and Visitor Centre
Fergusson Gallery
North Inch
Cultybraggan POW Camp
Bell’s Sports Centre
Scone Palace
Balado Golf Ball
Crieff Hydro
St. Matthew’s
Innerpeffary Library
Loch Leven Castle
Birnam Oak
South Inch
St Paul’s
Blackcraig Bridgehouse

Kinross House
Drummond Castle
Elcho Castle
Glenturret (Famous Grouse) Distillery
Glenshee

 

 

If you don’t have a Gmail account, please just email your Name, Phone numebr and the building you would like to bake to simon@cakefest.org.uk

A Day at the Black Watch Museum

A Day at the Black Watch Museum

The Black Watch Museum in Balhousie Castle in Perth is a must for anyone interested in military history. The museum has been situated in the castle since the early 1960’s, and it is packed with historical artifacts from this proud old regiment.

The museum is currently running an exhibition entitled “There But Not There”. This is a fascinating presentation on some of the men lost to us during the First World War, in which nearly 9,000 Black Watch soldiers perished, and thousands more would have suffered both terrible physical and psychological wounds. The “There But Not There” exhibition has positioned around the museum life-size perspex images of a handful of these casualties with information about who they were and tales on their life and how they met their
death. There is an exhibition of artifacts that belonged soldiers fighting in the war that have been donated by their families. A very moving booklet accompanies the presentation, but perhaps the most poignant display is the outline of a life-size soldier, this can be seen as you enter the museum grounds from the car park. I have to admit I am biased as my great grandad fought in the Battle of the Somme while serving in the Black Watch. The There but Not There display can be seen at the museum until the 11th of November – Armistice Day.

There is much more to see at the Black Watch Museum. As you enter the first section takes the visitor back to the origins of the regiment which was formed when the government were struggling to control the Highlands. It was a time of civil war as the Jacobites sought to restore the exiled Stuart King’s to their lost throne. To help police the highlands and keep an eye on the Jacobite clans the government raised six companies in 1725. In 1739 another four companies were recruited, and they became the 43rd Regiment of Foot. It was first mustered at Aberfeldy in 1740, and by the river, in Aberfeldy, a distinct monument stands to commemorate this event.

The museum tells of the part played by the Black Watch at the Battle of Fontenoy in May 1745, despite the battle being a defeat for the British. The Black Watch fought so gallantly that a French officer described them as “Highland Furies”.  The regiment was sent to fight in the American War of Independence by this time it had been renumbered to the 42nd and titled the 42nd Highland Regiment of Foot, and in America, they fought with distinction.  The museum has an excellent section on the wars against Napoleons French with many weapons and uniforms on display.

As you can imagine World War One plays a significant part in the exhibition.  With many notable attractions on display.  A kilt belonging to Captain William Debnam McLaren Stewart from the Comrie area in Perthshire who was killed at the Battle of the Somme on the 25th of September 1916 is on display.  On this kilt traces of mud from the battlefield can still be seen. Captain Stewart features in the “There But Not There” commemoration.

The exhibition then goes onto the Second World War, I was fascinated by a “Tommy Helmet”.   It had been discarded by a Scottish soldier serving in the 51st Highland Division in France in 1940.  The 51st were ordered to surrender after acting as a rear guard thus allowing thousands of British and French soldiers to escape the advancing Germans and depart from the beaches of Dunkirk back to Britain to fight again.  This helmet was found in the sea at St Valery-en-Caux in 1990. For me it made an impressive display piece, I could not help wondering just who ditched this helmet and what happened to this man?

There are opportunities for the kids to dress up in uniforms and a chance to colour in with tables pens and paper provided.  So the Black Watch Museum is a thoughtful and humbling day out for all the family, I would recommend you try to take in the “There But Not There” exhibition before it ends on the 11th of November 2018.

Article by Gary Knight

Perth’s Festival of Yarn Returns This Weekend

Perth’s Festival of Yarn Returns This Weekend

Nominated earlier this year for the Best UK Knitting Show/Event 2017/18 in the prestigious British Knitting and Crochet Awards, Perth Festival of Yarn returns to it’s home, the Dewars Centre, Perth, on 8 and 9 September for it’s third annual celebration.


This year Perth Festival of Yarn has expanded to a two-day celebration in the Fair City, however, it’s purpose remains the same; bringing boutique independent businesses, sheep-farmers and those that practice the fibre arts together to celebrate the best in textile artistry through a large marketplace, with classes and lectures to inspire.

 

Festival Director, Eva Christie, and her team are excited to be welcoming festival-goers from 17 different countries this year to an abundant yarn and fibre marketplace boasting almost 80 vendors from across the UK as well as from France, Germany, Spain and Greece.

 

Classes will be led by internationally respected tutors including Karie Westermann and Janice Anderson, and the 2018 Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Fiona Wemyss of The Wemyss School of Needlework which dates back to the 17th Century.  Event sponsors, The Knitter Magazine, will be in The Knitter Podcast Lounge where festival-goers can meet their favourite textile crafting bloggers and podcasters throughout the weekend.

 

Advance tickets are available from www.perthfestivalofyarn.uk until 8pm on Tuesday 4 September. Day entry tickets will be available on the door priced at £12.00 (accompanied under-16s) free.

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:

Buy Your Tickets

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

 

Artistic Opportunities in Perth

Artistic Opportunities in Perth

Perth and Kinross Council is offering an exciting new commissioning opportunity to create a major new artwork for the city centre supporting their City Lighting Strategy. The commission will see the creation of a large mural with integrated lighting features sited on a prominent building in a main city centre thoroughfare. Bold and imaginative submissions from professional artists are sought by 21 September 2018 and the full brief can be accessed here.

Public Art Commissions – Key Commissioning Principles

Culture Perth and Kinross, in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council and through a steering group including artist, business and education representation have developed a set of key principles which underpin commissioning activity and artists seeing to respond to open calls or develop their own proposals for creating new work are asked to demonstrate how their work addresses each principle.

Who are these for:
These principles help to guide anyone involved in both the commissioning and the making of work that animates the public spaces within Perth and the surrounding area. These can also be used to support any wider creative commissioning activity such as for public programmes, visual art works or residencies within organisations.

What are they for:
They reflect the values and qualities that have emerged from discussions about Perth’s identity and how the city and wider region hopes to understand itself and be understood by others.
These principles have been developed by the team responsible for developing the Plan to animate Perth’s Public Spaces, and tested with a steering group consisting of a wide range of Perth & Kinross’ stakeholders.

How you should use them:
These principles broadly define the tone and attitudes that should run through all work commissioned and created for Perth & Kinross’ public spaces. They underpin the Vision and Plan, providing an easy-to-use set of references that you can refer back to as you develop your approach.

Create Living Memories

Temporary interventions, fleeting moments in time and time-limited performances are as welcome in Perth & Kinross as large scale sculptures and permanent murals.

In the past, much of the public art that has been commissioned for Perth & Kinross has been monolithic and eternal in nature. Over time, a number of them have inevitably lost relevance and meaning.

Ideas that embrace a shorter period of time are just as valuable as those that stand proud for years. They have the ability to live on in memory for just as long if not longer than an anonymous bronze statue.

Work in any Art Form

We want to see performances, audio installations, neons and much much more in the public spaces of Perth and Kinross. While the term public art can bring to mind sculptures and perhaps murals, there are many different ways of conveying ideas within the public domain.

Any form of creativity and any form of cultural expression is valid and valuable.

Engage People

The work that animates the public spaces of Perth and Kinross must engage local communities.

This is where people live and work: it’s critical that any projects that appear are made with insight from the communities who inhabit any spaces used.

The work created can and should engage with the multiple communities that exist within Perth & Kinross. Talk to younger adults, talk to people who are older. Listen to people whose families have lived here for generations, listen to newcomers. Work with the blue-collar worker, as well as the unemployed. Engage in both rural and urban settings.

Generate Opportunities

Creating work for public spaces provides very real opportunities for people. These might range from job opportunities to the space to think differently about issues. Projects developed for Perth & Kinross should attempt to change the landscape in some way, no matter how small. They should provide people with the chance to try something, to extend their skillset, to expand their opinions.

Be Surprising

Show people just how extraordinary a place Perth and the surrounding area is. If they’re visitors, make them want to come back. If they live here, reveal new facets of the city or region to them. Make the work accessible. Think about different times of day and night: when and how do people want to engage with Perth and Kinross? Perth could have a reputation as one of Europe’s most vibrant small cities. Work developed for Perth & Kinross’ public spaces should challenge any perceptions that people may have of the area as old-fashioned or set in its ways.

Think Sustainably

Anything commissioned for Perth and Kinross must be sustainable. We want to make sure we contribute wherever possible to the health and resilience of our communities and places. Core to this is deep thinking about the materials we use and what happens to them next. What is our legacy, and how can we ensure it’s positive rather than wasteful? Thematically, we want to see projects that engage with conversations about what sustainable living means for Perth and Kinross. While this needn’t be the focus of your idea, we’d like everyone we work with to demonstrate what sustainability means to them, and what they’re doing to contribute.

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

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

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

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

Can you find them all??

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 https://liftshare.com.

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 – https://booking.scone-palace.co.uk/event/bbc-biggest-weekend-car-parking

 

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 – http://www.citylink.co.uk/e_biggestweekend.php

 

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.

Taxi

  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: http://bit.ly/2GMQ5qO

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!

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!

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