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

 

Stories and Legends of Kinclaven Castle

Stories and Legends of Kinclaven Castle

Grahame Church Blair Castle

Kinclaven Castle sits where the Rivers Isla and Tay converge about 12 miles north of Perth between the Fair City and Blairgowrie.  Now a ruin, forgotten, tired and silent its stories lost in the midst of time.   But if the crumbling stonework could speak then what a story it would tell for the castle’s tales and legends give us an indication of its lost importance.

Malcolm Canmore is thought to have built the castle in the 11th century and his queen, Margaret later Saint Margaret received the homage of the Celtic magnates at Kinclaven Castle. The citadel was a favourite of Alexander III  and while he was staying there in 1264 a carriage of wine was taken to supply the royal guest and his escort.

In 1297 Scotland was at war with the might of England, things did not start well with the Scots army being defeated at the Battle of Dunbar and the capture and forced exile of John I King of Scots in 1296.  William Wallace and Andrew de Moray were fighting back and would shatter an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge on 11th September 1297.

Before Wallace’s success at Stirling, he was hiding in Methven woods a vast wooded area to the west of Perth.  Wallace had heard that 90 mounted troops were to be sent from Perth to reinforce Kinclaven Castle, which was being held by the English. Wallace decided to ambush the English cavalry detachment.  Wallace and his men lay in wait as the horsemen travelled north from Perth as they passed the Scots pounced, in a running battle around 60 of the riders were slain.  The other 30 managed to get to the castle with the Scottish attackers hot in pursuit.   Wallace’s men gained entry into Kinclaven Castle, and in the fighting, all the English were massacred including the women.  Whether this act of slaughter happened is open to question, it might be English propaganda, or perhaps it was done as a response to Edward I of England ordering the inhabitants of Scotland’s busiest port Berwick upon Tweed killed after he captured the town in 1296. In the fighting, Wallace slew the castle commander Sir James Butler and then destroyed the castle.  The English rebuilt the Kinclaven, and it changed hands several times during the war, Edward II of England visited the castle and stayed for a few nights while on campaigning in the area.

A legend from before Wallace ’s attack states that the man who killed the rebel leader Simon de Montford at the Battle of Evesham in 1265 was a member of the castle garrison.  This Knight was playing around with some of the young maidens in the castle retinue.  He then went down to the river to wash mud from his hands, one of the young women crept up behind him and playfully pushed him into the river, he took this in good humour and laughingly splashed his prankster with water.   Perhaps he was struck by cramp in the cold river or was caught in an undercurrent he soon got into difficulties.  His young son standing on the riverbank dived into the river to save his struggling father.  Tragically both father and son were swept to their deaths.

A legend from before Wallace ’s attack states that the man who killed the rebel leader Simon de Montford at the Battle of Evesham in 1265 was a member of the castle garrison.  This Knight was playing around with some of the young maidens in the castle retinue.  He then went down to the river to wash mud from his hands, one of the young women crept up behind him and playfully pushed him into the river, he took this in good humour and laughingly splashed his prankster with water.   Perhaps he was struck by cramp in the cold river or was caught in an undercurrent he soon got into difficulties.  His young son standing on the riverbank dived into the river to save his struggling father.  Tragically both father and son were swept to their deaths.

The Scotsman newspaper on the 2nd of August 1933 tells of a local song sung by the woman gathering the cattle that remembers this sad drowning.

I’ll be drooned in Isla water,

I’ll be found in Isla stream,

Bonnie Babbie me forsaken,

Oh hoo will I win hame?

 

The weary dree came in ma mou,

I’ll drink it a’ or I gang hame,

Bonnie Babbie me forsaken,

Oh hoo will I win hame?

Another legend that took place downstream at Cargill and it involves a local lass, called Jeanie Low.

David Drummond was a butler and page nearby at Stobhall Castle, he and Jeanie who lived across the river were courting, and talk of marriage was in the air.  Then to Jeanie’s dismay, David ended the relationship, for he had met another fair young maiden.   He would row his boat across the river in the evening to meet his new paramour, and return at dawn.  Jeanie understandably was heartbroken, and unable to move on with her life.  Seeing her former lover with someone new must have ripped at Jeanie’s heart and slowly corrupted her thoughts.  She knew what time David left to cross the Tay and when he returned.  She waited until David was visiting his new sweetheart, Jeanie made her way to where the boat was moored, and she jumped into the small vessel.  She had brought a brace and bit (an old hand drill for our younger readers), and she drilled seven holes into the bottom of the boat.  Jeanie then hid in some nearby bushes.

John Graham Memorial

Before long David returned to the boat, he jumped into it and without a care in the world used one of the oars to push himself out into the river.   It was dark, and he was out in the middle of the river before he realised that the boat was taking in water.  Frantically he tried to bail out the continues flow of water assailing the bottom of the vessel.  But Jeanie had drilled all the holes as far apart as possible making David’s task futile.  Jeanie watched the desperate struggle on the river and saw her former fiancé sink to his doom into the fast flowing and merciless River Tay.

Jeanie was never to recover from this act of murderous desperation, as it never brought any release to her heartache, quite the opposite, as the dark shadow of madness replaced David as her lifelong companion.

A note of caution, if you visit Kinclaven Castle.  There is nowhere to park on the narrow road, I had to park about half a mile up the road and walk the perilous verge down to the castle site

If you like this story and others that I publish here, you might want to read my stories on my blog at historyandhorrorofscotland or take one of our ghost tours running every Wednesday night at Cultybraggan Camp in Comrie. Info on our Facebook page at Haunted POW Camp Tour Cultybraggan.

A Musings Special: Mini Tour de Perthshire

A Musings Special: Mini Tour de Perthshire

Early in June we were scheduled to be taking part in our self-proclaimed Nutty Tandemers Club Hebridean Way challenge. But sadly personal circumstances resulted in that adventure having to be postponed.

But my dynamic crew did manage to meet up with good tandeming friends John and Jane – who have their own Travelling in Tandem blog – for a couple of days for a mini Tour de Perthshire.

John and Jane – dubbed Team JayJay for the trip – kindly re-organised their holiday schedule in light of the postponement of the HebWay trip. Plan B saw them book a few nights at a local caravan park in Perth to allow us to meet up again for a couple of rides.

Spartan Race 2018

Spartan Race 2018

Do you fancy taking on a physical challenge with a bit of a difference this year? How does an endurance event requiring you to wade through muddy bogs, scale slippery 8-foot ramps, clamber up 25-foot-high cargo nets, leap over fire and more, sound to you?

Well if that has peaked your interest then you’ll be delighted to hear that one of Britain’s biggest sporting series, Spartan Race, is coming to Perth in 2018. Combining running with fun and challenging obstacles, this physical and mental test was completed by over a million people across 30 countries last year, making it the world’s leading obstacle course racing series.

The Perth event will be the only one in Scotland this year, and will take place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September. Designed to cater for all fitness levels, there are three main types of Spartan Race; Sprint (5km+), a Super (12km+), and a Beast (22km+). There is also a race for the little ones, and the Spartans Kids Race is for children aged between 4 and 13 over a 1.5km course.

For beginners, the Sprint race is recommended and with over 20 obstacles to overcome on the course it’s a firm favourite with both new and experienced Spartan racers. It takes an average runner around an hour and a half to complete a Spartan Sprint and each one has its own unique challenges and character. For those who have more experience in endurance events, the Super or Beast races may be more appealing.

The Perth race will kick off in the city centre with runners making their way through crowd-lined streets before they head out onto the hilly trails of Kinnoull Hill and Deuchny Woods. It’s a picturesque route with stunning views over the city and the River Tay, although you may be more focused on the obstacles ahead of you than the views behind you! Spartan Sprint is an accessible challenge; even if you’re overweight, or if you have never run before, it’s something that anyone can do.

General Manager of Spartan Race UK, Sam Lansdale, is looking forward to bringing the series to Perth and hopes as many of the local community get involved as possible.

“It’s always a pleasure to host events in Scotland,” Sam said, “in areas both of such natural and man-made beauty. Racers will find themselves drawn in by the atmosphere of the landscape. We have an event that will test mental strength, endurance, grit and perseverance. The scenery will boost enjoyment and inspire everyone to get to that finish line even faster.

“A big part of our race is about community and pushing yourself to achieve something more than you think you can. It’s about resetting your frame of reference, from wanting to sit on the couch all day long, eating junk food to going outdoors for a ten minute jog. That’s your initial step on the ladder to completing your first Spartan Sprint.

“We have mums, dads, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters and many others taking part who are maybe just looking for a new kind of fitness challenge. The Spartan Sprint is an accessible challenge; even if you’re overweight, or if you have never run before, it’s something that anyone can do.”

The sport of obstacle racing is booming as a worldwide craze and attracts millions of runners and keep-fit enthusiasts who are perhaps tired of the more traditional endurance events. Contrary to the misconception that the sport is dominated by men, 40 percent of the Spartan Race participants are women. Obstacles are kept top secret until race day in order to surprise the runners, so you can do as much research as you like but you won’t know what to expect until you see an obstacle mid-race!

Gary Knight: Bonnie Dundee’s raid on Perth 1689

Gary Knight: Bonnie Dundee’s raid on Perth 1689

Grahame Church Blair Castle

This month on Saturday 28th and Sunday the 29th of July the annual Soldiers of Killiecrankie Festival takes place. This event commemorates the first of the Jacobite battles in Scotland the Battle of Killiecrankie fought on the 27th of July 1689.

At the festival, battle re-enactors dressed in the uniforms of the period, battlefield tours and lectures tell the story of the battle and the events leading to it. It is a fantastic day out for anyone young or old interested in history, I must confess to having a vested interest in promoting this event as I will be there as Sandy Dow the Perth Hangman.

It is an event that took place before the Battle of Killiecrankie that I want to focus on, a daring raid on the City of Perth by the Jacobite leader John Grahame of Claverhouse, Viscount Dundee or known to us now as Bonnie Dundee. The events that lead to this attack took place in late 1688 when William the Protestant Prince of Orange landed in England’s west coast and forced his father in law the Catholic King James VII of Scotland and II of England to flee into exile. While England declared for Prince William and his wife Mary (King James’s daughter) a Convention was set up in Edinburgh to debate and vote on which side to support.
Seeing things going against King James one of his most loyal and zealous supporters John Graham of Claverhouse rode out of the capital and raised the King James’s Standard on the top of Dundee Law, thus declaring war on William and his supporters. The Convention sent an army under General Hugh Mackay to hunt down and engage Graham’s small band of followers. Graham took to the highlands to gather support from the clans loyal to King James, and with Mackay following him north, both armies played out a game of tactical chess in the mountains.

It was during this game of cat and mouse that Graham who was short of ammunition and supplies and in need of a morale boost for his force decided on an audacious plan – a raid on Perth. William Blair, the son of the Duke of Hamilton and the Laird of Pollock, was in Perth with a regiment of horse, and Graham knew they would be well equipped and supplied. This regiment drilled every day on the Inch of Perth probably the North Inch and held the town, which has always been of strategic importance in times of war for King William.

Graham with about seventy of his cavalry rode down by Blair Atholl to Dunkeld, where they came across a tax collector, and they took his tax money, resting until darkness at Dunkeld they then made their way towards Perth. Graham halted his troops a mile before Perth and selected twenty men, and this party led their horses towards the sleeping city.

Finding one of the gates open, which in a time of civil war is incredible, the men filled through the gate and secured the watch houses they then gave a signal and the rest of the mounted soldiers came clattering through the gate and headed for the Market Cross. The town garrison was taken entirely by surprise, and the point of a sabre rudely awakened both William Blair and the Laird of Pollock. A municipal banquet that had been held that night resulting in many of the officers holding Perth being drunk of hangover greatly assisted the raiders who captured the forces loyal to William without a fight, amongst the prisoners were two of Mackay’s lieutenants and two or three officers in the militia. These captives witnessed the shame of seeing their standards taken by the Jacobite’s. Graham publicly removed the symbols of the House of Orange- golden oranges from the top of these standards at the town cross. At the cross, he declared King James, the rightful ruler. Graham took 900 merks of public money but would not plunder private property or cash.

Graham then left Perth and headed for Scone Palace where he and his officers had dinner with a very uncomfortable 5th Viscount Stormont, who was trying his hardest not to get entangled in this political and military crisis. Graham and his small band then rode north and rejoined his army.

Graham of Claverhouse (Bonnie Dundee) was killed at the Battle of Killiecrankie just as his loyal Highlanders swept aside the red coats of Mackay’s army. He lies buried in Blair Church just to the north of Blair Castle. His grieving, demoralised and poorly led army advanced south only to be stopped in its tracts in the bloody smoke-filled streets of Dunkeld on the 21st of August 1689 and then a final Jacobite defeat at the Battle of Cromdale near Grantown-on-Spey on the 30th of April and 1st of May 1690, ended the first Jacobite rising.

John Graham Memorial

If you like this story and others that I publish here, you might want to read my stories on my blog at historyandhorrorofscotland or take one of our ghost tours running every Wednesday night at Cultybraggan Prisoner of War Camp near Comrie Perthshire. Info on our Facebook page at Haunted POW Camp Tour Cultybraggan.

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??

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

Morning

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!

Lunchtime

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.

Afternoon

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.

Morning

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.

Lunchtime

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.

 

Afternoon

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boating on the Tay

Boating on the Tay

Boating on the Tay

From May until September 2018 discover the River Tay with a range of fantastic boat trips. Take a trip from Broughty Ferry to Perth or discover Elcho Castle on a trip from Perth City Centre.

Due to the tidal nature of the river, the trips will run at different times of day meaning you get the choice to explore this beautiful river first thing in the morning, during the day or into the early evening.

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

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FAQs

 

 

FAQS

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

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

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

Full payment must be received prior to the trip commencing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Partners

 

Partners

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

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

http://www.taymara.org/

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

 

 

Terms and Conditions

 

 

Booking Terms and Conditions:

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

 

 

Getting Here

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

Getting to Perth by Car

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

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

Getting to Perth by Bus

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

Getting to Perth by Train

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

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

Re:Cap – Saturday 5th May

Re:Cap – Saturday 5th May

See the city differently: arts, music, food and drink in the Perth City Vennels.

Eight local artists will transform the vennels for one day only. With video art, installations, street art, take this chance to imagine Perth and its public spaces differently. You will have your chance to give your opinion on how you want to better use public spaces.

With food and drink, plus performance from Rana Marathon and Craig Lithgow.

Running 10am to 10pm.

Find out more by following Re:cap on Instagram or Twitter.

See photos from last year’s event