Stories and Legends of Kinclaven Castle

Stories and Legends of Kinclaven Castle

Stories and Legends of Kinclaven 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.

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 2019

Spartan Race 2019

Spartan Race 2019

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 2019. 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 the 14th and 15th 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.

 

 

Stories and Legends of Kinclaven Castle

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??

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.

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.

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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 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.

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.

Top 10 Digital Detox Experiences

Top 10 Digital Detox Experiences

Digital detox experiences are places of escape from the bustle of the 24-hour connected lifestyle. No Wi-Fi, no internet, so you can just switch your phone off and enjoy the peace. A digital detox is a great holiday for families to reconnect; for couples who just want to spend time alone; or even for groups of friends who don’t want technology to distract from having a good time together.

1 | The Hotbox Aberfeldy

Fired by a giant crackling wood burner, lined in aspen and with panoramic windows stretching 40′ along it’s length, its the perfect place to relax whilst you take in the magnificent views across the Loch & hill ground beyond. Complete with its own fire pit, lawn area and access to our water trampoline via the private beach below, its just too good to miss. Not forgetting, The Hot Box also boasts its very own outdoor bar!!

Find out more at: taymouthmarina.com

2 | Dark Skies at Rannoch

One of the most magnificent sights in all of nature is the night sky peppered with stars, distant planets and streaking meteors. Luckily for us, Scotland has some of the largest expanses of dark sky in Europe making it a perfect destination for eager stargazers.

Find out more at: visitscotland.com

3 | Wild Camping & Night Kayaking at Rannoch

Fancy getting off the beaten track? If you don’t mind sacrificing the usual day-to-day comforts and conveniences and want to explore the areas of Scotland that very few visit, then wild camping is for you. It’s a great way to discover remote parts of our stunning landscapes and get close to nature. Plus, the experience definitely comes with a great feeling of adventure!

Find out more at visitscotland.com

4 | Dunalister Loch & Hidden Village

From the front of this Victorian grey-stone hotel in the isolated village of Kinloch Rannoch in the Scottish Highlands the craggy slopes of Craig Varr rise up.

5 | EcoYoga

Nick and Rachel have created the ecoYoga Centre at Inverliever Lodge as an expression of their belief in a healthy, happy, carbon free and sustainable lifestyle. The transformation from an old outdoor centre to its present incarnation as a luxurious but still genuinely ‘eco’ holiday experience is now complete. Set in magnificent Scottish scenery; hills, lochs, rivers and forests abound. The ecoYoga Centre is totally off-grid. Powered by our 550Kw hydro turbine and a large bank of solar panels.

Find out more at: ecoyoga.org

6 | Treehouse Glamping

The Tree Howf is a beautifully designed and crafted masterpiece!

Built high up within the branches of the tree it has amazing 360 degree views over the Ochil hills and beyond

Immerse yourself in peace and quiet in this totally self sufficient tree house, which has internal cooking facilities, shower and wood burning stove/ oven, while downstairs there is compost toilet.

Find out more at: craigheadhowf.co.uk

7 | Guardswell Self-catering

Guardswell Farm is a 150-acre grassland farm situated on a south facing hillside, between Abernyte and Kinnaird, Perthshire. With panoramic views extending from North of Dundee, along the River Tay, over to the North of Fife, down to the Carse of Gowrie and all the way along to Glencarse; we feel a bit mean keeping it all to ourselves.

Find out more at guardswell.co.uk

8 | Munro Bagging

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to conquer Scotland’s Munros, a list of Scottish mountains over 3,000 ft (914.4 m), which are named after Sir Hugh T Munro, who surveyed and catalogued them in 1891. Climbing these peaks is a great way for experienced walkers to explore some of Scotland’s finest scenery and further-flung locations.

Find out more at visitscotland.co.uk

9 | Mountain Biking at Comrie Croft

Comrie Croft is fast becoming the mountain biking and hiking destination for Perthshire and beyond.

Find out more at comriecroft.com

10 | Spa Uniq

The Spa Uniq Retreat Cabin is a fantastic place to chill out and totally relax. It has many fabulous features, designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind. The decor is restful with colours of champagne, pearl and purple.  The theme is “luxurious spa”.  The concept is unique – a self-catering spa cabin with private roofed hot tub and quirky cedar barrel sauna.  You won’t find anything quite like it.

Find out more at spauniq.co.uk

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