- Saturday 8 December – 12-5pm: Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes
- Sunday 9 December – 11-3pm: Fife Central Retail Park, Kirkcaldy
- Saturday 15 December – 12-5pm: Kingsgate Shopping Centre, Dunfermline
- Sunday 16 December – 10-5pm: St John’s Shopping Centre, Perth
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.”
“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
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
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.
Book Your Journey
To see full range of sailing dates click “Start Date”. Click “All Categories” button to see the full range of boat trips available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
Perth is the most accessible city in Scotland with fantastic road, bus and rail links.
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.
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!
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!
Perth’s History and Heritage Pass
The Black Watch Castle and Museum and Scone Palace have launched a joint ticket – Perth’s History and Heritage Pass.
It is great value for visitors giving a combined 20% discount on admission and includes access to The Black Watch Story Tour.
Tickets can be bought at either Scone Palace or The Black Watch Castle and Museum. We would be delighted if you can share with your customers who are looking to sample some of Perth’s heritage.