Stagecoach Introduce Contactless Payments

Stagecoach Introduce Contactless Payments

Stagecoach East Scotland has launched contactless payments on over 460 vehicles across Fife, Perthshire, Dundee and Angus. Contactless payment machines have been fitted to all Stagecoach vehicles, speeding up boarding and offering a more convenient payment method for customers to buy bus tickets from the driver. This will also provide an additional payment option for bus users alongside existing cash payments, mobile tickets and smart ticketing.
The launch of contactless payments is part of a £12m UK wide investment by Stagecoach into delivering contactless technology and Stagecoach East Scotland is the final operating company to launch this form of payment on board their services. Millions of Stagecoach passengers now have access to contactless bus travel after the company completed the roll-out of the technology which now covers 7,400 vehicles operating within Stagecoach’s regional bus businesses in Scotland, England and Wales.
More than 100 depots were completed during the last 100 weeks with the final depots in East Scotland being fitted at the end of November. The Stagecoach scheme is the single largest contactless merchant in Europe, after Transport for London. Stagecoach East Scotland also invested in handheld contactless machines for conductors on our Tayway 73 route which operates from Dundee to Arbroath via Ninewells Hospital, Monifieth and Carnoustie.
The Tayway 73 remains the only route outside London that still has conductors on board collecting fares. The company hope that by offering conductors the ability to accept contactless payments with their new handheld machines, that this continues to assist with speeding up boarding times and providing improved customer service to passengers. Today (Friday 6 December) marked the completion of the scheme as contactless was launched across Stagecoach East Scotland by Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson.
Welcoming the technology, he said: “Additional smart contactless payment means that more people can choose bus as their sustainable form of transport, knowing that this modern and easy option for buying tickets is now available. “Contactless payment has quickly become a standard method of payment for many people and this investment by Stagecoach provides a simple and more convenient payment method for customers.
By completing this national roll out to transition to contactless payment, I’m pleased to see Stagecoach making it even easier for people to travel across Scotland and beyond, whether purchasing on the bus, through an app or via tickets on their smartcard.” The Stagecoach programme allows all passengers to pay for their travel with a contactless credit or debit card, as well as Apple Pay and Google Pay devices. Figures show that almost two-thirds (63%) of people in the UK now use contactless payments.
Jon Oakey, Acting Managing Director for Stagecoach East Scotland, said: “We have the largest contactless payment scheme outside of London, with hundreds of thousands of payments being made using contactless technology on our buses across the country, so I’m delighted to offer this payment opportunity for our passengers in East Scotland.
“Along with traditional cash payments, our StagecoachSmart card and mobile ticketing through our Stagecoach Bus smartphone app, we are giving customers choice about how they want to buy their travel and making it even easier and more convenient to travel by bus.” To promote the launch of contactless payments in East Scotland, the company will be out and about in the following locations with giveaways and information throughout December:
  • 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
Stagecoach would like to remind customers that there are some alterations to bus timetables over the Christmas and New Year period across the region. These changes can be found within the festive timetable which is available to collect from Stagecoach travel shops or viewed online at
The Black Watch Castle & Museum win BIG

The Black Watch Castle & Museum win BIG

Award Success for The Black Watch Castle and Museum

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

A Courier Business Awards spokesperson said,

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

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

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

Caroline Warburton, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, tells us,

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

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

To find out more about The Black Watch Castle and Museum visit

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 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.

Book Your Journey

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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

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 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
  • 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

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!

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!

RSGS – Honouring Volunteers

RSGS – Honouring Volunteers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Black Watch Castle and Museum begins a new build

The Black Watch Castle and Museum begins a new build

Building work begins this week at The Black Watch Castle and Museum to create a contemporary multi- purpose space. The extension has been designed by architects Arthur Stone to compliment the current building and the historic Balhousie Castle whilst creating a light and open function space. This addition to the multi award winning venue will enable larger events such as weddings, dinners and conferences to be hosted; whilst increasing the capacity to develop the popular event and education programme.

Local firm Balhousie Glaziers have been contracted to undertake the build. Balhousie have been providing quality improvements to home and businesses through Scotland for almost 25 years.

Anne Kinnes, Chief Executive Office, The Black Watch Castle and Museum explains, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with a local company to take us on the next part of the journey to sustain the Home of The Black Watch.”

Drew Hay, Director at Balhousie Glaziers adds, “We are very pleased to have been awarded the role of main contractor for the new building at The Black Watch Castle and Museum. Our association with this project coincides with us heading toward our 25th year in business. To be awarded this prestigious project gives us great pride and is testimony to the exceptional skilled tradesmen we have at Balhousie.”

The new build in due to be completed in May 2018.

Perth Christmas Lights Switch On Weekend

Perth Christmas Lights Switch On Weekend

Perth Christmas Lights Switch On Weekend


We’re delighted to reveal the acts for Perth’s biggest ever Christmas party! It’s big, bright and brimming with stars, Perth’s Christmas Light’s Switch On is this year’s must-see festive celebration with a fantastic line-up of sensational acts making their way to Fair City to kick-start the season’s glorious Winter Festival including Alesha Dixon, MUD, The Hunna, East 17, Boyzlife and more!

Taking you from afternoon into evening, Perth’s Christmas Light’s Switch-On has something for everyone – stages, entertainment-packed streets and an array of tasty treats and street food await you as we prepare to countdown to Christmas 2017.

And of course, all of this festive fun is wrapped around a bustling, compact City Centre packed full of fantastic independent shops, big name High Street brands and an unrivalled choice of restaurants, eateries and bars. Make sure your diary is marked. Perth really is the place to be when it comes to kicking off Yuletide festivities with the city offering a range of fantastic entertainment on Saturday 18 November at one of the biggest Christmas parties in Scotland.

Main Stage

Alesha Dixon


The Hunna


East 17

Lionel Vinyl

The Midnight Soul Sisters


Community Stage

Mark Summers “The Young Elvis”

Children’s Stage


Princess Showtime

Sam’s Little Big Adventures! 

Village People Experience

The Weather Princesses

Christmas Showtime

Click here to see the Perth Christmas Lights Switch On Timings

Chocolate Festival Opens

Ice Rink Opens

12 noon
Music Stage Opens (King Edward Street)

12 noon
Childrens Stage Opens (Horsecross Plaza)

Street Entertainments Commence

Main Stage Opens (Tay Street)

Parade Muster @ Thimble Row

Community Stage Closes

Childrens Stage Closes

Parade Commences

Parade ends South Street / Speygate / Tay Street

Principals arrives at Main Stage

Switch On of Lights at Main Stage @ Tay Street

Community Stage & Children’s Stage End of the Show Show

Chocolate Festival Closes

Approx. Close Down of All Stages

Ice Rink Closes

Meet Santa’s Reindeer!

We’re delighted that The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd will be joining us for this year’s Perth’s Christmas Lights Switch On! Come visit Santa’s reindeer on George Street on Saturday 18th November, the reindeer will also take part in the Christmas parade!

Perth’s Festive Ice Rink

To get you in the festive mood the Outdoor Ice Rink makes a welcome return this year to Perth city centre.
The Ice Rink will be located in Horsecross Plaza, Mill Street, Perth

Opening times:

Friday 17 November 2017 (12.00 – 10.00) (Last Entry 9pm)
Saturday 18 November 2017 (10.00 – 10.00 (Last Entry 9pm)
Sunday 19 November 2017 (12.00 – 10.00) (Last Entry 9pm)

Sessions Start on the hour and run for 45minutes. Cost £6 per person. Skate hire is included in the cost.

Perth Chocolate & Gin Street Fest – Saturday & Sunday 18/19th November

The Perth Chocolate & Gin Street Fest is a unique celebration of all things chocolate and gin. Indulge your passion for the cocoa bean with mouth-watering chocolate bars; buttons; sauces; spreads; cakes; truffles; hot chocolate and so much more…Browse the great range of stalls showcasing gins from around the UK with an amazing variety of flavours to choose from. Taste a few, buy a bottle or two – there’s a gin to suit every taste!

Book your little chef into the children’s chocolate workshops; take part in a gin tasting; visit one of the many coffee shops offering special chocolate treats; grab a bite to eat at the street food area. Perth City Centre will be bustling with activity throughout the whole weekend. With street entertainers, reindeer; fun fair rides; music and entertainment there’s something for everyone.

Perth’s Festive Feast – Sunday 19th November

Cake, soup, chocolate and gin – what more could anyone want for a festive feast?

The Christmas Lights Switch On fun continues with a celebration of some of the best and most creative of Perthshire food and drink. And, it all takes place against a backdrop of live entertainment from local bands and other performers. The Festive Feast includes:

Perth Chocolate & Gin Street Fest / Continuation of the event from Saturday 18 November 2017.

Cake Fest Perth and Kinross / An edible map of Perth and Kinross will be created under the watchful gaze of Head Baker Simon Preston. Cake buildings and landmarks from across Perth and Kinross will be added to the creation throughout Sunday 19 November as the cake map takes place.

Zuppa – Great Perthshire Soup Competition / Let the battle of the soups commence. The second annual Zuppa Soup Competition finale will take place on Sunday 19 November. The best soup recipes using produce from across Perth and Kinross will be put to a public vote. Which soup will come out top?

Getting Here

Perth is the most accessible city in Scotland with fantastic road, bus and rail links. Perth is location just 90 minutes from 90% of Scotland’s population.

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.

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.

Get Involved

#perthwinterfest | #perthuk

Follow Perth City Centre on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat – @perthcitycentre

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Fair Game in the Fair City

Fair Game in the Fair City

Hundreds of gamers from all over Scotland will be descending on Perth next year as it holds the first Tabletop Scotland event.

Tabletop gaming is sweeping the globe – a growing trend based on the move away from online experiences to more social face to face gaming.

Perth’s Dewars Centre will play host to Tabletop Scotland, welcoming board and tabletop game enthusiasts from across the country and promises to be one of the biggest gaming events seen in Scotland.

Tabletop Scotland’s Director, David Wright said:

Tabletop gaming has become increasingly popular in recent years and is a great way for people to socialise, make new friends and to have a great time doing so.

This event will showcase a wide array of games, from strategy board and card games to family games, role-playing games and many more.  We will have a library of games on hand for people to learn and play on-site so no prior knowledge will be required.

We created Tabletop Scotland to have a focal point for the hobby in Scotland and to bring together those already involved in the gaming community and those who may be discovering for the first time that tabletop gaming exists!

Hosting Tabletop Scotland in a central location to allow convenient travel for visitors from all over Scotland and beyond is vital, so what better place than Perth; the heart of Scotland.  We are absolutely delighted to be able to bring it to Dewars Centre in 2018.”

Stuart Kane, Director of Big Dog Books and Deputy Chair of the Perth Traders Association, added:

“Big Dog Books is fully committed to the benefits of tabletop gaming and is really excited to see the launch of Tabletop Scotland. 2018 is the Year of Young People and activities that get groups of young people working and playing together face-to-face can have important social benefits in an increasingly digital world.

“In choosing Perth, Tabletop Scotland has picked a vibrant and bustling city to host Scotland’s first major tabletop expo. The Dewars Centre is fully serviced to meet attendees needs; and with excellent transport links, accommodation, restaurants, and shopping available in the city Tabletop Scotland can be the focal point for a wonderful family weekend.”

Tabletop Scotland will come to Dewars Centre, Perth for two days on 1st and 2nd September 2018.

Great Perthshire Picnic – Enjoy the taste of Perthshire this September

Great Perthshire Picnic – Enjoy the taste of Perthshire this September

Local businesses will be cooking up a storm this September, bringing the tastes and delights of Perth and Kinross alive as part of the Great Perthshire Picnic.


The Picnic is a month-long celebration of the best food and drink the region has to offer, with over 60 events scheduled throughout September, championing the best local produce and home-grown talent from across the region.


This year’s launch event takes place alongside the Perth Farmer’s Market on Saturday September 2nd and will feature a host of street food, live music and demonstrations. John Swinney MSP will be officially kicking off the 2017 Great Perthshire Picnic at 12 noon. Pop on down to King Edward Street and see us!

Events take place across the whole of September and we are certain there is something for everyone within our programme. Highlights include a pakora masterclass by Praveen from Tabla, a Murray’s pie high tea at Giraffe Café and a really exciting collaboration fundraising dinner where we see the chefs from 63 Tay Street, The North Port, Giraffe Trading and The Post Box coming together under the roof of Perth’s museum to bring a 4 course dinner using the finest Perthshire ingredients – a truly one-off experience not to be missed.

The Picnic is the brainchild of Perth’s leading social enterprise, Giraffe Trading, who will be getting right into the thick of the Picnic activities by hosting a range of events across September, including the launch of their new menu and an after-hours 5 course dinner evening to close the month.


Support is also coming from around the region, with The Mary Queen of Scots Festival in Kinross, Highland Safari’s Café in Aberfeldy, a pop up market in Kenmore with the Taymouth Courtyard, a foraged cocktail experience with Cairn O’Mohr in Errol and a Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea Party at Perth College… to name but a few!

Gareth Ruddock, Giraffe  Trading CEO, is leading the project and says he’s been blown away by the level of support the idea has received locally, “Perth and Kinross is rightly famed for its food and drink producers. We have award-winning restauranteurs, chocolatiers, distilleries, breweries and produce right on our doorstep, so an event to celebrate this has a huge amount of talent to draw on locally.”


He continues, “I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of businesses to get involved and see the idea develop. We’ve had far more interest than I could ever have hoped for, and September’s looking like it’s going to be a really tasty month.”

Organising food and drink events is not Giraffe Trading’s bread and butter. But, for anyone questioning why a social enterprise would be taking on an event of this size, Gareth is quick to offer an explanation: “As a social enterprise which concentrates on helping people with barriers to the workplace we are always looking for new ways to engage with local employers. The Great Perthshire Picnic has given us a reason to meet with and talk to a much broader range of potential employers than we would in our normal business. It also gives them a chance to find out more about what we do, and the value that one of our job seekers could bring to their workplace.”

“Food and drink was the obvious link for us, because we are already involved in producing fresh food from our Perth sites, giving opportunities for people to gain experience in the catering and retail industries to prepare them to move into employment.”

To pull together the Great Perthshire Picnic, some leading names in the local food and drink industry have helped including Keron from Exel Wines, Andrew from The North Port and Praveen from Tabla. As you might expect these businesses also feature on the events programme for September. Giraffe is also working with Open Studios to attract even more people into Perthshire to visit art and cooking events.


It is set to be a delicious month! Keep an eye out for our brochure detailing events and packed full of fantastic foodie deals and offers (available at Giraffe Café, South Street), or simply visit the website Events are booking up quickly, so register as soon as you can for your chosen date.

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