£10 Experiences | Cheap Things to do in Perthshire

£10 Experiences | Cheap Things to do in Perthshire

Is money tight this week? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of great experiences to enjoy in Perth and around Perthshire without breaking the bank.

If you are looking for some fun things to do without spending a fortune, here is 10 amazing experiences you can have for under £10!

1 | Catch the latest movie at the Perth Playhouse

Find out more at PerthPlayhouse.co.uk

2 | Show of your skills at footgolf

Find out more at northinchgolf.co.uk

3 | Challange your friends to a go-karting Grand Prix

Find out more at noahs-perth.co.uk

4 | Enjoy a boat trip 

Find out more at noahs-perth.co.uk

5 | Bowl a couple of strikes 

Find out more at noahs-perth.co.uk

6 | Challange yourself at the Perth College UHI climbing wall

Find out more at Perth.uhi.ac.uk

7 | Play a game of pool

8 | Watch a St Johnstone F.C home game

Find out more at perthstjohnstonefc.co.uk

9 | Ride the flumes at Perth Swimmng Pool

Find out more at  liveactive.co.uk

10 | Rock out to a gig at the Green Room

Find out more at thegreenroomperth.com

Top 10 Family Events & Festivals

Top 10 Family Events & Festivals

Looking for some family-friendly events this year? If so, you are in the right place. We know how hard it is to find events and festivals that aren’t just suitable for the whole family but are enjoyable for visitors of all ages.

We have been on the hunt to find you some of the best family-friendly events and festivals from around Perthshire. So weather you and your family are interested in experiencing some live music, getting active, learning about Scottish history or just looking for a great day out – Perthshire has it all!

Take a look at our top 10 family-friendly events and festivals below!

1 | Show off your moves at the Solas Festival

Solas Festival is Scotland’s midsummer festival, which has been running since 2009. The all-age, weekend-long celebration of music and the arts is designed to entertain, inspire and challenge.

Find out more at: solasfestival.co.uk

2 | Enjoy a day out at the DiverseCiTAY Festival


We’ve got a diverse and talented bunch of young people in Perth, and they’re keen to share their skills and creative passions with you. On the streets and in the parks there will be performances to delight and amaze, and plenty of chances to join in.
Whether it’s music, drama, art, or sport, there will be something for you to see and do.

Find the event here.

3 | Grab your bikes and get over to the Cream o’ the Croft

Held at Comrie Croft, the award-winning campsite and trail centre in the heart of Strathearn in Perthshire, Cream o’ the Croft is a Summer festival for anyone who loves either (or all) of the following things….. Mountain biking – delicious food – amazing trails – quality time with friends and family – camping (or glamping) – live music – having a few drinks – stunning views – sliding down a big hill – dancing into the night – watching your kids run free in the great outdoors – having ridiculous amounts of fun.

Find the event here.

4 | BBC’s Biggest Weekend

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.  Perthshire is home 28 amazing Munros and 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

5 | Enjoy a show or two at the Perth Festival of Arts

The Perth Festival of the Arts is a gem in Scotland’s cultural calendar and stages opera, classical, rock, dance, jazz, drama, visual arts in Perth Concert Hall & Perth Theatre. The programme is bursting with family-friendly concerts and workshops!

Find out more at: perthfestival.co.uk

6 | Take on the Spartan Race

The race will offer a start in the very centre of the city, for the first time ever in the UK. Spartan Race runners will have the chance to run along crowd-lined streets, before heading out onto the hilly trails. WIth a range of races suited to your ability and age – this is the perfect family fun event!

Find the event here.

7 | Take a trip back in time with the Perth Medieval Fayre

Celebrate Perth’s ancient roots with an exciting day of free events and activities in the city centre.

Watch and try your hand at a range of skills including hand and wheel spinning, loom weaving and live metal casting from Threads in Time. There will also be medieval music, weapons and armour, traditional crime and punishment demonstrations and much much more!
Find the event here.

8 | Join in the spooky and kooky fun at the Perth’s Halloween Party 

Perth’s Halloween celebrations get bigger and better every year!  We invite you to enjoy a Halloween Party in Perth where we promise you a spooktacular extravaganza of ghoulish delights!

Find the event here.

10 | Celebrate Scotland’s National day at the St Andrews Day Festival 

Celebrate St Andrew’s Day with live music and a marketplace selling food and drink from Scotland’s natural larder.

Find the event here.

9 | Welcome in the Festive Season with the Perth Christmas Light Switch-on 

Get ready 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.

Find the event here.

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

Perthshire Bucket List 2018

Perthshire Bucket List 2018

Are there things in Perthshire you’ve always wanted to do? Activities and sights that you keep meaning to get around to? If so, why not make a Perthshire Bucket List for 2018? Each month (or more often!) you could do a different activity, visit a different attraction or see something different.

We’ve created our own Perthshire Bucket List to inspire you – take a look and let us know what yours would contain. And have a memorable and fun-filled 2018!

January –Take a course

It’s the classic January activity – learning something new! And Perthshire has so much to offer. You could create an unforgettable feast at Perth’s Indian Cook School, Let’s Cook Scotland or one of Taystful’s chocolate-making courses. How could you resist that?!

If you’d like your new skills to really “take off” in 2018, you could learn to fly at Perth Airport with the Scottish Aero Club. Or, if crafting is more your thing, there are many embroidery, quilting, dress-making and sewing workshops on offer at Perth’s The Peacock and The Tortoise.

February – Get up high

It’s been said that experiencing a sense of awe can make us happier. And there’s certainly no shortage of awe-inspiring and towering heights in Perthshire!

If you are feeling super-brave or want to push the limits of what you can achieve, the Killiecrankie Bungee Jump could be just what you’re after. And the same team has found another way to get the adrenaline pumping – the Highland Fling, a thrilling swing from a 40-metre platform under the famous Garry bridge and across the gorge.

If, like me, you prefer to look at nice views rather than bungee into them, there is a plethora of hills, mountains and viewpoints in our lovely county, such as Ben Vrackie, Ben Vorlich, Ben Lawers, Schiehallion, Kinnoull Hill, Moncreiffe Hill, Birnam Hill and Pine Cone Point at The Hermitage. (See our article on Perthshire’s viewpoints for some extra inspiration!)

March – Spot wildlife

Spring is a lovely time to get up close to Perthshire’s wild creatures, as new life is born on land and birds take to the skies in large numbers.

You can see all sorts of wildlife and birdlife, both native and migratory, at Loch Leven RSPB and Loch of the Lowes. Or hand-feed deer and see a barn owl in action at the Red Deer Centre.

To see wildlife in their loch or hillside habitats, visit Highland Safaris, Highland Exploration or Loch Tay Safaris, where you can take a trip in an off-road 4×4 vehicle or a cabin RIB boat, in the company of experienced wildlife guides.

April- Get immersed in history

To celebrate the longer days, why not take a trip to one of Perthshire’s brilliant historical attractions, and learn some great facts about our past? Often, we don’t visit the castle or museum that’s just down the road from us – 2018 could be the year to do just that! Here’s a small selection, but feel free to make your own list to tick off through the year:

May – Come to a big event or festival

Perthshire is the go-to county for fantastic events – the whole year is crammed full of them! In May, and throughout summer, you can experience the thrill of horse-racing at Perth Racecourse, including a Ladies’ Day. The annual Perth Beer Festival is going from strength to strength and is a wonderful day and evening of entertainment, featuring the best of Perthshire’s local drinks producers.

Later in the year you can experience the magic of the Enchanted Forest at Faskally Wood, or keep out the winter chills with Perth’s fun-packed Winter Festival. And if you’ve never yelled yourself hoarse at a St Johnstone Football Club match, do it in 2018!

June – Get outdoors and adventuring

Perthshire is well-known for its outdoor pursuits – with all of our rivers, mountains, forests and wild moors, who could blame us?

Here are some of the companies who will help you to explore and adventure in the great outdoors:

July – See live music

Will 2018 be the year you make it to Solas, Rewind or Fake Festival? Whether you want to hear up-and-coming bands or bop along to an ’80s or ’90s classic wearing your best DayGlo outfits, Perthshire has so many live music events for you.

As well as the outdoor festivals, there’s also great music at The Green Room, Perth Concert Hall, Inchyra Arts Club, Birnam Arts, and more.

Follow Perth City on Facebook or Twitter for all the latest!

August – Come to a Scottish Highland Games

There’s a Highland Games on nearly every summer weekend in Scotland, many of them in August. But did you know how many we have here in Perthshire? As well as two of the largest and most popular – Perth Highland Games and Crieff Highland Gathering – there are also Highland Games at Blackford, Blair Atholl, Kenmore, Birnam, Blairgowrie & Rattray and Pitlochry.

If you’ve never been before, 2018 could be the year you experience this most Scottish of occasions!

September – Do local food and drink

You can eat delicious local food all year round in Perthshire, but as summer turns to autumn, some of our finest food makes an appearance.

To celebrate this bounty, the Great Perthshire Picnic features a whole month bursting with foodie events, from pop-up restaurants to special tastings, great feasts to dainty nibbles.

There’s still time this month to pick or buy fruit from our many fabulous soft-fruit producers such as the Strawberry Shop, and don’t forget that Perthshire tatties are among the best in the world!

For your monthly food fix, don’t miss Perth Farmers’ Market, featuring local producers of bread, drinks, cakes, sweets, cheeses, oatcakes, chillis, gins, chocolates, meats, and much more.

October – Get some culture

As we wander through autumn in Perthshire, there’s so much to do for culture-lovers.

BOOKMARK Festival takes place in Blairgowrie & The Glens and features world-class authors in a boutique setting. Pitlochry Theatre continues its popular summer run of six different shows a week, and the newly refurbished Perth Theatre will have an autumn programme of delights.

Later in the year, check out Pitlochry’s Winter Words Festival, and for fascinating exhibitions all year round, head to the welcoming Perth Museum & Art Gallery or Fergusson Gallery.

November – Do a distillery tour

We couldn’t possibly have a Perthshire Bucket List without a distillery tour. If you’re coming from afar it’s a great way to learn about our national drink. But even if you live in the area, it’s still great fun to do the tour and sample the delicious malts and blends at the end! It’s a great day out for your visitors, too.

And now, with the rise of Perthshire’s gin producers, you don’t even have to like whisky to enjoy a distillery tour!

Our whisky distilleries include Dewars Aberfeldy, Famous Grouse, Edradour and Bells. Gin distilleries you could visit include Strathearn, Persie and Madderty Micro. Slàinte Mhath!

December – Get festive

Perthshire has the antidote to all those dark winter nights – we light them up with parties, light shows, markets and more!

There are Christmas markets throughout the county, and festivals that celebrate Halloween, Bonfire Night, St Andrew’s Day and, of course, chocolate and gin! Don’t forget, either, the Perth Riverside Light Nights, Pitlochry’s New Year’s Day party and Comrie’s Hogmanay Flambeaux event.

Stay in touch

As you can see, there are so many elements you can add to your 2018 Perthshire Bucket List. We have highlighted just a small selection for you – why not use them as inspiration and make up your own list? Don’t forget to let us know what you get up to, and follow us on on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news, photos, videos and events from Perth and Perthshire.

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