While the shops fill up with festive treats and ever more reminders of the upcoming Christmas season, it also signals another landmark of the year – Hogmanay!
Perthshire offers much to locals and tourists alike for this most unique of Scottish celebrations. Surround yourself with the incredible scenery of the district for a country night to remember; Or treat your family and friends to one final blow out meal before 2017 starts; alternatively see in the bells with drinks and company at one of Perth’s celebrated hotels and bars. Whether you prefer a quiet goodbye to the year or a grand old party, make sure you find the best option now.
The Winter season also brings with it the promise of party nights, as friends and colleagues gather together for a big night out to celebrate a year of long, hard work. Perth City remains the social hub of Perthshire for those seeking a fun, festive, value for money evening of food, drink and excitement. We’ve included some party night options available this season alongside the Hogmanay options, so you and your group can find a night of joy whenever you decide to take it this November and December.
It is recommended that you book well ahead of time for many of the events listed below due to high demand, so make sure you visit their respective websites and save your spot.
The team at Perth Racecourse are well known for putting together a party, so there’s no better time than the end of the year to celebrate in style! The Racecourse’s Hogmanay party, taking place in the Parklands of nearby Scone Palace, will include haggis and clapshot, a ceilidh and disco over two floors, and a piper at the bells. Upgrade to the VIP package and get a private table and a glass of fizz for you and your party. If you need transport, a return bus is available from the city centre for £5 per person, but it must be pre-booked, and parking overnight is free. This party is for over 18s only. Standard tickets are £30 per person, and VIP packages are £40 per person. Check out the website for more information.
This December, the racecourse sees the return of its Christmas race nights, offering you and your friends a jam packed party with a 2 course Christmas dinner, an evening of racing entertaiment and prizes, and a disco to dance the night away into the wee hours. The basic package starts at £30 per person, with a VIP offer available at an extra £10 a head. Race nights are available on the 2nd, 10th, 16th and 17th of December. Check the website for more information.
One for the St Johnstone fans in your life! Party nights at the team’s home ground take place every Friday and Saturday in December until the 23rd, with a glazz of fizz on arrival followed by a 3 course meal of Christmas treat favourites, for £35 per person. If you’re organising a private party, McDiarmid Park’s team can help you with their exclusive private offers. They have a variety of suites available to suit your group size and needs, and their head chef will style a 3 course menu to your tastes and specifications. Book now to avoid disappointment. A non refundable £10 deposit per person is required. See the park’s website for a full list of dates, menus and prices.
One of Perth’s most iconic restaurants has its place all ready for New Year’s Eve, with a planned dinner and ceilidh. Join them for a delicious 3 course dinner, composed of delectable Scottish produce cooked into sumptuous dishes such as King Scallops, Orkney Gold Beef and Roast Duck Breast, then get your dancing shoes on for a ceilidh courtesy of the fabulous Caledonian Cowboy, and the traditional piper for the bells. The full dinner and ceilidh package is priced at £54.95, and early booking is highly recommended. Visit the website for details, including a full menu.
Tabla’s 4 course authentic Indian cuisine is a tasty way to end the year, with sharing platters, a selection of curries including some well loved favourites (rogan josh, korma, South Indian garlic chicken), and unique desserts, such as gulab jamun, a rice flour dough deep fried and coated in sugar syrup, cardamom and rosewater. The 4 course Hogmanay dinner costs £24.95 per person, and a £5 deposit per person is required when booking. Contact the restaurant through their website for booking details and the full menu.
Bring some Parisian flavour to your Hogmanay celebrations at Pig’Halle, with a delicious 4 course evening menu, accompanied with a glass of bubbly, coffee and an evening’s entertainment. Make your final meal of the year one to remember, with an exceptional selection of dishes, including: Loch Fyne oysters with shallot viniger and wholemeal bread; flash roasted duck breast with potatoes, red cabbage and cherry sauce; stuffed boneless quail, barley and winter vegetable broth; and brioche pain perdu with caramelised pineapple, meringe and Cointreau sabayon. 4 courses and the trimmings costs £67.90 per person, and this menu is available only on the 31st of December, so book now to take advantage!
Revel in a traditional Scottish New Year’s celebration at the Salutation Hotel, where they’re seeing in the bells in style! Their Gala Hogmanay Dinner Dance combines great food, music, a ceilidh with tuneful accompaniment from Coutt’s Ceilidh Band, the traditional piper, then late night stovies and the bar until 1am to keep things cozy. The event costs £73 per person, and special accommodation rates are available for guests attending if they book ahead (a full Scottish breakfast is included, to make the first day of 2017 that much sweeter). Check out the booking form for details. SOLD OUT
The Salutation’s renowned party nights return this December, with guests able to enjoy a 3 course Christmas meal with coffee, music from resident DJ Steve Nardone, and a disco until 1am. Prices vary depending on the date of the event. All dates and costs can be found on the website.
Dunkeld House Hotel.
If the city doesn’t take your fancy this Hogmanay, escape to the lush picturesque surroundings of Dunkeld at the Dunkeld House Hotel, where their 2017 welcome spectacular includes their famous all you can eat buffet breakfast, a black tie gala dinner and music and dancing with help from Pete Clark’s Big Ceilidh Band. Enjoy all that as part of the 3 day Hogmanay break, with afternoon tea the day before, then a Buck’s Fizz Scottish breakfast and incredible falconry display on the 1st of January. This luxury experience, amidst the beautiful surroundings of one of Perthshire’s most stunning towns, starts from £372 per room per night. Full details can be found on their website.
Experience a festive night out by way of Brazil with samba themed Christmas Carnival at the Mercure Hotel! Surround yourselves with the vibrancy and passion of South America’s most beloved tradition, and bring some warmth to the cold Scottish winter. From just £25 per person, the Mercure’s party night include a red carpet arrival, themed event room, food and music from the resident DJ. Festive offers are also available to add that extra treat, including cocktail receptions and drinks packages. Make a night of it and book a room for the full stay, starting from £60, which includes breakfast. The full Mercure festive season programme can be found on their website.
From festive dining to party nights and buffets, the Christmas options at Huntingtower Hotel this season will suit every taste. Party nights include a delicious and varied 3 course menu with after-dinner coffee, a pre-dinner glass of bubbly for every guest, and a disco until 1:30am. 5 dates are available throughout December, priced £34 per person, and dates are expected to fill up quickly so book now.
This Hogmanay, Huntingtower are pulling out all the stops, with a luxurious dinner dance to remember. Enjoy an incredible 3 course meal and glass of bubbly, followed by a ceilidh and disco into the wee hours after the bells, all for £55 per person. Book now to avoid disappointment. All details on festive and Hogmanay party nights can be found on their website.
Located right next door to the bus station and across the road from the train station, the Queen’s Hotel is ideal for commuters and those who don’t want to worry about the journey home. It’s also one of the best value party night options this Christmas season, which includes a 3 course festive dinner, priced at just £27.50 – that’s cheaper than last year!
Their Hogmanay Gala Dinner is similarly great value for money, with a trio of courses and tea or coffee with homemade tablet, followed by a glass of fizz and New Year’s fun for just £51 per person. All details and menus can be found on their website.
With a great menu, warm atmosphere and top value for money price, the Lovat Hotel’s festive season promises to be special. While they’re still putting together the full calendar, you can book now for December party nights – 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th – at only £27.50 per person. Their much loved Hogmanay House Party is back by popular demand, and children are welcome. Prices start at £37 for adults and £20 for children. Keep an eye on the Lovat Hotel’s website for further details.
An ancient custom to drive evil spirits from the village, this tradition is maintained by local voluntary effort. Each Hogmanay as midnight is announced by the bells of Big Ben the flambeaux are lit. The torches, consisting of long thick birch poles with tarred rags tightly bound to the tops, are paraded around the village preceeded by the pipe band and followed by a fancy dress parade. Once the procession returns to Melville Square prizes are presented and the torches are cast over the Dalginross Bridge into the waters of the River Earn. This is supposed to signify the casting out of evil spirits. Many of the villagers follow this on with the custom of ‘First Footing’ which usually involves a dfferent type of spirit entirely! More Information Here
Pitlochry Scottish New Year Celebrations
In Pitlochry New Year is welcomed in style by closing of Atholl Road, Pitlochry’s main street to traffic and having it filled with new year revellers. With pipe bands and dancing in the street to the sounds of ceilidh music a great way to welcome 2017
Takes place on New Year’s Day between 1pm to 4pm. Entrance is free. This new year event is very popular and always very well supported.
Charlie Taylor Hair and Beauty
A Party Night with a difference . Charlie Taylor Hair and Beauty’s Marie Curie Sparkle Night is set to be a fun filled charity night. They will be demonstrating braiding, makeup, occasion hair, LittleLies clothing, Wella, NIOXIN, Malmaison cocktails and lots more and above all raising money for Marie Curie! All the fun takes place on 29th November from 7pm. Availability is limited, book in now to avoid disappointment! Visit the Charlie Taylor Salon or call on 01738 633221