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 4x4 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.

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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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