The winter snow is finally disappearing, the crocuses are emerging and the nights are lighter. Easter is on the way! Perth and Perthshire are fantastic places to visit and spend some time during the chocolate season – there’s so much to do, see and, most importantly, eat! Feast your eyes on our Top 10 Reasons to “egg-sperience” our lovely county at Easter time.
1. Chocolate, of course!
With award-winning chocolatier Iain Burnett in Grandtully, Chocolate Galley in Auchterarder and Charlotte Flower in Aberfeldy, we have some of the country’s top chocolatiers here in Perthshire. They share an attention to detail and a commitment to using only the best ingredients, many locally sourced.And you can taste the difference in their delicious products, which you can try and buy when you visit (check their websites as you sometimes need to phone first. Oh, and bring a big bag!).
2. Thrills and spills
Our adventurous Perthshire people are always coming up with new ways to enjoy the outdoors, whether it’s on land, in the air or on the water! This Easter you can enjoy the Highland Fling Bridge Swing and Bungee Jump at Killiecrankie, the adrenaline-raising thrills of Nae Limits and Wee Adventures, and the adventurous fun of mountain biking at Comrie Croft or Kinnoull Hill.
Get out on a boat trip with Loch Tay Safaris or Highland Exploration in Kinloch Rannoch. Also on the water, Willowgate Activity Centre has a huge amount of water (and land) sports including kayaking, aqua-zorbing, archery and paddle-boarding.
And, for one day only, you can abseil off the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy, on Saturday 14th April, to help them raise vital funds and celebrate five years since re-opening. (Or just watch at a safe distance from one of the lovely Aberfeldy cafes!)
3. The best food and drink
Perthshire has some of the best food and drink in the country – local chefs love the variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, fish and meats available in our beautiful county. Come and enjoy what they create for you in our enviable selection of restaurants and hotels (see lists at the end of this article)! Or get your own fresh ingredients at Perth Farmers’ Market or our wonderful farm shops such as Gloagburn and Brig Farm Shop. You can also enjoy a cooking class at Let’s Cook Scotland or Praveen Kumar’s Indian Cook School.
4. We’re dog-friendly!
Perthshire is one of the most dog-friendly places in Scotland, if not the UK. Check out just some of the places that you and your furry friends are welcome to visit in our recent doggy article by the brains (and paws!) behind Dog Friendly Perthshire.
5. We love indies!
Perth is home to over 40 independent shops, offering a friendly welcome, unique items and the kind of personalised service you can only find in indie shops. We also have our very own Perth Gift Card, which can be spent at 80-plus shops, venues and eating places. If you or someone you know is coming to Perth soon, why not gift yourself or them a Perth Card as a little Easter treat?
6. The amazing walks and beautiful views
It’s no secret that Perthshire is home to some amazing walks and views. We have iconic munros, such as Schiehallion, Ben Lawers and Ben Chonzie, and a whole host of heavenly hills to hike over. Check out our articles on great Perthshire walks and popular Perthshire viewpoints, and let us know what your own favourite is!
7. The culture
We love a bit of culture in Perthshire! Whether it’s history or modern art, castles or galleries, traditional or cutting-edge, we have it all. Check out some of our options for culture at Easter time:
- Platform Perth & Kinross – a contemporary arts festival celebrating the best of Perth & Kinross’ makers, artists and creatives, from 24th – 31st March
- Events, theatre performances and gigs at Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre
- Films, live theatre, opera and ballet at Perth Playhouse and the Birks Cinema
8. The wildlife
If you’re a wildlife fan, Perthshire has so much to offer you and your family. Visit the Red Deer Centre to get up close with the deer and learn more about barn owls, or come to the Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve to see ospreys, red squirrels, woodpeckers and woodland birds. The RSPB reserve at Loch Leven is a paradise for birds and bird fans, and has a lovely visitor centre and cafe. Or just take to the hills and do your own wildlife-spotting!
9. A fine round of golf
Perthshire’s golf courses are the stuff of legend, and regularly play host to national and international competitions such as the Ryder Cup. As well as the renowned Gleneagles and Blairgowrie clubs, there are historic courses such as Blair Atholl and the North Inch, one of the world’s oldest golf courses where it’s believed King James VI once played!
10. Great music and live events
Perthshire has a deserved reputation for live music. During Easter, you can enjoy the Monday Night Thing at Perth Studio Theatre, a series of fantastic live events featuring big names and emerging artists. Award-winning singer Jacqui Dankworth and her acclaimed pianist-vocalist husband Charlie Wood play on Monday 26th March, then on Monday 2nd April there’s a gig by Graeme Stephen and Lizabett Russo, plus Pumajaw.
If blues, rock, indie or bluegrass is more your style, The Green Room has fantastic regular live music sessions including the Monthly Blues Session and the Red Pine Timber Company open mic night. There are even regular Knit Nights, where you can enjoy a drink and a blether with like-minded yarnsters!
We hope we’ve given you lots of ideas and reasons to come to beautiful Perth and Perthshire this Easter! If you’re staying over and eating out (and why wouldn’t you?!) here’s a handy list of restaurants and accommodation.
Here’s a fine selection of restaurants where you can enjoy a meal, coffee or cocktails during your visit to Perth:
- 63 Tay Street
- Blend Coffee Lounge
- The Bothy
- Breizh Restaurant
- Brown and Blacks Perth
- Cafe Tabou
- Deans@Let’s Eat
- Everest Inn
- Grayson’s Wine Cafe
- Howie’s Bistro Perth
- Kisa’s Perth
- Monterey Jack’s
- North Port Restaurant
- Willows Coffee Shop and Restaurant
Accommodation in Perth
And there are so many choices of hotels, self-catering and guesthouses:
- Atholl Place Self-Catering Townhouse
- Achnacarry Guest House
- Alexander Residence
- Almond Villa Guesthouse
- Auld Manse Guest House
- Auld Manse Self Catering Apartment
- Balvaird Apartment at Scone Palace
- Best Western Queens Hotel
- The Fitzroy Bed & Breakfast
- Grampian Hotel
- Hazeldene Guest House
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel
- Mercure Hotel
- Murrayshall Hotel & Golf Courses
- No 9 The Guest House Perth
- The Parklands Hotel
- Premier Inn Hotel
- The Royal George Hotel
- Salutation Hotel
- Sunbank House Hotel
- The Townhouse
- Woodlea Guest House
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