The Exploring Perthshire's Past! programme provides a variety of opportunities to take part. In the spring and summer, there are guided walks around archaeological sites and historic buildings, as well as archaeological excavation and historic building recording. The autumn and winter programme provides the opportunity for communication through lectures and presentations, on topics including the Carpow logboat, the origins of medieval Perth, the Romans in Perthshire, and buildings at risk, plus many more.
Admission - £5 per person for most walks
Categories - Sport & Activities, Tradition & Culture
A landrover tour of the Atholl hills beyond Blair Castle, led by the Estate’s most experienced game-keeper, Sandy Reid, who has worked on the Estate for over 45 years. The five hour tour offers visitors the chance to see stunning views from several scenic spots, and a chance to spot wildlife including birds of prey and red deer. Sandy will be able to answer questions and talk about the rare capercaillie, black grouse, golden eagle and any other species. There is also an opportunity to walk on the hills, and Sandy will use his game-keeping skills to read the winds and ‘stalk’ red deer, providing a possibly opportunity to capture a photo of red deer in their natural habitat. The tour also includes a picnic lunch, served in a scenic spot high in the hills. Booking is essential as spaces are limited. Tours take place on 7 April; 5 & 19 May; 23 June; 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26 & 31 July; and 2, 7 & 9 August.
Atholl Estates - Organic Farm Tour (tractor & trailer)
8 Apr - 20 Aug 2007
Atholl Estates Information Centre
All the family can enjoy a tractor and trailer tour of Blair Castle’s organic home farm. The two hour tour starts at 2.00pm and will take in the fields around the castle, the farm buildings and many other hidden places not normally on public view including the woodchip corral that is used during the winter for cattle. At this time of the year lambs and calves are also being born, adding an extra bonus to the tour. The tour will also run on 14, 21 &amp; 28 April; 5, 12 & 19 May; 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 June; 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 & 30 July; and 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17 & 20 August.
Admission - Adults £7.50, Children £3 (3-16 years) and Family (2+2) £18
Live Music with Tommy Newcomen (every Monday until October)
9 Apr - 29 Oct 2007
An evening of music for all tastes featuring Tommy Newcomen Accordion and vocals. This entertainment will take place in the lounge bar and from time to time in the Ballroom, where a mixed dance programme will be featured, there will be a mixture of music such as Scottish, Irish, Country, Popular, Golden Oldies and sing along. A great night of music and song (on every Monday until 29 October).
Admission - Free
Categories - Family, Music & Concerts, Tradition & Culture
A two hour nature trek on the Blair Castle Trekking Centre's highland ponies. Suitable for all riding abilities, including complete beginners (age limit of 12+ applies to all treks), the trek will take in the wildlife that calls home the landscape around Blair Castle, including red squirrels, birds and butterflies. Treks take place on 7 April; 23 May; 13 June; and 17 July.
The Swing O The Kilts Variety Show (every Thursday until December)
12 Apr - 13 Dec 2007
Every Thursday from April to December this is a real taste of Scotland with a regular cast of Tommy Newcomen accordionist/compere, Graeme Thomson piper, singer Anne Pack and highland dancers Kerri Thomson and Robyn Newcomen. This will be the second year that the show has appeared at Fishers Hotel. Last years show attracted full houses most nights. A show with some general dancing such as Gay Gordons, Strip The Willow, Eva Three Step, etc. The dance programme will depend on the audience on the night (on every Thursday until 13 December).
Admission - Free
Categories - Music & Concerts, Family, Tradition & Culture
Solo Handbell Ringing (every Wednesday until September)
18 Apr - 26 Sep 2007
Solo handbell ringing is most unusual. The bells are placed along a table in pitch order and the ringer keeps moving to lift and ring the bells as necessary. It is intriguing to watch and lovely to hear. Most people find it fascinating. Come and listen for as little or as long as you wish. The Dunkeld Tourist Information Centre is informed when there will not be ringing (on every Wednesday until 26 September).
Blairgowrie Highland Nights (every Tuesday until September)
1 May - 25 Sep 2007
Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 8.15pm
Every Tuesday from May to September this is a real taste of Scotland with a regular cast of Tommy Newcomen accordionist/compere, Graeme Thomson piper, singer Anne Pack and highland dancers Kerri Thomson and Robyn Newcomen. Now in its 10th year, this show has become very popular with visitors and local alike. Some general dancing and raffle .The dance programme will depend on the audience on the night but usual dances include Gay Gordons, St.Bernards Waltz, Strip the Willow, Eva Thee Step etc (on every Tuesday until 25 September).
Admission - Adults £3, Senior Citizens & Children £2.50
Categories - Tradition & Culture, Music & Concerts, Family
A braw Scots comedy by Robert McLellan. Marking 300 years since the passing of the Act of Union, this is a raucous classic comedy about 1707, the Scottish Enlightenment and the battle between the Scots and English tongues! In repertoire until 17 October.
The Scottish Premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's enigmatic and compelling tale of sibling rivalry. Sliding serpent-like from black comedy to haunting supernatural thriller, this hugely entertaining story promises laughs, gasps - and spine-tingles galore! In repertoire until 17 October.
One of the biggest Broadway hits of all time: Philip Barry's witty and sophisticated romantic comedy. The society wedding of 1939 seems to be destined to end in disaster when the bride-to-be's precise, well ordered life goes off the rails the night before the nuptials. In repertoire until 20 October.
Perthshire is a great area to explore by bike and to encourage more people to cycle Perth & Kinross Council have organised Cycling Summer. From accompanied short and long rides through fabulous scenery to exciting off-road routes a range of events will cater for both novice and experienced cyclists. For full programme details click on the website link.
National Trust for Scotland - The Hills Are Alive (every Wednesday until 29 August)
11 Jul - 29 Aug 2007
Ben Lawers Mountain Visitor Centre
by Loch Tay
A guided walk giving a taste of the variety of flowers for which these hills are famous and of successful work to restore plant and animal communities. Numbers are limited so please book in advance (on every Wednesday until 29th August).