Looking for a memorable summer getaway?

Consider Perth, Scotland.

Whether you're a family planning an outing, a vegan seeking something new to do, or an eco-conscious traveller looking for sustainable adventures, Perth has something for you.

As the summer sun (okay, more like grey clouds, but I can live in hope) graces the picturesque town of Perth, Scotland, the local calendar brims with exciting events. From cultural festivals to lively markets, Perth offers a rich array of activities to entertain residents and visitors alike. Here are three unmissable events happening in Perth this summer plus, a more general overview of just some of the things you can do in our little patch of Scotland

EVENTS

1. Southern Fried Festival

Dates: July 26 - July 28

Perth’s Southern Fried Festival is a must for lovers of Americana music. Celebrating its 12th year, this festival brings together top acts in country, blues, and roots music. Held at the Perth Concert Hall and other local venues, the festival not only promises stellar performances but also offers workshops, film screenings, and special events like the ever-popular “Southern Fried Soul Food & Music” BBQ.

2. Perthshire Pride

Date: August 10

Celebrate diversity and inclusion at Perthshire Pride, an event that brings the LGBTQ+ community and allies together for a day of festivities. The vibrant parade through the city streets kicks off the celebration, followed by a lively festival in the City Centre. Enjoy live music, speeches, stalls, and a welcoming atmosphere that emphasizes love and acceptance. It’s an uplifting event that showcases the spirit of unity and celebration in Perth.

3. Perth Beer Festival

Date: August 17

Beer enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Perth Beer Festival, hosted at North Inch park. This event features a wide selection of local and regional craft beers, along with cider and gin options. With live music, food stalls, and activities for kids, it’s a festive environment perfect for enjoying a summer day. The beer tent is the star attraction, offering the best brews that Scotland has to offer.

Embrace Perth's Natural Beauty and History

Perth is a city that beautifully blends the old with the new.


Its rich history is evident in its well-preserved architecture and heritage sites. But it's not just about the past. Perth is also a city that embraces the future, with a strong commitment to sustainability and eco-friendly practices.

Here are some of the top historical and natural attractions you shouldn't miss:

  • Branklyn Garden: This beautiful garden is home to a collection of rare plants from around the world. It's a must-visit for nature lovers.
  • Kinnoull Hill: For the best views of Perth, head to Kinnoull Hill. The climb is worth it for the panoramic views at the top.
  • Scone Palace: This historic house is a treasure trove of Scottish history. Don't miss the chance to explore its beautiful gardens and fascinating exhibits.
  • Perth Museum and Art Gallery: Learn about Perth's history and culture through its extensive collection of art and artifacts.

Whether you're a history buff or a nature enthusiast, Perth offers a wealth of experiences that will leave you in awe of its natural beauty and rich history.

Outdoor Adventures for the Whole Family

Perth is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts.

With its stunning landscapes and family-friendly attractions, it's the perfect place for a summer getaway. Whether you're into hiking, cycling, or simply enjoying a picnic in the park, Perth has something for everyone.

Here are some of the best outdoor activities for the whole family:

  • Perth Farmers' Market: This bustling market is a great place to sample local produce and pick up some delicious treats for a picnic.
  • Loch of the Lowes: A nature reserve with walking trails and a visitor center, it's a great spot for wildlife spotting.
  • Perthshire Amber Festival: A celebration of music and arts, this festival is a must-visit for culture vultures.

So pack your picnic basket, put on your walking shoes, and get ready to explore the great outdoors in Perth. It's an adventure you and your family won't forget.

 

Cultural Delights: Festivals and Arts in Perth

Perth is a city that's rich in culture and history.

From its vibrant arts scene to its lively festivals, there's always something happening in this Scottish city. Whether you're a fan of music, theatre, or visual arts, you'll find plenty to keep you entertained.

Here are some of the cultural highlights you won't want to miss:

  • Perth Festival of the Arts: This annual event features a diverse lineup of music, theatre, and dance performances.
  • Perth Museum: Home to a vast collection of art and historical artifacts, this brand new museum is a must-visit for culture buffs.
  • Local Theater Productions: From classic plays to contemporary performances, Perth's theater scene is thriving.

So whether you're looking to soak up some culture, catch a live performance, or simply enjoy the vibrant atmosphere, Perth's cultural scene has something for everyone. It's a city that truly knows how to put on a show.

 

Water-Based Fun on the River Tay

The River Tay is a central feature of Perth, offering a host of water-based activities for all ages.

From leisurely boat rides to adrenaline-pumping water sports, there's something for everyone. For the adventurous, why not try your hand at kayaking or white-water rafting? Both are popular activities on the river, providing a thrilling way to take in the stunning scenery.

Vegan and Eco-Friendly Dining in Perth

Perth is a haven for foodies, especially those with a penchant for plant-based and eco-friendly dining.

 

The city boasts a variety of restaurants and cafes that cater to vegan diets, offering delicious meals that don't compromise on flavor. Some top picks include the "Rascals", known for its tasty vegan dishes, and "Rabbit Hole Cakes", a local bakery serving up tasty cakes and traybakes.

In addition to these, the Perth Farmers' Market is a must-visit. Here, you can find a wide range of locally sourced produce and goods, perfect for a picnic or a home-cooked meal. Supporting these local businesses not only benefits the environment but also contributes to the local economy. So, you can enjoy your meal knowing you're making a positive impact.

 

Sustainable Shopping and Local Crafts

Perth offers a unique shopping experience, especially for those interested in sustainable and locally made products.

The city is home to a number of boutique shops that stock a variety of eco-friendly homewares, clothing, and gifts. As well as HELL YEAH, others include:

  • Precious Sparkle: known for its beautiful handmade jewellery
  • Boo Vake: a haven for locally produced products
  • Ceri M Creations: gorgeous hand-thrown pottery
  • Fun Junction: lots of fun toys and gifts
  • Silver Linings: beautiful contemporary jewellery

In addition to these, Perth hosts several craft workshops throughout the summer. These provide a great opportunity to learn a new skill, such as pottery or weaving, while supporting local artisans. So, whether you're looking for a unique gift or a souvenir to remember your trip, Perth's sustainable shopping scene has you covered.

Discover Perth's Wildlife and Nature Reserves

Perth is a paradise for nature lovers, with a wealth of wildlife and nature reserves to explore.

One of the most popular is the Loch of the Lowes, a serene loch surrounded by woodland. Here, you can spot a variety of wildlife, including red squirrels, ospreys, and beavers. The reserve also has a visitor center where you can learn more about the local fauna and flora.

Another must-visit is the Hermitage, a beautiful woodland walk that takes you past towering Douglas firs and along the River Braan. With its stunning waterfalls and abundant wildlife, it's a perfect spot for a summer picnic or a leisurely stroll. So, if you're looking to immerse yourself in nature, Perth's wildlife and nature reserves are not to be missed.

Historical Tours and Heritage Sites

Perth is steeped in history, and there's no better way to learn about it than by visiting its heritage sites and going on historical tours.

One of the most iconic sites is Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish kings. This grand building is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is home to a fascinating collection of antiques, paintings, and rare artifacts. A guided tour here is a journey back in time.

For a deeper dive into Perth's past, join one of the city's historical walking tours. These tours will take you through the city's old streets, revealing stories of its rich history and heritage. Whether you're a history buff or just curious, these tours and sites are sure to enrich your summer visit to Perth.

Day Trips from Perth: Exploring the Surrounding Beauty

Perth's location makes it an ideal base for exploring the wider region. There are plenty of day trips that offer a change of scenery and a chance to discover more of Scotland's beauty.

One such trip is to Loch Leven, a large freshwater loch known for its wildlife and historic castle. Here, you can enjoy a peaceful boat ride, spot various bird species, or explore the ruins of Loch Leven Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was once imprisoned.

Another worthwhile trip is to the town of St Andrews, famous for its ancient university and beautiful beaches. Whether you're interested in history, nature, or just want to enjoy a change of pace, these day trips from Perth offer something for everyone.

Special Bonus

Highland Coo Trail

Date: 28th of June to the 6th of September

You might have noticed a few highland coos in my photos. From the end of June, a herd of 30 highland coos will take over Perth and Kinross, each individually designed and painted by talented artists. As well as creating a magical trail of eye-pleasing heffers, the sculptures will then be sold at auction to raise much needed funds for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, to help make sure nobody faces the death of their child alone.

Whatever you decide to get up to in Perth, I hope you have a wonderful time and pop in to see us!

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