There is so much going on in and around Perth this Festive Season.
The Christmas Markets have such a great buzz about them.
It’s great to chat to the stall holders and sample their food and drink wares.
I particularly love the makers markets and prefer to buy gifts that have been made by human hands rather than a machine.
The dazzling Christmas Lights Switch On, on 17th December, marks the start of the Perth Winter Festival.
See & Do
(For wheelchair and buggy accessible places to visit, see link on homepage)
BRIDGE OF EARN VILLAGE, near Perth
Winner of the ‘Best Large Village’ in ‘Take a Pride in Perthshire’.
Nestled between Moncreiffe Hill and the Ochils, Bridge of Earn enjoys a rural location but is also within easy reach of the major towns and cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, St Andrews, Dundee, Stirling, Inverness.
The village is only 3 miles from Perth, winner of Britain in Bloom, ‘Small City’ Category. Perth is one of the prettiest towns in Scotland and boasts many specialist shops and smart restaurants and cafes, as well as museums, art galleries, a theatre and state-of-the-art concert hall.
Art and Culture
For OUTLANDER fans visit the Outlander Film Locations – all accessible from here.
Discover Scotland’s unique heritage and wealth of historic castles and ancient monuments from River Edge Lodges. Elcho Castle and Scone Palace are only a few miles away, with Glamis Castle and Falkland Palace also within easy reach.
Balhousie Castle and the Black Watch Regimental Museum – a top attraction in Perth. Great food in the Copper Beech Café too.
There are many more!
Perth Museum and Fergusson Gallery is one of the oldest museums in Britain, with more than half a million objects. Permanent displays show artistic, social and natural history of Perthshire, with regularly changing exhibitions and events throughout the year.
We are very lucky in Perth to have not only a gorgeous theatre but also a state-of-the-art concert hall. The very best of music, comedy, dance, theatre, film festivals, family events kids stuff etc etc takes place inside these hallowed walls. See here for what’s on at Perth Theatre and Perth Concert Hall.
We have our own wildlife on the doorstep here including birds of prey, kingfishers, deer, otters and of course brown trout and salmon in the River Earn. But there are also wild-life visitor attractions nearby. Auchingarrich Wildlife Park at Comrie near Crieff is a great day out and has a ‘cuddle barn’ with baby rabbits and chicks. The Scottish Deer Centre lets you get close to these majestic animals, and Highland Safaris provide a different sort of safari.
Loch Leven is a nature reserve near Kinross, 15 minutes’ drive away. Visit the RSPB Loch Leven. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned on the island on Loch Leven. Take a short boat journey over to explore the castle. There is a wheelchair-friendly path around the loch side.
If you fancy a guided wildlife walk or tour then contact Daniele at Perthshire Wildlife
Whisky in Perthshire
There are a handful of whisky distilleries in Perthshire including Glenturret, the oldest in Scotland and Edradour – Scotland’s smallest distillery.
Experience a wide range of activities amidst spectacular scenery in Perthshire:
Fishing – right here on the River Earn (we have the fishing rights for brown trout). There are plenty of other opportunities for local fishing too, for example for trout and salmon fishing Willowgate is only 3 miles away. Rod hire available and tuition. You can also hire canoes, paddle boards and mountain bikes from Willowgate too. Oh and there’s an amazing cafe here too.
Golf – A good Walk Improved – Scotland is the home of golf – with 40 superbly maintained golf courses in Perthshire alone – the nearest 10 courses are here
Cycling – See the best of Perthshire scenery by following some of the miles of cycle trails right from your door: see Cycling Perthshire.
There is tennis and lawn bowls in the village with pony trekking, watersports,river rafting, canyoning, archery, clay pigeon shooting, gold panning (Yes!), highland safaris and off-road driving available within easy reach. clay ( Other activities )
Snowsports – ski or snowborad at one of the 4 centres in Scotland. Glenshee, the biggest ski area, is an hour’s drive from River Edge Lodges. Glenshee’s impressive 38 runs cater for beginners right through to advanced. The other 3 areas are The Lecht, Cairngorm and Glencoe.
If all that sounds a bit tame, then the sensation-seekers among you will appreciate the Adrenalin Seekers page.
We are keen walkers and are happy to chat about walks of all levels that are accessible from here. There are loads of walks to do right from your lodge:
Dunbarney Walk has to be one of my favourite local walks. It’s a gentle round trip through Dunbarney Estate where you can see deer, pheasants, guinea fowl, birds of prey and more.
Scott’s View: Try one of Sir Walter Scott’s favourites, with stunning views from the Ochils. Scott wrote ‘The Fair Maid of Perth’ in 1828 and described a view he had seen from Dron Hill, years earlier when he was a teenager. He was riding to Invermay House where he was in love with a young girl, ahhhh! His route, The Wallace Road, was used by William Wallace and his men in the Scottish Wars of Independence. It was also used by royal parties travelling From perth to Falkland Palace in Fife.
Moncreiffe Hill is well worth the climb for the stunning views of The River Tay, Perthshire and the Kingdom of Fife.
Sandyknowes was a fishery until quite recently. It was dug out during the Crimean War and is only a short walk from here. Although it isn’t a fishery anymore, it’s a lovely gentle stroll which is teeming with wildlife.
Walks in Birnam and Dunkeld
Birnam and Dunkeld are only a 20 minute drive up the A9 and there’s loads of great walks.
Birnam Hill is a lovely walk with great views.
Munros and Other Peaks an Hour or Two Away
Don’t forget that perfect peace and quiet is available too, to just enjoy the scenery without doing anything more energetic than breathing.
With all this on your doorstep, why would you go anywhere else?
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE PLACES TO VISIT
Please see the link on the homepage.
Also see Euan’s Guide for disabled access reviews.