Leisure & Relaxation

Blair Castle takes visitors on 300 year journey to the time of the Jacobite Rising

Take a step back in time this weekend as Blair Castle commemorates the 1715 Jacobite Rising with a living history demonstration of the events that took place at the historic castle 300 years ago exactly this month. See and participate in the demonstration charting when the Duke of Atholl refused to surrender Blair Castle to a Jacobite army – which included two of his sons in the ranks. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the historic events of those

The temperature is set to rise at Scone Palace’s Scottish Food & Drink Festival 2015

If you’ve been looking for some heat all summer, then all is not lost. The temperature is set to rise at Scone Palace this weekend as their hotly anticipated Chilli Fest gets under way as part of the 5 star visitor attraction’s Scottish Food and Drink Festival 2015. Taking place in the Palace grounds over two days from Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th September, the festival will celebrate ‘The Year of Food and Drink’ with some of the country’s finest

MAN HUNT! Women-only cycling event proves it’s not just for girls

A national man hunt is currently underway to identify three sheepish looking blokes who pedalled their way into Macmillan Cycletta Scotland back in July, a cycling event which is intended only for women! The three men, caught on camera by a bystander at the start line of the 100km distance, managed to spin past organisers to take part in the event which was launched in 2011 in a bid to get more women taking part in the sport. Now in

Scone Palace hosts King Robert the Bruce’s hand crafted ‘Great Throne’

Scone Palace has travelled 700 years back in time to welcome a hand crafted replica of the throne of King Robert the Bruce who was crowned King of Scotland at the historic palace in 1306. Created by the Strathleven Artisans in 2014 to mark the 700thanniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, the group will delivered the throne to the Palace on Saturday, 12th September in full period costume to celebrate the throne’s Royal arrival. The throne, which was created in

Scone Palace’s new chef plans to create a stir with garden ingredients

After a search the length and breadth of the country for a culinary star who can create dishes fit for a prestigious venue and 5 star visitor attraction, Scone Palace has appointed a talented new chef to head up their catering offering showcasing the provenance of the Palace’s exceptional fresh home grown produce and serving Royally delicious dishes. Steve Gilroy, previously Head Chef at Kinnaird Estate and Hilton Dunkeld House, has already begun work in the Palace’s bustling kitchen and

Blair Castle creates hearty venison dish for charity

Blair Castle’s award winning Tullibardine Restaurant has introduced a delectable venison dish to their menu to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, the official charity for this year’s Longines FEI European Eventing Championship. Created by talented restaurant chef Kelly Gordon, the Venison and Port Bridie has been produced to support the charity’s drive to promote venison as a healthy food and a donation will be made by the restaurant for each dish that is sold to visitors during the

Strathallan School Takes to the Stage at The Longinnes FEI European Eventing Championship Celebrations

Strathallan School from Forgandenny, Perth, a local independent day and boarding school will perform a programme of contemporary and traditional dance at the Welcoming Ceremony for the Longines FEI European Eventing Championship 2015 held at Blair Castle on Wednesday 9 September, 7.20pm. Strathallan School has a particular connection with former students including Event Director Alec Lochore, Head Farrier Jason Sims, German event rider Claas Romeike and many of the events local volunteers which makes this occasion even more special. “Strathallan

Ian Stark’s Cross Country Track for The Longines FEI European Eventing Championship 2015 at Blair Castle Scotland is Big Bold and Fair

Ian Stark’s cross country track for The Longines FEI European Eventing Championship 2015 at Blair Castle Scotland is Big Bold and Fair. “I have tried to create a course that reflects the heritage of Scotland and provides a true test of horsemanship without catching horses out”, says the 61-year-old Scotsman, for whom this is a first championship track as Course Designer. “Blair Castle’s hills are well-known, but I have used them as sympathetically as possible. Riders who “attack” the course

Inveralmond’s Tight Head Ale returns for the Rugby World Cup

To celebrate this year’s Rugby World Cup, Inveralmond Brewery’s Tight Head Ale is now available to enjoy on a limited release during the event which runs from 18th September until 31st October. The scrumptious beer is available on draught in selected on trade establishments. A muscly and delicious thirst-quencher, Tight Head Ale tackles the taste buds head-on with its vigorous, malty flavours whilst scoring on the nose with fresh, fruity and floral aromas, to leave a satisfyingly scrummy finish. Bob

Perthshire Event Immortalised in Work of Fiction

  The Enchanted Forest, Perthshire’s multi-award winning sound and light show, has been immortalised in literary history, thanks to the latest fictional novel by US based writer A. Louise Robertson whose romantic fiction, Chained to Mineola, features the event as the ultimate meeting place for the novel’s hero and heroine. The novel follows the fictional story of heroine Carly Eubanks, an environmental campaigner and lover of trees, whose quest to save the environment brings her all the way from Mineola

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