Abade Self Catering Holidays in Perthshire and beyond

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Click on the links below to check out our list of suggested visits and events. Scoll to the foot of the page for important links fo events outside Perthshire. We will add to this list throughout the year as more events are announced.

It's well worth while visiting SmallCityBigPersonality a lively online magazine with all sort of information on people, events, where to find locally produced food, eating out, our independent shops, offers; all giving you a flavour of our beautiful City of Perth and Perthshire.

 January to March
Don't miss a visit to a Scottish Snowdrop Festivals to enjoy a bracing early season walk amongst carpets of snowdrops. Here are a few suggestions:

It's also worth checking NGS Gardens for Charity for days open in private gardens you can visit.

28 - 14 February Norrie-Miller Walk Light NIghts Experience the beauty of Perth's riverside walk in a whole new way as spectacular lighting arrangements illuminate the Norrie-Miller Walk.


10 - 19 Winter Words Festival at Pitlochry Festival Theatre


7 - 7 May Brick City in Perth Museum and Art Gallery.  A feast for all LEGO lovers, featuring over fifty LEGO models including the impressive 2x4m St Pancras Station. This exhibition will appeal to all ages inspiring creativity and an appreciation of architecture and the iconic scenes that make up our cities worldwide

10 - 12 March Galloway Antiques Fair at Scone Palace

Neil Gow Festival, Dunkeld. Celebrating the life and music of Perthshire's fiddle legend

19 Scottish Coppice Festival at the Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay


1 - 30 Brick City at Perth Museum and Art Gallery

1 - 2 Tartan Day Scotland Festival, Forfar

2 Gleneagles Spring Hunter Trials. Equestrian event near Auchterarder

16 Easter Weekend at Scone Palace

16 Easter Egg-Stravaganza at the Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay

26 - 28 Perth Festival Races

30 Beltane Spring Celebration at the Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay


- 7  Brick City at Perth Museum and Art Gallery

15 - 17 Perth festival of the Arts, various venues in Perth and featuring the renowned Nigel Kennedy

18 Ladies Day at Perth Racecourse

21 Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia, the UK's  leading closed road Sportive

27 Blackford Highland Games

26 - 28 Mhor Festival, Lochearnhead. Festival of food, music, whisky and entertainment

27 - 28 Blair Atholl Gathering and Highland Games

28 Iron Age Ingenuity at the Scottish Crannog Centre, Loch Tay


3 Brewin Dolphin Ochil Hills 100 Cycling Event

4 Gold Cup Day, Perth Racecourse

9 - 11 Potfest - International Ceramics Festival at Scone Palace

10 Angus Agricultural Show

11 Strathmore Highland Games at Glamis Castle

23 - 25 Solas Festival, summer solstice celebration with music, poetry, theatre and dance

23 - 25 The Eliminator, family-friendly mountain bike festival at Muckmedden

30 - 2 July Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust Scottish Games Fair at Scone Palace


5 Kenmore Highland Games

15 Kirriemuir Agricultural Show

15 Glamis Prom, music event at Glamis Castle

16 Perth Races - Family Fun Day

21 - 23 80's Rewind Festival at Scone Palace

22 Balquhidder Highland Games

27 - 30 Southern Fried Festival, celebration of Americana music


1 Return of Rock at the Races, feathuring The Dangleberries

4 - 5 Perth Agricultural Show

5 - 6 Arbroath Seafest, held along the seafront at Arbroath

11 - 12 Atholl and Breadalbane highland Gathering

12  Kinross Agricultrual Show

12 The Perth Kilt Run

13 Perth Highland Games

18 Glenisla Highland Games

20 Crieff highland Gathering

24 - 27 Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair

26 Birnam Highland Games


TBA The Enchanted Forest, a pemier sound and light event at Faskally Woods, by Pitlochry

 2 - 10 Perthshire Open Studios, 200 artists and craft makers open their studios to the public

2 Braemar Highland Gathering

9 Pitlochry Highland Games

27 - 28 Glorious Finale at Perth Racecourse


21 Fair City Enduro  a mountain bike fancy dress feast held in the City of Perth



Music and entertainment all year round

Horsecross Concert Hall Perth

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Birnam Arts Community  & Craft Centre

Perth Playhouse Imax Cinema

Looking for authentic local produce?  Bookmark these dates for your diary:

Perth Farmers Market - First Sat of every month

Crieff Country Market - Second Sat of evey month between April and December

Strathmore and the Glens Community Market - Last saturday of every month between April and October 


Major events outside Perthshire

Edinburgh International Festival  4 - 28 August

Edinburgh Book Festival  4 - 28 August

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo  4 - 26 August






Fantastic Facts about Scotland

  • Mary Queen of Scots played billiards. First recorded order by Louis XI in 1470. After she was executed, her body was wrapped in a billiard cloth
  • 1300s Scottish soldiers noted for ability to march longer than others because they made their own oatcakes
  • Bagpipes imported from Rome 2000 years ago by Roman army
  • Toilet, 5000 Skara Brae reckoned to use drainage system to flush into the sea. Alexander Cummings invented flushing toilet
  • Auld Lang Syne sung for 150 years before Burns sent a copy for print to the Scots Musical Museum that he had taken down from an old man.
  • Lawnmower invented in Scotland
  • Shortbread known from 12C but generally thought to have been refined use and name credited to Mary Queen of Scots 16C. Petticoat tails
  • Black bun fruitcake covered with pastry. Origins Scottish was eaten at Twelfth Night but now associated with Hogmanay
  • Scotland's first. Licensed distillery Glenlivet in 1823
  • Scotland's only 2-star Michelin restaurant, Andrew Fairlie at the Gleneagles Hotel
  • Golf. Modern game reckoned to date from 15C in Scotland. Much debate about an earlier game. The Old Course St Andrews date to per 1574, seen as a place of pilgrimage. Links course. How many people around the world have had their photographs taken on the Swilken Bridge?
  • Ice skating began in Scotland. Primitive ice skates of bone and antler used by Scandinavian hunters as early as300 AD. 1572 first all-iron skates manufactured in Scotland. Speed skating was first form of skating sport. First skate Club in Edinburgh 1742

Distances from Perth

Distances from Perth

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