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County Town: Perth
Population: 133,620
Area: 6,547 sq km
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January
Blairgowrie Ne'er Day Fun Run
Pitlochry New Year's Day Afternoon Street Party

February
Scottish Snowdrop Festival
Winter Words Festival

March
Easter Iron Age Style
The Niel Gow Festival

April
Central Scotland Horse Trials
Glenfarg Folk Feast
Scottish National Scale Model Show

May
Ancient Textiles & Nettle Festival
Atholl Highlanders' Parade, Gathering & Highland Games
Blackford Highland Games
Celtic Food and Drink Festival
Perth Festival of the Arts
POTFEST Scotland

June
Alyth Show
Heart of Scotland Airshow
Midsummer Music Festival
Perthshire Archaeology Month
Strathmore (Forfar) Highland Games
Summer Festival

July
Balquhidder, Lochearnhead & Strathyre Highland Games
Comrie Fortnight
Iron Age Gourmet Day
Kenmore Highland Games
OOfest
T in the Park

August
Atholl & Breadalbane Highland Games
Birnam Highland Games
Blair Castle International Horse Trials & Country Fair
Central Scotland Horse Trials
Crieff Highland Games
Dawn to Dusk Festival
Festival of Orchids
Glenisla Highland Games
Grand Scottish Proms
Killin & District Agricultural Show
Killin Highland Games
Kinloch Rannoch Highland Games
Kinross Agricultural Show
Lughnasa Summer Harvest Festival
Perth Highland Games

September
Blairgowrie Highland Games
Monty Python Day
Pitlochry Highland Games
Scottish Countryside Festival

October
Bracken Festival
Celtic Samhain Festival
Fruit and Fungi Festival
Glenfiddich Piping Championship
Perth All-Scotland Accordion & Fiddle Festival
Pitlochry Autumn Festival
Spooks & Sacrifice: Celtic Samhain Festival
The Enchanted Forest

November
Christmas Craft Market
Craftworkers Christmas Art & Craft Market
Pitlochry Autumn Festival

December
Christmas Brunch Party
Christmas Carol Concert
Flambeaux Procession

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There is a fine seat on the top of the Knock Hill at Crieff , one of Perthshire's most attractive little towns. It's only a few minutes' climb through the old woodlands, above the streets and busy shops. From this heathery top you can see what Perthshire is all about - partly because there is one of those useful circular landmark indicators conveniently placed here, but also because of the glorious panorama from this Highland edge viewpoint.

Look to the south and east to view the broad lands of Strathearn as they roll out, the grain fields edged by tall trees - a rich and comfortable landscape. But west and north the prospect is very different. The hills beyond the Highland line - a natural fault line - loom on the horizon. Perthshire embraces both Highland and Lowland. Close to where the two Scotlands meet, a cluster of little resort-towns have grown up: not just Crieff, but Comrie further up the strath, where the hills close in; Dunkeld , amongst the tall trees, where Beatrix Potter wove local characters into her tales for children; Aberfeldy with its watermill, handsome bridge and birchwoods praised in song by Robert Burns ; then there is Pitlochry, set, some say, right in the very centre of Scotland.

It is from these places, that you can take advantage of another attractive feature of the area. This one came about a long, long time before the first tourists (in fact, long before the first people of any kind hereabouts). Ancient glaciers grinding eastwards from an ice-sheet on Rannoch Moor scoured out many of today's glens and valleys. Perthshire touring is a special delight, as north-south hill roads drop into these long loch-filled glens - Loch Rannoch, Loch Tay or Loch Earn, for example. All you have to do is study your road-map and choose the number of loops you want to cover in a day's tootling about! That way you can enjoy the Black Wood of Rannoch, a stretch of native pinewood on the south side of Loch Rannoch (and perhaps even see a capercaillie), or hire a boat at Kenmore at the east end of Loch Tay, or enjoy the peerless Queen's View above Loch Tummel.

If mountains, lochs and little upland roads off the beaten track are the backdrop for Highland Perthshire, then when you add on the sheer serendipity of other things to see, the area becomes especially attractive as a short breaks destination. Because, no matter where you base yourself, from Kinross by Loch Leven to the south to Blairgowrie by the berry-fields on the edge of Strathmore, you can be sure to find a string of interesting places on some easy-day circular journey.

These places might include castles - so you can enjoy Blair Castle , guarding the old routes north by Blair Atholl; or Castle Menzies, looking every inch a Scottish stronghold, tucked by the woodlands at Weem; or take the boat over to Loch Leven Castle, to hear the romantic tale of Mary, Queen of Scots . More of Scotland's heritage can be experienced at Scone Palace. As well as the magnificent collections of porcelain furniture ivories and other treasures within this castellated palace of the Earls of Mansfield, Moot Hill within the grounds was the ancient crowning place of the Scottish kings from at least the 8th century onwards.

As well as historic sites, you may find a sign for a distillery, so you can compare and contrast the product of the oldest Highland malt distillery at Glenturret, near Crieff, with, say, the equally fine single malt produced in Pitlochry by Edradour, the smallest distillery in Scotland. However, castles and whisky are only the start of the list.

There are gardens to explore: Branklyn with its blue poppies hidden just a few minutes from the centre of Perth , or Bolfracks, continuing the peat-loving Himalayan theme with its rhododendrons and azaleas. Contrasting these wild and natural plantings is the extraordinary layout of Drummond Castle Gardens, where formal topiary, fountains and terracing are laid out like a giant green chessboard. (This is one of Scotland's largest formal gardens. You may have seen it already as a setting for one of the scenes in the film Rob Roy , with Liam Neeson.)

Finally, no trip hereabouts is complete without spending some time in the main town of Perth. A handsome place, built on a grid of streets by the banks of the Tay. Its origins go all the way back to a Roman fort by the fording place, known as 'Bertha'. Today, there are plenty of shops with High Street names as well as specialist outlets selling everything from Scottish crafts to local pearls. (The Tay was once famous for its pearls.) In-town attractions include everything from an excellent repertory theatre to the art of the glass-blower as demonstrated at Caithness Glass. Add on a great choice of eating places and it becomes hard to think of a better base to explore the true heartlands of Scotland.

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