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What’s On 2018

WHAT’S ON 2018

Whilst we have paid particular attention to ensure all details are correct at the time of writing, these are just suggestions and anything undertaken is at your own risk. We recommend you check with the relevant venue/event organiser before heading out, where opening times can change since posted.

EVENTS IN 2018

The local #BliSS Art Trail opened in 2016. The trail winds through Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans with artists’ installations popping up for all to enjoy. Follow the trail to discover the permanent exhibits, as well as some changing installations. Balquhidder has the ‘Half Way’ totem pole by Edward Chadfield, on the road leading to Tigh na Croit, and the ‘Lookout’ by Daniel Tyler and Angus Richie between Loch Voil and Loch Doine, reflecting the hills, loch, sheep and visitors. Also there by Monachyle Mhor, find ‘The Sheiling’ and ‘Uaimh’ (cave).  Down on the corner of the back road that comes out at Strathyre on the A84, across the road from the old Monroe Hotel, you will find Kev Paxton’s ‘Drover’s Bho’.  Find the map to locate all the sculptures on the BLiSS trail at www.robroycountry.com/blisstrail or pick one up in a local shop.  Enjoy exploring.

Every week:

Thursday evenings: Live traditional Scottish music at Mhor 84, Kingshouse, beside the turning off the A84 to Balquhidder

Friday and Saturday evenings: Live folk music at the Lade Inn, Kilmahog http://theladeinn.com/live-music-at-the-lade-inn.html

What’s On:

From Friday 30 March to Wednesday 31 October 2018: The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire www.crannog.co.uk

Sunday 1 April 2018, 10.30cm – 4.30pm: A Celtic Spring – The Crannog Comes to Life! at The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire PH15 2HY. A packed day of life in the Iron Age on Easter Sunday. www.crannog.co.uk

Sunday 21 April 2018: Hidden Glen 10K Balquhidder.  Join in the Hidden Glen 10K fun run through out beautiful glen, starting at Monachyle Mhor hotel. Email info@runmhor.net. More info at www.runmhor.net/hiddengleneventinfo

Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018: Strathyre Music Festival. The 6th year this annual event is taking place in Strathyre.  For ticket information and this year’s line-up visit http://www.balvaig.co.uk/

Friday 25 to Sunday 27 May 2018: Mhor Festival at Monachyle Mhor, Balquhidder, the annual festival of food, drink, music and theatre www.mhorfestival.net/

Sunday 27 May 2018, 10.30am – 4.30pm: Iron Age Ingenuity – Water & Metals at The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Perthshire PH15 2HY www.crannog.co.uk

Thursday 21 June 2018: Midsummer Music in the Crannog Spend the longest night of the year enjoying acoustic music around the log fire in the iconic roundhouse.  Entertainment by Ruth Mackay (Scottish harp & vocals) and The Mad Ferret Band (traditional and contemporary folk music), plus prehistoric musical instrument-making workshop.  Take your own acoustic instrument for an open-mic session in the exhibition area of the Centre.  Bar open all evening to purchase drinks and snacksA   Booking essential. www.crannog.co.uk

Thursday 19 July 2018, 10.30am -4.30pm: A Celtic Summer – enjoy an Iron Age Summer’s Day!  A relaxing day full of summer fun.

Saturday 21 July 2018, 12.30pm – 5pm: Balquhidder, Lochearnhead and Strathyre Highland Games and Gathering, Lochearnhead Games Field, Lochearnhead. This popular local Highland Games brings together the clans McLaren, MacGregor, Ferguson, MacNab and the Stewarts of Strathearn.  It comprises invitation heavyweight challenges, pipe competitions, highland dancing, product and food stalls and clan tents.   Follow #_HighlandGames on Twitter.

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July 2018: Crieff Arts Festival This fifth incarnation will be supporting ‘Kids Week in Crieff’.  More information from www.crieffartsfestival.com

Wednesday 1 August 2018: Killin Highland Games, Breadalbane Park, Killin www.killingames.co.uk

Friday 3 to Saturday 25 August 2018: Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle www.edintattoo.co.uk

Friday 3 to Monday 27 August 2018: Edinburgh Festival Fringe www.edfringe.com

Friday 3 to Monday 27 August 2018: Edinburgh International Festival www.eif.co.uk

Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 August 2018, 10.30am – 4.30pm: The Celts are Coming! at The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Perthshire PH15 2HY. Activities include bronze sword making with Neil Burridge, prehistoric foods cooked up by Caroline Nicolay of Pario Gallico in the prehistoric kitchen, Half-Goat Leatherworks with Hamish Odinson, Spoon Carver Jon Mac will be hand-carving spoons, bowls and other wooden objects, and Iron Age Olympics – great fun for the kids. www.crannog.co.uk

Wednesday 15 August 2018, 10.30am – 4.30pm: Ancient Foods and Crafts – Barley, Beer & Bread! at The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Perthshire PH15 2HY. August is traditionally a harvesting month.  Demonstrations of cooking using barley to make delicious stews, ancient grain breads and ancient craft beers, which are available in exchange for a donation.  The farming experts aim to make a new plough at the event, so do go along to give them a hand.  www.crannog.co.uk

Saturday 18 August 2018, 10.30am-5pm: Stirling Highland Games www.stirlinghighlandgames.com

Sunday 19 August 2018: Crieff Highland Gathering, Market Park  www.crieffhighlandgathering.com

Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 August 2018: Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair www.blairhorsetrials.co.uk

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 August 2018: Balquhidder Bike Fest. A weekend of cycling events and fun activities tailored for different age groups and proficiency. Whether you are a mountain biker, a road cyclist or a family enjoying a cycling outing, or your vehicle needs the attention of the bike clinic, Balquhidder is the destination for you this weekend. More information about taking part or just going along to have some fun at www.balquhidder.info

Saturday 8 September 2018 at 9am: Loch Earn Swim. Open water swim, the length of Loch Earn (10K), starting at St. Fillans and ending in Lochearnhead. More information or to sign up, visit Vigour Events www.vigourevents.com/end-to-end-of-loch-earn

Saturday 8 September 2018: Pitlochry Highland Games, Recreation Ground, Ferry Road, Pitlochry PH16 5DZ www.pitlochryhighlandgames.co.uk

Friday 28 to Sunday 30 September 2018: Callander Jazz & Blues Festival. A great weekend of live music for jazz and blues connoisseurs.  More information about tickets and activities at www.callanderjazz.com

Sunday 14 October 2018, 10.30am  4.30pm: A Celtic Autumn – Wood & Smoke at The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Perthshire PH15 2HY. How ancient dwellers prepared for the winter with foods and fuel to keep them going.  Demonstrations of woodworking, turning and whittling, ancient textiles, and smoked and cured foods, berries, apples, mushrooms and rich meaty stews will be on offer in return for a donation. www.crannog.co.uk 

Wednesday 31 October 2018: Celtic Samhain! at The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Perthshire PH15 2HY. Booking essential. www.crannog.co.uk