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What’s On 2016

WHAT’S ON 2016

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.


Celebrating the Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design #IAD2016 is the local #BLiSS Trail of Art and Architectural Installations, which opened earlier this year. The trail winds through Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans with artists’ installations popping up for all to enjoy. Follow the trail to discover ‘Bill The Bull’ outside the Lochearnhead Hotel (until August when he disappears on holiday to another show), ‘Still’ by Rob Mulholland set within the loch outside the Four Seasons Hotel at the St Fillans end of Loch Earn. 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). Find the map to locate all the sculptures on the BLiSS trail at or pick one up in a local shop.

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

What’s On:

Sunday 7 February 2016: Wedding Fair at Scone Palace, Perth PH2 6BD. Pre-register at and receive a complimentary goodie bag. Free entry and parking.

From Thursday 26 March – Friday 30 October 2016: The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, Perthshire

Sunday 17 April 2016: Great Loch Earn Boatrace at Loch Earn Watersports Centre organised by Crieff Round Table. Spring barbecue at Achray House Hotel in St. Fillans. To enter contact

Friday 27 – Sunday 29 May 2016: Strathyre Music Festival. The 4th year this annual event is taking place in Strathyre.  For ticket information and this year’s line-up visit

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May 2016: Mhor Annual Festival of food, drink, music and theatre

Sunday 29 May 2016 – Celtic Spring Food Festival: The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HY

Saturday 16 – Sunday 31 July 2016: Callander SummerFest Two weeks of  music, sports, poetry, exhibitions, crafts, film, drama, walks and cycle rides. More information from

Thursday 21 July 2016, 10.30am to 4.30pm: Iron Age Gourmet Day – The Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore, Loch Tay, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HY. An opportunity to enjoy tasters of amazing food, prepared and cooked the ancient crannog dwellers used to eat. Groups required to book, otherwise just turn up. More information at

Saturday 23 July, 12.30pm – 5.30pm: 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. Traditional folk band ‘Pure Malt’ plays between 4pm and 8pm in the Beer Tent. Adults £6 (under 16s and Senior Citizens £4), free parking.  Follow #_HighlandGames on Twitter.

Wednesday 3 August 2016: Killin Highland Games, Breadalbane Park, Killin

Saturday 5 August – Saturday 27 August 2016: Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle

Friday 5 – Monday 29 August 2016: Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Friday 5  – Monday 29 August 2016: Edinburgh International Festival

Sunday 7 August 2016, 10am – 5.30pm: Bridge of Allan Highland Games, Games Park, Bridge of Allan. The day commences with Highland Dancing with the finale of the March Past of Pipe Bands at 5.15pm and includes the British Heavyweight Competition. Admission £9 for Adults (Senior citizens and Children under 16 years £4) on the gate. More information from

Friday 12 – Saturday 13 August 2016: Aberfeldy Show and Games

Sunday 14 August 2016: Perth Highland Games

Saturday 16 August 2016: Rannoch Highland Gathering, Weller Poley Park, Kinloch Rannoch

Friday 19 to Sunday 21 August 2016: Crieff Arts Festival This annual event takes place for the 4th year, now over 3 days, with a mixture of live music, literary events, exhibitions of history, flowers, arts and crafts in three main venues, as well as fun entertainment in James Square and artists’ work featured in Crieff’s participating shops and cafes

Saturday 20 August 2016, 10.30am-5pm: Stirling Highland Games

Sunday 21 August 2016: Crieff Highland Gathering, Market Park

Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 August 2016: Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair

Friday 26 August – Sunday 11 September 2016: Trossachs Beer Festival at the Scottish Real Ale Shop, The Lade Inn, Kilmahog

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August 2016: 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

Saturday 10 September 2016: Pitlochry Highland Games, Recreation Ground, Ferry Road, Pitlochry PH16 5DZ

Friday 30 September – Sunday 2 October 2016: Callander Jazz & Blues Festival. A great weekend of live music for jazz and blues connoisseurs.  Featured bands include Jazz Connection, The Revolutionaires and The Jive Aces.  More information about tickets and activities at