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Gleneagles announces exclusive summer celebration weekend


The five-star Gleneagles Hotel has announced a delicious line-up in time for the August Bank Holiday. 

People looking to escape the hustle and bustle of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe will be able swap the urban frenzy for a luxury food experience on the 850-acre Perthshire estate, which is world-famous for its breathtaking natural scenery, Michelin Star restaurant and Scotland’s finest afternoon tea.

Food and music lovers will get the chance to indulge in a series of exclusive culinary events, including a limited edition afternoon tea using produce from resident Michelin Star Chef Andrew Fairlie’s Secret Garden, a Scottish seafood celebration and a craft beer festival in the hotel’s own pub.


Flavours of the Secret Garden Afternoon Tea

Gleneagles is home to Scotland’s only two Michelin Star restaurant, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie. Andrew is passionate about his Secret Garden, a very special space hidden in the grounds of Gleneagles.  The ‘Flavours of the Secret Garden Afternoon Tea’ has been conceived as a celebration of summer with the garden reaching its peak in August with an abundance of beautiful produce, bursting with summer flavours. This is reflected in the Provençal amuse bouches and fresh summer flavours used throughout the menu such as cucumber, strawberry, geranium and raspberry. Andrew Fairlie’s Secret Garden Afternoon Tea is available in the Glendevon from 20 – 26 August from £40 per person. 


The Seafood Bar

This year, Gleneagles are hosting their first ever seafood popup in collaboration with a variety of Scotland’s best seafood suppliers. The Seafood Bar will be in the grounds of the iconic estate, overlooking the gardens and croquet lawns. Guests will be able to sample dishes such as Hebridean crab salad, freshly grilled langoustines, Loch Fyne oysters, lobster roll with thermidor sauce and smoked salmon from the signature Gleneagles & Co fine foods range. There will be freedom to wander the glorious gardens with your seafood or take a seat and enjoy the atmosphere along with a crisp glass of wine. Scotland is famous for its seafood and shellfish, so hosting a range of the best suppliers in the country is a fantastic opportunity for guests to come and try something new and chat with the experts.  The Seafood Bar will be open from 24 - 26 of August. 


The Auchterarder 70 Beer Festival

Craft beer and brewing has taken off in Scotland and there are now a number of exceptional small brewers. To celebrate the industry and Scottish beer, this year Gleneagles are hosting their very first beer festival. There will be an array on offer including Gleneagles very own Auchterarder 70, alongside other fantastic Scottish brewers. Guests will have the chance to meet a selection of craft brewers who will share the secrets of their beers and ales. As well as plenty of tastings to whet the appetite, there will also be a hog roast and a menu that has been created to go perfectly with beer. With live music throughout the weekend, it’s an event not to be missed. The Auchterarder 70 Beer Festival will run from 25 - 26 August. 

For more information and to make an afternoon tea reservation, visit or contact Gleneagles’ dining reservations team on 01764 69 4270. The Gleneagles Train Station is just a two-minute drive from the hotel and complimentary transfers are available by prior arrangement.

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Gleneagles launches exclusive afternoon tea series

Michelin star chef, Andrew Fairlie, has opened the door to his secret garden for the first in a series of collaborative afternoon teas taking place at Perthshire’s Gleneagles Hotel from August to November 2018.

As part of this exclusive series, acclaimed Scottish chefs and Michelin star holders Tom Kitchin and Lady Claire Macdonald have also created a uniquely personal afternoon tea drawing on their Scottish roots and championing local produce.

Gleneagles is home to Scotland’s only two Michelin star restaurant, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie. Andrew is passionate about his Secret Garden, a very special space hidden behind Victorian, ivy covered walls and featuring a traditional greenhouse. It’s here, along with head grower Jo Campbell, they lovingly tend to rare and heritage vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible flowers. 

The ‘Flavours of the Secret Garden Afternoon Tea’ has been conceived as a celebration of summer with the garden reaching its peak in August with an abundance of beautiful produce, bursting with summer flavours. This is reflected in the Provençal amuse bouches and fresh summer flavours used throughout the menu such as cucumber, strawberry, geranium and raspberry. 

Commenting on Gleneagles’ ‘Flavours of the Secret Garden Afternoon Tea’, which will be created by Gleneagles’ team of expert pastry chefs from 20 August, Andrew Fairlie, said: 

“Our Secret Garden has undoubtedly been my biggest inspiration over the past number of years, and is a source of great pride for us all.

“It is the product of a close collaboration between Head Chef Stevie McLaughlin and Head Grower Jo Campbell, and is the result of years of meticulous planning and relentless backbreaking work.  Jo is an extremely gifted woman. Her vision and dedication - supported by a very talented and hard-working all female team - has added a completely new dimension to our kitchen, and has taken the restaurant to a whole new level.

“The remarkable ingredients she produces continue to surprise us all, and now guides our cooking season by season.”

The quintessentially British hotel offers the perfect setting to enjoy the relaxing ritual of afternoon tea in the newly refurbished Glendevon, an elegant room with design celebrating the natural hues of Scotland’s flora and fauna. The Glendevon opens onto a stunning sun terrace where afternoon tea can be enjoyed al fresco on beautiful days with views of the glorious gardens, croquet lawns and the Ochil Hills in the distance. 

Edinburgh-based, Tom Kitchin, will bring his ‘nature to plate’ philosophy to life with his take on the traditional afternoon tea in September, while Lady Claire Macdonald will take inspiration from her ancestral home on the Isle of Skye, bringing the best of Scottish home cooking to Gleneagles’ celebration of afternoon teas in November. 

Afternoon Tea at Gleneagles is enjoyed through the year by both hotel guests and non-residents visiting for the day.


Andrew Fairlie’s Secret Garden Afternoon Tea is available between 20 – 26 August 2018 for £40 per person. For more information and to make a reservation, visit  or contact Gleneagles’ dining reservations team on 01764 69 4270. Complimentary transfers are available by prior arrange from Gleneagles Train Station.

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 Artist Carl Lavia, aka Sketch, at work, by Lorna Le Bredonchel.

Artist Carl Lavia, aka Sketch, at work, by Lorna Le Bredonchel.

Epic Cityscape of Perth Underway

Carl Lavia is about halfway through creating a large-scale 2m x 1m intricate ink sketch of the entire city of Perth. This cityscape will go on public display within the city when completed. Perth is the 4th Scottish city that Carl has created. This artwork is part of a much larger project; Carl is sketching every single city in the UK - all 69 - and photographer Lorna Le Bredonchel is documenting the entire process.

Each artwork takes a month to 3 months create, during which time they explore the city by foot, Carl making sketches and Lorna undertaking planning, research and taking photographs. The cityscape is then created, using the small sketches and photographic fragments, using only black and white, pen on paper, to capture simultaneously the intricate details and vast expanse of the urban environment.

Carl and Lorna began their collaborative project in Birmingham in 2016, followed by Manchester and Edinburgh in 2017. Each artwork will be on public display within its respective city, and exhibitions have so far been held at a number of significant locations including Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, as well as the central libraries of Manchester and Edinburgh. At the beginning of 2018 Dundee was completed, on show currently, at The McManus, Dundee's Art Gallery andMuseum, and now their latest artwork, completed just a week ago, the city of Stirling, on display currently at The Tolbooth, Stirling's venue for live music and the arts.

Carl and Lorna have now set their sights on the beautiful city of Perth. You can follow their progress on social media.

Eventually, Carl and Lorna intend to form a major exhibition of all the cityscapes together, showing in several spaces throughout the UK, with an accompanying book.

Carl Lavia, aka Sketch, is a self-taught artist based in London. He has been sketching since the age of 5, when he first became interested in the aesthetics of architecture, maps, and cityscapes. Whilst in his early work he created fictional cities, Carl’s current practice focuses on depicting visited cities from an aerial viewpoint. Predominantly working with ink on archival paper, Carl distinguishes between drawing and his approach – sketching – which allows for a more immediate and impressionistic response. 

In 2016 Carl joined forces with photographer Lorna Le Bredonchel and together they formed the ambitious '69 cities of the UK' project. Lorna studied photography at LCC, she handles creative output across all aspects including, photography, drone video + still photography, creative direction, online presence, and securing exhibition space within each city.

You can follow their '69 cities of the UK' project on their website, as well as via social media @sketchnthecity @Lebredonchel #69cities    


New Pop Up announced by chef Rory Lovie

The latest pop up by Perthshire Chef Rory Lovie will take place at The Cheese Byre on Monday the 27th of August and Tuesday the 28th of August from 7pm. It is a BYOB event and will focus on cheeses produced by Highland Fine Cheeses, including blue, washed rind, brie, cheddar, sheep's and soft cheese. Not to be missed for the cheese lovers out there!  


Photo provided by Rory Lovie

the first ever European Championships gets underway in Glasgow

A new era of sport has been ushered in as the first ever European Championships begins in Glasgow.

The inaugural day of sport sees qualifying rounds taking place in Track Cycling, at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, at the SSE Hydro, and Rowing at Strathclyde Country Park.

The European Championships are a major innovation in world sport as seven sports bring their existing events together under one banner for the first time.

The next 11 days will see world class athletes in Aquatics, Cycling, Gymnastics, Golf, Rowing and Triathlon competing in Glasgow and Scotland, while Berlin hosts the Athletics.

With 114,505 tickets now gone and with some sessions full, or with just a few tickets remaining, ticket buyers are being urged to hurry to secure the chance to see their favourite Olympic and Commonwealth stars crowned European champions.

Yesterday the unifying symbol of the Championships, the new Winning Nations Trophy, was revealed for the first time. Perfectly designed for teams to be able to lift and carry together in celebration, this will be awarded to the individual country which has secured the most gold medals at the end of the event.

Other firsts we’ll see in the next few days are:

·         Glasgow will create history by becoming the first city to simultaneously host the European Cycling Championships in four different disciplines – Track, Road, BMX and Mountain Bike.

·         Gleneagles will host a groundbreaking golf competition; with men and women playing together for the first time and competing for equal prize money.

·         It is the first time an event on this scale has been delivered using hotel accommodation for competitors, rather than the creation of an athletes’ village.

·         More unusually, it is also the first known time a swimming event will take place on a tennis court – with a 330,000 gallon temporary pool installed at Scotstoun Sports Campus, which hosts the synchronised swimming events.  

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Championships Director Colin Hartley said: “This is the biggest event in the UK since Glasgow hosted the best ever Commonwealth Games in 2014.

“But it’s not just big, it’s truly innovative. By combining these seven sports we elevate the European champions we’ll see crowned in the next few days onto an even higher platform. 

“With bigger crowds, a bigger TV audience and more opportunities for people to see their Olympic and Commonwealth heroes, today is the beginning of a new era for sport in Europe.

Jane Allen, Chief Executive of British Gymnastics said: “The 2015 World Championships were declared by FIG as the best ever and raised the bar for the sport so we’re really excited to be back in Glasgow.

“It’s fantastic that the same innovative venue layout and stunning presentation is being used again for the 2018 European Championships and I am sure it is going to be a fabulous week here both for our sport and for the British team.”

Jack Buckner, Chief Executive of British Swimming said: “We are delighted to be part of this outstanding new multi-sport European Championships and I would like to congratulate Glasgow on taking on this significant challenge to host such a ground breaking and complex event.

“We’re going to be using four incredible and unique venues across Scotland and I know they’ll be a great stage for the British Team to put in their best performances.

“This is an extremely important event for British Swimming as we build towards Tokyo 2020 and we have a large team of around 80 athletes here in Scotland across all four disciplines.”

Beth Tweddle Britain’s greatest ever female gymnast said: “It is fantastic to see another world-class event come back to Glasgow which has such a great track record for hosting big events. The World Championships in 2015 were incredible and the fans here in Glasgow are going to be in for another treat with an amazing action packed eight days of gymnastics at The SSE Hydro.”


Four Perthshire Towns Shortlisted for Most Beautiful Town in Scotland Competition

History and heritage embody the beautiful country of Scotland. Notorious for its ancient cities and municipalities, brownstone buildings, tartan and bagpipes. But it’s not just the well-known locations such as Edinburgh, the iconic Inverness and the usual Scottish stereotypes that you should explore and indulge in when visiting Caledonia. Scotland is home to over 7000 charming, picturesque and historic towns and villages that each have their own individualities and offerings which make them so special in their own rights. Coastline communities with cute harbours, small villages tucked at the foot of crags, towns enclosed by lush fauna and flora, Scotland has everything to offer.

Everyone has a town or village that has a special place in their hearts, each with a valid reason why it’s the best, so now is the time to crown the most beautiful. Hidden Scotland has announced the 2018 ‘Scotlands Most Beautiful Town or Village’ competition – the contest aims to find the most charming and picturesque place in the country. There are 35 finalists and the winner will be announced on 10th August.

Each finalist in the running for the title each has its own unique character which makes it stand out from the rest. Whether you vote for Portree for its pretty harbour with colourfully painted houses along the port, or Tobermory with its inviting pubs and sheltered waterfront, or even Pitlochry for its plentiful Salmon leaping in The Tummel and popular distillery sites, there’s sure to be a picturesque town or village that gets your vote. Will the Victorian seaside town of Oban with its fresh array of seafood gets your vote or maybe the 16th centenary fishing village of Stonehaven will capture your heart?

In the running are Millport, Oban, Fort Augustus, Findhorn, Anstruther, Stonehaven, Pittenweem, Crieff, Melrose, Kelso, Kirkcudbright, St Monans, Rosemarkie, Ballatar, Pennan, Braemar, Applecross, Torridon, Killin, Cromarty, Portree, Plockton, Tobermory, Lanark, Forres, Crovie, Stromness, Portnahaven, Crail, Luss, Dunkeld, Broughty Ferry, Peebles, Comrie and Pitlochry.

Founder of Hidden Scotland, Jack Cairney, says “I’m excited to start our search for Scotland’s Most Beautiful Town or Village, our audience have picked some of the most charming and picturesque places you can visit in Scotland and it’s a delight to be able to showcase some of these places."

Whether you want to support your town that made it to the final shortlist or you’ve fallen in love with a village on your travels, show your support and vote here today!

You can vote by visiting 

Show your support for your local town or village on Twitter or Instagram using #HIDDENSCOTLAND

Since launching in 2015, Hidden Scotland has developed over the last few years to become a source of inspiration and information on the very best places to visit while in Scotland. Hidden Scotland began by inspiring the inner adventurer in all of us through amazing imagery from some of Scotland’s finest photographers via social media. After building a loyal following of people who are inspired by this incredible country, Hidden Scotland now offers carefully curated itineraries to suit explorers of every age and ability. It has over 70k Instagram Followers.

 Photo provided by Strathearn Community Campus

Photo provided by Strathearn Community Campus

Crieff HS Year of Young People Art Exhibition

Crieff High School Year of Young People 2018 group calls on young artists in Perth and Kinross to join their Art Exhibition.

The Crieff High School Year of Young People 2018 group are hosting an Art Exhibition as part of Perthshire Open Studios, 1- 9 September 2018. Artwork will be displayed in the Community Library and adjacent rooms at Strathearn Community Campus. As part of Scotland's Year of Young People pupils at Crieff High School are inviting artists living in the Perth and Kinross area between the ages of 8 - 26 years to display their work as part of their exhibition. Artwork can take any form (painting, drawing, 3D, fabric, etc).

Would you like to get involved? Please complete an Artwork Submission Form (available on the Perth & Kinross Council website or the CHS facebook page) and email it to with the subject heading "YOYP Art". You will receive a confirmation email with further information about how to deliver your artwork.

Artwork must be delivered to Strathearn Community Campus, Pittenzie Road, Crieff, PH7 3JN by 29 August 2018, 5PM.
This event is being sponsored by CPKLibraries (Strathearn).

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Perth Festival of Yarn Shortlisted For Prestigious Award

Perth Festival of Yarn – which returns for it's third annual celebration on 8 and 9 September at Dewars Centre, Perth – has been shortlisted for the Best Knitting Show Event 2017/18 category at the British Knitting and Crochet Awards.

The awards, organised by Let's Knit and Let's Get Crafting magazines, span 25 categories and those who have been shortlisted have been chosen by members of the knitting and crochet public. The final public vote has now opened and Perth Festival of Yarn are delighted to have been recognised in what are the most prestigious awards in their industry.

Voting can be made through the website and tickets for Perth Festival of Yarn can be purchased at


Image and article provided by Eva Christie, Director, Perth Festival of Yarn

 Distillers Tim Cain and Simon Fairclough

Distillers Tim Cain and Simon Fairclough


This week Perthshire business Persie Distillery was awarded brown sign status, assuring its position as one of the few craft gins to be publicly recognised on Scotland’s tourist trail.

Criteria for the sought-after tourist signage are strict. Applicants must go through Visit Scotland’s rigorous Quality Assurance Scheme, where a mystery shopper judges the premises on its hospitality and friendliness, service and efficiency, accessibility to the public, and the range and standard of its products. An experienced Quality & Tourism Advisor then advises the business on whether or not it has achieved a star rating and qualifies for the coveted brown sign. 

Simon Fairclough, Distiller and Managing Director of Persie Distillery, was thrilled at the outcome: “We were in danger of becoming one of Perthshire’s best-kept secrets, but that is about to change! Having a brown sign is a tremendous eye-opener for tourists and local people alike – and a fundamental part of providing a warm welcome for our visitors.”

He adds: “The timing couldn’t be better. Hard on the heels of the launch of the dramatic Snow Roads adventure through Cairngorms National Park, we are brilliantly signposted at the southern point of the 90-mile journey.”

The number of visitors at the distillery has already doubled since the signs went up less than one week ago.


Article and photo provided by Simon Fairclough