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What’s On in Highland Perthshire March 2014 www.HighlandPerthsire.com

March 2014 www.explorescotland.net www.pitlochry-scotland.co.uk www.highlandperthshire.com www.hpwhatson.net www.cyclehighlandperthshire.com e.mail James@explorescotland.net or Tel: 01796 473335

If you have an Event you would like to advertise FREE OF CHARGE e.mail eileen@explorescotland.net with Date/Time/ Event/Venue/Price NB We try to make sure all the information we post is accurate, but please check directly with the venue concered before committing yourself.

CONTINUOUS EVENTS

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Cinema, Live Event/Broadcasts The Birks Cinema PO Box 7517 Aberfeldy PH15 2WH see website for details & listings book online or Tel 0871 902 5754 www.birkscinema.co.uk

Daily 10am - 4.30pm Beatrix Potter Interactive Exibition and Garden Birnam Arts & Conference Centre Station Road Birnam Dunkeld PH8 0DS Suitable for adults and children alike housing a history section and a Victorian play area. £3 per person Tel: box office 01350 727674 admin@birnaminstitute.com www.birnamarts.com

Pitlochry Festival Theatre Port Na Craig, Pitlochry, PH16 5DR Tel: Box Office: 01796 484 626 www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com Blair Castle Winter Opening Times Blair Castle Blair Atholl PH18 5TL Castle Closed until 1st April Access to grounds/gardens free in winter. Tel: 01796 481207 www.blair-castle.co.uk Winter Opening Jan - 31st March Blair Athol Distillery Perth Road Pitlochry PH16 5LY Opening Hours 6th January - 31st March Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm (Closed Sunday) Tel: 01796 482003 e.mail blair.athol.distillery@diageo.com www.discovering-distilleries.com/ blairathol Edradour Distillery 2013 Season Finished on 19th October. 2014 Season Opens 17th April to 18th October Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm Closed Sundays last tour always starts 1hr before stated

Daily 12.30 hrs Red Deer Encounter Highland Safaris, Dull, By Aberfeldy, Perthshire, PH15 2JQ Come face to face with Britain’s largest land mammal – the majestic Red Deer on our Red Deer Encounter, Armed with a handful of deer feed, help hand feed our friendly Red Deer with a knowledgeable Safari Ranger. Duration: 20 mins. Cost £5.00/person Tel: 01887 820071 www.highlandsafaris.net Tread Lightly in the Park March 2014

Cairngorms National Park Ranger Services Countryside Events Every Friday in March

10am-11.30am

HEALTH WALK A short, sociable walk for all abilities, to help you recover or maintain well-being. Booking: Not required Contact: 01339 886072 or email ranger@glentanar.co.uk for more details Meet: Glen Tanar Visitor Centre Car Park Cost: FREE L4 Glen Tanar Charitable Trust Ranger Service

March 15th

10am-4pm

HANDS ON CONSERVATION A day of ‘putting something back’ for nature. In partnership with N.E. group of John Muir Trust. All welcome, adults or accompanied children. Booking: Essential Contact: 01339 886072 or email ranger@glentanar.co.uk for more details Meet: Glen Tanar Visitor Centre, Glen Tanar Cost: FREE L4 Glen Tanar Charitable Trust Ranger Service

When you are enjoying the outdoors the key things to remember are: • Take responsibility for your own actions • Respect the interests of other people • Care for the environment Contact the Cairngorms National Park Authority www.cairngorms.co.uk for more information

March Events in the Cairngorm National Park. http://cairngorms. co.uk/resource/docs/ publications/17022014/ CNPA.Paper.1934. Countryside%20 Events%20March%20 2014.pdf

Rangers welcome visitors to the countryside and help people discover and appreciate what’s around them. Rangers run a variety of countryside events that encourage people to learn about the National Park. This month’s events are listed below – for further information ask at your accommodation, local Visitor Information Centre or Ranger base.

March 15th

11am-2pm

March 19th

10am-2pm

WALK AND TALK Join the Ranger for a general walk in Upper Glen Clova to discuss the management and natural history of the area. Stout shoes, warm clothing, packed lunch required. Please bring binoculars if you have them Booking: Essential Contact: 01575550233 or email GlenDollRanger@angus.gov.uk Meet: Glen Doll Ranger Base Cost: Free J2 Angus Glens Ranger Service EXPLORE INVERESHIE NATURE NATURAL RESERVE Break into Spring with a walk through the majestic landscape of this hidden gem.We will explore the cultural and natural heritage and maybe hear a story or two. Grade: C Contact: 01479 873706 or email duncan.macdonald@highland.gov.uk Meet: Invereshie NNR car park, off the Auchlean road south of Feshie Bridge. Grid ref: NH 852013 Cost: Adult £5, Conc £3, Family £12 F7 Highland Council Ranger Service

March 25th

10am-3pm

AROUND THE WILDCAT TRAIL The Wildcat Trail circumnavigates the town of Newtonmore.We will use this to discover the wealth of habitats, wildlife and history right on the doorstep. Grade: B Contact: 01479 873706 or email duncan.macdonald@highland.gov.uk Meet: The Village Hall, Main Street Newtonmore. Grid ref: NN 715991 Cost: Adult £5, Conc £3 F7 Highland Council Ranger Service

March 29th 7.30pm-10pm GHOST WALK Celebrate this year’s Earth hour by exploring the Viewpoint Walk with your head torch. We’ll be listening for sounds of the night and checking for stars and planets along the way! Hot chocolate and cakes await us at the top. Good dogs very welcome. Suitable for families but not pushchairs as some steep steps. Grade: B Contact: 01479 873914 or email saranne.bish@highland.gov.uk Meet: Grantown Caravan Park car park. Grid ref: NH 027283 Cost: Adult £5, Conc £3, Family £12 F7 Highland Council Ranger Service

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What’s On Highland Perthshire Last Saturday of Every Month Doors Open 7pm. Show starts 8.30pm Just Laugh Comedy Club McKays Bar & Restaurant 138 Atholl Rd Pitlochry PH16 5AG 1 host, 3 stand up comedians - lots of laughter Enjoy Just laugh Comedy Club , last Saturday of every month £10 pp Giggle and dine deal - 2 comedy tickets and a meal for 2 - £20pp After hit the floor as our DJ has you dancing until the early hours. Head Liner tbc - Main Support John McGoldrick Support David Innes Tel: 01796 473888 Email: info@mckayshotel.co.uk www.mckayshotel.co.uk March 2014 Music at The Old Mill Inn, Mill Lane Pitlochry PH16 5BH Saturday 1st Acoustic Butterfly free Friday 7th Don Nicolson free Saturday 8th Kinky Karma Friday 14th Fozzie free Saturday 15th The Jamie Harper Band free Friday 21st David McSweeney free Saturday 22nd The Dark Jokes free Friday 28th Scott MacDonald free Saturday 29th Surround (Classic and Modern covers) free Tel 01796 474020 www.theoldmillpitlochry.co.uk

Tel 01887 820795 http://www.clunyhousegardens.com/ Tuesday 4th February - Tuesday 18th March Scottish Snowdrop Festival Birks of Aberfeldy Aberfeldy PH15 2 As part of the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014 the Scottish Snowdrop Festival presents fantastic displays of these delicate little flowers which signify the beginning of spring. free

afternoon sessions in the bar from 3.30pm. For further info, please contact us on 01350 727340. www.thetaybank.co.uk

WEEKLY EVENTS

Every Sunday “Sunday Session” 8-11pm McKays Bar & Restaurant 138 Atholl Road Pitlochry PH16 5AG Session night where a mixture of musicians or those of you learning a musical talent gather round to sing, strum or drum what they know best, a great Tuesday 4th February - Tuesday fun night open to everyone. Free entry. 18th March McKays, Atholl Road, Pitlochry Scottish Snowdrop Festival Black Spout Wood, Pitlochry, PH16 Tel: 01796473888 www.mckayshotel.co.uk 5BX As part of the Year of Homecoming Scotland 2014 the Scottish Snowdrop Festival presents fantastic displays of these delicate little flowers which signify the beginning of spring. free

Wednesday February 26th to Saturday 1st March 7pm SCDA 82nd Perthshire District Festival of One Act Plays Birnam Arts Centre Station Road Birnam Dunkeld PH8 0DS The Annual SCDA Festival, with 6 of Perthshire’s amateur drama companies, compete to take part in the next round March Music at of the Festival. Balcony £10 Stalls £9 Mckays Bar & Restaurnat £7 Conc - stalls only. Season for all 4 138 Atholl Road nights £36 Balcony/£32 Stalls Box OfPitlochry PH16 5AG fice Tel:01350 727674 Friday 7th March 8pm John Davidson & admin@birnaminstitute.com Sandy Marshalll www.birnamarts.com Friday 14th March 8pm Macpolvo Friday 21st march 8pm Sandie Brechin Sunday 2nd March - Wednesday & Ewan Wilkenson 30th April 10am - 5pm Friday 28th march 8pm Pete Clarke & Art Exhibition - Woods and Waters Gregor Lowery Tel 01796 473888 Birnam Arts Centre Station Road Email: info@mckayshotel.co.uk Birnam Dunkeld PH8 0DS http://www.mckayshotel.co.uk/pitPeter Kirley/Cameron Murray/ lochry_entertainment/programme.htm Ian McLachlan Scott. Free Entry. Box Office Tel:01350 727674 Saturday 1st February - Sunday admin@birnaminstitute.com 16th March 10am - 4pm www.birnamarts.com Scottish Snowdrop Festival Cluny House Gardens, Cluny Last Sunday of the Month 3pm House, Aberfeldy, PH15 2JT Blues Sunday See the spring flowers - snowdrops and The Taybank Tay Terrace Dunkeld red squirrels. Opening times: 10am PH8 0AQ – 6pm 20th February to 31st October Every month we hold a Blues Sunday inclusive. Adults £5 Conc £1 and a Sunday Jazz Jam - excellent

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Every Monday Music at the Taybank Dunkeld The Taybank Tay Terrace Dunkeld PH8 0AQ Acoustic session lead by Shaun Lowrey Tel: 01350 727340 www.thetaybank.co.uk Every Tuesday from 8th March 7.30pm Whisky Tasting McKays Bar & Restaurant 138 Atholl Road Pitlochry PH16 5AG Complimentary Whisky Tasting from 7.30pm with a variety of distilleries. Tel: 01796473888 www.mckayshotel.co.uk Every Tuesday 8.30pm Music at the Taybank Dunkeld The Taybank Tay Terrace Dunkeld PH8 0AQ Donny McElligott and Alan Dickson, lead the Tuesday night Boat Road session with an eclectic mix of old and new tunes - anyone welcome to come and join in from 8.30pm. Tel: 01350 727340 www.thetaybank.co.uk Every Wednesday 4pm - 10pm Free and Easy Music Night The Bridge of Tilt Hotel Bridge of Tilt Blair Atholl The Roundhouse Bar at the Bridge of Tilt has a Free and Easy Music Night every Wednesday from 4-10pm Tel 01796 481333 www.thebridgeoftilthotel.co.uk


What’s On Highland Perthshire Every Second Wednesday 8.30pm Open Mic Night The Taybank Tay Terrace Dunkeld PH8 0AQ You are all welcome to come and join in or simply come and enjoy the music and have a beer! Don’t forget we have a great selection of local ales! Tel: 01350 727340 www.thetaybank.co.uk Every Thursday Traditional Fiddle Session The Taybank Tay Terrace Dunkeld PH8 0AQ Pete Clark leads a traditional fiddle session in the bar from 8.30 - again all musicians are welcome to come and join!! Tel: 01350 727340 www.thetaybank.co.uk

away... Free entry. Tel: 01796473888 www.mckayshotel.co.uk “Saturday Night Fever” 11-1.30am McKays Bar & Restaurant 138 Atholl Road Pitlochry PH16 5AG resident DJ plays some of the latest tunes to dance the night from 11pmlate, if you come in after 11pn there is a £3.00 door charge. Tel: 01796473888 www.mckayshotel.co.uk

DAILY DIARY EVENTS

Saturday 1st March: 2pm & 7.30pm Swan Lake Pitlochry Festival Theatre Port Na Craig, Pitlochry, PH16 5DR Performed by Ballet West to Tchaiko“Friday night Folk” 8-11pmvsky’s original score, the heart-warming McKays Bar & Restaurant 138 story of a young man captivated by Atholl Road Pitlochry PH16 5AG Odette – only true love can release her Traditional folk music from musicians all from the evil ‘swan’ curse. over Scotland using an array of differ- Tel: 01796 484626 ent instruments to bring you some of www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com the best Scottish beasts and sounds. Free entry. Thursday 6th March 8pm Tel: 01796473888 Epic Tales of Extreme Kayaking www.mckayshotel.co.uk Birnam Arts Centre Station Road Every Friday Night Music Sessions Atholl Arms Hotel Bridgehead, Dunkeld, PH8 OAQ An open session for musicians of all abilities to gather and play music - any music. Or just come and enjoy the music. Free Entry. Tel: 01350 727 219 www.athollarmshotel.com

Birnam Dunkeld PH8 0DS Callum Strong is quickly emerging as one of Scotland’s premier extreme whitewater and expedition kayakers. A multimedia presentation covering his formative years of local kayaking, he’ll also tell the story of expeditions to some of the world’s most remote and difficult whitewater rivers. Epic tales of battling with bandits, capture! hippos..... £8/£6 conc. Box Office Tel:01350 727674 admin@birnaminstitute.com www.birnamarts.com

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G&S famous comic opera, sung by Dunfermline Gilbert & Sullivan Society Tel: 01796 484626 www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com Monday 10th March 8.30pm the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Cert 15. Heartland Film Society, presents Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Cert 15. During one long night, a group of men searches a desolate plain for a corpse. A complex, atmospheric crime drama. All welcome. Please check date and time: www.birkscinema.co.uk Tel: 08719025754 Friday 14th March 8pm Dare to Care (Theatre/Drama) Birnam Arts Centre Station Road Birnam Dunkeld PH8 0DS Arriving for a spell behind bars, where there are no secrets or boundaries - a group of women tell their stories in a chorus of words, rhyme and stand up comedy. £12/£10 conc./£5 u16 Box Office Tel:01350 727674 admin@birnaminstitute.com www.birnamarts.com Sunday 16th March 2014 Tummel/Tay trip in Open Canoes Tummel/Tay trip from Pitlochry to Birnam Open Canoes Contact Richie Neill, richieneill2000@ yahoo.com or 07747108902 http://www.canoescotland.org/NewsEvents/TouringCalendar.aspx

Monday 17th March 7-9pm The Norther Isles and their wildlife Every Saturday from 9pm - Polly Pullar Live Music The Tryst Pitlochry Old Mill Restaurant-Pub, Mill Lane, Scottish Wildlife Trust Meeting - The Pitlochry PH16 5BH Northern Isles and their wildlife - IlFriday 7th March: 7.30pm Top quality Perthshire Bands, playing a Real Diamond lustrated talk by Polly Pullar author variety of styles including covers, blues, Pitlochry Festival Theatre Port Na and wildlife photographer. Everyone is rock, jazz … welcome Members £2 non-members £3 Craig, Pitlochry, PH16 5DR Tel: 01796 474020 All of the famous Neil Diamond hits by For more info contact Richard Horobin www.theoldmillpitlochry.co.uk tribute band Real Diamond, led by John 01796 474480 or richardwhorobin@ tomcroy.co.uk Hylton “Saturday night live@McKays” Tel: 01796 484626 9-11pm www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com McKays Bar & Restaurant 138 Atholl Road Pitlochry PH16 5AG Saturday 8th March: 7.30pm Live bands from Scottish, Irish, Pop, Pirates of Penzance rock, Blues, Jazz, Motown and many Pitlochry Festival Theatre Port Na more. Sing dance and clap the night Craig, Pitlochry, PH16 5DR

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What’s On Highland Perthshire Friday 21st March 60s/70s Night Killiecrankie Village Hall Killiecrankie PH16 5LG Come and join us on the first day of spring, and have some fun with 60s/70s music, dancing. come and enjoy that old favourite ‘Chicken in a basket’, BYOB . Come in 60s/70s dress (optional). Raising funds for the Killiecrankie Village Hall. Raffle Tickets £7.50 each, Bring your own drinks. Tel: 01796 473934 to book your place. or get tickets from Tilt Stores Blair Atholl Friday 21st March: 7.30pm Julie Madly Deeply Pitlochry Festival Theatre Port Na Craig, Pitlochry, PH16 5DR A delightfully funny and candid loveletter to show business legend, Julie Andrews, featuring all her best loved songs. Tel: 01796 484626 www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com Friday 21st March 7.30pm Music in Rannoch Concerts Claire Thompson (soprano) and Scott Mitchell (piano) Old Kirk of Rannoch Bunrannoch Place Kinloch Rannoch PH16 5PY Tickets cost £8 at the door. Tel: 01882 633348 Friday 21st March 8pm The Revelers (Cajun/Americana) Birnam Arts Centre Station Road Birnam Dunkeld PH8 0DS The Revelers - the very element of Cajan music very 50s swamp pop recapturing some of the feel-good essence of the past. £12/£10 conc/£5 u16 Box Office Tel:01350 727674 admin@birnaminstitute.com www.birnamarts.com

Saturday 22nd March: 7.30pm Mànran Pitlochry Festival Theatre Port Na Craig, Pitlochry, PH16 5DR High energy from Celtic cross-over band, featuring accordion, fiddle, flute and drum & bass. Tel: 01796 484626 www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com Saturday 22nd March/Sunday 23rd March 8pm The Niel Gow Festival 2014 Birnam Arts Centre Station Road Birnam Dunkeld PH8 0DS Celebrating its 11th Anniversary, this famous festival celebrates Perthshire’s local hero, Niel Gow, with a mix of formal and informal concerts and workshops. The programme still to be finalised will be announced on: nielgow.co.uk and birnamarts.com More information from admin@the taybank. com Advance booking through The Taybank on 01350 728 920 £10//£5 u15 Box Office Tel:01350 727674 admin@birnaminstitute.com www.birnamarts.com Thursday 27th March Heartstart Atholl Medical Centre Pitlochry Please come to learn what to do if someone collapses. An employee of the Scottish Ambulance Service will give information about the use of the public access defibrillators which have been istalled in Fishers Hotel and on the outside wall of the Moulin Brewery. Sessions run from 2-4pm and 4-6pm For mor info contact Caterine Holmes 01796 473400 (c.p.holmes47@btinternet.com)

Friday 28th March 8pm Chamber Philharmonic Europe Birnam Arts Centre Station Road Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd March Birnam Dunkeld PH8 0DS The Annual Neil Gow Festival The Chamber Philharmonic Europe is The Taybank Tay Terrace Dunkeld back - sit back and enjoy a thrilling proPH8 0AQ gramme from this superb international Now looking forward to next year’s touring orchestra. Vivaldi, Albinoni, festival - from Friday 21st March to Back, Holst, Borodin, Mozart. £14/£12 Sunday 23rd March 2014 - put those conc/£5 u16s dates in your diary now.More details to Box Office Tel:01350 727674 follow admin@birnaminstitute.com Tel: 01350 727340 www.birnamarts.com www.thetaybank.co.uk

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Saturday 29th March 8pm Southern Tenant Folk Union Birnam Arts Centre Station Road Birnam Dunkeld PH8 0DS An Edinburgh based 6 piece string band led by Belfast born Pat McGarvey. Their 5th album was No 1 on the Americana UK Chart. £14/£12 conc/£5 u16s Box Office Tel: 01350 727674 admin@birnaminstitute.com www.birnamarts.com


What's On Events in Highland Perthshire March 2014