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Festivals and Events

Festivals and Events in Highland Perthshire.

One of the strengths of Highland Perthshire is that it has an excellent range of Festivals and Events all year round. The year starts with New Year Street Ceilidh in Pitlochry on new year's day each year - this event attracts over 3,000 people.

The Winter Words Festival in February is Britain's Book Festival of the year, run by Pitlochry Festival Theatre which also runs various shows through out the winter and spring weekends - these have proven to be popular, attractive people to the area for short breaks during times of the year they would not have otherwise have come to the area. The theatre made its name with its very popular 6 plays that run throughout the summer season.

The first big event, the largest of its kind in Britain is Etape Caledonia the close road cycle event, in the second or third Sunday each May. In 2011 there were some 4,300 cyclist who took part, many coming to Highland Perthshire for the first time and others who have made it a must in the yearly diaries. The participants bring their supporters, friends, families all helping to swell the event and add to the festival atmosphere. On the back of this event Highland Perthshire Cycling Group are driving cycling in the area so cycling is an all year round activity for visitors.

At the end of May on the Saturday is the Atholl Highlanders Parade, (The Duke of Atholl's Private Army - the only private army in Europe). This is followed by the seasons first Highland Games, the Atholl Gathering held in front of Blair Castle. Highland Perthshire have Highland Games running throughout the summer in each large town, Blair Atholl, Dunkeld and Birnam, Aberfeldy, Kenmore, Kinloch Rannoch, and the final games of the year in Pitlochry in September.

The Blair Castle Horse Trails and Country Fair at the end of August attracts some 40,000 plus people over 4 days each year. Europe's top equestrian teams attend; many are European and Olympic medallists. The Country fair is a large tented village hosting all kinds of businesses catering for those with horses, to out door clothing and the very popular food hall.

In the Autumn there are two major events which help to extend the season right in to early November - The Enchanted Forest a lighting festival that attracts some 20,000 people over 17 days, has been rolled out to 24 days in 2011.

Perthshire Amber built around the Scottish folk singer Dougie MacLean, running for 10 days at the very end of October in to November, attracts people from all over the world, many staying for a number of nights and some actually stay for the whole 10 days of the festival.

Finally the Winter Festival at Kenmore was start in 2010 for the first time, this is intended to help bring people to the Kenmore - Aberfeldy area in November - December in its first year, is successfully attracted families as well as couples, proving there is a market for such a festival.

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