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Music and craft beer a winning combo as Perth season of performances and events gets underway

Music and craft beer are set to prove a winning combination as Perthshire-based craft beer maker Inveralmond Brewery gets ready to back the new season of performances and events in Perth Concert Hall.

As Perth’s Autumn and Winter entertainment programme from Horsecross Arts gets underway, Inveralmond will be offering samples of its top beer brand, Ossian, at a series of shows at Perth Justin HaywardConcert Hall.

In addition, Inveralmond continues its Golden Ticket offer which gives away tickets to Horsecross shows and a free dinner at Perth Concert Hall, through competitions on social media.

Highlights of the upcoming music season in Perth Concert Hall include former Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward, famous for hits such as Nights in White Satin and Tuesday Afternoon, on 22 September. Deacon Blue will play to a capacity crowd on 11 November, and Phil Cunningham’s Christmas Songbook, featuring Eddi Reader, puts its unique Scottish slant on Christmas favourites on 16 December.

Fergus Clark, Managing Director of Inveralmond Brewery, said:

“In our minds, great music deserves great beer. Not only that, as a Perthshire-based brewery we love getting the chance to support local events. That’s why we’re proud to collaborate with Horsecross Arts and Perth Concert Hall. Visitors will be able to meet our staff for a sample of Ossian in the foyer of the concert hall to get them in the mood for a great show.”

For more information on Inveralmond Brewery visit www.inveralmond-brewery.co.uk

To find out more about Horsecross Arts visit www.horsecross.co.uk

Your Easter holidays are sorted: visit Perthshire, ranked one of the UK’s coolest counties

There’s no need to hop a flight to Tenerife or a train down south over the Easter holidays. Instead, stay local and soak up the delights of Perthshire, recently ranked as one of the UK’s coolest counties by The Sunday Times.

Perthshire received top billing in The Sunday Times’ Style magazine this week as the newspaper listed the UK’s most fashionable rural retreats.

The Highlands county scored high for its celebrity connections: Crieff-born Ewan McGregor; Alan Cumming, born in Aberfeldy and brought up near Carnoustie, Angus; and J K Rowling, who owns Killiechassie country estate on the banks of the River Tay.  Also mentioned was the fact that Taylor Swift was reportedly eyeing up the Tower of Lethendy near Meikleour.

Star spotting aside, Perthshire has more than its fair share of sweet spots for tourists, and locals, ensuring that it’s not just a cool but a clever place to be. May we recommend:

The Famous Grouse Experience. Located at Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, this is Scotland’s oldest working distillery and centuries ahead of the hand crafted movement trend (whisky ingredients are still hand mashed.) It’s also the winner of several tourism awards and fast becoming a must-see for visitors. More at www.thefamousgrouseexperience.com

Perth Concert Hall. State of the art and with some of the finest acoustics in Europe, this is a venue that pushes the envelope with its programming. Upcoming shows included Lulu, Bryan Ferry, Gregory Porter and Voicemale, a collaboration between 71 primary school boys’ choirs, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor Christopher Bell. www.horsecross.co.uk

Scone Palace. This historic landmark, which re-opens on Friday 25th March, has it all: history (the crowning place of the King of Scots), stately home grandeur (eat your heart out, Taylor) and a 50th anniversary to celebrate. The first visitor through the gates receives a free season ticket and a bottle of champagne. Don’t miss the Easter Pirate Fun Day, plus ticket offers all season. www.scone-palace.co.uk

Crieff Hydro. Gold star to the hotel for not just being a perfect getaway, but for putting its weight behind the Perthshire Big Tree Country Initiative, a scheme to preserve and promote Perthshire’s countryside. The resort is collecting donations and plans to add information points about the tree species on its sprawling 900-acre estate. www.crieffhydro.com

For more tourist tips visit www.uncoveredscotland.com