Arts and culture in Perthshire

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Perthshire is home to a flourishing arts and cultural scene and boasts an impressive array of galleries, shops, theatres and more that showcase the region's strong creative streak. Admire stunning artworks in world-class museums, pick up unique crafts produced by local artisans, and choose from a fantastic selection of vibrant festivals and events.

The ‘Fair City’ of Perth is home to plenty of cultural riches which include everything from world-class art galleries to vibrant music events and arts festivals, and you’ll find plenty of other unique arts and culture attractions spread throughout the region.

Visit the places that sparked the imaginations of famous literary figures as diverse as Beatrix Potter and William Shakespeare, join the crowds at Scotland’s biggest music festival T in the Park, and witness the incredible spectacle of the Highland games.

Whether you’re a fan of ballet and opera, enjoy watching the latest in contemporary theatre or crowd-pleasing musicals, there are a number of historic and highly-regarded performance venues throughout Perthshire with year-round programmes that span a wide range of music, dance and theatre genres.   

Blessed with some of the most captivating scenery in Scotland, Perthshire has long been a rich source of inspiration to local artists and craftmakers. You’ll find plenty of independent galleries and shops in the region’s picturesque towns and villages where you can browse an array of unique arts and crafts ranging from handcrafted jewellery, ceramics and furniture to paintings depicting the region’s stunning countryside. 

Take a look through the listings to learn more about the attractions and activities available and learn more about the arts and culture of Perthshire.

  • The Guildtown Bluegrass Festival, near Perth
    The Guildtown Bluegrass Festival, near Perth
  • A competitor in the open hammer event on the games field at the annual Atholl Gathering held at Blair Castle
    A competitor in the open hammer event at the annual Atholl Gathering held at Blair Castle
  • An illuminated Perth Concert Hall at night, Perth
    Perth Concert Hall, Perth
  • The café and gift shop of Cashmere at Lochleven, Lochleven Mills, Kinross
    The café and gift shop of Cashmere at Lochleven, Lochleven Mills, Kinross
  • A ruined bridge crosses a mountain stream in Glen Lyon with a waterfall visible in the background, Aberfeldy
    Glen Lyon, described by Sir Walter Scott as the ‘longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland’
The crowd facing the main stage at T in the Park, Balado

Music, dance and theatre events

Enjoy a great performance at music, dance and theatre events in Perthshire with small gigs, theatre productions and more.

The exterior of the Fergusson Gallery

Arts and culture attractions

Explore arts and culture attractions in Perthshire and discover the culture and identity of this Scottish region.

Visitors look at the antique books on display at Innerpeffray Library - Scotland's first free Public Lending Library, by Crieff

Literature

Explore Perthshire and uncover literary connections to famous novels and authors like Beatrix Potter and Ian Maclaren.

The Atholl Highlanders in the Atholl Gathering, Blair Castle

Events

Enjoy a wide variety of events in Perthshire covering music, activities, arts and more including the Winter Words Festival through to a summer of Highland games and music.

A woman browses the luxuriously soft pieces on display at Cashmere at Lochlven, Lochleven Mills, Kinross

Shopping

Visit the shops in Perthshire which offer everything from the latest fashions to authentic Scottish crafts. Pick up a present or treat for yourself.