Why Perth?

We at Perth Festival of Yarn are passionate about the City which we call home. Perth is Scotland’s ancient capital, the crowning place of our Kings, the Gateway to the Highlands, and 71% of the Scottish population are only a 90 minutes drive away; so we are closer than you may have thought!

Our Festival programme offers much to do for the keen fibre crafter, but Perth itself has much to offer you. Here are our personal suggestions on what to see and do over the weekend (or longer) and why we support Perth’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021.


Perth Museum & Art Gallery – Costume Collections Review (Free)

Uncover the secrets of the historic costume collection live in the museum while the curators work on them. The collection spans five centuries and contains over 3000 items, including a 17th century doublet, a rare survivor from the period and a Jacobean waistcoat section, intended for use by Bonnie Prince Charlie on becoming King. The review is a two year project to unlock the magnificent collection held at Perth Museum and Art Gallery before it closes for redevelopment late next year. See the Museum’s curators working on the costumes, learn about the meticulous processes behind the review and take the chance to pose your questions to our experts as they work.


Perth Museum & Art Gallery – The Study of Nature: 150 Years of Perthshire Society of Natural Science (Free)

Celebrate 150 years of encouraging interest in the environment, nature and cultural heritage of Perthshire with Perthshire Society of Natural Science. Take the chance to see some of the exhibits from the very first museum as well as following the fascinating history of the society from Victorian naturalists and collectors to 21st Century Curious Minds.


The Fergusson Gallery – Modern Scottish Painting: J.D. Fergusson (Free)


Perth City Centre, King Edward Street – 18th Century Festival (Free)

This 18th Century Festival seeks to celebrate the fabulous and very interesting 18th century history of Perth and surrounding districts. The 18th Century in Perth encompasses both the Jacobite and Hanoverian histories of the are and includes such important developments as the influential Scottish Enlightenment.

The Festival includes a range of activities including conferences, exhibitions, talks, walks, visits, street celebrations, a ceilidh, a ball, and water-based activities on the Tay. The Festival runs from Friday 8th September to Sunday 17th September with a Jacobite street festival on Saturday 9th.


Popular Culture Meets History

Fans of Outlander may wish to take a wander around the North Inch. Although now one of Perth’s main recreational green spaces, it saw many a Jacobite battle during 1715 and 1745. Tibbermore Church, which was featured in Season 1 Episode 11 when Geillis Duncan and Claire Randall stand accused of Witchcraft can be found 4 miles to the west of Perth.