Game Fair heavy traffic warning
SCONE: Organisers have ‘robust’ plan for tourist attraction
Motorists are braced for lengthy delays around Perth at the weekend as around 30,000 people descend on the grounds of Scone Palace for the Scottish Game Fair.
Organisers of the event, which begins today and runs until Sunday, expect heavy traffic around “peak times” but claim they have had a “robust” traffic plan produced in discussion with police.
Queues of traffic are expected on the M90, the A90 trunk road south of Perth and the A93 as thousands of vehicles make their way into the single-access site.
The annual event is regarded as one of Perthshire’s main tourist attractions.
Motorists have been warned they could face disruption this weekend due to expected heavy traffic as thousands of people travel to the Scottish Game Fair near Perth.
With more than 30,000 people expected to visit the event in the grounds of Scone Palace over the course of three days, drivers have been advised to leave plenty time for their journey, with queues of traffic expected on the M90, the A90 trunk road south of Perth and the A93.
Transport Scotland said “traffic is expected to be heavier than normal” on the local roads around Perth and Scone because of the event.
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Game Fair, which begins today, admitted they “anticipate” the traffic will be busy around peak times, but stressed they have a “robust traffic plan” in place.
“We are confident that we’ll keep things moving as quickly and safely as possible,” she said.
“We have been working closely with Police Scotland and will use a one-way system, which has been very successful in previous years.”
The Game Fair is an annual gathering for country sports enthusiasts, offering a packed programme of events and activities in the grounds of Scone Palace.
This year’s event will host the inaugural four nations’ international gun dog competition tomorrow. This will see teams from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales competing on the island in front of a grandstand by the River Tay.
The Scottish Game Fair spokesperson commented: “Some 470 traders – the highest number yet to attend – are already on site, readying for the start of the 29th annual fair in the heart of Perthshire.
“This year’s packed and lively main ring programme includes lots of favourites such as the Dog ‘n’ Duck Show, spectacular axe demos from Gwynedd Axemen, the Tug o’ War, and the ever-popular terrier racing.
“There will also be attractions including birds of prey, pipe bands, gun dog demos, fishing demos and dog agility.”
She continued: “The newly revamped fishing area will include a dedicated area called the bothy for panel discussions, presentations and Q&As with guest speakers and experts.
“Writer, broadcaster and fishing fanatic Fiona Armstrong will feature in a panel discussion encouraging more women to get into angling, and European and World Fly Casting champion Hywell Morgan will be demonstrating his winning technique in the main ring, as well as appearing at the Bothy as part of the panel discussions.”
There will also be clay and drone shooting competitions and the return of the food hall, which will feature 45 exhibitors. And children can enjoy the ‘wee beasties’ marquee, where they will have the opportunity to learn about honey bees and pollination.
Some 470 traders – the highest number yet to attend – are already on site, readying for the start of the 29th annual fair in the heart of Perthshire
Game Fair visitor Carrie Anderson at Scone Palace yesterday with Corrie, Fetlar, Cider and Pete.