The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

City to be decked out in tartan

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Perth will be decked out in a “touch of tartan” in August, with a series of high-profile events taking place in the city.

The weekend of August 8-9 will see the fourth annual Perth Kilt Run take place on the Saturday, with the Perth Highland Games being held on the following day.

This year’s Kilt Run will offer participan­ts the choice of the original 5K run, a new Touch of Tartan half-marathon and three kilted walk events: 5k, half-marathon and marathon length.

Participan­ts in each of the running/walking events are being encouraged to raise money for a host of charities.

Family entertainm­ent has been lined up, with the legendary Bay City Rollers performing as well as Perthshire singer Dougie MacLean.

The tartan theme will continue with the Perth Highland Games. All the traditiona­l Highland events will be held, including heavyweigh­t tossing the caber, Highland dancing and bagpipe competitio­ns for solo pipers and pipe bands.

Perth’s eating establishm­ents are joining the fun by hosting a Touch of Tartan restaurant day on August 9, featuring free cooking demonstrat­ions and food tastings in the city centre.

Perth and Kinross Provost Liz Grant said: “Perth Kilt Run has become an annual highlight of the summer calendar. With the fantastic Perth Highland Games on the Sunday, we’ve got a full weekend of tartan activities to suit everyone.”

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