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Bucket list experience:

Close up on a row of the ends of bagpipes

Last updated: 09 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Lucy Gillmore

This annual three-day bash held in the rolling green grounds of Scone Palace gives you a real flavour of Scotland and unique Scottish traditions.

A great day out for traditional sports enthusiasts and families, pack a picnic and join the crowds watching the gundog and sheepdog displays, falconry, fishing, pipe bands, tug-of-war, sheep racing, terrier racing and stunt-riders. There are also cookery demos in the marquees and stalls to browse stocked with hunting, shooting and fishing paraphernalia.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 10+
Frequency: annually
When: End of June
Duration: 3 days

Getting there & doing it

Held in the grounds of Scone Palace just outside Perth and well sign-posted from all the main routes. The traffic queues stretch back a couple of miles so you need to be patient. It is crowded but that just adds to the atmosphere. The grounds are extensive so you never feel hemmed in and there are plenty of places to lounge on the grass under shady trees.

Pack a picnic and relax in the shade of the trees, but don’t forgot to pack an umbrella, raincoat and wellies too!  And don’t just sit back and watch. You can have a go at activities such as archery, clay pigeon shooting, fly casting and air rifle shooting.

When to do it

The game fair takes place over three days at the end of June.

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