The city of Perth will be filled with free entertainment and activities this weekend when Touch of Tartan gets underway. People are encouraged to cheer on kilted walkers and runners and enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere on Saturday 8 August.

Contestants will be setting off on their races on Saturday 8 August at 8am (marathon-length walk), 10.30am (half marathon-length walk and run) and 1.30pm (5k walk and Kilt Run).  

Race-goers, their supporters, local residents and visitors will have their pick of entertainment and Scottish festivities in celebration of the tartan-themed weekend.

Between 11.30am and 4.30pm on Saturday, Perth’s North Inch will host vibrant music performances from iconic 70s group Eric Faulkner’s Bay City Rollers, Perthshire legend Dougie MacLean and popular local folk group the Mad Ferret Band.

Stirring performances by the City of Perth Pipe Band, the Strathearn Pipe Band and the carnival drumming group Beats of Brazil will take place on the North Inch throughout Saturday as well.

The ever-popular annual mascot race will take place at 1pm, just before the start of the Kilt Run and 5k walk. Racing this year are Hairy McKilty (Kilt Run), Shorty (Deans Shortbread), Jog Scotty (jogscotland, the recreational running arm of scottishathletics) and Rover (Guide Dogs Scotland).

Those attending Touch of Tartan can take part in Children’s highland games, inflatable mini golf and arts and craft activities, as well as enjoying the popular Tartan Dog & Duck Show which sees sheep dogs showing off their superb herding skills by moving a group of ducks around, much to an audience’s delight.

Saturday’s packed entertainment programme also includes a falconry display and magic shows, and local dancing talent will take centre stage with demonstrations by the Julie Young Dance School, the Perth Step dancers and Letham Majorettes.

There is also plenty for Touch of Tartan contestants to see and do between races. Local Fitness Instructor Claire McDougall will lead a warm up for people taking part in the 5k Kilt Run, 5k walk and half marathon walk and run. Athletes and members of the public are also encouraged to take advantage of a free massage from Crieff Community Hospital physio team or Perth City Osteopathy who will be on the North Inch.

There is still time to sign up online to take part in a Touch of Tartan race at www.eventfull.biz/index.php/sporting-events.

Entertainment continues in Perth on Sunday 9 August with the historic Perth Highland Games on the North Inch and Restaurants Day in the city centre. Participating local restaurants and cafes will be offering a special £5 signature dish on their menu on Sunday. A proposed food market will not go ahead as participating cafes and restaurants have chosen instead to focus on providing a £5 signature dish for the many visitors and members of the local community to take advantage of during Touch of Tartan celebrations.