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.
However, a spokesperson for the Scottish Game Fair, 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 on Saturday. 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.
“The Fred Taylor Memorial Trophy for Working Hill Ponies makes a welcome return on Sunday too.”
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.
“And there will also be fishing demonstrations from industry experts and competitions on the banks of the majestic River Tay.”
In addition, there will 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.
The Scottish Game Fair begins on Friday.
Tickets can be bought at the gate and are priced £20 for adults, £5 for children (free for under-five’s). A family ticket (two adults and two children) costs £42.
Car parking costs £4 on the day.