Scotland – What happens if the is heavy rain on the west?

For the last few days we have had lovely weather in Perth and Perthshire, we’ve had all the signs to show us that spring was on the way. Snowdrops completely out and a gradual covering of crocus, with the long shoots of daffodils poking out of the ground.

Why is it then the river Tay is at the highest it has been for a couple of years with flood water ominously rising? A couple of years ago river experts were able to explain to us why this should be. They claim they have finally found the source of the longest river in Scotland.


River Tay 2015


The slopes of Ben Lui, near Tyndrum, have been accepted as the head of the River Tay since 1780, but no-one has determined a precise location.

Surveyors at the Tay Western Catchments Partnership said they believed the source was a small lochan on the Allt Coire Laoigh, south of the summit.

The burn flows into the Cononish and Dochart before joining Loch Tay.

Victor Clements, from Scottish Native Woods, which set up the partnership, said it had followed the “longest and most dominant” tributary on the slopes of the 1,130m (3,707ft) Ben Lui.

The group undertook a 1,000-mile survey of the rivers and watercourses in Glen Lyon, Glen Lochay and Glen Dochart.

As part of the project, Mr Clements said he and his colleagues wanted to determine the exact source of the River Tay.

“We wanted to finish the survey at the source,” he said. “We spent about three months asking people and no-one was able to tell us where it was.

Slopes of Ben Lui The slopes of Ben Lui have been considered the source of the Tay since 1780 “There are three water courses that come down from Ben Lui. If you follow the most dominant courses the Allt Coire Laoigh is where you end up.”

The Ben Lui surveyors said they had buried a time capsule at the source, including some money and documents relating to this project.

The team has invited anyone who finds the capsules to “help yourself to the price of a fish supper in Tyndrum”.

The partnership acknowledged in its report that there were numerous ways of determining the source of a river, including the furthest point from the sea or the head of the most dominant watercourse.

Some experts also prefer the highest point – which in this case would make the source the Allt Coire Ghaorhaich, which arises from close to the summit of Ben Lui.

But the report concludes: “For the record, we think that, as it is the most dominant tributary and also the longest, the answer is the Allt Coire Laoigh and, as no-one else seems too concerned, we are going to claim credit for redefining the true source of the River Tay.”

The Scottish Open Volleyball 2015

The weekend of the 6th & 7th June 2015 in Perth North Inch Park sees the largest annual Volleyball event in the UK return for its 30th year.   The Scottish Open Volleyball Tournament is the largest annual volleyball tournament in Great Britain and attracts over 1000 players from around the world.

It is for all standards of player from recreational, district league and national league level who play on our 36 outside courts on the North Inch, a large parkland setting in the centre of Perth.

The tournament not only attracts teams from around the United Kingdom but we have also had teams from Russia, America, Czech Republic, Poland, Australia, Belgium, France, Italy, Netherlands, Eire, Venezuela and the Faroes.

Entertainment will be arranged for the Saturday night at The Loft in Perth’s City Centre.

A large campsite will be available for the majority of the players but there are many hotels and bed and breakfast establishments which are only 5 minutes walk away. Full washing and toilet facilities are available within the sports centre and so there are no shortages of home comforts for those camping.


The tournament has been organised to ensure that teams will get meaningful games on both days of the event with trophies for the winners of each of the 9 categories.

Tripadvisor Exceptional Service Award

Almond Villa Guest House were delighted to have received a certificate for Tripadvisor Exceptional Service Award Nomination. Shauna was nominated by one of our guests for providing a professional service. She was so surprised and pleased to be nominated that it didn’t matter that she didn’t win she was just delighted to have been thought of in such a special way and that someone took their time to nominate her to Tripadvisor.


In October 2014 TripAdvisor announced the winners of its inaugural Exceptional Service Awards. TripAdvisor launched the awards first to U.K. and US travellers asking them to nominate hospitality professionals who went above and beyond to deliver outstanding service in the past twelve months. After receiving more than 3,500 nominations in October 2014, TripAdvisor selected 40 winners across 21 countries worldwide.

“Everyone who travels knows that the service you receive can elevate any trip to a memorable one,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “A recent TripAdvisor survey revealed that more than two thirds of respondents didn’t think hospitality professionals receive sufficient recognition for their efforts. Through the Exceptional Service Awards, we’re trying to change that by acknowledging stars of the hospitality industry who made a difference by going the extra mile for their guests and clearly made a lasting impression on the TripAdvisor community.”


T in the Park is set to be the best weekend of summer 2015 as we say #HelloStrathallan on 10th-12th July 2015!

Tickets went on sale on Friday 5th December at 9am at and are the same price for the third year running. The £50 deposit scheme will also be available – the easiest, most affordable way to get you to T in the Park 2015. Pay £50 now and pay up in two more instalments next year!

We can’t wait for yet another weekend of friends, fun, epic music and of course the legendary T in the Park atmosphere that we take with us wherever we go.

T in the park 2015

Happy New Year everybody!

The Almond Villa guest house would like to warmly wish all our customers a very Happy New and hope your Hogmanay is a good one!

As the year comes to an end, don’t look back at yesterday’s disappointment. Look ahead to the new opportunities and promises yet to unfold.


Happy New Year 2015

SNP Returning to Perth for their 80th Annual National Conference

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The SNP are delighted to return to Perth for our 80th Annual National Conference to be held on the 14th-15th of November 2014. Which comes on the high after Nicola Sturgeon’stour of Scotland. She held a series of sell-out events to rally and engage the tens of thousands of new members who have joined the Scottish National Party since the referendum. Party membership has gone from around 25,000 on referendum day to over 80,000 and rising.

Perth was delighted to be chosen again to host the event though small business owners fear that the national conference will have out grown Perth with the conference having to move due to the unprecedented numbers of new members.

The SNP believe Scotland has a tremendous opportunity in September this year to vote for a chance to make the most of Scotland’s potential, gaining equality and responsibility in the modern world. For visitors from the corporate and third sectors, Conference offers the chance to discuss and debate the issues of importance to you, in a time and arena when you know not only the public and politicians will be listening, but the world’s media will be watching.

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Perth will be hosting The World Pool Championships 2014. The venue for this prestigious event is the superb Bells Sports Centre. Hay Street, Perth. The competition starts on Sunday 26th October and play ends on Friday 31st October. Players from all over the world will be participating. The Championship will be recorded for television. Look out for the Scotland team in Friday’s edition of the local Perthshire Advertiser.

TV Coverage: there will be Live coverage on Premier Sports in the UK and Setanta Sports in Ireland and Youtube see below for scheduled times:-

Thursday 4pm to 11pm Friday midday to 8pm First 3 hours on Freeview channel 428 Sky and 511 on Virgin There are many categories & events including:- MENS – 5 Person Team, Individual Event, Speed Pool & Scotch Doubles LADIES  – 5 Person Team & Individual Event, Speed Pool & Scotch Doubles SENIORS (Over 40s) – 5 Person Team, Individual Event, Speed Pool & Scotch Doubles MASTERS (Over 50s) – 5 Person Team, Individual Event, Speed Pool & Scotch Doubles UNDER 18s –  5 Person Team, Individual Event, Speed Pool & Scotch Doubles SPECIAL NEEDS LADIES – 3 Person Team, Individual Event, Speed Pool & Scotch Doubles WHEELCHAIR – Individual Event There will be qualifiers for ALL individual sections taking place at Bells Sports Centre Perth on Saturday the 25th October starting at 12 noon.

Click here for the schedule of play

Rain fails to dampen spirits at Perth Highland Games

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A slate grey sky greeted the opening of Perth Highland Games as organisers looked to the heavens and crossed their fingers.


Early visitors enjoyed a vibrant start to the annual event on the city’s North Inch, from where the skirl of the pipes echoed through the heart of the city.

More than 40 top pipe bands were represented at the games, among them nine Grade 1 Bands who will be competing at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow at the weekend.

As the heavy events got under way and solo pipers performed for judges around the site, the bands made for a fine spectacle in front of good, early crowds.

There were also plenty of fun activities on offer for youngsters, together with a large number of stalls in the trade village.

Having threatened for three hours, the predicted rain finally began to fall at midday — and then continued to fall for much of the day.

Spectators huddled beneath umbrellas and wrapped against the elements, dived for cover in tents each time the downfall began to increase in ferocity.

It finally settled to a steady drizzle that continued throughout much of the annual event. To the dismay of organisers, the weather did seem to have an impact upon the number of people that turned out.

There was also a moment of anguish when it appeared that some of the pipe bands were fleeing the rain as buses moved about the games site.

Fortunately the news came back that most were simply awaiting their chance to perform aboard their vehicles, which were being moved in case they became stuck on the games ground.

Among their number were entrants from the US, Canada, Australia, Oman, South Africa and New Zealand — together with a number of high-calibre Scottish bands.

There were also more than 70 solo pipers and a large number of Highland dancers, who were fortunate to have a covered stage on which to perform.

Elsewhere within the arena, spectators peering through the drizzle were able to enjoy keenly contested track and cycling events and the heavyweight championship.

Organisers, meanwhile, dashed around the site, dodging the heaviest showers and doing their best to ensure that the rain had as little impact upon proceedings as possible.

Once again everyone who took part in this year’s Kilt Run throughly enjoyed their day. Thankfully the weather was very kind to all the runners who joined us on the North Inch.

This year, as a special twist, the stars of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, the Scotties were once again the centre of attention at the Perth Kilt Run. They joined the hundreds of runners at the North Inch taking part in the race.

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Almond Villa Guest House extend our congratulations to St Johnstone on their success in reaching the Final of the Scottish Cup this season. Now that they are in the Cup Final we are confident that you will press on to greater success, and you can be assured we will all be cheering for Saint Johnstone in the Cup Final.

Come saints, our hearts are with you!!