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Exploring The River Tay Public Art Trail in Perth with Emma​

What a refreshing feeling it was to wake up on a sunny Saturday morning in June and know that we were heading out for the day. It was a welcome change after all the lockdown restrictions we’ve had plus being part of the shielding group has meant I’ve spent most of the last eighteen months at home.

So we packed some snacks and loaded up our Ford Torneo Connect with everything we needed for the day. And since we live in Scotland where the weather is ever-changing and unpredictable, this meant bringing multiple jackets and an umbrella.

We then drove to pick up our nephew before setting off for some exploring in Perth. After reading about things to do in the city we decided to try The River Tay Public Art Trail.

The weather was overcast when we arrived, but that never dampened our spirits. After all, we have missed so much fun time with our nephew, it was just good to be with him. Enjoying days out like we used to and seeing something new.

The River Tay Public Art Trail is 2.5 miles in length, starting at Tay Street alongside the River Tay and ending in the High Street. It was quiet and peaceful which surprised us for a Saturday.

Finding a disabled parking bay on Tay Street was easy so we didn’t waste any time having to drive around the city centre. And there was plenty of space to allow me to exit via the rear wheelchair ramp of my wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV), which was great.

Snacks, binoculars and map in hand, we set off to hunt down as many of the twenty-five art sculptures as we could on the trail.

While on our walk, we crossed Queen’s Bridge and Perth Bridge (also known as Smeaton's Bridge) with stunning views down the River Tay. It then took us through parks including the Riverside Park Heather Garden.

There were beautiful flower gardens to spend time in with ponds and wheelchair accessible paths throughout. It would be lovely to enjoy a picnic here by the River Tay on a nice summer’s day.

On the last section of the art trail we were caught in a rain shower, but nothing our big brolly (thankfully we brought with us) couldn’t handle. The end of the trail takes you across Perth Railway Bridge, but it isn’t wheelchair accessible due to having steps so we double backed on ourselves a little and went across Queen’s bridge instead and from there only a short walk to our car. The map of the art trail shows which part is accessed via steps so we were prepared for that.

We enjoyed just taking our time strolling along the trail - even when it rained and we all squeezed under one umbrella. And we’re looking forward to more days out over the summer months - typical Scottish weather and all. But I’m hoping for some sun.

Thank you to our friend www.simplyemma.co.uk for another great review.

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