PERTH BALLOON RIDES
FIND YOUR PERFECT HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT OVER PERTH!
FIND YOUR PERFECT HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT OVER PERTH!
To take flight in a hot air balloon in the skies near Perth we recommend Virgin Balloon’s Scotland regional vouchers. Covering all launch locations across Scotland, these luxury gift vouchers include flexible booking options, champagne toasts, return transport and more!
Let the splendour of Scotland unfold before you, on a hot air balloon ride over Perth. Known as the Fair City after Sir Walter Scott’s 1828 novel ‘The Fair Maid of Perth’, it is a fantastic ballooning location to reveal the glorious setting that is Scotland. As your balloon rises up, so you’ll be captivated by the soft blanket of patchwork fields that thread your view westward towards the jagged hills and mountains the in distance. To the east, the River Tay draws your eye out, past the 16th century Elcho Castle, to the distant skyline of Dundee. As you gain height over North Inch, just across the river you can see the Quarrymill Woodland Park – and as the name suggests, the site has been used as both quarries and mills. In the other direction, adjacent to the launch site, you can spot Balhousie Castle, home to the famous elite Black Watch regiment.
If the breeze carries you north, then you might get some terrific aerial views of Scone Palace, a grand gothic stately home situated at the site where Scottish kings were crowned. If you pass overhead, look for the distinctive shape of the unique ‘tartan’ Murray Star Maze. Let your gaze find the five imposing hills that make up Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park. The park which boasts woodlands and a dramatic escarpment which overlooks the Tay. See if you can spot the cylindrical tower that sits on the right on the edge of the vertical drop. No matter which way your Perth balloon ride carries you, the sights are plentiful and inspiring, so make those ballooning dreams come true and create memories that will last a lifetime.
If you’re visiting Perth for your balloon ride, there’s plenty to see and do, both in the city and outside of it, to consider staying over. Why not delve into the city’s local and natural history on a journey through time, at the Perth Museum and Art Gallery. The museum’s Natural History area boasts everything from fossils to the famous Strathmore Meteorite. Meanwhile in the Archaeology section you will find a wide range of interesting objects including a Bronze Age sword and a mummified body (panic not, that’s in the Egyptian section!).
Perthshire is awash with castles and five can be found within striking distance of the city centre. These include Balhousie Castle of Black Watch Fame (just a mile from the city centre), the historically important Scone Palace (just two miles) and Elcho Castle (still just five miles from the city). So if impressive and handsome castles tick your boxes, Perth is just the place to come ballooning! If you’ve the energy for the climb, make your way to the top of Kinnoull Hill to visit the tower and the Dragon’s Hole cave. On nearby Deuchny Hill you fill find a Bronze Age fort, which was discovered in 1922. And then of course, there’s the distilleries… So if you’re looking for a balloon launch site that can offer classic city views, expansive horizons over epic scenery and lots to do before or after your flight, you’ll find a hot air balloon ride over Perth delivers on all counts.
• A luxury gift voucher valid for 12 months
• A 60 minute flight over Perthshire
• Passenger insurance
• Traditional champagne toast
• Presentation of flight certificate
• Return transport to the launch site
• Magical memories you’ll treasure forever
The main departure point is from the Perth City Centre launch site. There are also always other sites nearby in Perthshire that can be used to get you aloft though if you need them. Always make sure that you check your voucher details and again when you book in, for the latest launch site details, as they can change depending on weather and site suitability. The good news is, that your voucher is valid for all launch locations in Scotland and you can leave your car at the launch site as this is where your ballooning experience will also finish.
Your unforgettable balloon ride will start with a full safety briefing, after which you you can help the team with the the inflating of the balloon if you wish – or kick back, soak up the atmosphere and let others do the hard work. But when it’s time, there is no escaping the collective excitement as the burners fire up and the balloon starts to prepare itself for taking you up, up and away on a ballooning adventure over Scotland!
As you drift gently over the Perthshire countryside and Perth City Cente, there will be ample opportunity to take photographs from this unique vantage point. During your flight you are free to discuss how the balloon works with the pilot, who will also be pointing out the many points of interest that drift below you or rest gently on the horizon.
No two flights are the same, and as such any number of towns, villages and important landmarks could come into view – all of which create talking points for years to come.
After an unforgettable hour ballooning your pilot will begin your descent towards a gentle landing. Once back on the ground, and should you wish, you can help in packing away the envelope (that’s the official name for the fabric canopy).
With the balloon all packed away, you will be transferred back to your launch site where you can sip on the fine stuff and raise a toast to an unforgettable adventure hot air ballooning over Perthshire.