International Celtic Congress 2017

Perth, Scotland

17th to 22nd July 2017

The theme for Congress 2017 will be:

The Musical Traditions of our Celtic Nations


The Mercure Hotel,

West Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5QP

     Some Reviews

 …A converted watermill, it offers a splendid lobby and bar area, with the possibility of looking down into the mill race, while the breakfast room is also atmospheric. 

…The hotel is well situated in the centre of Perth, free parking always a good feature. The hotel was an old watermill and this is integrated into the hotel with unique features in the reception and lounge. Comfortable beds very good buffet breakfast. 

…Love the fact it used to be a watermill. Inside the exposed beams and wheels added to the ambience of the history of the building as did the running water feature under the hotel. The staff were very friendly from reception to bar to dining room.


Enticingly situated along the banks of the River Tay, Perth is Scotland’s newest city and a sheer joy to explore on foot. Sandwiched between two sweeping public parks, this compact but buzzing cosmopolitan hub boasts many fine restaurants and cafés, outstanding venues and great shopping.

How to get there:

By Air:

From Glasgow Airport: Take airport bus from Stance 1 outside Terminal Building.  Ask driver to let you off just before Dundas Street for Queen Street Station ( approx. 15 mins).  Train to Perth will take 1 hour 5mins.  From Station, Hotel is a 10 minute walk.

From Edinburgh Airport: Take Tram (T50) towards York Place 13 min (5 stops) · Stop ID: 362901  Eddinburgh Park Station  Train to Perth 10stops  1 hour 21 minutes.  Then 10 minute walk to hotel.

Getting to Mercure Perth Hotel from:

Perth Railway Station – 0.5 miles (1 km)   Turn left out of the station and walk straight down Leonard St. Carry on for two minutes and continue on to Hospital Street. Turn left and cross the road onto South Methven Street. Carry on walking until the 2nd set of traffic lights, then turn left onto Mill Street. The Mercure Perth hotel will be on your right-hand side.

By car:  From south east (Edinburgh)                       51 min (40.5 miles) Via M90

From south west (Glasgow)                       1 h 7 min (59.1 miles) Via M80 and A9

From north (Inverness)                                2 h 15 min (111 miles) Via A9

 Provisional Timetable:

Day Activity Time
Monday 17th July Registration 2pm onwards
Welcome Dinner 7pm
Informal Ceilidh 8.30pm
Tuesday 18th July Breakfast 7.30am to 9am
Gaelic Song Class 9am
Presentation 1  Scotland 10am
Coffee Break 11am
Presentation 2  Wales 11.30am
Lunch 12.30pm
Visit to Scone Palace 2pm
Dinner 7pm
Informal Ceilidh 8.30pm
Wednesday 19th July Breakfast 7.30am to 9am
Gaelic Song Class 9am
Presentation 3  Eire 10am
Coffee Break 11am
Presentation 4  Isle of Man 11.30am
Lunch 12.30pm
Ecumenical Service 2pm
Presentation 5  Brittany 4pm
Dinner 7pm
Informal Ceilidh 8.30pm
Day Activity Time
Thursday 20th July Breakfast 7.30am to 9am
Day Outing to Falkirk Wheel, Kelpies 10am
Dinner 7pm
Informal Ceilidh 8.30pm
Business Meeting 8.30pm
Friday 21st July Breakfast 7.30am to 9am
Gaelic Song Class 9am
Presentation 6  Cornwall 9.30am
AGM 11am
Lunch 12.30pm
Free Afternoon
Dinner 6.30pm
Concert 7.30pm
Saturday 22nd July Breakfast 7.30am to 9am


Congress costs will be in the region of £550 for a Single room occupation, £940 for a double room occupation.  Specific details and application forms will be forwarded to Branch Secretaries at the end of November.  Special reduced rates will be available for young attendees.

(Please note: Costs are still to be finalised)

Celtic Congress Alba look forward to welcoming you there.

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