Delightful city, former capital and bordering pretty countryside
PerthPerth, a former capital of Scotland, lies in a valley next to the River Tay. Its history goes back some 800 years with many Kings of Scotland being crowned on the Stone of Destiny at Scone Palace, just outside the town.
Perth city centre enjoys an enviable location, in between two beautiful public parks (North and South Inch). As you wander along the striking Tay Street promenade you can be inspired by the works of local artists as they display their paintings, drawings and original prints. The city also has some splendid Georgian buildings, and 12th century St John’s Kirk is the centrepiece of the town being one of the finest and oldest churches in Scotland. Perth is also a premier culinary centre with cordon bleu cooking to parlour tearooms and cosy pubs to bustling bistros.
Activities and EventsScone Palace was once the site of the crowning of Scottish Kings including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce and has been the seat of Parliament. It houses an outstanding collection of antiques, paintings and rare artefacts and lies in some outstanding grounds with the Grampian Mountains in the distance.
Perth Museum and Gallery is where you can find out about the natural and social history of Perthshire through the ages with a variety of changing exhibitions.The Museum of the Black Watch is housed in the dramatic and historic Balhousie Castle which is set in beautiful grounds. The Museum displays a variety of artefacts illustrating the history of the Black Watch Regiment. Caithness Glass (to the north of Perth) is known throughout the world for high quality paperweights and art glass.
The 16th century Elcho Castle is set on an idyllic location on the banks of the River Tay. The castle is free to visit which includes a fascinating guided tour.
The county of Perthshire is where you’ll find a remarkable combination of woodland (with some of the tallest trees in Europe), mountains and lakes making the area one of the best areas for outdoor activities in Scotland. You’ll also find lots of culture in the region with plenty of castles, cathedrals and historic houses to visit...
South of Perth is Loch Leven, which is home to around 15,000 geese each autumn. The new heritage trail enables you to experience the history, beauty and nature. Loch Leven Castle sits on an islet in Loch Leven and the enchanting castle can be visited taking a small ferry.
Dunkeld (15 mins by train from Perth) is dominated by the ruins of its once majestic cathedral. The brightly coloured 'little houses' of Dunkeld were built in the early 1700s. They are now in the care of The National Trust For Scotland.
At Aberfeldy you can find a working water mill in the town centre with demonstrations of oatmeal milling. You can visit the stunning Loch Tay where it is possible to take part in many water based activities.
Next to Loch Tay, the unique Iron Age Scottish Crannog Centre is an award winning attraction featuring a unique reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch-dwelling, as were found throughout Scotland and Ireland around 5,000 years ago.
Pitlochry (30 mins by train from Perth) is known as the gateway to the highlands. An unusual attraction is the salmon ladder, by Pitlochry Dam, which helps the fish by-pass the dam and get into Loch Faskally. Downstream is the nationally renowned Pitlochry Festival Theatre.
During the medieval period the busy little town of Perth was known by locals as St. John's Toun or Saint Johnstoun.
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