Visit Perth

When you visit Perth, or as the locals call it, the 'Fair City', it is a perfect place for a day out or as a base for a longer stay.

Situated in the heart of Scotland, it is easy to visit by car, train or bus, passing through some of the country's most beautiful scenery.

To visit Perth, means getting into the past, exploring places and buildings from years gone by.

Heritage and History

  • Elcho Castle

    Elcho Castle near Perth

    Elcho castle stands on the south bank of the Tay, a few miles east of Perth. It dates back to about 1570. The land had been granted by James III to the Wemyss family in 1468. The date of the building of the castle comes from a bill from a local merchant for ironwork thought to be for the grilles on the windows.

    To get to the castle take the Edinburgh road then Left onto Rhynd road before motorway. The castle is only open from April to September, so don't miss it when you visit Perth.

  • Huntingtower Castle
    Huntingtower Castle is another castle not be missed when you visit Perth. It is situated 2mi/3.2km to the west of the city. Formerly known as Ruthven Castle, it originally consisted of two single towers (15th C) which were joined together in the 17th C. The most striking aspects of the interior decor are the wall and ceiling paintings in the Hall. According to legend, the daughter of the first Earl once jumped the 10ft/3m gap between the two towers to avoid being caught with her lover, hence the name "Maiden's Leap".

  • St John's Kirk
    The first mention of St John's Kirk dates from 1126. It is the oldest standing building and one of the most important parish churches in Scotland. It was the site of John Knox's famous sermon against idolatry in 1559. Not to missed when you visit Perth. The sermon was so inflammatory that it inspired the local citizens to destroy all idols in the town. This history, at the very heart of the Reformation, assures the building's position as one of Perth's most visited tourist sites. Tours are by arrangement and it is possible to visit the kirk whenever a Church Officer is present.

  • Scone Palace
    Once the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in the history of Scotland. A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery and the rightful home of the celebrated Stone of Scone - also known as the Stone of Destiny. Scone Palace is regarded as a national treasure and is revered as the historic jewel in the crown of Scotland. Today, Scone Palace, just outside Perth is the home of the Earls of Mansfield. Don't miss a day at the races when you visit Perth!

  • Black Watch Museum

    Balhousie Castle Perth
    The Regimental Museum of the Black Watch is housed in Balhousie Castle, on the north side of Perth overlooking the North Inch. Within it is told the story of Scotland's oldest Highland Regiment and of the soldiers who have served in it. The Museum is well signposted from the centre of Perth and is within easy walking distance of it. Parking is available. Admission is free, though donations are welcome. This is a 'must do' when you visit Perth

  • Perth Museum and Art Gallery
    Perth Museum and Art Gallery is one of the oldest museums in the UK and has a collection of nearly 500,000 objects. It is housed in an imposing building near the north east corner of the central area of Perth, and admission is free. A visit should be viewed as an essential part of getting to grips with the story of Perth and its people.

  • Fergusson Gallery
    The Fergusson Gallery is located in Marshall Place, Perth, opposite the South Inch and devoted to the artistic work of the Scottish colourist painterJohn Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961).

Parks & Gardens

  • Bells Cherrybank Centre, Perth

    Cherrybank Gardens outside Perth
    Bell's Cherrybank Gardens is home to the Bell's National Heather Collection comprising over 900 varieties of heather, the largest collection of its kind in the UK. In addition, visitors can see the Pride of Perth Exhibition, which illustrates the story of Perth from mediaeval times to the present day. The garden also includes a visitor centre, several sculptures, water features, tubular bells, a children's play area and the Bell's putting green.

    Please note that these gardens are now closed to the public. For more information see this report from the The Courier, newspaper.

  • Branklyn Garden.
    Described as the finest two acres of private garden in the country, this oasis of peace and colour is a real urban haven, within walking distance of Perth. It contains an impressive collection of many rare and unusual plants – among the most breathtaking are the Himalayan poppies, Meconopsis. Seasonal highlights include the renowned collection of alpines and Rhododendrons in May and June and in the autumn the garden comes to life with the fiery red Acer palatum. The garden is predominantly a collection of plants from China, Tibet, Bhutan and the Himalayas.

  • North Inch.
    The North Inch is an extensive area of open park and recreational space near the city centre of Perth on the banks of the Tay.

  • South Inch. Park near river, Putting, boating, crazy golf, bowls.

Visitor Centres & Entertainment

  • Perth Theatre. Repertory theatre with own productions and the Redrooms retaurant/coffee house.
    Located at the top end of the pedestrian High Street in Perth.

  • Perth Concert Hall. Perth Concert Hall is Scotland’s newest concert hall: it opened in 2005. Built as a millennium project, it has a dazzling glass-fronted foyer and copper-topped dome hall with a stunning auditorium and elegant studio. The open public area is home to Glassrooms cafe bar and our unique Threshold artspace for contemporary art.

  • Perth Playhouse This is a 7 screen cinema complex located in Mill Street Perth.

  • Scottish Liqueur Centre. A few minutes drive North up the A9 at Bankfoot. Taste the mouth watering selection of hand made liqueurs and chocolates.

Golf

  • King James VI golf club Moncrieff island.
    Cross footpath on railway bridge. Tay Street.

  • North Inch GC.

  • Craigie Hill
    From Cherrybank, turn left towards Golf club then up via 'Buckie Braes' any route to highest point. Exit to field, turn left to follow golf course perimeter. First exit left then via pitch and put course to town. (5 M).

Walks

  • Kinnoull Hill

    Kinnoul Hill near Perth

    One of the most beautiful walks just on the outskirts of Perth ends with a 700 foot cliff at top. Care is required if you have young children. Approach by crossing Smeaton Bridge, straight on at Bridgend. Park at the Jublilee car park to start the hill walk. This is also a great place to the picnic, and the views are truly breathtaking.

  • North Inch and River Almond.
    Any path upstream to north end of park at river Tay. Follow track upstream to Almond mouth then follow Almond to A9 road whence turn right to Perth. (5 miles)

  • Craigie Hill
    From Cherrybank, turn left towards Golf club then up via 'Buckie Braes' any route to highest point. Exit to field, turn left to follow golf course perimeter. First exit left then via pitch and put course to town. (5 M).

I hope you found this page on Visit Perth interesting and that you will come and visit soon.


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