Offering a stylish compact city base along the River Tay and surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Angus Glens and lower Highlands, Perth is Scotland’s great central historic city. The attractive city centre is brimming with specialist and high street shops, restaurants, cafes and fine inns. Perth is also a real centre for art, with two acclaimed galleries.
Essential visiting is the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Castle & Museum within walking distance of the city centre. A military led museum full of stories and accounts of soldiers in the Black Watch, a regiment with a history stretching back to 1715, the museum digs deep into the Black Watch’s strong links with Royalty and to the late Queen Mother , exploring the regiment’s history in ten themed galleries.
Head to the Fergusson Gallery on the riverside in Perth, housed in the character domed old waterwork, and see the largest collection of Scottish Colourist JD Fergusson’s artwork. Discover a great collection of 19th and 20th Century Scottish art plus a fascinating photography collection by local Perth photographer Magnus Jackson at the central Perth Museum.
The city is surrounded by fairytale castles, palaces and stately home estates, with highlights including Scone Palace – The Crowning Place of Scottish Kings just to the north. Take your pick of a choice of world class and iconic golf courses around Perth from Gleneagles to Auchterarder Golf Club. Perth is the perfect gateway into Loch Lomond & the Trossachs, and into the Highlands towards Pitlochry. Sublime Loch Leven and Kinross also sit just to the south of the ‘Fair City’.
Take in a theatre show at the Perth Theatre or a concert and the beautiful Perth Concert Hall which regularly hosts performances by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Stylish dining and cafe quarters sit around the medieval St John’s Kirk in Perth centre and you’ll find everything from modern self-catering apartments to Grade listed castle cottages and boutique hotels in and around Perth. Find places to stay in Scotland’s great gateway city to the Highlands. Book Perth accommodation online now.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.