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5 Things to do in Perth

Sitting on the banks of Scotland’s longest river, the Tay, Perth is the former capital of Scotland, and has seen a fair bit of Scottish history in its time. Here's a small selection of some of the things to see and do when you visit Perth.

The Fergusson Gallery – Three galleries reside within Perth’s old Water Tower, across which a selection of paintings, costumes and photographs are displayed. The collections are from celebrated Scottish Colourist, John Duncan Fergusson, and his wife, Margaret Morris.

Perth Museum and Gallery – One of Scotland’s oldest museums, Perth Museum and Gallery is home to a wide collection of objects and exhibitions, exploring the rich and cultural history of Perth.

Scone Palace – You can’t get more steeped in history than Scone Palace as it was once the place where kings such as Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II were crowned upon the Stone of Destiny.

Elcho CastleThis 16th century fortified mansion sits upon the banks of the River Tay, and has plenty to explore; from the well preserved kitchens, to the battlements overlooking the surrounding countryside. This well kept castle is a great snapshot into castle-life during the 16th century. 

Inveralmond Brewery – If you like your brews, why not take a tour round one of Scotland’s leading breweries? Here you will see Inverlamond’s team brew up a number of drinks, and you can even sample them for yourself.

Comments

  • VisitScotlandAlisonVisitScotlandAlison Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    I have to spend some time in Perth city centre soon - on a Tuesday morning. Any recommendations for a nice place for tea and scones?
  • GoldieGoldie Member
    So many good places Alison but check out Reids cafe/bistro across from the VisitScotland information centre on the high street.  If it's a nice day you can also sit outside.  Lots of lovely baking and they also do a traditional afternoon tea.
  • SilverfoxSilverfox Member
    Lived in Perth for a good few years and one of the top things to do has to be a walk up Kinnoul Hill. If you are there around 22 October why not ride in the Fair City Enduro, organised by Muckmedden Events?  Scone Palace is always worth a visit and for a great day out with friends try Perth Races!
  • VisitScotlandAlisonVisitScotlandAlison Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Enjoyed  my brief trip to Perth so plan to go back again soon - going by train from Arbroath is only 45 mins and so relaxing!  Have got my tickets for Scone Palace and plan to visit some of the other places mentioned above.  Is there a bus from the city centre out to Scone Palace?
  • FofomaFofoma Member ✭✭✭
    The number 58 to Blairgowrie goes past the gates but they are only every couple of hours. It leaves from the Perth bus station so not far to walk from the railway station. You could also get the number 7 in South Street and get off at Bridgend...1st stop after you cross the River Tay and from there it's about a 30 minute walk. The bus continues on to New Scone but the palace is situated in Old Scone which can cause confusion.
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