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Perth and River Tay


Nicknamed the Fair City and once Scotland’s ancient capital, Perth is Scotland’s seventh and newest city. A thriving and cosmopolitan location, it features inspiring architecture, terrific sporting opportunities and a cultural heartbeat driven by a pulsating arts sector

With a history dating back over 800 years, Perth has been a royal burgh since the early Middle Ages and served as the crowning place of Scottish kings, including Robert the Bruce which took place at Scone Palace.

Scotland’s famous Olympic curling teams hail from the Dewar’s Centre, Perth’s own eight-lane ice-rink. Rhona Grant, who led the women’s team to Gold in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, used the facility, which regularly hosts the National Championships.

Perth Concert Hall is the main focus of the city’s artistic talents. Opened in 2005, it is Scotland’s newest concert hall, it is renowned for its diverse programming and as a venue to see some of the best up-and-coming talent in the country.

Surrounded by agricultural land, the architecture in Perth is unique too. St John’s Kirk is one of the most significant buildings in the city, but Fair Maid’s House is the oldest secular building in the city, parts of the structure date back to 1475.

Nearby, Dunkeld and Pitlochry, both served by the Caledonian Sleeper, make for fantastic trips with the latter being home to the Enchanted Forest – an award-winning sound and light show held in October.

Landmarks and Attractions

Kinnoull Hill

Offering scenic panoramic views of the city and the River Tay this area is a popular destination for nature walks.

St Matthew’s Cathedral

A prominent landmark in Perth known for its striking architecture and spiritual significance.

Branklyn Garden

Managed by the National Trust for Scotland, this hidden gem is known for its stunning collection of rare and exotic plants. The garden features colourful floral displays.