Perth Travel Guide

  • Scone Palace
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Perth Things to Do

  • Scone Palace

    Bruce’s position was desperate; he had killed another claimant to the throne. He acted quickly. Borrowed robes and a substitute circlet of plain gold as a crown he had himself crowned at the Abby of Scone on 25 March 1306 in defiance of Edward I of England who claimed feudal rights over Scotland. Superstitious unease abounded at the absence of the...

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  • Balvaird Castle

    This is a castle dating from the 1500s. The tower part is intact, but the surrounding buildings are ruined.It's located about 10 miles south of the city, on top of a hill. Great views.You have to pre-book if you want to see the interior - check Historic Scotland's website. Otherwise, you're free to walk up from the car park and wander about at...

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  • Scone Palace

    Pronounced "Scoon"!This is probably the top attraction in Perth. People talk about castles lurking round every corner in Scotland (true) but its the same with palaces.This one was the coronation place for Scottish kings (before the union of the crowns with England, of course). Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II were crowned there. It was the...

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  • Branklyn Gardens

    Small gardens run by the National Trust of Scotland.Quite a variety in its small space, it was originally the private gardens of a couple, who kept extending it, to around two acres, and bequeathed it to the NTS.Worth a look, though entry is, I feel, very expensive at £5 (£4 concs), especially in Autumn where there is not so much of immediate...

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  • Kinross House

    Kinross house lies on the banks of Lochleven and was built by Sir William Bruce of Balcaskie in 1690.This involved the relocation of parts of the town still on the headland, and significant development immediately outside the gates on the west side of the estate. Kinross House is now accessed from a side street in Kinross and through its gates the...

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  • whisky tasting

    A guided tour of the Blair Athol Distillery, followed by a taste of the real thing!The distillery is part of the Diageo multinational, so don't go thinking this is some cute cottage industry. 98% of its production goes into the Bell's brand blended whisky and the rest is bottled and sold as a single malt (all these technicalities will be explained...

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Perth Restaurants

  • best avoided

    We stopped off here for lunch on our way from Inverness to Fife, and having left it a bit late (forgetting that many places stop serving at 2) we were a bit desperate!I had haggis, neeps and tatties, which was just as you'd expect (hard to go wrong, I suppose). But my friend ordered a "dressed salmon salad". We managed to negotiate "no mayonnaise",...

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  • yummee lunch

    Very good lunch spot. Its a hotel restaurant (usually bad news in Scotland) but service was good, food excellent, surroundings pleasant and comfortable, and the atmosphere just right.I wasn't paying, so I can't comment on the prices!Menu was good and I could have chosen just about anything from it. My companion was happy with his food too. I had...

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  • If you like your meals in a Bothy

    All food is served in the Bothy Bar. Very relaxing & friendly atmosphere sitting next to a blazing fire, although my friend found out it was a gas fire not coal as she expected when she threw her tissues into it. You check your table number & order & pay for your food at the bar. We saw the ducks before going into the restaurant - I love ducks but...

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Perth Nightlife

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  • Traditional Scottish Music - Perthshire

    Venues in Perthshire keep being voted the best places for live music. And with the largest music festival each year, T-in-the-Park, its getting a really good area to go for real scottish music culture. Check out the Twa Tams, Bein Inn and Taybank Bar - all 3 winners, and Glenfarg Hotel.Also check out Bar Code and Greyfriars for young bands and...

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  • The Ice Bucket

    The Ice Factory locally known as the Bucket, what can i say, well it attracts quite big name DJ's, last I went along to being Trevor Nelson.The place has just undergone a rather massive refit and is certainly looking good, it certainly needed it because the decor was looking a tad tatty and dated.The Ice Factory is owned by the same guy who owns a...

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  • Perth Nightclub - The Ice Factory

    Down by the harbour, this ice store has been converted into one of the "coolest" nightclubs in Scotland, with big names being attracted from London and USA to play.Be prepared for young girls in nearly no clothes freezing outside as they queue to get in.Ummm, I've not been inside yet.

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Perth Transportation

  • Be prepared to cover a lot of miles

    Perthshire covers a large area with many attractions & villages. The scenery is stunning but a car is always needed. While travelling the roads be prepared for dual carriageways suddenly becoming 2 lanes. There are parking places if you want to get out of the car for a photo stop.

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  • Senic Train Jouney

    If you don't want to drive the alternative would be the train. It is a good method of transport for long journeys or in winter when the snow gates close.

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  • Perth Railway Station - Hotel

    This is the site that greets you at Perth Railway Station - the Station Hotel.To get to the coach station, into town and the Tourist Information Office, walk to the right hand side of this hotel and follow the road. (Coach station on right hand side, 200m; town 5 minutes walk, straight ahead!)Note: If walking from the train station to the Tourist...

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Perth Shopping

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    Perth is the sort of place that is big enough to have shops but small enough to avoid congestion.
    For a man, atleast, that makes shopping a whole new experience!

    What to buy: Perth is also blessed with lots of good quality Charity / Thrift Shops, due to its fairly well off and aged citizens.
    So for those budget travellers - spend a day saving money!

    Perth High Street Shops at the End of the Day
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Perth Local Customs

  • Lest we Forget

    We arrived in Blair Atholl just before mid day & spotted this band taking a salute outside Blair Castle's Gates. It was a Remembrance Service Parade held on the nearest Sunday to 11th. November. Blair Atholl is a very small place so we felt privilaged to walk with the parade to the war memorial & pay our own silent tribute.

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  • Tourist Signs & Derelict Church -...

    Perth is a funny place. The High street is dominated by this old church - St Pauls - which has been empty and neglected all the time I've been here (7 years now). It is often referred to as The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, because of the plants and trees that have self seeded in its gutters. And see the mould growing on its walls!I am amused by the...

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  • Perth City Hall - Any Suggestions?

    The threat of being demolished hangs over this beautiful building, as the locals and the council cannot agree on what to use it for.Inside it is used for modest concerts, public meetings and low key events, but is often empty. Its locked within pedestrian streets and the lack of parking seem to inhibit other users. What do you suggest??? Please...

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Perth Warnings and Dangers

  • House of Bruar

    Leave your credit card in the car or hotel.The items in the shops can be bought locally in all parts of Scotlland for a lot less!Enough said described in local info as Harrod's of the north.Worth a look if it's raining!

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  • Don't be caught here

    Perth railway station must be one of the worst places to be forced to spend a few hours.We missed the direct London -Inverness train by a minute - confusing Euston and KIng's Cross; stupid thing to do, I know.So, we took the train to Glasgow, then Perth where we had to wait for the connecting train to Inverness.First, it is so drab and gloomy, in...

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  • First Impressions - Modern Houses Sprout...

    Your Arrival in any UK town, and certainly Perth, will sadly be spoiled by the first things you see.Most likely this will be a non-descript modern housing estate, or a supermarket, both springing up like mushrooms to support the growing population of workers.If you are an architect or sensitive soul, I am sorry for inflicting this picture on you.

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Perth Tourist Traps

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    by scotlandscotour Updated Mar 22, 2004

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    You know you have to go there - the Tourist Info Centre - known as TIC (spelt out ... t,i,c) and the staff are very helpful and keen.

    Also, the City Mill is kind of interesting. However, putting the two together is a bit pushy.

    A general criticism of mine, regarding these TICs, all over Scotland, is that they are all the same. There is little regional identity or character. The staff wear uniforms, the endless trinkets for sale (to fund the place) are uniformly dull and only reinforce old stereotypes of "tartan tat". Little gimicky items, which you may well have been tempted to buy in Edinburgh - and your whole trip must now run the gauntlet of this repetition, ... the Colin Baxter photographs, the tins of Shortbread, cassette tapes and CDs of folk music, woolen scarfs in obligatory reds and green tartans. Oh god, I'm falling asleep.

    Unique Suggestions: Check out the Mill, get all the maps and info you want, crack a few jokes to liven up the staff (they'll look confused at this!), then get out of there - you're wasting time if you're browsing!!!!!

    Perth Tourist Information Office - City Mill
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Perth Off The Beaten Path

  • Loch Earn

    We stopped of briefly at Loch Earn on our way from Dunfermline to thw west coast. Enjoying a coffee in a secluded layby, we were treaed to the gentle sound of lapping water, and nice views with snow capped hills in the background. We were quite impressed and regarded it more highly than our experiences with Loch Lomond.The deepest part (87m) is...

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  • Magical Grandeur at Fingask Castle

    In November 2005 I attended a weekend wedding celebration at the 16th Century Fingask Castle, a place that must come under the off the beaten path tip banner as even i was not aware of it's existence and it's only 10 miles from my house!!We were accomadated in self catering cottages in the grounds of the castle, very cosy indeed with real wood...

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  • Meikleour Beech Hedge

    Often not quoted in guidebooks to the area is the Meikleour Beech Hedge, pretty well known locally though.Well its basically a big muckle hedge, infact the tallest in the world. And thats about that, but heres a bit about it anyway:It was planted around 1745 by Robert Murray Nairne and his wife Jean Mercer of Meikleour, shortly after this he was...

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Perth Sports & Outdoors

  • chill...

    skating, ice hockey, curlingweather proof, good exercise skates can be hiredneed your own hockey gear, but club may help beginners/kids with some basicsdon't need anything special for curling

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  • The Super J's

    When you are in the Fair City of Perth do try and get along to a St.Johnstone match. Struggling in the Scottish Division 1 at present but surely destined to return to the big league soon. :-/

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  • Perth & Perthshire for stunning scenery

    Perth offers a wealth of outdoor activities. Walks through beautiful woodlands, hill walking, spectacular lochs & rivers & some great waterfalls. Perth is known as the Heart of Scotland, great for seeing the Scottish countrysides special lochs & mountains & hills & glens.

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  • Ever changing Vistas

    From bright blue skies to broodng clouds = this place is beautiful in all weathers. The mountains can be shrouded in cloud or snow capped with wpnderful blue skies. Perthshire is breathtakingly beaufitful

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  • Tressait

    Tressait is located on Loch Tummel, a short drive north-west of Perth. It's a gorgeous little place that we couldn't help but stop at... :) That's our little hire car in the front of the beautiful buildings in Tressait.

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