Central location, beautiful city, gateway to Highlands, no tourists!
local Ned(non educated delinquent) population.
Worth a visit, for a week or a day? your choice.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Great setting, close to town; good value; friendly atmosphere.I've been several times and enjoyed it apart from the time it rained!It runs National Hunt meetings (steeplechases and hurdles) in spring, summer & autumn, whereas that is usually associated with winter racing.Admission is £15 (free for u16s) plus you need a racecard (£3). The course is...more
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",...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.more
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...more
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!
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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!!!!!
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...more
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...more
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...more
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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.more