Mini guide to Perth
Once Scotland's capital city, Perth serves as a gateway to the Highlands and
retains a beauty and air of prosperity in keeping with its former glory.
History lovers will be delighted with Perth. Not to be missed is Scone Palace,
the original home of the Scone of Destiny where 42 of Scotland's kings were
crowned. There is also the church where John Knox fuelled the fire of the Reformation
at the church of St. John's Kirk. Another historical attraction is Balhousie
Castle home to the Black Watch regiment museum. For a change of scenery visit
the Perth Mart Visitor Centre which details the area's agricultural heritage.
To explore Perth by foot, follow the Old Perth Trail through the city's historic
quarter, and along its pedestrianised high street. For a more vigorous work-out
climb the wooded slopes of Kinnoull Hill and enjoy the breathtaking views of
the city and surrounding countryside. There are also the large and lush public
parks called the North and South Inches to amble through.
The pedestrianised High Street and St. John's area are the centre for shopping
- where many unique and not so unique Scottish products can be purchased. For
a place to eat and relax, and maybe sample some regional whiskies, the café
quarter near St. John's Kirk and the City Hall is the place to be.
Nearby attractions include the island castle on Loch Laven where Mary Queen
of Scots was imprisoned, the huge and haunted Glamis Castle and the Queen's
View -one of the most famous views in Scotland.
ScotRail provides a service between Edinburgh and Perth (90 min). If you are
driving from Edinburgh, take the A90 northwest and go across the Forth Road
Bridge, continuing north along M90 (1 1/2 hr.). Edinburgh's International Airport
receives limited long haul flights but is well connected to Europe and the rest
of the UK.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Ramada Jarvis Perth Hotel
Quality Hotel Perth
Express by Holiday Inn Perth
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full list of hotels and online booking