Perth is one of Scotland’s seven cities and it was once the country’s capital. Located on the banks of the River Tay, visitors to Perth can experience it all; whether they choose to crawl the countryside or enjoy the thriving atmosphere in its centre.  Get to know this exciting Scottish holiday spot below with My Voyage Scotland’s complete guide where we look at the top things to in Perth and hotels in Perth.

Your Complete Guide to Perth

Perth is located in central Scotland and it is the centre of Perth and Kinross area. Many tourists choose to visit this stunning city as it’s surrounded by beautiful hills and mountains.

The city’s scenery is not its only draw, this city has a lot of history. 

It was the first capital of Scotland before Edinburgh became the nation’s lead city in 1437 and was one of the places where William Wallace’s body was displayed after his death.

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Things to do in Perth

When Perth won the Diamond Jubilee contest to be named the seventh Scottish city, many tourists wanted to see what they were missing out on. 

There are countless options for tourists looking for things to do in Perth. The city welcomes its visitors with open arms and most weekends here you will stumble across live music and exciting events that are happening in its centre. 

Read over or list of things to do in Perth below including hotels in Perth.

Kinnoull Hill

things to do in perth Kinnoull Hill

If you are searching for a viewpoint in Perth, look no further than Kinnoull Hill.

This particular hill is the highest of the five in the Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park – a hiking hotspot in awesome views of the city and the River Tay.

River Tay

River Tay things to do perth

If viewing the river from a distance isn’t enough why not indulge in some of the great water activities that the River Tay has to offer!

Visitors to Scotland’s longest river can dive right in with a white water rafting or fun yakk experience – which is perfect for those  looking for an adrenaline-packed activity. 

George Street

George Street

This hip spot in Perth is the perfect destination for those looking to find unique gifts, vintage stores, and independent retailers. 

After you shop til’ you drop, you can grab a pick me up at one of the best coffee spots in the city, Provender Brown, a foodie favourite. 

The Meikleour Beech Hedge

The Meikleour Beech Hedge

Have you ever wondered where the longest hedge in Britain is? You guessed it, Perth!

According to Visit Scotland The Meikleour Beech Hedge which was planted in 1745, “is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest hedge in the world.”

You can go visit the 100ft (30m) high and 530m long hedge while you are visiting the city.

Scone Palace

scone palace things to do in perth

Scone Palace is an important place of sovereignty in Scotland.

It was here in 1306 that Robert the Bruce was crowned king of Scots.

For nearly 100 years Scone Palace was the crowning place of Scottish kings and housed the Stone of Destiny, sometimes name the Stone of Scone.

Pretty cool eh?

Alas, the stone is now located in Edinburgh Castle. However, Scone Palace, the small abbey and the gardens still remain to this day.

Perth Museum and Art Gallery

museum and art gallery things to do in perth

Top on our list of any city break is a decent museum and art Gallery.

Perth Museum and Art Gallery have exhibitions full of rich local heritage. The Museum holds Miss Ballantyne’s salmon, the heaviest rod-caught salmon in Britain.

Black Watch Castle and Museum

black watch castle and meuseum things to do in perth

There are few regiments in British history more famous than the Black Watch.

Black Watch Castle and Museum pays tribute to the key moments of history this regiment assisted in.

Fergusson Gallery

things to do fergusson gallery

A prominent figure in the Scottish Colourist group, J D Fergusson had close ancestral ties with Perth. The Fergusson Gallery pays hommage to John Duncan and his wife Margaret, displaying sketchbooks, photographs and paintings by BOTH artists.

Perth Concert Hall

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Driving through the quaint Perthshire countryside it is easy to forget that Perth is a pretty big town (by Scottish standards anyway). Perth Concert Hall holds live music, comedy and dance events all year round.

Branklyn Garden

things to do Branklyn Gardens

Branklyn Gardens is a plant lovers dream!

Visit this garden in conjunction with Kinnoulll Hill and admire the rhododendrons, alpines and peat-garden plants.

Huntingtown Tower Castle

With an unusual architectural design, Huntingtown Tower Castle was the base camp for Mary Queen of Scota and Lord Darnley from where they would stave off rebellion.

This castle has tow tower houses very close together making it a truly remarkable building and well worth a visit.

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