History in Perthshire

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Perthshire boasts a proud and dramatic history filled with tales of Jacobite uprisings, captive queens, ancient civilisations, and the legendary Stone of Destiny. Uncover an array of castles, historic buildings, museums and more which bring the region's compelling past to life.

Perthshire has been the setting of many pivotal events in Scotland’s history and you can see where they took place at a diverse range of attractions scattered throughout the region. 

See where the first of three major Jacobite uprisings took place at the Pass of Killiecrankie and visit the spot where an English solider is said to have escaped from Highland rebels by making a death-defying leap across the gorge at Soldier’s Leap.

Explore more of the region’s Jacobite past at Blair Castle where Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed during the Jacobite rising of 1745. Admire the priceless antiques inside before exploring its expansive estate.

Visit the original home of the Stone of Destiny at Scone Palace where 42 men, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce, were crowned kings of Scotland, and see the ruined tower house where Mary Queen of Scots – another of Scotland’s legendary rulers – was incarcerated on Castle Island on Loch Leven in 1567.

Uncover the 300-year-old history of the Black Watch, one of the world’s most famous elite military regiments at Balhousie Castle, and step inside a fantastically recreated Iron-Age dwelling at the Scottish Crannog Centre on Loch Tay. Marvel at how archaeologists reconstructed this defensive homestead using the same methods that would have been employed by its ancient inhabitants over 2,500 years ago.

These are just some of the historic attractions you can visit in Perthshire. Take a look at the articles below and see what other history you can uncover.

  • Looking up towards the entrance of the Perth Museum and Art Gallery - one of the oldest in the UK - in the city centre of Perth
    The Perth Museum and Art Gallery - one of the oldest in the UK - in the city centre of Perth
  • Two cyclists pause to consult their map on the bridge at Killiecrankie
    The Bridge at Killiecrankie
  • Piping and drumming Atholl Highlanders marching at the start of the Atholl Gathering held at Blair Castle
    Atholl Highlanders marching at the start of the Atholl Gathering held at Blair Castle
  • One of the Meigle Pictish Stones in the Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum, Meigle
    The Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum, Meigle
  • Looking across trees to Blair Castle, Pitlochry
    Blair Castle at Blair Atholl, near Pitlochry
Visitors look at the antique books on display at Innerpeffray Library - Scotland's first free Public Lending Library, by Crieff

Historic attractions

Uncover Perthshire's fascinating past at a diverse array of historic attractions including castles, ruins and distilleries.

The exterior of Scone Palace, north of Perth

Timeline

Follow Perthshire's timeline to uncover fascinating facts from the region's history.

A competitor in the open hammer event during the games of the Atholl Gathering held annually in May at Blair Castle

Heritage and outdoor events

Enjoy outdoor and heritage events in Perthshire which is a great way to discover more of the local history.