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A place of remarkable natural beauty with its tranquil glens, lush forests and a vibrant, ancient city which is also Scotland’s most recent, Perthshire offers visitors centuries of history alongside adrenaline-packed adventure, delicious food and drink, an incredible array of wildlife, some of the most exciting events and festivals in the country and much more.

See why Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns found literary inspiration in the region’s spellbinding landscape in their works on a visit to the region’s ‘Big Tree Country’ where you’ll find dramatic waterfalls, peaceful glens and ancient trees including the Birnam Oak, said to be the last survivor of the oak forest portrayed in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Spend pleasant days relaxing and unwinding in some of the finest formal gardens in Europe and beautifully maintained parks. Visit in autumn when the forests and woodlands turn dazzling crimson and golden hues. Venture into the beautiful wilderness of Highland Perthshire and scale mountains and hills like Schiehallion and Ben Lawers while keeping your eyes peeled for rare wildlife and plants including delicate Arctic plants, red deer and even golden eagles.

Explore delightful towns and villages, all of which boast their own special charm, history and attractions, and discover the cultural delights of Perth, Scotland’s seventh city. Visit one of the oldest museums in the UK, indulge in fantastic shopping and enjoy great music, dance and theatre performances at the city’s superb venues.

Sample the region’s delicious local food and drink at farmers' markets and superb restaurants, bars and pubs. Visit some of the most historic distilleries in the country and learn about the centuries-old art of whisky production.

Immerse yourself in the region’s compelling past at atmospheric castles and amazingly well preserved historic buildings and homes. Uncover more of the region’s history at a diverse array of museums and historic sites where you can view fascinating artefacts and see where pivotal events in Scottish history took place.

Whatever time of year you visit Perthshire, there’s always a fantastic selection of events and festivals to choose from. Witness the region’s proud traditions and customs at spectacular Highland games and other countryside events, attend internationally acclaimed arts festivals, and enjoy fantastic live music at a range of events, from the unique Perthshire Amber Festival to T in the Park, Scotland’s biggest musical extravaganza.

  • Handling a bird of prey at Gleneagles - image supplied by The Gleneagles Hotel
    Handling a bird of prey at Gleneagles - image supplied by The Gleneagles Hotel
  • Vegetables, flowers and market stalls
    Blairgowrie Community and Farmers' market
Looking towards Blair Castle with the Grampian Mountains beyond

History

Perthshire boasts a fascinating history with castles, historic buildings and museums that bring its dramatic past to life

The conical mountain of Schiehallion viewed from a small road beside Loch Rannoch

Nature and geography

Discover the breathtaking natural landscape of Perthshire which is inspiring at any time of the year.

The exterior of the Fergusson Gallery

Arts and culture

Enjoy arts and culture in Perthshire, a region with galleries, theatres, shops and more.

Visitors look at the antique books on display at Innerpeffray Library - Scotland's first free Public Lending Library, by Crieff

Literature

Explore Perthshire and uncover literary connections to famous novels and authors like Beatrix Potter and Ian Maclaren.

Bird of prey, Gleneagles - image supplied by The Gleneagles Hotel

Wildlife

Discover the amazing wildlife that favours stunning Perthshire landscapes, from beautiful lochs, mountains and ancient forests.

Salmon presented on a plate of vegetables with a potato side dish

Food and drink

Sample delicious food and drink in Perthshire, a region renowned for its tasty local produce and award-winning dining.

Giant tree at Cluny House Gardens, near Aberfeldy

Area overview

Perthshire is one of Europe’s finest adventure playgrounds. Keen walkers and cyclists will find a great network of trails, while anglers and golfers will be spoiled for choice too.

The city of Perth and the River Tay at dusk

Itineraries

Uncover Perthshire's unique connections to fascinating historical figures and find out how to enjoy a relaxing city breaks and memorable night out in the 'Fair City' of Perth on the banks of the River Tay.

A car driving along the B8019 Road near the Queen's View at Loch Tummel when the trees are resplendant in autumn colours

Travel

Travelling to Perthshire is straightforward, and once here you can discover all that this stunning region has to offer by hiring a car or bike, or by taking advantage of its excellent public transport services.