Historic attractions in Perthshire

Perthshire is a place of immense historical significance and you can uncover its fascinating past at a diverse array of historic attractions.

Discover the original home of the Stone of Destiny and one of Britain’s oldest and most elite military regiments, the Black Watch. Follow in the footsteps of legendary figures like Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie and see how the region’s ancient inhabitants would have lived 2,500 years ago. 

Explore the captivating history and heritage of this stunning part of Scotland at romantic castles, historic buildings and homes. Visit Scone Palace, where 42 monarchs including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce, were crowned Kings of Scotland while seated upon the legendary Stone of Destiny. See the ruined Lochleven Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was incarcerated in 1567, and explore the sumptuous interior of Blair Castle where Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed a few days during the Jacobite Revolt of 1745. 

Learn more about the region’s remarkable heritage at excellent museums. Learn about the history of the Black Watch Museum at Balhousie Castle, explore the extensive collections of Perth Museum and Art Gallery and admire mysterious Pictish stones at the Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum.

Visit historic sites where fierce battles took place like Soldier’s Leap at the breathtaking Pass of Killiecrankie, visit the oldest public lending library in Scotland, the Library of Innerpeffray, and step inside an authentically recreated Iron-Age dwelling on the shores of Loch Tay at the Scottish Crannog Centre.

Learn more about the historic attractions in Perthshire.

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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 exterior of Scone Palace, north of Perth

Timeline

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

The white-fronted facade of Blair Castle in rich green surroundings

Important figures trail

Follow this three day itinerary around the many places and historical attractions in Perthshire connected to important figures.

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