Once upon a time, Perth was the capital of Scotland and a picturesque playground for kings and queens. Today, the city is laced with gorgeous city architecture, unrivalled surrounding landscapes and an intriguing royal history. The 'Fair City' of Scotland continues to inspire locals and travellers alike.
So, we asked you on Facebook and Twitter where you would take first time visitors to Perth, and we had an overwhelming response - thanks everyone!
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1. Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery
Fancy a dram or two? Explore Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery, on the outskirts of picturesque Aberfeldy, to taste whisky samples, learn about the creation process of the spirits, and relax in the atmospheric Whisky Lounge and café. Don't forget to uncover the distillery's past and historic stories in the Heritage Museum too, which hosts a fascinating interactive exhibition.
2. The Bothy
Feeling peckish? Head to The Bothy on Kinnoull Street for a delicious menu full of traditional hearty food that you'll remember from growing up, all created using the finest and freshest local produce. Enjoy a tasty brunch or indulge on delicious sweet treats with a freshly brewed cup of coffee - all are set to impress!
3. Concorde Music
If you're a Beethoven, Mozart, or classical music lover, or even the next Ed Sheeran, then you won't want to miss a trip to Concorde Music. This is Scotland's oldest established family record shop, circa 1967, and stocks thousands of CDs and DVD's, as well as a variety of vinyls, singles and picture discs, covering all genres of music.
4. Meikleour Beech Hedge
Come and see the longest hedge in Britain! The Meikleour Beech Hedge was planted in 1745 and stands at a whopping 100ft (30m) high and 530m long, and is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest hedge in the world. It is thought to have been planted by men who were then called to fight in the Jacobite Rebellion, only to never return.
5. Fortingall Yew Tree
Uncover the Fortingall Yew, a heritage tree of international importance located within the Fortingall Churchyard in Aberfeldy. Thought to be one of the oldest living things in Europe at approximately somewhere between 3,000 and 9,000 years old with connections to early Christianity, the tree stood at its highest of 52ft tall in 1769 and is now surrounded by relics and offshoots of the original tree.
6. Kinnoull Hill
The highest of the five hills in the Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park - Scotland's first official woodland park, Kinnoull Hill is rated highly by locals as a hiking hotspot - for very good reason. Depending on your mood, a gentle or rigorous wander up this meandering hill rewards with sensational views across the River Tay.
7. Balhousie Castle
This fortress serves as an alluring introduction to the rest of Perth's history after living through centuries of turbulence. From the days of the Jacobites, to playing a key role in both the World Wars, the castle is now the home of the elite military regiment, The Black Watch. Explore The Black Watch Museum to see the past brought to life through incredible collections of ancient uniforms, fine paintings, medals, photographs, diaries, weapons and more.
8. Greyfriars Burial Ground
Nestled quietly in the centre of the city, this fascinating graveyard is adorned with some of the oldest monuments and headstones to be found anywhere in Scotland, such as the 'Weeping Woman' and the 'Adam and Eve' stones.
9. River Tay
There is nothing fishy about hooking a catch in the River Tay, Scotland's longest river, which is widely regarded as one of the best spots for Atlantic salmon in Scotland. So, if you're angling for a day on the water, cast a line on the banks of this peaceful river which flows gently through Perth.
10. Fergusson Gallery
The Fergusson Gallery is devoted to the work of the Scottish colourist, John Fergusson, and his wife, Margaret Morris, a modern dancer. Based in the old Watertower, it is a fine example of the city's unique architectural heritage. When the Gallery reopens its doors again in 2021, discover three galleries contained within display sketchbooks, costumes and photographs, illuminating the fascinating lives and loves of these two remarkable artists.
11. Branklyn Garden
For generations, Branklyn Garden has welcomed an explosion of colour from its exceptional setting on the side of Kinnoull Hill, which is only a short walk from the city and features many exotic plants from China, Tibet and Bhutan.
12. George Street
Why not find a unique little piece of Perth in some of the city's independent shops? On George Street, you can find whatever you are looking for whether it's beads, bikes, beans or buttons. The charming street is bursting with one-of-a-kind purchases, from vintage finds and beautiful fabrics, to lovely fresh flowers. Don't forget to stop for a delicious treat or a speciality coffee at Provender Brown, a fine food delicatessen.
13. River Tay Public Art Trail
Admire a collection of stunning public artworks along the River Tay Public Art Trail. Follow the artistic, natural and historical journey of the city and its river with thought-provoking sculptures placed in amongst glorious gardens and brightly-coloured riverside flowerbeds. At a moderate pace, the whole trail should take just over an hour to complete and ends in the city centre, where there are many cafés and restaurants in which to enjoy a well-earned refreshment.
14. Salutation Hotel
Stay in a hotel that has welcomed guests since 1699. The 'Sally', as it is known locally, is thought to be one of the oldest hotels in Scotland and it was once the private house of the Murray family. It has even played host to Bonnie Prince Charlie.