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Cities

One Day in Perth

Perth was the ancient capital of Scotland for five centuries. Today it's a compact city that's easy to explore by foot in a day, providing a great day out for families or friends whatever the weather.

With historic and cultural attractions, beautiful outdoor spaces, great shopping, fabulous food and drink and accommodation, there are so many things to see and do in Perth! It's also easily accessible by rail, car and bus from Scotland's other cities.

Transport

Car Walk

Days

1

Miles

5

Route

Within Perth

Highlights

Kinnoull Hill and Tower, River Tay Public Art Trail, Perth Museum and Art Gallery, food & drink, Perth Concert Hall

Areas Covered

Perth

Day 1

overview

Explore Perth

Spend the morning walking up Kinnoull Hill, a beautiful woodland park offering spectacular views over River Tay, or enjoy a gentle riverside stroll with the River Tay Public Art Trail. Take a tour of historic Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish kings in days gone by.

Explore the city's museum and art gallery and The Black Watch Castle & Museum, where you'll learn about Scottish and international history, and discover the extraordinary history of the legendary Black Watch regiment.

There's also plenty great shopping, shows to see, and food and drink to be enjoyed!

  • Miles

    5

  • Km

    8

  • Stops

    6

  • Transport

    Car Walk

KINNOULL HILL

A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), this woodland park is a tranquil haven on the south east edge of the city, featuring grassy paths and marked trails through fine mixed woodland of Scots pine, larch, oak, birch and Norway spruce. The north slopes of the hill are relatively gentle and are the main route of ascent, starting from Corsie Hill car park.

At the top you'll be rewarded with beautiful views over the River Tay from the spectacular wooded cliffs, with some sheer drops of 500 ft. And don't miss the track that leads along the edge of the cliffs to Kinnoull Tower - a 19th century romantic folly built by the 9th Earl of Kinnoull.

Time to explore: You can follow this walking route starting from High Street, which takes 2 - 3 hours to return to the starting point. If you're driving, park at Corsie Hill Quarry Car Park, and allocate around 1.5 hours in total.

THE RIVER TAY PUBLIC ART TRAIL

Alongside both banks of the river, you'll discover the beautiful and thought-provoking sculptures of the River Tay Public Art Trail. They draw their inspiration from the River, its wildlife, the city and its history. Sculptures on the map are numbered, but you don't have to follow all the numbers in sequence to enjoy the trail. The trail starts on Tay Street, and at a moderate pace should take just over an hour to complete, ending back in the city centre. It's a great way to take in the picturesque riverside situation of the city!

If you have some extra time and energy, Moncrieffe Island sits on the River Tay and is the unique situation of some garden allotments and King James VI Golf Club, should you fancy a quick walk around! Popular with dog walkers, the island is open to take a stroll around. Access is via a walkway on the rail bridge from Tay Street, which the trail will take you across. Also situated on the banks of River Tay, South Inch Park is a pleasant space to take an amble around on a dry day, with a duck pond and café in the pavilion.

Time to explore: 1.5 hours

PERTH MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Perth Museum and Art Gallery is among Scotland's oldest museum collections, which started in 1784. It is located in the architecturally beautiful building of the Marshall Monument, which has been extended to house the growing collections over the years.

Take an hour or so to discover Scottish myths and legends, local history, the Jacobites, see Celtic artefacts, wildlife exhibits, ancient statues, and appreciate interesting artworks. You'll also learn about international cultures such as ancient China, Japan and Buddhism!

Entry is free!

Time to explore: 1 - 1.5 hours

THE BLACK WATCH CASTLE AND MUSEUM

Located in the historic regimental Castle, which dates back as far as the 12th century, The Black Watch Castle & Museum tells the story of Scotland's elite military regiment. From its early years keeping watch over the highlands, to the French Wars, the British Empire, the First and Second World Wars, and more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the regiment has witnessed and contributed to many key moments in world history. A visit to the museum brings those moments of history vibrantly to life.

The best way to experience the museum is by booking one of their daily guided tours. Get to know the soldiers and their incredible stories through their own words, and the objects and artefacts they carried with them.

Time to explore: 1 hour

Food & Drinks

With a wide range of cafes, restaurants and bars, you're spoilt for choice!

If you're looking to enjoy traditional Scottish cuisine, then head to North Port Scottish Restaurant, an upmarket stone-built restaurant with a cosy dining room and a menu of seasonal Scottish dishes. 63 Tay Street or The Bothy are also an excellent choice, bringing you the best in Scotland's produce. If French cuisine is your idea of food heaven, then try Café Tabou, a modern brasserie that bases its menu on carefully sourced Scottish produce.

See more Perth restaurants and cafes.

For post-dinner drinks, That Bar on South Street has a lively atmosphere, The Venue on St John Street specialises in gin and cocktails, or tucked away just round the corner on Watergate is The Gin Bar. The popular Bank Bar and Beer Garden is located on Methven Street, and you'll also find a trendy BrewDog bar on George Street.

And if you still aren't ready for bed then head to Loft Nightclub on South Street (opens 11:30pm Wednesday - Saturday, or 11pm on Sundays), where you can party the night away while enjoying drinks at one of their four bars.

TAKE IN A SHOW

Perth Theatre

Enjoy an entertaining afternoon performance at Perth Theatre on Mill Street, which presents an exciting programme covering a range of genres. Renovated in 2017, it has a traditional Edwardian auditorium that's delightful to visit. Perth Theatre creates and tours its own productions, as well as collaborating with theatre companies and visiting artists to bring the best of local, national and international work to its stages.

Perth Concert Hall

Also located  on Mill Street, Perth Concert Hall is a modern and elegant space that houses a diverse programme of concerts, performances and contemporary art. Opened in 2005, it has a dazzling glass-fronted foyer, and a stunning auditorium with a copper-topped dome. The venue offers a great programme of events throughout the year, from music concerts to comedy and drama. Head to the café bar for a pre-show drink before enjoying a performance - the perfect way to spend an evening!

Alternatively, head to nearby Perth Playhouse cinema on Murray Street. This unique cinema has 7 screens and original art deco features, showing all the latest movies.

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