Overlooking the River Tay, Perth

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Things to See & Do in Perthshire - 4 Day Itinerary

Perthshire is a glorious location filled to the brim with things to do, featuring acres of forests, incredible attractions, and city gems to explore. The city of Perth was once Scotland's ancient capital and is now the country's newest city with historic buildings, castles, and museums to enjoy.

Transport

Car Walk

Days

4

Miles

235

Route

In and around Perthshire

Highlights

Scone Palace, Glamis Castle, V&A Dundee, Carnegie Museum

Areas Covered

Perth, Perthshire, Dundee & Angus, Fife, St Andrews

Day 1

overview

Perth

The city of Perth is bustling and compact, situated perfectly on the banks of the River Tay. Home to glorious parks and gardens, historic houses, fascinating museums, shopping experiences and more, there is plenty to see and do when you visit.
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Scone Palace, Perthshire © Juliet Photography / Dollar Photo Club

Kinnoull Hill and North Inch Golf Course

Start off your trip with a journey around the ancient city of Perth. Venture up Kinnoull Hill and get your bearings of the city whilst enjoying stunning views over the River Tay, the city's fascinating attractions and beyond.

After you've soaked in the landscape, start your descent and head to the North Inch Golf Course which is one of the world's oldest golf courses and offers 18 holes in around 3 hours. Under 18s also play free when they play with an adult, so there's really no reason to miss out!

Black Watch Castle & Museum

Next up, it's all about the castles! The Black Watch Castle & Museum conveniently sits in the heart of the city and tells the enticing story of Scotland's elite military regiment whose history stretches back almost three centuries. Explore the museum and witness world-class displays or head on one of the daily tours that both help to tell the fascinating story of the regiment and the impression they have left on the city.

Or if you'd prefer a more regal outing, why not head to Scone Palace instead? Once the crowning place of Scottish kings, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce, the palace lives and breathes history dating all the way back to the early 1800s. Wander the halls and admire the incredible needlework skills of Mary Queen of Scots, explore the beautiful gardens and woodlands the surround the palace, and marvel at the fine art, paintings, furniture and more on display.

Perth Concert Hall

Bring your busy day to a close with a lovely meal in one of the many restaurants, bars and pubs across the city before heading to see a show or production at Perth Concert Hall. A brand-new building that hosts an exciting programme of music, media arts, dance and more. Choose from popular drama, comedy, unique productions, year-round classics and more that the whole family can join in with.

There are also many independent, quirky, jewellery and high street shops along George Street if you fancy a spot of retail therapy.

Day 2

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Perthshire

Take in the region's breathtaking atmosphere, from its serene glens and endless expanses of lush forest, to its bleakly beautiful moors, rushing rivers and tumbling waterfalls - Perthshire's scenery is truly awe-inspiring.
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Faskally Wood near Pitlochry

Gleneagles

Gleneagles 5-star luxury hotel first opened its doors in 1924 in the heart of Perthshire. Alongside its luxury hotel status, Gleneagles is also home to three championship golf courses, an award-winning spa, and the only restaurant in Scotland to hold two Michelin stars - it is a true indulgent experience.

If you're a golf enthusiast, stay tuned. Four courses, 63 holes of golf, and two 19th holes await you in this prestigious estate that has previously hosted many internationally acclaimed events, including the 2014 Ryder Cup and 2019 Solheim Cup, and attracts golfing aficionados, corporate guests, and world-renowned celebrities.

Comrie

Located to the west of Perth and only 30 minutes north of Gleneagles, Comrie is a quaint little village that is home to stunning scenery and landscapes to enjoy. Head to Comrie Croft where plenty of walking, cycling, mountain biking and adventures await you. Gear up in your trusty walking boots and venture out on to waymarked walking routes, hire bikes and explore the winding trails, then stop off at the Tea Garden to refuel.

If you've got time, head to the nearby Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre which houses a variety of exotic and more familiar wildlife - it's worth a visit!

Crieff

A traditional Scottish market town located to west of Perth that is a favourite among food lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, explore the range of food and drink, clothing, gifts, crafts and arts on offer in Crieff. If you love a tipple or distillery tour, you're in luck! Nearby you can pay a visit to the popular Caithness Glass Visitor Centre, or The Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery. Or if you'd rather stroll through scenic, royal grounds, head to Drummond Castle Gardens where you can explore the finely trimmed topiary shrubs, marvel at the detail and precision of the gardens' layout and make sure you visit the kitchen garden and glasshouses while you are here.

Dunkeld

Perched on the banks of the River Tay, Dunkeld is a picturesque village that features brightly coloured 'little houses' which date back to the early 1700s, as well as being the perfect starting point for venturing out into the Perthshire wilderness.

The Hermitage is a magical stretch of Perthshire forest that boasts giant, towering fir trees, the roaring Black Linn waterfall, and deep in the woods you can explore the 18th century folly, Ossian's Hall, which overlooks the stunning waterfall.

Head to Loch of the Lowes reserve where 98 hectares of stunning landscape awaits you. See if you can spot the star attraction, a pair of breeding ospreys, as well as keeping your eyes peeled for red squirrels, woodpeckers and a variety of other wildlife.

Day 3

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Perthshire

This region has way to many hidden gems, fascinating attractions, and stunning locations to spend just one day exploring, so here are a few more suggestions of amazing places we think you'll love!
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Blair Castle, Pitlochry

Outdoor Adventure

Perthshire is home to many places where you can get in touch with your wild side!

  • Nae Limits, Pitlochry - enjoy canyoning, gorge walking, rafting, tubing, half day activities, team building and more.
  • Vertical Descents, Falls of Bruar - choose from coasteering, raft building, go karting, mountain biking, extreme canyoning and much more on offer.
  • Highland Fling Bungee, Killiecrankie - the only permanent bungee jumping experience in the UK, take the leap from the 40 m high Garry Bridge.
  • Splash, Aberfeldy - try out canyoning, white water rafting, kayaking, abseiling and paintballing, to name a few.
  • Free Spirits, Grandtully - take on the adventures of white water rafting, bungee jumping, canyoning, cliff jumping, or hire a boat and explore the beauty of Loch Tay at your own leisure.

These are just a taste, there are plenty more outdoor adventures to be had that the whole family can join in with.

Highland Safaris and Scottish Crannog Centre

Or, if you'd rather enjoy something a little more laid back, why not experience an exhilarating land rover safari? Taking in the breathtaking Perthshire scenery, venture across land steeped in history, culture, and nature, and make sure you keep an eye out for red deer, grouse, mountain hares or soaring golden eagles.

Nearby you can also uncover the Scottish Crannog Centre which delves into what life was like in the prehistoric Iron Age era. Learn about the fascinating artefacts on display, join in with events, hands on activities and ancient crafts, and stop in at the gift shop to take a souvenir home with you.

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier

After your exciting day full of adrenaline or uncovering the regions' history, make sure you stop in at the Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier in Grandtully on your journey back to Perth. These artisan gourmet chocolates are handmade and a real must-try treat. Indulge in the Chocolate Tour & Tasting, relax in the Chocolate Lounge, and of course browse the Chocolate Shop for goodies to take away with you.

On the tour, explore the exhibition which gives you an insight into the intriguing history of chocolate, the travels of cocoa from bean to bar, and as well as lots of interesting and little-known facts along the way too!

Day 4

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Scotland's Tay Country

Scotland's Tay Country is an area full of picturesque glens, beautiful beaches, buzzing culture and a taste bud tingling food scene. Comprised of the central and east coast areas of Perthshire, Fife, Angus, and Dundee, this spot on the map sits between Edinburgh and Aberdeen, making it an easy place to get to by car, bus, train or plane.

All these locations also make for a great day trip from Perth - so here are some suggestions!

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Arbroath Abbey, Arbroath

Dundee & Angus

Combining the stunning countryside of Angus, with the vibrant bustling city life of Dundee, this region is one of a kind.

If one thing's for sure, you won't be lost for something to do in Dundee & Angus. Explore the historic and artistic side of the city with attractions such as the V&A Dundee, McManus Art Gallery & Museum, and the RRS Discovery, or uncover the scenic gems of Angus, including the Angus Glens, Glamis Castle and Arbroath Abbey, to name a few. It's a diverse region, so in the morning you could be shopping 'til you drop, and by the afternoon you could be scaling of one ten Munros in the Angus Glens.

Dundee is only 35 minutes away by car, so it makes for a great day out!

Cupar and St Andrews

Just under an hour away by car, St Andrews is the perfect seaside destination and a real jewel in the crown of Fife.

Enjoy stunning panoramic views out across the North Sea whilst you delve into the encapsulating history and traditions of the town. There are dozens of attractions, activities and things to see across the town, as well as in the nearby town of Cupar, including St Andrews Cathedral, the famous Old Course at St Andrews, West Sands Beach, the Scottish Deer Centre, Hill of Tarvit, and many more. Cupar is only 20 minutes inland from St Andrews and was once a royal burgh of Fife, meaning there are fine historic buildings dating back to the 1600s that are a real sight to see.

Fife

Full of rustic villages, charming towns and plenty to see, do and explore in all its nooks and crannies - Fife is a real character!

Only a 40 minutes car journey from Perth, explore the Home of Golf with over 50 courses to choose from, head to Aberdour Castle, the Andrew Carnegie Birthplace Museum, and Dunfermline Abbey to uncover the regions' past. Why not venture to the many nearby towns and villages, or follow the Fife Coastal Path around the coastline? Across Fife you won't be lost for foodie delights to try - savour craft beers, gins and whiskies, pick your own berries, taste local produce served up in cafes, restaurants and pubs, including fresh seafood, flavoursome cheeses, and succulent meats.

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