10 Must-visit Hidden Gems in Perth

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 with a variety of hidden gems to uncover.

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!

  1. Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery Aberfeldy

    Image of 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.

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  2. Concorde Music Scott Street

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    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.

  3. Meikleour Beech Hedge Meikleour

    Meikleour Beech hedge copyright Forestry Commission

    Come and see the longest hedge in Britain! This hidden gem in Perth 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. The Meikleour Beech Hedge is thought to have been planted by men who were then called to fight in the Jacobite Rebellion, only to never return.

  4. Fortingall Yew Tree Fortingall

    Fortingall Yew.

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    If you're looking for a unique place to visit in Perth, 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 at 52ft tall in 1769 and is now surrounded by relics and offshoots of the original tree.

  5. Kinnoull Hill Perth

    Kinnoull Hil, Perth

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    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.

  6. Greyfriars Burial Ground Perth

    Greyfriars Burial Grounds

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    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.

  7. River Tay Perth

    Kayak sul fiume Tay, Perth

    © Perth and Kinross council / Fred Murray

    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.

  8. Branklyn Garden Perth

    Branklyn Garden

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    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.

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    • Parcheggio
    • Animali domestici ammessi
    • Parcheggio o area di sosta senza barriere
    • Bagno per disabili
    • Caffetteria o ristorante
  9. River Tay Public Art Trail Perth

    River Tay Public Art Trail

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    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.

  10. Salutation Hotel South Street

    The Salutation Hotel, Perth

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    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.

Don't Forget...

There are plenty of other fantastic things to see and do in Perth and the surrounding area. Check out our website for more tips on activitiesattractions and much more!

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