The best large town - Britain in Bloom Winner 1998' On the banks
of the silvery River Tay, in the very heart of Scotland, you'll
find yourself in the Fair City of Perth; your perfect centre and
winner of the 1998 large town Britain in Bloom award. Welcome
to the town that inspired Sir Walter Scott to pen 'The Fair Maid
of Perth' which in turn inspired Bizet's opera. Once Scotland's
Capital City, you will find that Perth enjoys an air of elegant
prosperity and retains the genuine atmosphere of a true county
town with a rich history and tradition of welcoming visitors.
climb or drive through the wooded slopes of Kinnoull Hill is an
ideal introduction to Perth. Enjoy the panoramic views to the
north and west
over the Perthshire Highlands, south to the rolling landscapes
of Fife and east along the flat soft fruit fields of the Carse
of Gowrie. Otherwise explore Perth on foot; perhaps you could
follow the Old Perth Trail.
has been a market town for hundreds of years. Today, long established
family businesses, specialist retailers and familiar chain stores
sit alongside one another on the traffic-free High Street and
in St Johns Shopping Centre.
from wonderful shopping, history lovers will find that Perth offers
unsurpassed delights. Not to be missed is Scone Palace (pronounced
Scoon) original home of Scotland's Stone of Destiny where 42 Kings
of Scots were crowned. Enjoy this marvellous site, the Palace
and its superb collections for yourself.
wonderful houses here for you to visit include Elcho Castle, Huntingtower
Castle, Megginch Castle at the Carse of Gowrie and last, but not
least, Balhousie Castle, - home to the Black Watch Museum.
floral displays and wonderful lush green parklands enhance Perth.
These parklands survive today as the North and South Inches; superb
public parks. While here, also enjoy the kaleidoscope of colours
at Perth's many gardens including Branklyn Gardens and Cherrybank
Gardens (which incorporates National Heather collections).
close proximity of such beautiful countryside has been influential
in gaining Perth its reputation as a sporting centre. Famous for
its salmon fishing, the town was also an early home of golf; today
you will find four 18-hole courses to choose from. You are spoiled
for choice here, with the acclaimed Leisure Pool and Dewar's Centre
(Ice Rink and Indoor Bowling). Football fans are not forgotten
and might want to sing in the stands at one of Scotland's finest
football stadiums - St Johnstone F.C's McDiarmid Park. The thrills
and spills of the popular National Hunt Racecourse at Scone also
make for a unique day out.
the heritage of Perth in the Victorian Lower City Mills where
a massive working waterwheel and working miller continue to mill
Scotland's staple - oatmeal. Demonstrations and multi-language
interpretative storyboards bring history to life. Here too you
will find the Perthshire Shop. Reminders of medieval times are
plentiful and in the city centre you will find the striking St
John's Kirk. Around St John's Kirk and Perth City Hall is the
perfect place to pause and soak up the atmosphere in one of the
many restaurants and coffee shops.
Perth's rich heritage you will find it a vibrant city with so
much more waiting to be discovered in its immediate vacinity.
leaving this wonderful area, take a day out at Gask, west of Perth.
Here you will find ancient roman remains - or try Abernethy; home
to an 11th century Round Tower. Glenalmond is especially picturesque
in Spring and Autumn while nearby Pitcairngreen is a pretty hamlet
with an English-style village green.
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