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A former capital of Scotland, Perth was made a city again by the Queen as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012. It is a large provincial area and the main administrative and cosmopolitan centre for the beautiful and primarily rural surrounding 2,000 square miles of Perthshire.

Perth is located around 50 miles north of Edinburgh and enjoys a beautiful position on the banks of Scotland's longest river, the Tay, at 119 miles. With a rich and influential history that stretches back over 800 years, Perth has served as its country's capital and has always been one of the most important political, judicial and commercial centres in Scotland.

Many of the Scottish kings were crowned on the Stone of Destiny at Scone Palace, while there are many famous historical figures who left their mark on this royal burgh.

Today, Perth is a bustling city of around 50,000 inhabitants. It offers a range of entertainment, shops, cafés and restaurants and is recognised as one of Scotland's premier culinary centres.

The tranquil landscape surrounding the city is the perfect place to try exciting outdoor activities from walking to watersports. Perthshire is also home to five whisky distilleries, including both the oldest and the smallest in Scotland, as well as The Centenary Course at Gleneagles, host of the 2014 Ryder Cup.


Things to do

Perth may be the country’s newest city, but with its remarkable setting, rich history and vibrant cultural scene, it has plenty to offers visitors.



Visit the shops in Perth which offer everything from the latest fashions to authentic Scottish crafts. Pick up a present or treat for yourself.


Arts and Culture

Admire beautiful works of art in galleries, learn more about the region’s past at world-class museums and catch fantastic performances at one of the city's superb venues.


Eating and Drinking

The Perthshire region boasts great local produce which can be enjoyed in the award-winning restaurants and bars around the city of Perth.