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Perth - Things to do

Perth was Scotland's ancient capital for almost five centuries, located just a couple of miles from Scone Palace, once home to the Stone of Destiny upon which Scotland’s kings were crowned, and the city possesses its own historic and architectural splendours. 

See where John Knox flamed the fires of the Scottish Reformation at St John’s Kirk and discover a wealth of cultural treasures inside the stunning neoclassical Perth Museum and Art Gallery. You can even admire beautiful paintings and sculptures in the city’s former cast-iron waterworks building which now contains the Fergusson Gallery.

No visit to Perth would be complete without taking leisurely stroll around the city’s two spacious public parks, the North and South Inch, the former of which James IV is said to have played golf on. 

In spite of its tranquil surroundings, quaint cobbled streets and elegant Georgian townhouses, the city boasts its fair share of cosmopolitan delights.

Browse in the historic department store McEwens and wander down the pedestrianised High Street, stopping for a coffee or snack in one of the many cafés. Enjoy an evening meal in one of the city’s fine restaurants which serve everything from delicious Mediterranean cuisine to gourmet dishes prepared by top Scottish chefs using fresh local produce.

Bring the day to a close by taking in a show at the glass-fronted Perth Concert Hall, Scotland’s youngest music and arts venue.

Just a short drive out of the city, the region of Perthshire is one of Europe's finest activity playgrounds, thanks to the diverse range of land- and water-based pursuits on offer, set against some truly exceptional natural backdrops.

You'll find walking routes aplenty, world-class fishing on one of the greatest salmon rivers anywhere, some of the UK's best on- and off-road cycling routes plus an unsurpassed range of golf courses to satisfy all abilities, including home of the 2014 Ryder Cup, The Centenary Course at Gleneagles.

But there's much more to Perthshire than just mainstream activities. Test your nerve with a spot of cliff jumping, river bugging or canyoning before sending your adrenaline levels soaring at the UKs only static bungee jump over the River Garry at Killiecrankie.