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Perth and Kinross is an area of Scotland famed for its stunning landscape of lochs, valleys and moors, and historic attractions such as Scone Palace, Innerpeffray Library, and Loch Leven Castle. Bisected by the famous River Tay, encompassing a large area of the Cairngorms, and home to the lively city of Perth, this region of Scotland is vastly varied and endlessly appealing to visitors of all sorts.
If you’re planning to drive around Perth and Kinross and you want to hire a vehicle, the best place to do this is in the city of Perth. The easiest way to get into Perth is by train. Once there, you should find several car rental companies to choose from. From Perth, you can head out of the city in several different directions on one of the city’s four main roads. The M90 will take you south to Kinross, the A90 east towards Dundee, and the A85 east to Crieff and Loch Earn. The A9, meanwhile, heads north out of Perth to Pitlochry and the Cairngorms, and southwest out of the city in the direction of Stirling. Driving within the city, you may experience some rush hour traffic, but otherwise you should find the driving in this region pleasant and straightforward.
A great way to begin your trip is by touring the city of Perth. Some of the most popular attractions include the ancient church of St John’s Kirk, the Black Watch Castle & Museum and the Fergusson Gallery. Perth is also the best place to shop if you like a little retail therapy.. A little further out of the city are two fun day-trip destinations: Scone Palace, an opulent Georgian mansion with hundreds of acres of immaculate grounds, and Willowgate Trout & Salmon Fishery, where you can fish and spot the local wildlife.
Once you’ve finished exploring Perth and the surrounding area, drive south out of the city and head to Kinross on the M90. The car journey is extremely quick and simple, taking less than half an hour. Kinross is a town situated on the banks of the spectacular Loch Leven. Attractions in Kinross include waterside Kirkgate Park, golf courses, and a number of quaint hotels, shops and restaurants. The main event, however, is the loch itself, which is home to the dramatically situated Loch Leven Castle. The castle was built on an island in the middle of the loch, and is accessible only by passenger boat. It famously housed Mary Queen of Scots in 1567, until her daring escape by boat the following year.
For a truly scenic tour of the area, drive back to Perth from Kinross and head north on the A9. You’ll pass the Tay Forest Park, where you can turn off onto the A827, and head east to beautiful Loch Tay. Alternatively, you can keep heading up into the Cairngorms, an area of Scotland that boasts skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, boating, hiking trails and many opportunities for wildlife spotting.