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PerthUnited Kingdom

The ancient capital of Scotland, this busy market town is beautifully set along the banks of the River Tay.

Perth was the capital of Scotland until the mid-15th century, and remains one of the country’s most important commercial and cultural centers. Nicknamed “the fair city,” this attractive town is home to several fine museums as well as a famous castle. Explore the surrounding countryside, which is ideal for hiking and walking.

Go for a walk along Tay Street, where some of the city’s grandest historic buildings are set along the River Tay. Browse interesting boutiques and galleries or visit one of the pretty parkland areas, known as the North Inch and South Inch, which border the city center.

See one of the town’s most well-known attractions, St John's Kirk. This 12th-century church is the infamous site where John Knox preached a sermon in the 16th century, which helped to incite the Reformation, leading to a wave of destruction of religious sites.

Learn about Scotland’s oldest Highland regiment at the Black Watch Regimental Museum. This stirring museum chronicles the story of this much-loved regiment from its formation in the 18th century through to the present day. Inspect the personal effects of some Black Watch men, along with historic photographs, paintings and weaponry.

The Perth Art Gallery and Museum’s vast and varied collection truly offers something for visitors with all kinds of different interests. Set in a 19th-century building modeled after Rome’s Pantheon, the museum includes exhibits dedicated to art, archeology and nature, as well as global and local history. Don’t miss the large collection of archival photos, which include 19th-century images of Perth.

Find iconic Scone Palace just north of Perth. Once the site of Scottish king coronations, the palace features stunning rooms and galleries filled with historic furniture and beautiful objets d’art. Walk through the Long Gallery, which is touted as the longest room in any Scottish home and see the dining room where Queen Victoria and Prince Albert ate during their visit to the palace in 1842.

Perth is located 44 miles (71 kilometers) north of Edinburgh. Take the bus or train from Edinburgh. Perth’s city center is easily explored on foot. No visit to Scotland would be complete without a visit to its former capital.

Top hotels in Perth

Leonardo Boutique Huntingtower Perth
Leonardo Boutique Huntingtower Perth
3 out of 5
Crieff Road, Perth, Scotland
Free cancellation
The price is £58 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov

Situated in the suburbs, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Huntingtower Castle and 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from McDiarmid Park. Scone Palace and St. Ninian's ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (350 reviews)

"Really friendly welcome, great service and possibly the comfiest hotel bed I’ve ever slept in."…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2020

Leonardo Boutique Huntingtower Perth
Holiday Inn Express Perth
Holiday Inn Express Perth
3 out of 5
200 Dunkeld Road, Inveralmond House/200, Perth, Scotland
Free cancellation
The price is £53 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov

Situated on the Strip, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from McDiarmid Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Black Watch Regimental Museum and Huntingtower Castle. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (551 reviews)

"Great location and staff helpful and friendly. Rooms good and value is reasonable. Breakfast set up is good given current Covid restrictions. Good provision only let down by poor cheap quality sausages - go for the bacon rolls instead"…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2020

Holiday Inn Express Perth
Heidl Guest House
Heidl Guest House
3 out of 5
43 York Place, Perth, Scotland

Situated in Perth, this guesthouse is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Perth Ice Rink and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Scone Palace. St. Ninian's Cathedral and St. John's Kirk are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (164 reviews)
Second visit. Every year likely.

"Cleanliness second to none. Breakfast as I ordered and very good. A very comfortable stay. Very convenient and quiet place."…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2019

Heidl Guest House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Perth

Balvaird Wing at Scone Palace
Balvaird Wing at Scone Palace
5 out of 5
Estate Office, Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland

Situated in a provincial park, this luxury apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Scone Palace and 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Perth Racecourse. Perth Art Gallery ...

Balvaird Wing at Scone Palace
Keepers Lodge with Hot Tub
Keepers Lodge with Hot Tub
3.5 out of 5
Rossie Ochil Estate, Keepers Lodge, Perth, Scotland

Situated in Perth, this holiday home is within 12 miles (20 km) of St Serf's Church, Burleigh Sands and Abernethy Village. Montgomery Course at the Green Hotel ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Stunning Place, Stunning Location

"All I can say is "Amazing". I had looked at other reviews and thought it can't be that good, but it was. The lodge was immaculate and spotlessly clean. There were lots of nice touches; milk in the fridge, games room, plenty of crockery and utensils and, of course, the hot-tub. Although the location ..."…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2018

Keepers Lodge with Hot Tub
Silverwood Luxury Lodges
Silverwood Luxury Lodges
Silverwood lodges, Inchcoonans, Perth, Scotland

Situated near the airport, this chalet is within 12 miles (20 km) of Fergusson Gallery, Perth Racecourse and Scone Palace. St. Ninian's Cathedral and Black Watch ...

Silverwood Luxury Lodges
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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