Experience the castle, countryside and riverfront in Perth!

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.

Known for

Castles, Countryside and Hunting

Top hotels in Perth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Ballathie Country House Hotel and Estate
4 out of 5
Kinclaven By Stanley, Perth, Scotland
£71/night
10 Sep-11 Sep
4.3/5Excellent! (176 reviews)

Situated on the riverfront, this eco-friendly hotel is 6 mi (9.7 km) from Blairgowrie Golf Club and within 12 miles (20 km) of Perth Racecourse and Scone Palace. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (176 reviews)

"Lovely old estate. Great fishing. Great food. Friendly personal service."…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2019

Ballathie Country House Hotel and Estate
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Salutation Hotel
3 out of 5
34 South Street, Perth, Scotland
£68/night
29 Aug-30 Aug
4/5Very Good! (282 reviews)

Located in the heart of Perth, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from St. John's Kirk and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Scone Palace. Fergusson Gallery and Perth ...

4/5Very Good! (282 reviews)

"Lovely hotel, city centre location close to shops, bars and resturants. The pillows could be better but over all say 9/10."…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2019

Salutation Hotel
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Leonardo Boutique Huntingtower Perth
3 out of 5
Crieff Road, Perth, Scotland
£85/night
8 Sep-9 Sep
4.6/5Wonderful! (262 reviews)

Situated in Perth, this eco-friendly hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Huntingtower Castle and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from McDiarmid Park. Scone Palace and St. Ninian's ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (262 reviews)

"Location was very quiet, grounds and building were beautiful. Staff very friendly, especially the reception manager. We were given very unexpected, but welcome upgrade to one of the cottage suites - after a poor experience with our prior hotel on the road trip, this definitely allowed us to settle ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019

Leonardo Boutique Huntingtower Perth

Popular things to do in Perth

Scone Palace
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Scone Palace

Marvel at exquisite rooms and galleries of this beautiful palace and learn about its role in Scotland’s heritage.

Perth Art Gallery and Museum
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Perth Art Gallery and Museum

The oldest museum in the U.K. has a wide-ranging collection of more than half a million objects.

Black Watch Regimental Museum
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Black Watch Regimental Museum

Explore this poignant museum dedicated to one of Scotland’s most famous local regiments.

Top activities in Perth

Small-Group St. Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Full-Day Tour
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Small-Group St. Andrews & Fishing Villages of Fife Full-Day Tour

£49

Discover the abundance of Scottish heritage, culture, and charming villages on this full-day tour. Explore the seaside resort of St. Andrews, home of golf and Scotland's first university, and visit quintessential townships to experience the country's rich history and heritage.

Three Bridges & Inchcolm Island Cruise
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Three Bridges & Inchcolm Island Cruise

£15

The Firth of Forth is simply overflowing with myths,turbulent history and fascinating marine wildlife. Join Forth Boat Tours on a 90 minute cruise onboard one of their superb vessels. Departing from South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling Capital City of Edinburgh.

Small-Group Highland Lochs, Glens & Whisky from Edinburgh
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Small-Group Highland Lochs, Glens & Whisky from Edinburgh

£55

Scotland is a country of immense natural beauty, inspiring landscapes, and, of course, distinctive scotch from original distilleries. Experience all the splendor the area has to offer. Meander up to the Highlands, travel along looming glens, and sample fine whiskies.

Blackness Castle, Three Bridges Cream Tea Cruise
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Blackness Castle, Three Bridges Cream Tea Cruise

£20

The Firth of Forth is simply overflowing with myths, turbulent history and fascinating marine wildlife. Join Forth Boat Tours on a 90 minute cruise onboard one of their superb vessels. Departing from South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling Capital City of Edinburgh.

Outlander Filming Locations & Jacobite History Full-Day Tour
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Outlander Filming Locations & Jacobite History Full-Day Tour

£49

Get to know the landscape that framed the story of Jamie and Claire on this tour to the true filming locations from the hit series Outlander. A local Scottish guide joins you for a day filled with familiar towns and castles, all while sharing the gruesome real-life history behind the show's epic tale.

St Andrews, Falkland & the East Neuk of Fife Full-Day Tour
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St Andrews, Falkland & the East Neuk of Fife Full-Day Tour

£45

Discover the charming villages and cultural heritage of one of Scotland's most delightful counties, on this full-day tour. Explore the coastal resort of St Andrews, home to Scotland's first university, stop at historic Falkland, and visit the smaller corners of Fife.