Top recommended things to see in Perth and Perthshire
Kinnoull Hill & Branklyn
A good introduction to Perth is to climb Kinnoull Hill that dominates the eastern side of the city, rising steeply from the banks of Tay, with its watch tower (a latter-day folly) looking down the river. This is a tranquil haven with miles of grassy paths and nature trails. On a clear day there are magnificent views of the Carse of Gowrie and the river Tay, the graceful Friarton Bridge, Fife and the Lothians, The Ochils and Perthshire Highlands up to 50 miles distant.
Branklyn Gardens & Norrie-Miller Park
On the way to or from Kinnoull Hill, don't miss Branklin Gardens - one of the best 2-acre gardens in the country, with rare and unusual plants, dwarf rhododendrons, alpines and blue poppies.
Described as the "finest two acres of private gardens in the country" Branklyn Gardens are located on the way out of the city of Perth, on the road towards Dundee. The garden was started in 1922 on the site of a former orchard and was taken over by the National Trust for Scotland in 1967. It has a marvellous collection of plants and is particularly colourful in the spring time when the rhododendrons and many alpine plants are in bloom. Botanists come from all over the world to see it.
The gardens are open from 9.30am until sunset (which in the summer time can be well into the evening).
And also on the north bank of the river are Norrie Miller Park and Rodney Gardens - not just a lovely park beside the river Tay but full of interesting - and amusing - modern sculptures.
The visitor centre is situated at the Perth Agricultural Centre where you can see fast and furious auction sales, not only of livestock, but also farm equipment and motor cars. The original market was founded in the late 1850's in the centre of Perth and developed into one of the most famous cattle markets in the World. The market stages the Perth Bull Sales in February and October each year - the largest collective sale of Pedigree Beef Cattle in Europe.
Perthshire is " Big Tree Country" Visit some of the most remarkable trees and woodlands anywhere in Europe. Travel along our leafy country roads and:
- explore remnants of Scotland's ancient wildwood
- discover where modern forestry began in this country
- wander through the homeland of globetrotting plant hunters
- marvel at the stunning specimens they introduced from around the world delight in fanciful follies and grottoes
- perhaps have a close encounter with some of our woodland wildlife
Forests, woods and country gardens offer an unrivalled assortment of glorious greenery, colours changing dramatically with the seasons. A short trip from the hotel takes you to Europe's oldest tree, the world's highest hedge, Britain's tallest tree, the sole survivor from Shakespeare's 'Birnam Wood', Europe's oldest living thing (the Fortingall Yew est. 3000 - 5000 years old)...the list goes on.