Perthshire touring ideas, and tours of Scotland from Perth
Perthshire - 'all of Scotland' as it is known. Perth, the fair city - where city meets country.
A fantastic destination base for your holiday or short break, so central and with great access roads in every conceivable direction. Outstanding local 'must visits' are the Fair Maid's House in Curfew Row, The City art gallery and museum, the theatre (Pre-theatre meals available at the New County hotel from 5pm), the Black Watch Museum, The City Mills… and of course Scone Palace, a stunningly beautiful building where Robert the Bruce and King Charles II were crowned, and whose grounds house the little racecourse.
Climb Kinnoull Hill for a stunning view of the Tay Valley.
Short trips take you to the Perthshire Visitor Centre, to idyllic Dunkeld and the Hermitage, where Scotland's tallest tree stands, to Pitlochry with its 'Theatre in the Hills', its distilleries, dam and fish ladder, and its lovely highland shops. A little beyond Pitlochry, Blair Castle awaits and you can shop till you drop at the House of Bruar - 'Scotland's Harrods'. And also nearby are Blairgowrie, Crieff, with Scotland's oldest distillery, Glenturret - and a fine visitor centre too! - and indeed Stirling, of castle, Wallace Monument and Bannockburn fame.
Easy and scenically scintillating day trips take you to Braemar and Royal Deeside, Aberfeldy Loch Tay and Killin, Glencoe, Rannoch and Schiehallion via the immortal 'Queens View', The Trossachs, The bonnie coastal fishing towns of Fife - and Dundee - 'city of Discovery' - the trip is short but Dundee has become so vibrant and modern its really worth taking time to explore.
And why not Edinburgh - but only for the day!!