The historic city of Perth sits beside the River Tay. The name “Perth” comes from the Pictish word for a wood or copse and there is evidence of settlements going back 8000 years on the raised ground beside the flood plain of the River Tay. Visitors can still see neolithic standing stones and circles dating from this time. The surrounds of rural also Perthshire offer a wealth of natural and historical wonders for visitors to explore.

In the middle-ages, Perth’s importance was further cemented as the location of the Stone of Destiny at nearby Scone Abbey, where the King of Scots was traditionally crowned. From royals to revolutionaries, Perth was occupied by Jacobite supporters on three separate occasions. It later became a major industrial centre, producing linen, leather, bleach and whisky, helped by the arrival of the railways. Perth has been known as “The Fair City” since the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s story “Fair maid of Perth in 1828. Perthshire remains one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Scotland, and the attractions of the city make it well worth it.

Accommodation In Perthshire

Perth, The Fair City

Visitors to Perth can still find a great number of historical sites, with castles, palaces and museums both in and surrounding the city. If you are looking for a city break there are a great number of shops, restaurants and things to do in the city centre and events running all year round.

As well as a long and illustrious history, Perth is nowadays also known as a cultural centre with the Perth Playhouse and events and festivals throughout the year. Further afield, Perthshire offers great opportunities for outdoor pursuits with many local companies offering canoeing, cycling, pony trekking, and a range of other activities which are a great way to take in the amazing rural scenery of Perthshire.

What's On in Perthshire


Active Kids Adventure Park – Located just north of Perth. An outdoor adventure park for children to explore. Younger children can enjoy an indoor play area. A toy shop and coffee shop on site.

Bells Sports Centre – A range of sporting and non-sporting activities.

Blair Castle Trekking Centre

Dewars Centre – A range of sporting activities, including curling, ice-skating and indoor bowls.

Highland Fling Bungee, located at Killicrankie, north of Perth.

Highland Offroad – located at Dunkeld, north of Perth. Offering a variety of offroad adventures.

Land Rover Experience Scotland – near Dunkeld.

NSC Outdoor Adventures – Located north of Perth. Offering a range of outdoor adventures.

Outdoor Explore – An outdoor adventure company that will help you arrange various activities in beautiful Perthshire.

Perth Leisure Pool

Wee Adventures Ltd. – Canoeing, biking, climbing, abseiling, tree climbing, slacklining, bush craft or forest play adventures.