Perth is a small scenic city in
Central Scotland on the banks of the
River Tay, with a large number of
attractions such as a cathedral, historic
church, Scone Palace, Huntingtower Castle, Black Watch military museum,
and more. The city is situated within a 2
hour drive of many of Scotland's top
attractions and cities.
See also a large Click On
Map for the area Top Attractions.
The image top is of South Inch Park that
runs from the Train Station down to the River
Tay with a large kids play and St Leonard's
The image second top is from the rail bridge
looking north over the River Tay with a number
of impressive buildings such as the Sheriff
Court, Council Buildings and Royal George
Gallery is next to the River Tay at the
1766 bridge by William Stewart. The Gallery
holds a vast collection of artwork along with
the archive of Fergusson's lifelong companion,
the pioneer of modern dance, Margaret
The 1,200 seat Concert Hall completed in
2005 is next to the Fergusson Gallery. The
Concert Hall is used for a wide variety of
The Fair Maids House is situated behind the
Concert Hall. This is where the Fair Maid of
Perth lived, and inspired Sir Walter Scott
in 1828 to produce a novel about the Maid and
the Battle of the North Inch.
The vast North Inch Park is next to the the
Fair Maids House with playing fields, North Inch Golf
Course, and Sports
The Black Watch Museum is
next to North Inch Park, covering the history
of the regiment from 1739 - today.
is situated a short walk back towards the city
centre on North Methven Street, completed in
1850 to designs of William Butterfield.
Kinoul Street is in the centre of Perth with
a number of bus stops and the Imax Playhouse
The High Street is the centre of Perth with
many shops and normally a few busker's.
The David Annand Sculpture is in the centre
of the High Street. The Ring is about William
Soutar’s famous poem Nae Day Sae Dark.
The Market Cross is situated by the High
Street at the entrance of St Johns Shopping
Centre. The original Cross was destroyed by
Cromwell's army in 1651, with the cross seen
today completed in 1913.
St Johns Kirk
is situated by the Market Cross on St Johns
Place. This is the oldest building in Perth
with the earliest parts from the 1440s, a top
St Johns Place, next to the Kirk, has a
number of diners with outdoor seating.
Scone Palace is 2 miles northeast of Perth
centre in a vast estate. The Priory on this
land was originally built in the 1100s and
rebuilt as a Palace in the early 1800s.
The Priory was the crowning place of
Scottish kings on the Stone of Scone, now a top
visitor attraction for the Palace and
Huntingtower Castle is situated 3 miles
northwest of Perth centre. This castle was
built from the 1400s for the Clan Ruthven, now
a top visitor attraction.
Prehistoric - settlements were in the
4000 BC - farming began in the area.
800s - King Kenneth MacAlpin brought the
coronation stone, Stone of Destiny, to a
religious building at Scone 2 miles northeast
of Perth centre. All kings of Scotland were
crowned at Scone from then on.
900s - Perth had grown into an important
city with an inland port for trading with
hides, timber and fish.
1020 - the early religious building at Scone
is enlarged and given the status of a
1126 - the first Church of St John is built
for King David I in Perth centre.
1164 - Scone Priory is given the status of
1210 - King William the Lion made Perth a
1210 to 1452 - Scotland's Parliament met at
1296 - the Stone of Scone was captured by
King Edward I of England during the Scottish
Wars of Independence and taken to Westminster
Abbey in London.
1306 - Robert the Bruce was crowned King of
Scotland at Scone.
1396 - the Battle of North
Inch takes place at Perth. This was a
staged battle in front of King Robert II. It
was between 30 men of Clan MackIntosh and 30
men of Clan Cameron in an attempt to end a 360
year feud. One Cameron survived by swimming
across the River Tay. The 11 surviving
McKintosh claimed victory.
1440s - St Johns Kirk in Perth is rebuilt
much larger than the original.
1400s - Huntingtower Castle is built 3 miles
northwest of Perth Centre for the Ruthven
1500s - Perth had a number of metal works
for gold, silver and armour.
1559 - Scone Abbey was severely damaged
during the Scottish Reformation by Protestants
1600 - brothers John and Alexander Ruthven
of Huntingtower Castle were executed for
plotting to kill King James VI.
1643 - Huntingtower Castle and lands were
given to the Murray's of Tullibardine. This
family later became the Dukes of Atholl and
1651 - Charles II was crowned king at
1651 August - Perth was captured by the army
of Cromwell during the English Civil War.
1700s - Perth grew around the linen
industry, whisky distilling, and later glass
1776 - the old town walls were demolished to
open up the town.
1767 - Huntingtower Castle was abandoned
after the wife of the 1st Duke of Atholl
1804 - Scone Chapel is built on Moot Hill
next to where Scone Palace is now, on the site
of an earlier chapel. A replica of the Stone of
Scone is at the chapel.
1808 - Scone Palace is built in Neo-Gothic
style for the Earls of Mansfield. The Palace
replaced the Abbey.
1842 - Queen Victoria Visits Scone
1928 - the last trams in Perth were removed
from service to be replaced by buses.
1930s? - Huntingtower Castle is opened to
the public as a tourist attraction.
1966 - Lady Mansfield opened Scone Palace
for the public as a tourist attraction.
1996 - the Stone of Scone was returned to
Scotland to be displayed at a museum in
2012 - Perth was made a city with a
population around 43,000.
Today - Perth is a top visitor attraction
and a good base for exploring Scotland with
Dundee 23 miles east, Edinburgh 44 miles southeast,
65 miles southwest, Aberdeen 86 miles
northeast, and Inverness 112 miles northwest.
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