Centred around the city of Perth, Perthshire is a historic county that encompasses rich agricultural lands, charming villages and the rugged peaks of the southern highlands. It’s dotted with lochs and home to Scotland’s fourth highest peak, Ben Lawers, while being connected to the North Sea via the Firth of Tay.
Things to do in Perthshire
Fascinating museums, centuries-old castles and forested hiking trails - Perthshire offers the perfect introduction to Scotland.
Sightsee in Perth. Located on the left bank of the River Tay, Perth serves as the administrative centre of Perthshire. Admire the paintings of the Scottish Colourist John Duncan Fergusson at the Fergusson Gallery and learn about the Black Watch regiment at Balhousie Castle. Afterwards, see where Robert the Bruce was crowned at Scone Palace.
Hike the trails of Tay Forest Park. Comprising several tracts of forest scattered across Perthshire, Tay Forest Park boasts a network of trails where you can stretch your legs. Begin at the Queen’s View visitor’s centre near Loch Tummel to learn about the park’s mythical legends before exploring the woodland routes to discover its spectacular viewpoints.
Tour Huntingtower Castle. Built from the 15th century by the Clan Ruthven, Huntingtower Castle features two closely-placed tower houses in its unique design. As you explore its beautifully preserved interior, learn about its links to Mary Queen of Scots and admire its 16th-century painted ceiling, then see where the Ruthven once stored their treasures.
Visit Kenmore. Perched at the eastern end of Loch Tay, Kenmore is a charming village with scenic views towards Ben Lawers. It’s home to what is believed to be the oldest inn in Scotland, the 16th-century Kenmore Hotel, and is located on the doorstep of Taymouth Castle and its landscaped park.
Getting around Perthshire
Dundee Airport is a 25-minute drive from Perth and has regular flights to Belfast and London. The much larger Edinburgh Airport is 45 minutes away. Perth is connected along the Highland Main Line, which travels between Glasgow, Edinburgh and Inverness. Buses travel throughout Perthshire and connect most of its towns and villages.