Steeped in history and alive with a modern and vibrant energy, Perth, Scotland's ancient capital is the hub of beautiful Perthshire.
Whether you like to wander through city streets full of beautiful independent shops or spend your day paddling down waters of a silvery river, Perth city is brimming over with inspiration for a city break in Scotland
An ideal choice for escaping with friends, short breaks for the family or romantic getaways with loved ones, you will find adventure, culture and endless itineraries ready and waiting for you.
Stay a little longer and you’ll be perfectly placed to explore the whole area. Whisky distilleries aplenty, and home to an abundance of Munros, lochs and rivers, this glorius haven in the centre of Scotland is full of inspiration for culture vultures, nature lovers and social butterflies.
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Walking, culture, history, food, drink and biking by the river - there's a lot to squeeze into three nights in Perth.
Take it easy and arrive by train. Perth Railway Station is a well-connected hub for the whole of Scotland. Book into The Parklands Hotel, just a five minute walk away. Overlooking the South Inch park, it is the perfect location from which to explore the city. Once checked in, head for Tay Street and enjoy a scenic morning walk along the river; city on one side, and an abundance of wildlife and nature on the other. Look out for the resident beavers, otters, swans and Kingfishers.
Arriving at the North inch, you can enjoy a glorius, circular walk around what is said to be the world's oldest golf course. History buffs can also stop at The Black Watch Castle & Museum - an award-winning attraction housed within a 16th century castle.
The extensive collection of uniforms, weapons, medals, photographs and badges etc. tell the story of The Black Watch, the oldest Highland regiment, which was established during the Jacobite era and went on to attend almost every major global conflict around the world.
Tour over, the cafe is well worth a visit with delicious food options and great coffee!
Spend the afternoon soaking up the impressive independent shopping scene. For a small city, Perth punches way above its weight when it comes to quality local businesses. From gift shops to artisan bakers, fashion boutiques to award-winning delis, plus major High Street brands, you'll easily while away a few hours.
A short stroll back to your hotel, and you can round off the afternoon with a drink in their beer garden - listed as one of the best in Scotland, this is grown-up sophistication with a great choice of local ales, gins and award winning wines. When it comes to food, Perth will have you spoiled for choice. Whether you want to get down and dirty with Mexican street food or go all out with a tasting menu prepared by an award-winning chef, there is a plethora of places to choose from all within walking distance of the city centre - so that paired wine selection or extra shot of tequila is always an option.
Get up and dust off those late drinks with a sweaty hike up Kinnoull Hill. Walking from the hotel you’ll take around an hour to reach the summit, mostly through beautiful woodland park. The reward is worth the effort with unrivalled views of the city, its scenic surrounds, and a view of the winding River Tay greeting you at the top. Be sure to snap Kinnoull Hill Tower, an iconic 19th century folly, for your social channels.
Make your way back into town and grab a bite of lunch in one of the city’s multiple cafés before trying your hand at some faster - paced activities. Highland Bike Tours offers private tours (from 1 person to a maximum of 3 people) by e-bike as well as a range of curated bike tours including a Historical and Cultural Tour.
Relax at night with dinner out, dinner at the hotel, or a night in one of Perth’s busy live music bars. The Twa Tams is legendary for its live music scene; owned by The Mad Ferrets, a popular Scottish folk duo, it has regular open mic nights, and a neverending stream of the area’s exceptional local artists.
Head north on the train to Pitlochry for a change of scene and some highland mountain air. Just 30 minutes away, you could be sitting with both feet submerged in the clear, amber-tinged waters of Edradour Burn by lunchtime.
Pitlochry is one of those touristy towns that deserves all the attention it attracts. As we near the end of summer, the lush green surroundings will transform into an explosion of autumn colours highlighting why Big Tree Country has become the areas's moniker.
For something entirely different, check into the stunning Saorsa 1875 hotel, the UK's first vegan hotel. Whether you're plant based, plant-curious, or just a foodie with an appreciation for the unique, this place should immediately be added to your wish list.
Pick up an afternoon matinee at Pitlochry Festival Theatre; a traditional rep theatre that allows you to see six different shows in six days with all performances carried out by one extraordinarily talented cast. The summer season remains in full swing until October 1st.
Wake up early and pull on your walking boots. There is only way to leave Pitlochry and that's via the top of Ben Vrackie. Make sure to fill up in one of the tasty cafes on the way - Escape Route is a favourite amongst the outdoor lovers and has plenty of choice when it comes to snacks for you bag!
One of Scotland's finest hills, Ben Vrackie is a corbett, so just shy of a Munro. It has an excellant path most of the way and should take you 3 to 4 hours to climb and decend.
Once checked out, the train from Pitlochry connects straight to Perth, Stirling, Edinburgh and beyond.