Perth in Scotland (as opposed to Perth Australia) has a history going back to before the birth of Scotland. Although known today as “The Gateway To The Highlands” it is the perfect place to stay as a base for a vacation holiday in central Scotland. Using Perth as a base you are centrally situated for days out almost anywhere in the Central Belt including
- as well as a starting point to get into the Scottish Highlands.
Perth Gateway to the Highlands
At one time Perth was known as Saint Johnstoun (St. John’s Town). I have been unable to discover why it was to change its name. If you know the answer perhaps you could share it with us in the comments area below.
The name Perth appears to come from the Picts language meaning Copse or small wooded area. (The Picts were one of the tribes living throughout this area of Scotland).
Although now a good way inland it was once a busy port concentrating on exports of Linen,Whisky and leather. Most of the jobs in these industries have rapidly fallen. However Perth’s ability to attract ever growing numbers of tourists has resulted in lots of alternative jobs in the hospitality niche.
I know some have claimed Perth to be just a small market town but that is not doing the town full justice with its various attractions.
it is hardly surprising that tourists come to Perth when you consider the various attractions in this immediate area you might find leaving to go though that “gateway to the highlands” is being put off for a few extra days.
Elcho Castle Perth
Only three miles from Perth Elcho Castle dates back to around 1570 when the Wemyss family first started to build it as their new home. And to honest who could blame them. The castle has some of the very best views possible across the River valley. That may also be the reason why the family stayed there until 1929 when it was passed to its present owners Historic Scotland to be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Scone Palace Perth
Going just that little bit further you will be able to visit Scone Palace.
Perth was once the Capital of Scotland so you would expect Scone Palace would have a glorious history and it does indeed. This was where the majority of Scottish Kings were crowned and the natural home to the Stone of Scone or Stone of Destiny. The stone according to legend was the Pillow used by Abraham when he dreamed about the ladder going up to heaven and then brought Scone by monks.
However the stone was stolen by an invading English army in an attempt to prevent any more Scottish Kings being crowned and organising a new army to fight for Scottish Independence from England. After spending around six hundred years in Westminster Abbey it was only a few short years ago returned officially to Scotland but this time to Edinburgh Castle. However you can drive nowadays from Scone in under two hours if you want to see the stone in it’s new home.
Perth and Huntingtower Castle
Going west a small distance is the beautiful medieval building of Huntingtower Castle. Originally built as two separate tower houses it has gone through so many developments over the centuries the two building now appear to be one.
Whilst you are in Perth I would also suggest visiting the following attractions.
- Kinnoull Hill,
- Perth Art Gallery & Museum
- the Museum of the Black Watch at Balhousie Castle
Find out more about each of them at the Perthshire Visitor Centre.
Whatever you are looking for in the Perth area you will be able to find an amazing list of Scottish vacation holiday accommodation places to stay including the economical B & B right up to a couple of Five star hotels with all the associated gyms, spas right there in Perth.
Let us know what you like best about Perth in Scotland. Use the comments box below I would love to get your feedback.