Perthshire’s clean air, pure waters and lush countryside are complimented by a Highland grandeur which makes it the perfect getaway. Wildlife greets you at every turn, so take a camera and capture ospreys, red deer and that most elusive of small mammal in the British Isles – the Red Squirrel. Perthshire is just as good at culture as it is at nature – Perth Theatre having first opened its doors in 1900, and along with Pitlochry’s Festival Theatre has been receiving tons of visitors ever since.
Naturally being Scottish, one of the things that Perthshire does best is alcohol. Get on the Perthshire ‘Whiskey trail’, taking in the distilleries of Aberfeldy, Crieff and Pitlochry, or sample a locally brewed ale from the Moulin micro brewery.
Perthshire has a fascinating history with stunning ancestral homes complete with secret panels, and the lingering atmosphere of doomed romances and tragic rebellions. You can visit Castle Menzies where Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed, take a tour of Glamis Castle, the Queen mum’s childhood home, or take in magnificent Scone Palace where Robert the Bruce was crowned. Mary Queen of Scots is said to haunt Huntingtower Castle so try to pop in to see whether she is in.
Perthshire's Top 10
10. The Scottish Country Sports Experience If you fancy yourself as a bit of a laird, try some ‘huntin’, fishin’ and shooting’ with qualified instructors.
5. Perth Concert Hall is a Perthshire vision in glass and copper.
9. The Black Watch Castle and Museum 300 years of history behind Perthshire’s elite Highland regiment.
4. Heathergems is where you can watch Scottish Heather get turned into jewellery.
8. Perthshire’s Meiklour Beech Hedge This incredible hedge is the biggest on the planet, so says the Guinness Book of Records.
3. Perth Museum and Art Gallery is one of the oldest UK museums with over 10,000 years of history.
7. The Famous Grouse Experience If you’re partial to a ‘wee dram’ or three, take a tour around Perthshire’s oldest distillery.
2. Perth Racecourse Lose your shirt with a bet at this historic racecourse.
6. Highland Safaris Discover Perthshire’s wild side by Land Rover, cycle or on foot. No lions and tigers, but there are plenty of red deer.
1. Gleneagles Golf Course & Spa If you love golf it doesn’t get any better than this. If you hate golf, head to the Spa.
Perthshire, United Kingdom
Perthshire, located in central Scotland, was first established as a local government in 1890. The city is known for its large size and has often been called the “big county” of Scotland. It is best known for is its wide array of landscapes, including rich agricultural areas and waterfalls, as well as the mountains of the Southern Highlands.
- Ben Lawers Peak
- Perthshire Glen Almond
- Falls of Dochart
- See the historical architecture of Blair Castle
- Relive Shakespeare’s "Macbeth" at Perthshire’s Birnam Wood
- Climb to the top of the scenic Ben Vorlich Mountain
Perthshire enjoys a cool and rainy climate, which can be quite cold in the winter and mild through the spring and summer. The winter months of November through February see average highs of 6ºC (43ºF) and average lows of 1ºC (34ºF). Summer temperatures warm up to a moderate 20ºC (68ºF), making summer the best time to visit.
Getting There & Around
Glasgow Airport is the closest major airport to Perthshire and can be reached by hired car or train in about 75 minutes. Efficient trains and buses connect Perthshire to all of the major cities of Scotland.
It is best to have a private or hired car in the city, but transport can also be found on the local buses. When the weather is nice, many of Perthshire’s residents can be seen riding bicycles or getting around the town on foot.
The Perthshire Woodland Garden in Pitlochry gets transformed into the Enchanted Forest for three whole weeks every October with a stunning light and sound show.
Fun, games and a whole lot more at the Scottish Game Fair in July. Traditional Scottish fare is on offer at this Perthshire event.
You can’t leave Perthshire without watching a man in a caber toss a caber – so, spruce up your sporran and get down to the banks of the River Tay in August for the Perth Highland Games.
Don your fingerless gloves and head for Perthshire’s 80’s Rewind Festival. Enjoy posh nosh and bars, and a host of ‘whatever happened to them?’ celebs.
Perthshire opens its doors to the world in September when the Continental Market comes to town.
July is party time! 85,000 revellers descend on Balado for T in the Park, the internationally acclaimed three day Perthshire extravaganza.
Brush off your Stetson and mosey down to Perth’s Southern Fried Festival in July. American roots music, late night gigs and food that’s finger lickin’ good.
The Perth Festival of the Arts takes place in May for 11 days of opera, rock, comedy and films.
Perthshire’s Scone Castle comes alive in March when the Galloway Antiques Fair arrives.
Passionate about planes? Then head to the Heart of Scotland Airshow, at Perth Airport. Perthshire’s high octane display of daring dives and loop the loops.
You don’t have to love horses to enjoy the Blair Castle International Horse Trials and Country Fair held each August. This Perthshire event has stalls and a craft fair too.
Bag a bargain at Perthshire’s bazaar-style Summer Craft Market in July.
The rest of the world celebrates New Year, but Perthshire goes Hogmanay crazy! The pretty town of Comrie is well known for its fiery Flanbeaux Procession.
When To Go
Perthshire’s gentle climate has long been a draw for tourists, which also provide a perfect environment for its many outdoor pursuits. Perthshire weather however is slightly cooler on average than that of England, with shorter winter days, but long summer days – at the end of June there is only three hours of darkness.
January and February are by far the coldest months with temperatures down to an average of 5 °C while summer temps are on average around 19 °C with the warmest months being July and August.
Scottish weather can be damp and cloudy and rain is a common occurrence, so don’t forget to bring an umbrella and wellies!
More Info On Getting Around
· Perthshire is situated in the heart of Scotland, and is just a short drive from Edinburgh and Glasgow. An extensive range of bus routes including Scottish Citylink and National Express provide links to every major city in the UK – and at a highly competitive cost.
· Edinburgh airport is only a half hours’ drive from Perthshire, while Glasgow and Aberdeen International airports are less than an hour and a half, all offering a wide range of domestic and international flights.
· Perthshire has seven railway stations with a direct service to London which takes just under six and a half hours – and a sleeper service is also available.
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