Heritage

A former capital of Scotland, the city of Perth is steeped in Scottish history. 

Five minutes walk from Alexander Residence is the Black Watch Museum at Balhousie Castle. Set in its own beautiful gardens and grounds, a visit to this ancestral home of The Black Watch brings this glorious Regiment’s past vibrantly to life. Right outside your door, you can explore our beautiful city, with its ancient vennels and 14th Century St John’s Kirk (Chuch), situated in the cafe quarter, which has the largest collection of bells in the British Isles.  Just along the Tay is Scone Palace. Along with its majestic grounds and gardens is considered to be “the historic jewel in the crown of Scotland”. Once the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, Scone Palace is a stunning work of architecture and original home of the celebrated Stone of Scone – also known as the Stone of Destiny.

The Royal Geographic Society Scotland is located in the Fair Maid’s House, the oldest secular building in Perth. Open from April to October, you can explore the RGSS distinguished history of supporting and promoting geographical education, research and exploration.

Local historic attractions include Huntingtower and Elcho Castles, as well as ancient hill forts, including Moncrieffe Hill, offering panoramic views stretching to Fife and the Lomond Hills. The wood surrounding the fort is home to red squirrel and its diverse habitats support a fascinating range of plant life. And with two Iron Age hill forts to explore, there’s plenty of historic interest.

Historic Scotland care for and maintain over 300 fascinating properties and support the wider historic environment across Scotland. Close to Perth – Properties include Huntingtower and Elcho Castles, Abernethy Round Tower, Arbroath Abbey, Balvaird and Broughty Castles.

The National Trust for Scotland is the independent charity that protects and shares some of our country’s most precious historic places and natural landscapes on behalf of the people of Scotland. Close to Perth – Properties include Brankyln Garden, Falkland Palace, Dunkeld and The Hermitage.