Known as the Fair City, Perth sits on the banks of the River Tay, surrounded by scenic countryside – and Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scotland’s monarchs.
Perth train station delivers you right to the leafy centre of things: South Inch park is a tranquil introduction to the city. It’s a small and compact city, and its Georgian cobbled streets are perfect for exploring on foot. Get a feel for the city’s grand past in its various castles and gardens, and explore its art and culture at the museum and art gallery.
Perth is surrounded by some of Scotland’s most scenic countryside. Whether you’re arriving from the stark hills and heather of the Highlands, or the bustling central belt, you’ll see the landscape get noticeably greener as you travel through the lush Perthshire farmland. And remember: taking the train gives you exclusive access to great offers, from free tickets for kids to 2 for 1 entry to top attractions.
Getting to and from Perth by train
- Aberdeen to Perth – approx 1 hour 35 minutes
- Edinburgh to Perth – approx 1 hour 35 minutes
- Glasgow to Perth – approx 1 hour
- Inverness to Perth – approx 2 hours 10 minutes
One or two days in Perth
Scone Palace is the star attraction in Perth: once the crowning place of Scotland’s monarchs, the palace has a unique collection of porcelain, ivories and French furniture – as well as a replica of the Stone of Destiny, used in coronations until the 13th century.
Perth’s pretty streets, parks and gardens have plenty to offer too – and you could easily spend a day exploring here. There are a number of excellent restaurants and bars, and the theatre and concert hall keep the city’s cultural scene going.
Perth’s leisure pool is one of the best in Scotland, with huge slides, and an outdoor lagoon for al fresco swimming.
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Days out from Perth
Take the train up to Pitlochry or Aviemore to explore the Cairngorms National Park: perfect for hiking, biking, and skiing, as well as fast-paced whitewater activities. Closer to home, there’s Action Glen in Crieff, with everything from quad bike safaris to treetop adventures.
Take the train along the banks of the Tay to Dundee (approx 25 minutes), and explore this fascinating old port town. It’s rapidly becoming Scotland’s cultural centre – with the new V&A museum development and a leading programme of arts and culture. Further up the east coast you’ll find Aberdeen (approx 1 hour 35 minutes from Perth), with its busy harbour, imposing architecture, and links to Orkney and Shetland.
Travelling from Perth?
Take the short journey to Dundee, or carry on up the east coast to Aberdeen. For a taste of the Highlands, head up to Pitlochry or Aviemore, the places to go for plenty of outdoor adventures. A little further on you’ll find Inverness – and the two scenic rail journeys of Kyle of Lochalsh and the Far North Line.
Ways to save...
- Spirit of Scotland travel pass: 1-2 weeks of train, ferry and coach travel covering the whole country
- Rail & Sail: combine train and ferry travel into one ticket for more convenience and better value
- Kids Go Free: travel off-peak and up to two children aged 5-15 can travel free with each adult
- Railcards: see if you could save with a national or regional Railcard