Long-established on an old fording place of the mighty River Tay, Perth was once one of the most important of Scottish burghs or trading communities. Today its handsome Georgian architecture and its riverside setting still make it one of Scotland’s most attractive towns.
The Roman fort of Bertha is the earliest reminder of the strategic importance of Perth. Because of the navigable Tay, the mediaeval city traded directly with Europe- a story explored in the imposing Perth Museum and Art Gallery.
Today, Perth has an air of prosperity, servicing, like a large market town, a mostly well-heeled rural hinterland on both sides of the Highland line. The parkland on its extensive ‘Inches’ – grassy levels by the river – add to the relaxed ambience. Its downtown grid of shopping streets centres on the ancient Kirk of St John that has marked the heart of the community since mediaeval times. It also gives the place its other title ‘St John’s Toun’ – recalled in the name of its local football team. As well as its museum and art gallery, the city’s attractions include the Black Watch Museum, with Branklyn Garden and Scone Palace also within easy reach.