Perth is a city in central Scotland that is home to about 50,000 people on the banks of the River Tay. It is located in the administrative region of Perth and Kinross, which is literally in the heart of the country.
The city is nicknamed The Fair City as a result of a story published in 1828, “The Fair Maid of Perth”, which was penned by Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott. Visitors can find a statue dedicated to the main character in the story on Perth’s High Street.
Perth, which also shares a namesake in Western Australia, was originally called St John’s Town in relation to the Church dedicated to St John the Baptist. The church itself is a stunning piece of Gothic architecture which was built in the 1600s.
It was once home to a booming whisky industry and while this has declined in recent years, there are still plenty of distilleries to visit in the city and the surrounding villages for a proper Scottish experience.
Another great place to visit out of the city is Scone Abbey. This medieval building is where kings of Scotland used to be crowned and take their oaths. Perth was an important city in the Middle Ages, but it was also the center stage of much violence during the reformation of the church.
These days, Perth is a big retail center that services all the outlying villages and towns in the area, but it is still known as the Gateway to the Highlands and as a result, receives a large number of tourists that are either heading up for a climbing or rambling holiday. There are many beautiful and peaceful villages around the city including Kinnesswood, Kinross and the amazingly named Muckhart. Perth is serviced by an airport with food motorway links and is about 3.5 miles away from the city center.