Perth (Scotland)

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Perth is a town in Perthshire, Scotland, which lies on the banks of River Tay. Perth is popularly referred to as The Fair City, although per a redefinition of city status in the United Kingdom, it is no longer officially classed as a city [1], one of only three towns in the UK to have been declassified.


Perth st johnstone used to be Scotland's capital from the 12th century on with the important Scone Palace nearby. Nowadays it is a pretty quiet place and according to the 2001 census, the population of the town is 43,450 [2], many of whom work in financial and customer services.

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By car

Perth can be accessed from Edinburgh via the M90 from the south, Glasgow and Stirling via the A9 from the southwest, Inverness via the A9 from the north and Dundee and Aberdeen via the A90 from the east. Broxden roundabout, on the outskirts of Perth, is unique as it lists all 6 of Scotland's cities on its exit signs, as well as Crianlarich, a small settlement that must be passed through en route to major tourist centres such as Oban, Glencoe, Fort William, Mull and Iona (visitors to Scotland might be forgiven for thinking that Crianlarich is in fact a city, given the number of road signs that mention it).

By plane

The nearest commercial airports are:

By train

From Perth, trains operate to: Edinburgh, via Fife; Glasgow, via Stirling; Aberdeen, via Dundee; and Inverness, via the Highland Main Line.

The daily (overnight) Caledonian Sleeper [10] service between Inverness and London Euston and the daily East Coast Highland Chieftain [11] service between Inverness and London Kings Cross call at Perth.

The station has seven platforms, five of which are "through" platforms.

There are two entrances, both of which allow car parking. The ticket office, newsagent and café are between platforms 2 and 3. The original main concourse was between the current platforms 4 and 7 and the station was covered by a large overall roof, which still exists in a reduced form. At one time there were nine platforms as it once boasted more services in the past to serve the smaller branch lines running throughout Perthshire.

By bus

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Gardeners and botanists from all over the world come to see the outstanding plants - rhododendrons, alpines, herbaceous and peat-garden plants.

Glenshee Ski Centre offers the UK's most extensive skiing and snowboarding facilities - we hope you will enjoy our mountains of adventure.

Glenshee - adventure in the making!

Glenshee's impressive 20 lifts and 36 runs offer an amazing diversity of natural terrain for all standards of skiers and snowboarders.

There are lots of options to choose from - you can join a class, go private, hire an instructor for your group, get into race training or simply take advantage of one of our great value package deals.

The Perth Playhouse shows the latest blockbusters. The art deco style building opened in 1933 and has since gone through various refurbishments, the most recent in 1999.

Perth's water wonderland remains one of Scotland's most popular aquatic attractions. The 6 pools provide something for all ages, abilities and tastes.


There is potential for picking up seasonal work in the many restaurants, hotels and tourists attractions, particularly during the summer. There is also the nearby Cairngorms for skiing in the winter. In the rural areas surrounding Perth it is possible to earn money picking fruit or vegetables.

Unemployment is generally lower than the Scottish average, however many jobs are in retail or hospitality and so do not pay great wages. The biggest employers are Scottish and Southern Energy, Perth and Kinross Council and Aviva Insurance.



The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed with a discreet professional service.

Murrayshall provides a sanctuary for guests to enjoy their golf, business or simply pleasure in unspoiled elegance, removed from distraction or interruption.

Enjoy fine wines, cocktails and a full a la carte menu every night. Remember to drop into the Wee Bar for a drink before and after your meal!

The Bothy has built a reputation on serving quality Scottish favourites and bistro bites in a warm homely setting. Head Chef Stuart Wilson has devised a menu which will take you back to your childhood, with servings of belly fillers, heart warmers and delectable sweets.

We always provide quality food along with exceptional service which makes us one of the most popular restaurants in Perth.

Enjoy coffee and croissants for your morning break or choose from our extensive menus which includes, pizzas with a wide variety of toppings baked in a wood burning oven or Galettes filled with fresh spinach, spring onions, mascarpone and goat cheese.

Many ingredients are imported from France to give the authentic flavour to our dishes which can be enjoyed with our specially imported French Cider.

Why not come in and enjoy your meal, served by our friendly staff dressed in traditions French mariners striped tops, in a relaxing atmosphere.

Special menu for children under 12.

Kerachers is relaxed and informal, serving superb local produce cooked with imagination and flair . Owners Pamela and Peter Keracher run the front of house and kitchen respectively so ensuring a quality dining experience.

The Restaurant has 56 covers and is light and spacious thus ensuring comfort for our diners.


Be careful walking across the South Inch to or from the club as there are a few potholes on the path and it is not well lit either.


The hotel is locally known as The City Mills.

Throughout the hotel you will find the finest comfort – from the elegant restaurants to the luxury bedrooms and the calming environment of the spacious new destination spa by ESPA.

Located within an hour’s drive from the international airports of Edinburgh and Glasgow, this is a unique place to escape for business and pleasure.

The hotel has 232 spacious guest bedrooms, including a variety of luxury suites to suit all needs, tastes and desires.

Guests staying at the hotel can take advantage of the wide range of experiences around the resort. There is plenty to do, with a selection of shops to browse and free access to the leisure club, swimming pools and tennis courts.

Children can be entertained in The Playroom and older children have their own space, The Zone.

Stay safe

The local police is Tayside Police [29]. Perth is home to the Force's Western Divisional Headquarters, situated in Barrack Street. Although in the UK '999' and '112' are the numbers to call the emergency services, you may also want to take note of the direct phone number to Perth Divisional HQ : +441738 621141

Perth is generally a safe city. The town centre can get a bit rowdy on Friday and Saturday nights, and the walk across the South Inch to get to The Ice Factory nightclub can be a bit dodgy and there are often potholes that you can't see in the dark. Buses run between That Bar on South Street and the club.

Avoid the areas to the North of the North Inch, particularly along the Dunkeld Road, at night. This is also true of the Crieff Road but to a lesser extent.

The Norrie Miller riverside walk is a regular evening haunt of small gangs of apparently bored school-age teenagers.


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