The 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, running from 1 January to 31 December, is a celebration of Scotland’s people, our distinct culture and traditions, our historic landscapes, attractions, icons, as well as our hidden gems and amazing stories.

From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, 2017 is the year to explore Scotland’s fascinating past. Discover how this past has shaped the thriving Scotland we know today and its future, with its proud and welcoming spirit.

Enjoy the splendour of some of Scotland’s most famous and dramatic castles, visit your clan’s homeland, experience the breathtaking sounds of a hundred pipers skirling or stare in wonder at the ever-changing natural landscapes that have played a key part in Scotland’s history.

Discover tales of legendary kings and queens, Jacobite battles, stories handed down from one generation to the next, all set against Scotland’s unique panoramic landscapes and enriching culture.


As Scotland’s oldest and newest city, Perth provides the perfect base from which to explore everything that Perthshire has to offer. From spectcacular natural heritage to the world famous crowning place of the King of Scots at Scone Palace.

Visit the award winning Balhousie Castle, home of The Black Watch or make the short trip to Birnam Woods and walk in the woods celebrated in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Hidden gems await discovery around every corner whether it’s one of Scotland’s newest and smallest distilleries at Strathearn or the incredible Library of Innerpeffray we want to welcome you to Perth and help you explore this beautiful area of Scotland.

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