Explore Historical Perthshire

Perthshire is steeped in history and is home to many of Scotland’s great stories, battles and significant events.   From the majesty of Scone Palace, the crowning place of Scottish Kings, to the superstitious carvings of the Picts you will find an absorbing time awaits you in historical Perthshire, Scotland’s ancient capital.

If you plan to unravel some of Scotland’s history this summer, then make sure to include these fascinating attractions in your itinerary. Many are just a short drive from the bustling Perth City Centre which makes a fantastic base from which to tour the area.

Whilst you’re here make sure you do a little shopping with our fabulous Perth City Indies, enjoy a meal, drink or light bite, or book into one of the many events, shows and exhibitions that gives Perthshire its worthy place on Scotland’s cultural stage.

Historical Perthshire - The Black Watch Castle and Museum

Black Watch Castle and Museum - Perth

The Black Watch Museum is housed in the historic Balhouise Castle. The origins of the Castle are said to date back to the 12th century. Their Five Star Museum shares the story of the iconic Black Watch Regiment, Scotland’s Premier Highland Regiment. The Castle gift shop offers a wide range of products from handpicked Scottish gifts to regimental mementos. In their award winning café they offer a delicious menu selection using fresh locally sourced produce. The unique and compelling location also offers after hours private dining, exclusive use of the Castle alongside with group and bespoke tour.

Time From Perth & Transport Options

  • Short walk from Perth City Centre.
  • Car parking available.

Booking & Price

  • Adults £7.50 £12.50
  • Concession £6.00 £10.00
  • Children £3.50 £7.50
  • Flexible Family Ticket (max 2 adults 4 children) £18.00
  • Black Watch Association, serving Black Watch Battalion & Royal Regiment of Scotland
    (please show membership card/id) FREE £5.00
  • Friends (please show membership card) FREE £5.00

Contact Details

Hay St, Perth, PH1 5HR


Phone: 01738 638152

Historical Perthshire - Dunfallandy Stone

Dunfallandy Stone - Pitlochry

The Dunfallandy Stone is a Pictish cross slab that is thought to have been carved around the 8th century.

A cross divided into panels of interlaced ornament and flanked by angels and beasts can be seen on the front, while on the back, framed by two serpents, are seated figures to either side of a cross, a horseman, tools and five mysterious Pictish symbols.

Time From Perth & Transport Options

  • Car – 42 minutes
  • Train – 30 minutes
  • Bus -1 hour 30 minutes

Booking & Price


Contact Details

Dunfallandy, Pitlochry, PH16 5NA



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Perthshire Events

Historical Perthshire - Stanley Mills

Stanley Mills - Stanley near Perth

Stanley Mills is a unique complex of water-powered cotton mills situated on a majestic bend in the River Tay.

Get hands-on in one of their most dynamic sites. Picturesquely sited on the banks of the Tay, Stanley Mills were founded to process cotton at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the 1780s, repeatedly adapted to changes in the textile industry, and finally closed in 1989.

Time From Perth & Transport Options

  • Car – 22 minutes
  • Bus – 40 minutes

Booking & Price

  • Adult (aged 16-59) £5.50
  • Concession (aged 60+) £4.40
  • Child (aged 5-15) £3.30
  • Child Under 5 (aged 0-4) £0.00

Contact Details

Mill Brae, Stanley PH1 4QE
Phone: 01738 828268
Historical Perthshire - Scone Palace

Scone Palace - Scone by Perth

Nestled in the outskirts of Perth and on the banks of the silvery Tay, sits Scone Palace, one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations. Famous for being the crowning place of Scottish Kings, this iconic landmark welcomes over 100,000 visitors annually to experience a combination of unique, historic and cultural experiences both inside the Palace and in the spectacular Grounds and Gardens.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary as a visitor attraction in 2016, this year Scone Palace is offering all visitors the opportunity to upgrade their Palace and Grounds Entrance Ticket to a Palace and Grounds Season Ticket at no extra charge, meaning visitors can enjoy unlimited entry throughout the season, until October 31st, 2016.

Time From Perth & Transport Options

  • 8 minutes in car
  • 20 minutes in bus
  • walk in 45 minutes
  • cycle in 15 minutes
  • Car parking available and coaches welcome

Booking & Price

Prices are available for grounds only and grounds and palace entry.

Private tours can also be arranged on request.

Book online or phone (especially for larger groups) or pay on the day.

Contact Details

Scone Palace, Perth, PH2 6BD


Phone: 01738 552300

Historical Perthshire - Blair Castle

Blair Castle - Blair Atholl

Discover Blair Castle and go on a journey into the fascinating past of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Unique amongst Scottish castles, the story told here will take you from a visit by Mary Queen of Scots to the Civil War, and from the Jacobite cause to the disaster of Culloden following Bonnie Prince Charlie’s own stay in the castle. You’ll also learn how Queen Victoria’s famous stay led to the creation of Europe’s only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Enjoy the magnificent grounds and the restored 18th century, nine-acre, walled garden.

Time From Perth & Transport Options

  • Car – 48 minutes
  • Train – 45 minutes

Booking & Price

Prices for House and House & Garden

  • Adults £10.70 £5.90
  • Seniors £9.10 £5.90
  • Students (with I.D) £9.10 £5.90
  • Children (5-16 Years) £6.40 £2.70
  • Family Ticket (2 adults & 3 children) £28.90 £14.70

Contact Details

Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH18 5TL


Phone: 01796 481355

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