Perthshire History & Heritage

Balhousie Castle

As Scotland’s ancient capital, Perthshire is steeped in history and heritage. From the Soldier’s Leap in the North dating back to the Jacobite Rebellion to a former World War II prisoner of war camp in Comrie, you will find many significant, historical landmarks.

There’s a lot to see and learn at different sites spread right the way across the region, many of which are free to go and explore. The historical venues listed below have activities for all of the family to enjoy, and we have provided a few examples of other activities nearby for you to make a day of it!

A number of our historical sites are now award-winning visitor attractions, making them an ideal choice for children, tours and visitors keen to further investigate the wild and varied history that makes Perthshire a must-visit area for anyone interested in Scotland’s past.

So get down to celebrate the best of Perthshire’s History & Heritage and learn more about the past events that have helped to shape not just our region but also our country!

Fair Maids House

The Crannog Centre

Take a step back in time and discover what life was like in Scotland 2,500 years ago. Situated on the banks of Loch Tay, The Scottish Crannog Centre is a unique reconstruction of an ancient loch dwelling. Offering inspirational and informative stories for young explorers and historical knowledge seekers alike.

Find out more at


Open: April – October 10am – 5.30pm / Location: PH15 2HY, Loch Tay, 37 miles from Perth City Centre / Cost: £10, family ticket £32 / While You’re Here: Visit Aberfeldy where there are a host of restaurants and cafés as well as fun activities for the kids to enjoy.

Stanley Mills

Stanley Mills

Situated in a picturesque setting on the banks of the River Tay, Stanley Mills is a fascinating site steeped in industrial history. Founded in the 1780s at the height of the industrial revolution, the mill repeatedly evolved and adapted to the many changes of the textile industry before eventually closing in 1989.

Open: 9.30am – 5.30pm April – September every day. 10am – 4pm in October. Closed in winter. / Location: Stanley, 8 miles from Perth / Cost: Adult £6, Child £3.60, Young Scot Card Holder £1, Concession: £4.80 / While You’re Here: Active kids in Stanley is just a short distance away – as is the Tayside Bar and Hotel for refreshments.

Huntingtower & Elcho Castles

Explore Huntingtower Castle where Mary Queen of Scots and her husband Lord Darnley stayed during the Chaseabout Raid and uncover some dramatic periods in Scotland’s story. At Elcho Castle, imagine the comfortable life of the laird and lady who lived here at one of Scotland’s best-preserved 16th century houses.

Opening times: 1 st April – 30th September: 09:30 – 17:30, 7 days a week 1st October – 31st March: 10:00 – 16:00, Saturday to Wednesday (Huntingtower Castle) 1st October – 31st March: Closed (Elcho Castle)

Distance from Perth: Huntingtower Castle – 3miles from Perth City Centre. Elcho Castle – 5miles from Perth City Centre

Prices: Historic Scotland Member/Explorer Pass Holder – FREE, Adult – £5.00, Child aged 5-15 – £3.00, Young Scot Card holder -£1.00, Child under 5 – FREE, Concession – £4.00*
*Concession price applies if you can show proof that you’re aged
60+ or unemployed. Children under the age of 16 must be
accompanied by an adult.

While you’re here: Take in a St. Johnstone match at McDiarmid Park, a short walk from Huntingtower Castle, or head to the village of Bridge of Earn near Elcho Castle to enjoy local food and drink.


Soliders Leap & Killiecrankie

A short walk from Killiecrankie Visitor Centre, Soldier’s Leap marks the spot where a Redcoat Soldier leapt 18ft across the River Garry while fleeing the Jacobite Rebellion in 1689. The Leap is part of the National Trust’s magnificent wooded gorge and is set in the most spectacular Highland Perthshire scenery.

Open: The Visitor Centre opens April – November 10:00am – 5:00pm / Location: PH16 5LG, Killiecrankie, 30 miles from Perth City Centre. / Cost: Free / While You’re Here: Visit the Pitlochry Dam or catch a performance at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre.


Scone Palace

Scone Palace is one of Scotland’s most popular and iconic visitor attractions offering an array of unique, historic and cultural experiences. The palace always has so much going on, from events to guided tours and child friendly activities too!

Opening Times: 1st April to 31st October
Distance from Perth: 2miles from the city centre.
Prices: Palace & Grounds – Adults £11.50 (concessions available)
While you’re here: The Murray Royal Walled Garden is a short distance from Scone Palace, as is Kinnoull Hill. There are bountiful cafés and restaurants in the city centre.

Font Resize
Contrast Mode