Perthshire Visitor Attractions
There are some world-class visitor attractions in Perth – and we’ve selected just a small sample of what’s on offer!
Whether you want to see the iconic Black Watch Museum or watch the sport of kings at Perth Racecourse, there’s certainly plenty to do. All of the attractions are just a short drive from the city centre making it the perfect hub! Each attraction has its own unique points that make it an unforgettable experience for all!
There’s plenty to do to make a day of it as well – and we’ve suggested some things to do nearby to
each of the attractions. From Pitlochry in Highland Perthshire to Loch Leven near Kinross, there’s no
shortage of things to do!
Black Watch Museum
Housed within the historic Balhousie Castle, The Black Watch Castle and Museum is a five-star visitor attraction close to Perth City Centre. A visit to the ancestral home of the Black Watch brings the history of Scotland’s oldest Highland Regiment to life. Pop into the Castle Gift Shop for a unique shopping experience, or try the delicious seasonal menu in the on-site Café.
Opening Times: April to October – 9:30AM to 4:30PM, November to March – 10AM to 4:00PM
Distance from Perth: Less than a mile from Perth City Centre
Prices: Standard admission – £8.00 (concessions available) Guided tour – £12.50 (concessions available)
While you’re here: Take a stroll around the North Inch parklands, or visit the nearby Perth Museum and Art Gallery.
Loch Leven Castle
Loch Leven Castle has been of enormous significance in the history of Scotland. Situated on the middle of an island in the loch itself, you can take a boat over and browse the tranquil island at your leisure, and explore the castle where Mary Queen of Scots was once imprisoned.
Opening Times: 1 st April to 31 st October
Distance from Perth: 18miles from the city centre.
Prices: £7.50 for adults (concessions available).
While you’re there: Go for a walk along the Loch Leven Heritage Trail or visit the Loch Leven Nature Reserve.
Set in the stunning parklands of Scone Palace, Perth Racecourse is Scotland’s most northerly horse- racing track. With a top-quality racing calendar – including the now infamous Ladies Day and City of Perth Gold Cup – as well as live music events, exhibitions and weddings, Perth Racecourse has so many exciting things to offer!
Opening Times: Open 365 days a year! Racing calendar is available online.
Distance from Perth: 4miles from the city centre.
Prices: Vary depending on event.
While you’re here: Perth Racecourse is a short distance from Perth City Centre with buses running regularly on race days. See live music in the Green Room or Twa Tams, or head to That Bar and Loft for an after race party!
Blair Atholl Castle
Home to the Atholl family for over 700 years, Blair Atholl Castle has a rich and diverse history witnessing both turbulent and peaceful times in Highland Perthshire. With guided and self-guided tours, the stunning Hercules Garden and castle grounds, kids’ activities, pony trekking and more – there’s plenty of exploring to do at this iconic attraction near Pitlochry.
Opening times: 30th March – 31st October from 9:30AM – 5:30PM, 7 days a week
Prices: From £12.00 (concessions available) Prices vary depending on activities
Distance from Perth: 34 miles from Perth City Centre
While you’re here: Head into nearby Pitlochry and enjoy some of the local food and drink!
Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre provides an intriguing insight into hydro-electricity in the north of Scotland. There are a number of exhibitions on show about the Dam and also the Fish Ladder – where thousands come to watch the salmon swim up river to their breeding ground.
Opening Times: Open 7 days from 9:30am to 5:30pm
Distance from Perth: 26miles from the city centre.
While you’re here: If you’re feeling adventurous – try the Highland Fling Bungee jump in Killiecrankie! There are a number of cafés and restaurants in Pitlochry for refreshments.