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!

1) Black Watch Museum

Description: Housed within the historic Balhousie Castle, The Black Watch Castle and Museum is a five-star visitor attraction close to Perth City Centre. 

Distance from Perth City Centre: Less than 1 mile

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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.

2) Loch Leven Castle

Description: Loch Leven Castle has been of enormous significance in the history of Scotland.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 18 miles

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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.

3) Perth Racecourse

 

Description: Set in the stunning parklands of Scone Palace, Perth Racecourse is Scotland’s most northerly horse- racing track.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 3 miles

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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!

4) Blair Atholl Castle

Description: 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.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 33 miles

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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.

5) Pitlochry Dam

Description: Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre provides an intriguing insight into hydro-electricity in the north of Scotland. 

Distance from Perth City Centre: 27 miles

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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.

6) The Crannog Centre

Description: Take a step back in time and discover what life was like in Scotland 2,500 years ago. 

Distance from Perth City Centre: 37 miles

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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.

7) Stanley Mills

Description: Situated in a picturesque setting on the banks of the River Tay, Stanley Mills is a fascinating site steeped in industrial history.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 7 miles

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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.

8) Soliders Leap & Killiecrankie

Description: 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.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 31 miles

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The Leap is part of the National Trust’s magnificent wooded gorge and is set in the most spectacular Highland Perthshire scenery.

9) Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Description: Set into the hills of Highland Perthshire, Pitlochry Festival Theatre holds a unique place in Scottish culture, with a talented cast and crew producing shows all-year-round guaranteed to entertain their audiences.

Distance from Perth City Centre: 27 miles

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They draw over 100,000 visitors each year from throughout the UK and abroad and their unique repertoire system allows theatre goers to enjoy a different show every night of the week!

10) Scone Palace

 

Description: Scone Palace is one of Scotland’s most popular and iconic visitor attractions offering an array of unique, historic and cultural experiences. 

Distance from Perth City Centre: 2 miles

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The palace always has so much going on, from events to guided tours and child friendly activities too!

Find Our Perthshire Visitor Attractions!

Now you know where our favourite visitor attractions in Perth are, it’s time to get out and explore! In case you aren’t familiar with Perthshire, here’s a map to help you find all the visitor attractions mentioned above.

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