Sustainable Travel in Perth City & Perthshire
Perth and Perthshire are fantastic locations to visit if you’re looking for sustainable travel options.
Cycling, walking, public transport and electric cars are all popular ways to see the best of the county, from our cities and towns to our beautiful rural landscapes.
Cycling in Perthshire
The incredible scenery of Perthshire, from its various river banks to the floral woodlands to the rolling Highland hills, are veritable invitations to ‘Cycle Perthshire’ for cyclists, mountain bikers and BMX-ers looking for a route off the beaten track
Inspired by Perthshire’s record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont, kids and adults are getting on their bikes in increasing numbers. Two national cycle routes come through Perth City, which has a growing number of cycle lanes. Route 77 stretches from Highland Perthshire all the way to Dundee, via Perth. Route 775 (Perth to Milnathort) takes you to Loch Leven, which is also a popular cycling spot. Or just pack a picnic and find your own route – you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Perth Station is a member of Bike & Go, which lets you pick up a hire bike at the station, and drop it back when you’re done. You can take your own bike onto many trains, too. Perth itself has great train links to Perthshire and UK locations.
Perth’s stunning location on the River Tay puts Perth at the very heart of Scotland’s public transport network. With regular bus and rail services to destinations across Scotland.
Getting around by bus is great value and easy, too, as you can find bus timetables and plan your journey online.
There are three Park & Ride sites in Perth & Kinross, so you won’t need to find or pay for a city parking space. Simply park up and grab a connecting bus into Perth or Kinross – or to another Scottish city such as Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen.
Perth Railway Station is a short walk from the city centre. There are regular services to and from Stirling, Dundee and Pitlochry, with a journey time of around 30 minutes. Direct trains to and from Edinburgh run at approximately two-hourly intervals. This is a lovely scenic train journey, passing along the Fife coast and through some stunning scenery in North Fife and Perthshire. From Edinburgh, the journey takes an hour and 25 minutes. The direct train to Perth from Glasgow runs hourly from Queen Street and takes around an hour.
Walking in Perthshire
Perth provides the perfect base from which to explore Perthshire’s amazing network of walks – there is something for all ages and capabilities.
Walks Around Perth
There are a wide range of short walks in and around Perth. The two major parks – North Inch and South Inch – area connected by the River Tay so take your time to explore both and enjoy the riverside walks located between them. Kinnoull Hill and Moncrieffe Hill offer further local options and wonderful views over Perth and Carse of Gowrie.
Walks around Perthshire
There are an incredible range of options within a 1-hour drive from Perth from gentle strolls through the rolling countryside, riverside walks beside the mighty River Tay to full Munros. Explore some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery with Perth as your base.
Everyone should have access to the health benefits and enjoyment that the outdoors provides. The lack of appropriate paths is one of the most significant barriers limiting access to the countryside for disabled people and families with young children. Perth and Kinross Community Trust tries to remove these barriers wherever possible.
There are a selection of walks which are suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs provided by Perth and Kinross Council, Forestry Commission Scotland, Gannochy Trust, Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust – http://www.pkct.org/news/features/90
The electric-car revolution is gathering pace, and we now have more than 30 charging points around Perthshire, with over 10 in Perth City itself, so you can leave your car to charge while you grab a coffee or stretch your legs.
Driving an electric vehicle has a positive impact on both the health and environment of Scotland, through reduced emissions. You can save on fuel costs and vehicle tax too. And with EV loans and grant support for charging facilities available in Scotland, it’s getting easier every day to go electric.