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.
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 (see below) 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
One of the more fuel-efficient or alternative-fuelled vehicles on the market could cut your carbon emissions, fuel bills and vehicle tax. Plus the most eco-friendly cars don’t require vehicle tax at all.
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.