Perthshire Visitor information
An Introduction to Perthshire
Perthshire has Perth as its county town but most of its heritage and essence can be discovered in and around its other towns such as Aberfeldy, Crieff, Forgandenny, Blairgowrie and Coupar Angus. The county is land locked but crossed by many well-known rivers and affords the county to spread from rich agricultural straths in the east, to the high mountains of the southern Highlands. As such the area is very popular for some of its buildings, the beautiful scenery and the abundant flora and fauna.
Things to do in Perthshire
Perthshire is home to Kinnoull Hill Woodland Parkand the crowning place of the Scottish Kings, Scone Palace and Blair Castle. Also in the the region is the Famous Grouse Whisky Distillery. Lochleven held Mary Queen of Scots for a year in 1567.
Getting to Perthshire
Perthshire has seven railway stations with rail links to the south through both Edinburgh and Glasgow. Some direct services from London taking less than six and a half hours.
Glasgow Airport is only 75 minutes drive from Perthshire, while Edinburgh is less than ½ hour away.
By Coach and Bus
A network of coaches link Perthshire with every city and major town in Britain Citylink including CityLink and National Express.
From England you can travel on the A1 into Scotland or come up the west of the country using the M6, A74(M) and M74. It takes around 6 - 8 hours to get from London to Glasgow.
Prior to local government reorganisation in 1975 historic Perthshire extended further south and west to include the towns of Aberfoyle, Callander, Dunblane, Doune and Killin plus the famous Trossachs.
The whole county is steeped in history from the Romans to the Picts and Celts. Historic figures such as Pontius Pilot, Ossian, Macbeth, William Wallace, Robert Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, John Knox, Montrose, Rob Roy Macgregor, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Robert Burns are all associated with the region.
Throughout history there have been many battles fought throughout the area and this increased the need for castles to be built. Many still remain today and are open to the public.
Universities in Perthshire