Car-free adventures aroundPerthPerth and Kinross

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Visit Scone Palace where Scottish monarchs were crowned. Stroll by the River Tay and see the Black Watch Museum. Ride the bus out of town to one of Scotland’s finest gardens at Drummond Castle. Perth is an ideal place for a staycation and you can get there by train or by bus from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Clean, cool stagecoach buses with free wi-fi also make the journey hourly and all routes from the south start with a spectacular crossing of the Forth Bridge. Scroll to the end for a little more information for people planning a holiday in Perth.

  • County: Perth and Kinross
  • Great for: art | birds | castles | gardens | history | scenic bus and train |
  • Refreshments: pubs, cafes and restaurants
  • Please note: researched/updated April 2021. If anything’s changed or you have tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
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  1. 3. Ride to Drummond Castle

    A fifty minute bus ride through the countryside will bring you to Drummond Castle near Crieff, where some of Scotland’s most spectacular formal gardens are laid out at the end of a beautiful beech avenue.

    • Bus 15 leaves from the bus station or from South Street and sets off out of Perth.
    • From the bus window, there are rolling woods and valleys, 15th century Huntingtower Castle above fields of sheep or the circular towers of Methven Castle on its wooded hill.
    • It may be a mile-long walk from the gate of Drummond Castle to the gardens, but it runs along a fairy-tale avenue of beech trees – especially glorious in autumn – with views over the woods and lakes to the hills beyond.
  1. Buses and places to stay

    A few more tips if you’re planning a trip to Perth

    • A plusbus ticket gives you unlimited bus travel in the area on the day you arrive by rail. Buy it at the same time as your train ticket. It will get you to Scone Palace, Branklyn Gardens or Huntingtower Castle.
    • If you’re staying more than a couple of days, Stagecoach offers various weekly tickets.
    • The upmarket Townhouse does B&B in an elegant Georgian terraced mansion just five minutes’ stroll from the station along park-side Marshall Place. (doubles from £105, B&B).
    • Or there’s glamping near Scone Palace  (from £27/night).
    • There are loads of great places to eat too. You could sit down to a three-course lunch at North Port (£19) or pick up a picnic from Provender Brown deli: wild hearth sourdough, ham from Puddledub in Fife or nutty Lanark White cheese, made from raw ewes’ milk.
  • Tree seen on Car-free adventures around Perth and Kinross