Reasons to visit Perth
Once Scotland's ancient capital, The City of Perth is surrounded by glorious countryside and steeped in history, making Woodcroft House an excellent base from which to explore the delights of Perthshire. The Scottish Highlands, The Trossachs and indeed the rest of Scotland are all within easy reach.
There is an abundance of local walking routes including Kinnoull Hill which is accessed from Woodcroft House garden. Kinnoull Hill offers stunning views over The Carse of Gowrie with the River Tay meandering into the distance.
Plenty of history can be found on Perth's doorstep, including Blair Castle and Scone Palace. Why not take a walk along the North Inch in Perth itself, the location of the Battle of The Clans in 1396, and once home to medieval witch hunts and horse raceing.
A visit to the Glenturret Distillery in Crieff, Scotland’s oldest distillery, offers you the chance to learn about the whisky making process and sample the final product for yourself, with the option of the guided tour. If you fancy sampling a bit more whisky, Blair Athol is a short distance from Perth, based in Pitlochry.
The Caithness Glass Centre is a memorable day out where you can enjoy watching the glassmakers turning molten glass into world renowned paperweights, and where the visitor centre offers you time to relax and browse the tourist information centre. For more information please visit www.caithnessglass.co.uk
Within the town, Perth Museum and Art Gallery is well worth a visit or pop down to Horsecross, Perth’s Concert Hall, where you will find an electric programme bringing together international acts such as Jools Holland, the English Touring Opera, and Ruby Wax with some of Scotland’s best performers, family shows, exhibitions and much more. Perth Dance Festival gives local dance schools the change to shine in ‘The Great Big Dance Show’. To find out more details visit www.horsecross.co.uk
There is nothing quite like a day at the races. Perth Racecourse hosts some of Scotland and UK’s most thrilling horseracing. From the sound of hooves thundering down the track, to the anticipation of the crowd as the excitement builds, you will find an electrifying atmosphere that is enjoyed by people from all walks of life. Ladies dressed in hats and heels, trendy tweeds, the fashionistas and the happy racing punters all throw themselves into the exhilarating fun of a race day! Perth Racecourse attracts some of the finest jockeys, horses, owners and trainers from UK and Ireland which always makes for outstanding racing. Race meetings at Perth are a fantastic mix of daytime, evening & twilight fixtures and all include a minimum of 6 jump races around the stunning track set in the parklands of Scone Palace. Book your tickets via www.perth-races.co.uk
Perth & Kinross is a land locked region so there’s no links golf played here. Instead, there are some wonderful tracks of moorland, heathland and parkland terrain to be found and it’s on some of these prime sites where top tracks like the three 18-hole layouts at Gleneagles or the two 18-hole courses at Blairgowrie have been laid out. Around forty clubs and societies come under the auspices of Perth & Kinross County Golf Union and many of these clubs operate from little 9-hole courses tucked away in the glens of the Perthshire hills. There are more than a dozen of these wee charmers dotted around the area and it’s worth taking the time and trouble to turn off the beaten track to discover these hidden gems. Then of course there is St Andrew’s, where golf has been played for over 600 years.
Take a 5-10 minute stroll from Woodcroft House across the bridge, admire the stunning river views and you will find yourself outside one of Perth’s main shopping precincts where you will find everything on offer from big name high street stores to individual and distinctive locally managed shops. You will find top designer fashions in McEwans of Perth, or why not choose one of over 100 handmade sporrans from Janet Eagleton in George Street.
There are some exceptional restaurants, cafés and bars to enjoy a meal or a drink. North Port, the Bothy, Grand Italia, Deans, PigHalle, Willows, Brown & Blacks to name just a few. All serve a different style of cuisine from modern Scottish, traditional Italian and French, bistro style, and gourmet pub.
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