Perth feels like it’s in a bit of a time-warp. The centre is still dominated by the sort of small shops that give you the sense that commerce and maybe even progress is giving the town a miss. As if to confirm it, most visitors generally thunder past the town on main roads without a second glance.
Of course in some senses that’s good new, and certainly Perth’s attractive enough. It’s tree-lined stretch along the River Tay‘s a highlight, while notable historic buildings are pretty much absent from town, even if the town has a medieval heritage as evidenced by the Church of St John (1126) and the Fair Maid’s House (c.1600). Otherwise its Museum and Art Gallery has exhibits on local industry and Scottish painting and, on the edge of town, Scone Palace has embroideries by Mary, Queen of Scots.
One good place to stretch your legs is up to the folly on Kinnoull Hill (east of town; on Corsie Hill Rd; PH2 7BZ) for superb valley views.