SmartTRAVEL: Perth, Scotland

As Commonwealth countries vie for gold and glory in Glasgow, we go beyond the sporting action to bring you sights and sounds of scenic Scotland

SmartTRAVEL: Perth, Scotland
What to SEE

Kinnoull Hill

From the hills 222m south-facing cliff summit, views are afforded of the River Tay, the Friarton Bridge, and a stretch of the Tay Coast railway line. Further to the south, Moncreiffe Hill can be seen. On an outcrop a few hundred yards to the east of, but visible from, the summit is Kinnoull Tower. Built in 1829 by Lord Grey of Kinfauns as a romantic folly, the tower, along with nearby Binn Tower, is accessible via a footpath.

Scone Palace

Acategory A listed historic house at Scone, this crowning place of no less than 42 Scottish kings, was constructed in 1808 for the earls of Mansfield by William Atkinson. Built of red sandstone, it is a classic example of the late Georgian Gothic style. It offers an extensive collection of 18th century French furniture, Queen Victoria's boudoir and many other exhibits.

Branklyn Garden

Described as one of the finest two acres of private garden in Scotland, this has an extensive collection of rare and unusual plants, predominantly from China, Tibet and Bhutan. Among the most breathtaking are the Himalayan poppies, Meconopsis. There is also an impressive collection of original plants collected by the famous plant collecting team Ludlow and Sheriff.

Where to EAT

Firewater Grille restaurant

The concept behind Firewater Grille is to create an interactive dining experience for diners at a reasonable price. It comprises spacious leather booths and round dining tables offering breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner. Ordering tips? Try the panini, Manjimup marron and scallop crepe, Tasmanian salmon and salted belly pork.

Where to SHOP

Subiaco

Head into the heart of the suburbs like Subiaco, Claremont and Cottesloe for particularly fashionable shopping. Most of the activity in Subiaco is centred on Hay Street and Rokeby Road offering a wide mix of fashion, homeware and department stores.

THE PICK: Elcho Castle

Located a short distance above the south bank of the River Tay, four miles from Perth, this castle has a Z-plan tower house, with fragments of a surrounding wall with corner towers. It was built on the site of an older structure dating back to 1560 AD, and a large portion of it is accessible to tourists.

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