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Destination guide

Experience Perth in holiday lettings

Whether you call it St John’s Town or The Fair City, Perth continues to be a popular holiday destination for travellers from all over the world. Located on the banks of the River Tay, Perth is packed full of exciting attractions suitable for the whole family, no matter what their interests are. Venture to The Fair City yourself from holiday lettings, and discover why the nickname derived from the novel ‘The Fair Maid of Perth’ is so fitting for this elegant, historical city.

History

Historical sites near your Perth holiday rental

As a city that dates back centuries, Perth features numerous historical sites near your holiday rental. If you head to the outskirts of town, you can visit the Scone Palace. This palace is known primarily for being the place where Scottish kings were crowned, and it’s open for tours. Not only is the palace itself a shining example of medieval architecture, but the surrounding grounds and gardens are vibrant and full of colourful flora. You may also want to visit the Black Watch Castle and Museum, a historic castle dating back to the 12th century where you can step inside and learn about the Black Watch regiment. In addition to the museum, there’s a cafe inside as well. For a spookier historical experience, you can visit the Greyfriars Burial Ground, home to the iconic Weeping Woman statue.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Perth

Are you looking for things to do in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Perth a fun place to get away to. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • North Inch Golf Course (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Perth Racecourse (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Gleneagles (14.4 mi / 23.1 km)
  • Gleneagles Golf Course (14.5 mi / 23.4 km)
  • Knockhill Racing Circuit (18.5 mi / 29.8 km)
  • Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre (20.6 mi / 33.1 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventure near Perth holiday cottages

There’s no shortage of outdoor fun near Perth holiday cottages. Kinnoull Hill is an iconic park in the area with numerous walking trails along the River Tay and through forests of pine trees. From the top of the hill, you can gaze out toward the historical city for breathtaking scenic views. You may also want to visit one of the two parks in town called the North Inch and South Inch. They’re not small, either, as the ‘inch’ in their name comes from the Gaelic word for meadow. That’s exactly what you’ll find at these parks, too, as both feature long, flat stretches of green that are perfect for an afternoon picnic or relaxing stroll. For more of a challenge, you can try to conquer Moncreiffe Hill, featuring numerous walking paths to the top, some of which are notably difficult.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Perth

Nature lovers will enjoy Perth for its pristine countryside, beautiful gardens and stunning river views. Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Perth is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Birnam Oak (12.5 mi / 20.1 km)
  • Balado Park (12.7 mi / 20.5 km)
  • The Hermitage (13.1 mi / 21.1 km)
  • Loch of the Lowes (13.4 mi / 21.5 km)
  • Camperdown Country Park (16.8 mi / 27 km)
  • Lochee Park (16.8 mi / 27 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Perth

Fly into Dundee (DND), the closest airport, located 15.9 mi (25.5 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Edinburgh (EDI), which is 31.1 mi (50 km) away.

If you prefer train travel, the main station serving the city is Perth Station.

How to get around

Transport to and around Perth holiday homes

Getting to holiday homes in Perth is fairly easy thanks to Dundee Airport, which is about a 20-minute drive from town. Because it’s only a regional airport, you’ll likely have to stop in Edinburgh or Glasgow first if you’re travelling from a significant distance. Londoners are lucky, however, as there is a direct flight to Dundee from London City. If you take the train in, you can stop directly in town at Perth Station. Numerous bus routes can get you to Perth from virtually anywhere in the U.K. as well. Once you’re in town, there are local bus services that can get you around town, along with a park-and-ride system to reduce congestion. Taxis are available as well, and there are car hires if you want to explore some of the surrounding areas.

Events

Events near Perth villa rentals

Perth is a lively city with numerous annual festivals near villa rentals, so consider timing your trip to coincide with an event you won’t want to miss. If you visit near the end of May, you can enjoy the Perth Festival of the Arts. Here you can enjoy opera and classical-music performances just as the festival creators intended 45 years ago, while the modern iteration also features more-contemporary artists. Visual artists will also be around to show off their talents as well. If you visit during the right weekend in June, you can attend the Solas Festival. This is yet another music and arts festival, but its primary focus is inclusivity and tolerance. It still shows off brilliant works of art such as music and paintings, but they’re all placed in their proper cultural context to allow for a greater understanding. As an added bonus, children younger than 11 get in free.

How many holiday rentals are available around Perth?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 489 holiday lettings around Perth. From 270 cottages to 86 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Perth?

There's nothing quite like the refreshing stillness of rural life. No traffic whizzing by or honking cars. Just you and the serenity of the countryside! HomeAway has 140 rural getaway properties in this destination. Open to other suggestions? HomeAway has heaps of other property options to browse through, including:

  • 51 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 34 riverside holiday accommodation options.
  • 32 town holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Perth?

You can forget about standardized, cookie cutter hotel rooms. Our house holiday rentals each have their own unique personalities — and all the space you could need! There are 206 houses currently listed on HomeAway. Prices start at £69 a night. If that doesn't match your group's taste, we've got a range of other self-catering accommodation options to select from, such as:

  • Cottage: 181 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £53 per night.
  • Apartment: 95 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £25 per night.
  • Hotel: 53 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £29 per night.

Can I stay in Perth in a large group?

The recipe for an unforgettable holiday is chilling out with loved ones in a fantastic new place. If you'll be hitting the road with a large group, HomeAway can help you. The top option for large groups here are house holiday rentals, and there are 44 available. In and around the area, the properties that can accommodate large groups include:

  • Are you searching for rentals that can house 6 of you? We have 361 that will fit the bill. Prices begin from just £72 per night.
  • After a place for 8 guests? We have 142 that will suit. You can get one for as little as £99 per night.
  • Planning a trip away with a group of 5? We offer 124 rental accommodation that will be perfect. Prices begin at just £77 per night.

You and all your besties will be well catered to when you book your Perth adventure with us!