GOOD THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN PERTH
A LITTLE WALK - KINNOULL HILL
This small lump on the earth's surface is right on Perth's
doorstep, about one mile to the east. There are woodland walks aplenty,
and if you have the energy and make it to the craggy top you will be
rewarded by astonishing views over all the land around the wide River
Tay. A word of caution: do not under any circumstances be tempted to get
too near the sheer rocky drop to get a better photograph of the tower;
the risk is far too great.
ELCHO CASTLE AND ORCHARD
Located on the southern bank of the River Tay, Elcho Castle is about 5 miles to the east
of Perth, not far from Rhynd. Might take a little effort to get there,
and it's only open in the summer, but it's worth it. In
fact, even if there wasn't a castle the journey would be worth it for
the orchard alone. It's a special apple orchard, with lots of different
varieties of apples, much more than we ever get to see in our shops.
Some are sour cookers, and others delicately sweet eaters. It is utterly
delightful to wander around this orchard, set in its picturesque
location, and do nothing more complicated or taxing than admire the
wonderful variety of this fruit. Absolute heaven.
SCONE PALACE, SCONE PARK
Scottish kings have been crowned here from the times of the Picts
right up to the 13th century when the English stole the stone used in
the ceremony. The stone (stolen back from them in the 20th century - a
copy sits on display at
) was itself very special, and
said to be the very pillow on which Jacob slept when he had his vision
of the ladder (I think we'll leave that there because I'm starting to
think about Jack and the bean-stock and getting very confused indeed).
[Only opens 1st April to 31st October - 2011 times.]
PERTH MUSEUM & ART GALLERY, 78 GEORGE STREET
This is one of the oldest museums in the country, and essentially an
exhibit itself. We just don't erect magnificent buildings like this any
more, and Perth appears to have more than its fair share of such
wondrous structures. The Fergusson Gallery, for example, down by the river in Marshall
Place was, I believe, originally built as a storage vessel for water.
Externally, it's a work of art, just like Perth Museum & Art Gallery. That's the Victorians for you.