Along the banks of the River Tay in Perthshire Scotland is the town of Perth. Once called the Fair City, this historic town is no longer large enough to be considered a city by United Kingdom standards. The Perth area has been occupied since well before recorded history, some finds date back to around 4,000 BC. Thanks to its rich history there are many things to admire during your stay in Perth.
One of the sites that should be seen is the Black Watch Museum. This museum is located in the Balhousie Castle with its beautiful gardens for visitors to enjoy. The museum lays out the chronological history of the famous Black Watchmen. Visitors can view many artifacts that illustrate the history of the regiment. For the military enthusiast this is one spot that should be visited.
For those interested in the beauty of the architecture in Perth then be sure to visit the historic St. John's Kirk. This old church has been a mainstay in the city since 1159, making it the oldest surviving building in the town. While this Kirk, or church, has many historical moments in its rich history, one major moment stands out. In May of 1559 John Knox preached a sermon here. This one shining moment added impetus to the Reformation in Scotland. Tourists are welcome to attend a service during their stay, even if you don't whenever the church doors are open you are welcome to stop by and pay a visit.
For those interested in historic churches should also visit St. Ninian's Cathedral. This cathedral was one of the first to be built after the Reformation. This church may not be as old as St. John's Kirk but the beauty of the architecture is something that must be seen. Visitors can enjoy the baldacchino which lies above the altar. The morning light streams in through the east facing window and lights up the cathedral and altar area in a way that is simply breath taking.
Visitors can also tour the Perth Museum and Art Gallery. This gallery houses collections of Pictish Stones, art and other information about human history, archeology, and natural history. This museum is free to visitors and is open Monday through Saturday all year except from Christmas to the New Year.
Elcho Castle, while located a little outside of Perth, is yet another great site to see. Built in 1560 on the site of a much older castle Elcho still has a large portion accessible to visitors. Even though much of the castle is in disrepair it is still one of the best surviving examples of its time.
If you are interested in some of the local wildlife be sure to visit Perth during the first weekend in July. During this time you can attend the Game Conservancy Scottish Fair. Here you can see many demonstrations on the importance of game and other wildlife. You can witness falconry, terrier racing, and gundog competitions. Or if you are an activities person, take part in the clay pigeon shooting or fishing competitions. There are many educational exhibitions as well. Children can enjoy activities such as super jumper, go-karts and wall climbing.
Perth is steeped in history and tradition. Be sure to take the time to take in the beauty of the area during your stay.
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