Elegantly arranged along the Tay, Perth is a pleasant city with large tracts of parkland surrounding an easily navigated centre. The Scottish Parliament once sat here and, but for the murder of James I at Blackfriars monastery in 1437, Perth might have been the capital of Scotland. Instead it built its fortune on the weaving, dyeing, fishing and brewing industries, and gave the country some of its most famous brand names, including Pullars (dry cleaning), Dewars and Bells (both whisky). To learn more about the city's history, pick up the Walks Around Historic Perth booklet at the museum.
On the outskirts lies Scone Palace, a country house of staggering luxury built alongside the ancient crowning place of Scotland's kings. The palace is a must-see, and the town itself – known as the Fair City – is endowed with fine galleries and good restaurants, and is within easy striking distance of Edinburgh and Glasgow.