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Getting to Lowland Perthshire & Kinross

The A9 cuts across the region through Perth and Dunkeld. It's the fast route to to Inverness, and can be very busy, especially at weekends. The road is being upgraded to dual carriageway throughout its length, with completion scheduled for 2025; in the meantime, roadworks may cause delays.

Trains run alongside the A9, destined for Inver­ness. Another line connects Perth with Stirling (to the south) and Dundee (to the east). (There are no useful services for this region on the Kirkcaldy–Leuchars line.)

Perth is the hub for regional bus routes linking to Blairgowrie, Crieff, Kinross and St Fillans.

Health and safety


  • Comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended.
  • Some policies specifically exclude dangerous activities such as scuba diving, motorcycling, skiing and even trekking: read the fine print.
  • Check that the policy covers ambulances or an emergency flight home.
  • Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
  • If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.
  • Paying for your airline ticket with a credit card often provides limited travel accident insurance – ask your credit card company what it is prepared to cover.
  • Worldwide travel insurance is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-insurance. You can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.
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