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Prime Location Perth Area Guide

Perth’s Georgian buildings, rich Scottish history and perfect positioning on the River Tay go some way to explaining why it’s known far and wide as ‘the fair city’. You can walk its perimeter in an afternoon, taking in the cathedral heights, the four bridges and the views out to the surrounding woodlands of the Tayside country.

Perth has grand roots - it used to be the country’s capital - but is most popular today as either a tourist attraction or a retail centre. The main draw for the former lies two miles north of the city - Scone Palace (pronounced ‘scoon’). This monastery has a history stretching back to the first king of Scotland in 838. Of course locals are aware of this ancient past, but you’re more likely to hear about how this demure but proud little city was voted the best place to live in Britain during the 1990s. The river Tay divides Perth from north to south, with most of the city lying to the west. As with any riverbank city, there is regular flooding during the wetter months - Perth has made the national news a few times in recent years because of this.

Demographics

Just under 45,000 people live in Perth. The economy has grown from its days as a hub for the whisky industry to include a thriving insurance and banking scene.

The city has a strong economy considering its remote location, and there’s a healthy mix of large companies, SMEs, public sector organisations and self-employed business people.

Education

The schools in Perth have a decent reputation and access isn’t usually a problem.

The most highly recommended primary is Goodlyburn, while Perth Academy and Perth Grammar score highly as secondaries. There are also a few independent schools in the country surrounding the city.

Transport

Comfortably lodged in its green valley at the end of the M90, Perth is a transport hub for reaching further into Scotland. Edinburgh is an hour by road (just over an hour by train), while A roads connect the city to Glasgow and Inverness. Just outside Perth is a big roundabout, unique because it signposts to all of Scotland’s other six cities.

The train station is near South Inch park and has two direct trains per day, and one overnight, to London. Edinburgh and Aberdeen are the two closest commercial airports, although Dundee Airport, just 20 minutes away, flies to London City, Belfast and Birmingham.

Amenities and shopping

Perth’s culture scene bubbles away with a museum, an art gallery, a couple of theatres and a popular annual Festival of the Arts. Bell's Centre caters to local sports people, and the Dewar’s Centre has recently shot to fame as the main centre for curling in Scotland. There are two big beautiful parks in Perth - the North Inch and the South Inch. The Inches were given to the city in 1377 by the then king and are linked today by the riverside Tay Street.

The city’s main shopping lies along the newly invigorated pedestrianised section of High Street. You’ll find the usual suspects; major retailers are also located along St John’s Street and inside the St John’s Centre. More unique boutique shops start to appear along George Street, the Old High Street and Canal Street.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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