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Primelocation - Perth guide
Located 50 miles north of Edinburgh, Scotland, lies Perth, a city with a rich history ready to be explored. It was once the country's capital, and recently had its city status reinstated by HRH Queen Elizabeth II during her 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Its heritage as an important UK location means there are many historical sites to visit, including the legendary Stone of Destiny at Scone Palace.
There's also a lot of stunning countryside to enjoy in the acres surrounding the city centre. The city is set amongst vast rural areas and is located on the bank of Scotland's longest river, the River Tay, meaning there are plenty of scenic walks to be had in the local area.
According to the 2014 Census, Perth has approximately 50,000 inhabitants. Approximately 22% of these are aged between 30 and 44 years old, making this the largest age bracket in the city.
There are good employment rates in Perth, with 57.10% of the working-age population (those aged between 16 and 74 years) in full-time employment. A further 12.90% are in part-time employment, 6.08% are self-employed, and 5.21% are students.
There's a wide range of education options available for families living in Perth. One of the most popular primary schools is Craigie, which includes a nursery for pre-school-aged children. According to Education Scotland, the school has above average attendance, much like its neighbour, Moncreiffe Primary School. Both schools benefit from small rosters – 215 and 199 pupils respectively – which allow for favourable class sizes.
There are also several secondary schools in the area, including Perth Grammar School and Perth High School, which received a favourable report from Education Scotland. For further education, students have the option of staying local with Perth College, which is a distance-learning branch of the University of the Highlands and Islands. Alternatively, the renowned University of Edinburgh is only a one-hour drive away.
Perth is easily accessible by both car and public transport. Those choosing to drive in have the option to utilise the city's Park and Ride facilities. As well as frequent services running to and from the famed tourist attraction, Scone Palace. There's also a service that runs from Glasgow Road directly into the city centre.
Visitors can also take the train into Perth, with direct trains to and from Edinburgh leaving approximately every two hours. The route leads along the stunning Fife Coast, and takes approximately one and a half hours. There are also local train services to Dundee, Stirling and Pitlochry – which each take around 30 minutes – and an hourly service arriving from Glasgow.
Opposite the train station is Perth Bus Station, which runs multiple services both within the city and surrounding areas.
Amenities and shopping
One of the most popular locations for shopping in Perth is St John's Shopping Centre. Here, you'll find approximately 30 retailers with something to suit every need, as well as food and drink outlets. You can also choose to sample traditional Scottish fare at one of the many local restaurants in the city centre, including the popular restaurant known as ‘The Post Box’.
There are plenty of entertainment options for locals and visitors alike. The Leisure Pool is a popular choice for families, as is the Perth Museum & Art Gallery. On nice days, a stroll through Branklyn Gardens is not to be missed and, of course, the Scone Palace is a must-see as a hub of much of the city's historical heritage.
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