This afternoon, I had the opportunity to visit the City of Perth, which was once the capital of Scotland (in medieval times).

Perth is the county ‘capital’ of Perthshire, the latter being an area I know very well and regularly visit in course of my tours of Scotland. However, from a touring perspective I don’t consider that Perth itself has a great deal to offer the visitor and hence rarely visit. Today, I had the benefit of unusually sunny weather and as can be seen from the images below Perth is prosperous and boast some interesting architecture. The city has a population of about 45,000, is well endowed with churches and sits on the banks of the mighty River Tay (Scotland’s longest river system) which has flooded the area in the past.

Here is an interesting art deco design close to the Bus Station

Art Deco Theatre

St John’s is located close to the centre.

St John's Kirk

The Museum and Art Gallery can trace its origins back to 1784. The current collection extends to some 500,000 objects.

Perth Museum and Art Gallery

This, Smeaton’s Bridge spans the Tay and dates from 1771.

Smeaton's Bridge

This is the St Matthew’s Church of Scotland (Presbyterian).

St. Matthew's Church

River Tay at Perth

River Tay

Perth Sheriff Court. This is equivalent to a magistrates court.

Sheriff Court

This gallery was formerly Perth Waterworks and dates from 1832

Fergusson Gallery

This impressive church is located close to open parkland and the river. 

St Leonard's-in-the-Fields

Overall, Ienjoyed my quick walking tour around Perth which benefited from the unusual sunshine. In the distance, hilltops were covered bya light layer of snow.

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