The River Tay at Perth
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  GOOD THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN PERTH
A LITTLE WALK - KINNOULL HILL
This small lump on the earth's surface is right on Perth's doorstep, about one mile to the east. There are woodland walks aplenty, and if you have the energy and make it to the craggy top you will be rewarded by astonishing views over all the land around the wide River Tay. A word of caution: do not under any circumstances be tempted to get too near the sheer rocky drop to get a better photograph of the tower; the risk is far too great.
ELCHO CASTLE AND ORCHARD
Located on the southern bank of the River Tay, Elcho Castle is about 5 miles to the east of Perth, not far from Rhynd. Might take a little effort to get there, and it's only open in the summer, but it's worth it. In fact, even if there wasn't a castle the journey would be worth it for the orchard alone. It's a special apple orchard, with lots of different varieties of apples, much more than we ever get to see in our shops. Some are sour cookers, and others delicately sweet eaters. It is utterly delightful to wander around this orchard, set in its picturesque location, and do nothing more complicated or taxing than admire the wonderful variety of this fruit. Absolute heaven.
SCONE PALACE, SCONE PARK
Scottish kings have been crowned here from the times of the Picts right up to the 13th century when the English stole the stone used in the ceremony. The stone (stolen back from them in the 20th century - a copy sits on display at Edinburgh Castle) was itself very special, and said to be the very pillow on which Jacob slept when he had his vision of the ladder (I think we'll leave that there because I'm starting to think about Jack and the bean-stock and getting very confused indeed). [Only opens 1st April to 31st October - 2011 times.]
PERTH MUSEUM & ART GALLERY, 78 GEORGE STREET
This is one of the oldest museums in the country, and essentially an exhibit itself. We just don't erect magnificent buildings like this any more, and Perth appears to have more than its fair share of such wondrous structures. The Fergusson Gallery, for example, down by the river in Marshall Place was, I believe, originally built as a storage vessel for water. Externally, it's a work of art, just like Perth Museum & Art Gallery. That's the Victorians for you.
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The tower on Kinnoull Hill, Perth
Coat of Arms on the closed gate of Scone Palace grounds near Perth
Perth Museum & Art Gallery, Perth