Famous today as the “Gateway to the Highlands”, the city of Perth has been an important centre of commerce and administration since the Middle Ages. This 4 to 5 km walk provides not only an opportunity for exploring the attractions of this historic city but also for celebrating the many links it has with our European neighbours. The city has been a capital city of Scotland and has a history of trading with France, the Low Countries, and the Baltic countries, and importing goods such as Spanish silk and French wine. If you know of any more that we should include please contact us.
An optional extra at the end of the walk is to walk along the Shore Road to Perth Harbour, round the back of your starting point at Perth Prison. The harbour receives goods from Scandinavia, the Baltic, and other parts of Europe.
This 4 to 5km walk is largely on level ground, though you may need to walk on uneven ground such as cobbled surfaces and be able to walk on and off pavements. The walk is 4 km from the start at Perth Prison/South Inch to the end at St John’s Kirk. If you return to the start of the walk at the South Inch that makes a 5 km walk in total.
Parking: Metered parking is available at the South Inch car park or on numerous nearby roads. There are also multi storey car parks in the centre of Perth that are well signposted. (The RingGo App is useful for some of this parking).
Public Transport: Perth Railway Station and Bus Station are a short walk from the beginning of the walk at the South Inch.