Aberdeen Visitor Guide

by David Wheater

My Guide to Visiting Perth, Scotland

Introduction to perth

Perth is a small, friendly Scottish city, situated in central Scotland, with a population of around 45,000. Perth is often referred to as “The Fair City” after Sir Walter Scott’s 1828 novel the “Fair Maid of Perth”.

Perth lost its city status in 1975, but regained it recently on 14th March, 2012 in a competition to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Perth is often overlooked by visitors to Scotland, but it really is a beautiful small city that always rewards a visit. 
Surrounded by rich, fertile farming land, on the west bank of the river Tay, Perth is an important retail and commercial centre for the region, with regular livestock and farmers markets taking place throughout the year. 

Today the city’s main employment is found in the banking, insurance and whisky industries, with the Royal Bank of Scotland, Aviva and Scottish & Southern Energy being some of its largest employers. Perth is also home to the global Stagecoach Group which has its main headquarters in the city. 
Perth College UHI (University of the Highlands & Islands) attracts a large number of students from the rest of Scotland and overseas to study MBA’s and MSc’s in its popular centres for Enterprise and Computing Science. Perth College is also a centre of excellence for aircraft engineering.

Perth is a lovely city, offering a high quality of life with easy access to some of the most picturesque countryside in Scotland. Occupying a convenient central location in Scotland, all of Scotland’s six other cities may be easily reached via the M90, A9 and the A90. 
With the majestic River Tay running through it and an attractive, pedestrianised city centre, it’s a great place to spend a day or two.  

The city of Perth is a small, compact city located in the heart of Scotland on the banks of the lovely River Tay. 
Just over an hours drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh, the city of Perth makes the perfect base to explore all the lovely Perthshire villages and the beautiful surrounding Perthshire countryside.

Perth derives its name from the Pictish-Gaelic word for “wood” or “copse” and was at one time considered the working capital of Scotland due to the frequent visits of the royal court. 
Sadly, few historic buildings remain from Perth’s days as the capital of Scotland, but it can certainly boast of a long and colourful past, with many of Scotland’s most important historical events having taken place in the city. Certainly, one of the most important was the beginning of the Scottish Reformation, which began with John Knox’s powerful sermon against “idolatry” in the burgh kirk of St John the Baptist in the city centre (open to visitors and well worth a visit). 

Perth actually used to be called “St John’s Town” after this church and the local football team is still named “Saint Johnstone”.
 Hidden from view and buried underneath the city are the remains of Oliver Cromwell’s Citadel which was built to fortify and hold the city after capturing it in 1651. Archaeological digs have uncovered an impressive fortification, which was demolished from the 1660’s onwards after the restoration of Charles II to the throne.

Perth is easily explored on foot and offers lovely walks along the River Tay promenade and two beautiful parks, in the north and south of the city, called the North and South Inch. A highly recommended walk is the well sign posted River Tay Circular Walk. Perth is a very regular winner of the Britain in Bloom Award and its residents take great civic pride in making it one of the most attractive cities in the UK.

Now an important commercial centre for the whole of Scotland, Perth is an important retail centre offering most of the major high street brands, alongside a healthy mix of independent specialist retailers. With a traffic-free high Street and attractive Georgian terraced houses, shopping in Perth city centre is stress-free and a lovely place to be.

Perth and surrounding county offer an incredible amount to see and do with seemingly endless castles, distilleries, beautiful walks and scenery, not to mention the magnificent Cairngorms National Park less than an hours drive away. The lovely Perthshire villages of Aberfeldy, Crieff, Pitlochry and Dunkeld should also not be missed.

In Perth itself, a visit to the Perth Museum & Art Gallery, St John’s Kirk, The Fergusson Gallery, Stanley Mills, the Fair Maid’s House and the Black Watch Museum is an absolute must for every visitor. A bit further afield, a walk up Kinnoul Hill affords amazing views over the whole county and the castles of Huntingtower, Elcho and Megginch should not be missed either. Perth is also an excellent base for visiting Scone Palace and Blair Atholl.

Perth has its own very popular Perth Racecourse hosting many well-attended races throughout the year, with Ladies Day and Gold Cup Day being just a few of the highlights. 
For culture lovers, the Perth Festival of the Arts is usually held in May, with other county highlights being the Perth Show, The Scottish Game Fair, the Glenfiddich Piping & Fiddling Championships, Rewind Scotland, the Perthshire Amber Festival and Blair Castle International Horse Trials & Country Fair. 
With all this to offer Perth is a city not to be missed!

DONE 20/11/2018

Transport in Perth
Perth Airport

Unfortunately, Perth does not have a commercial airport. Travel time to Perth from Edinburgh Airport is around 40 minutes and from Glasgow Airport is around 80 minutes.
(It does, however, have a very busy airport for flight training and engineering which is very popular with students from all around the world. Located a few miles north east of Perth at New Scone it’s Scotland’s main airport for general air service training and has close links with Perth College. You can visit the air service training website at: http://www.airservicetraining.co.uk)
Perth Buses
The city of Perth is well served by local buses with reasonably good rural services operating throughout Perthshire itself. Perth bus station is located at Leonard Street opposite the train station. For local bus timetables visit the Perth & Kinross website at http://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/1732/Public-and-community-transport.
There are three excellent “Park & Ride” services operating in Perth (Perth, Scone & Kinross) allowing you to park and let the bus take you into the city centre. For more information on the Perth and Scone Park+Ride schemes please visit the Perth and Kinross Council Website at http://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/1986/Park-and-Ride.
If you are travelling elsewhere in Scotland try First Group Edinburgh, National Express or Scottish Citylink. The website Traveline Scotland at http://www.travelinescotland.com/welcome.do can help you plan any Scottish bus journey and to other parts of the UK. You can also telephone them on 0871 200 22 33 for help to plan any public transport journey within Scotland.
Perth Trains
Perth train station is located at Leonard Street in the city centre. For facilities at the station visit the ScotRail website at http://www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/stations-and-facilities/pth. Trains operate from Perth to all the other major Scottish cities. The Caledonian Sleeper Train from London, Euston stops in Perth with a journey time of around 8.5 hours. Faster trains from London to Perth take around 6 to 7 hours.
You may also use the Highland Chieftain train which provides a daily service between inter alia Inverness, Aviemore, Pitlochry, Perth, Gleneagles, Stirling, Edinburgh and London Kings Cross.
Visit the National Rail Enquiries website (Tel. 03457 484 950) for help to plan your train journey.
Perth Taxis & Hire Cars
Hiring a Car
Hiring a car in Scotland is easy and you may like to try the following car hire companies in Perth:
Enterprise Rent A Car
Arran Road, North Muirton Industrial Estate, Perth PH1 3DZ
Tel. +44 01738-440222
Thrifty Car Rental Company
Lawgrove Place, Inveralmond Industrial Estate, Perth PH1 3XQ
Tel. 01738 783616
Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental
St Leonard’s Bank, Perth PH2 8EB
Tel. 01738 897089
Perth Taxis
    •    Ace Taxis Perth Tel. (01738) 444 000
    •    A&B Taxis Perth Tel. (01738) 634 567
    •    Perth Taxi’s Ltd Tel. (01738) 830 002
    •    Perth Radio Taxi Tel. (01738) 580 058
Perth Visitor Attractions
Although Perth is a small city, there’s a surprising number of things to see and do in and around the city. Whether you love history, gardens, castles or whisky, this beautiful city has it all. If you plan to see all the attractions listed below you’ll need at least a couple of days to appreciate them all properly.
The Fergusson Gallery
The Fergusson Gallery in Perth contains the largest collection of artwork by the celebrated pioneer of modern art, Scottish colourist painter John Duncan Fergusson. It also celebrates the work of Margaret (Meg) Morris who was a talented choreographer in modern dance. The couple were together for almost fifty years and it’s lovely that their remarkable talents are celebrated together in this fabulous water tower.
St John’s Kirk of Perth
Founded in 1126, St. John’s Kirk of Perth is located in the heart of Perth and is famous as the place where reformationist John Knox began the Scottish reformation in 1559, with his “sin of idolatry” sermon. Dedicated to St. John the Baptist, Perth was once named after the church “St. John’s Toun” and the local football team is still known as “St. Johnstone”.
Scone Palace & Stone of Destiny
Located just a couple of miles north of Perth, Scone Palace is home to the Earls of Mansfield and has been the crowning place of Scottish Kings, such as Robert The Bruce. The Palace houses an impressive collection of paintings, antiques and rare artefacts, and the gardens are stunning. A very popular venue for festivals and fairs and a must visit for anyone visiting Perth.
Fair Maid’s House
Linked to Sir Walter Scott’s fictitious heroine, Catherine Glover, in his novel The Fair Maid of Perth, the Fair Maid’s House is now a popular Geographic Visitor & Education Centre run by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. For anyone interested in space, planets, geology and the formation of the natural world it’s an absolutely must see. The Scottish Explorers’ Room is particularly fascinating.
The Black Watch Museum
The wonderful Black Watch Museum is housed in the historic Balhousie Castle, next to North Inch Park, in Perth. With exhibitions and galleries covering an incredible two and a half centuries of Scotland’s oldest Highland Regiment, this is a fascinating insight into one of Scotland’s most celebrated family regiments. With regular events and lots of activities for children – it’s a great family day out at any time of the year.
Perth Museum & Art Gallery
Perth Museum & Art Gallery is one of the oldest museums in the UK, housing an incredible half a million objects and artefacts. The museum is a great place to find out more about Perthshire’s social and natural history, with collections covering fine art, photography, archaeology, silverware, geology and local history – to name but a few. Located in a lovely building, with regular new exhibitions, it’s an essential for anyone wishing to learn more about Perthshire and its fascinating history.
Stanley Mills
Stanley mills produced textiles for over 200 years and, today, its excellent visitor centre tells the story of the people who worked there and the products they made. With interactive exhibits, quizzes and hands-on activities there’s plenty to do to bring this place alive for both children and adults. In beautiful grounds next to the River Tay and with some lovely views, it’s a great place to learn all about the industrial revolution and the lives of cotton workers.
Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park & Tower
Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park is just a short journey from Perth and is a great place to escape to for some peace and quiet in picturesque and peaceful woodland surroundings. With miles of paths, nature trails and an abundance of wildlife, mixed woodland, flora and fauna, it’s great for family days out. Walking up to the 19th-century romantic folly, Kinnoull Tower, affords visitors some incredible panoramic views over surrounding countryside. Cyclists and horse riders are also welcomed.
Huntingtower Castle
Associated with two families, the Ruthvens and the Murrays, Huntingtower dates back to the 15th-century and has witnessed some notable events in its past, including the “Ruthven Raid” when Mary Queen of Scots son, James VI, was held captive here by Lord Ruthven for 10 months against his will. The painted medieval ceiling (one of the oldest in Scotland) and access to the rooftop are highlights of any visit.
Abernethy Village & Museum
Situated in the historic conservation village of Abernethy, the Abernethy Museum preserves the varied and extensive history of this lovely village, which dates back to Pictish Times. The main exhibits include artefacts and information about the historic round tower in the village, the Roman legionary fortress at Carpow and from its days as the Pictish Capital. With a lovely garden and activities for the kids it’s well worth a visit.
Elcho Castle
Located in a beautiful quiet setting on the River Tay, Elcho Castle is a well-preserved 16th-century tower house, with great views from the top over surrounding countryside. Built by the Wemyss family, whose main family seat is Wemyss Castle in Fife, it served them well as a comfortable country mansion until it fell into disuse and was entrusted to the state in the 1920’s. It’s great for picnics and for kids, who can dress up in the period costumes provided – which is great fun!.
Tullibardine Distillery
Located on the A9 between Stirling and Perth, Tullibardine distillery is a great way to learn all about “uisge beatha” – the water of life. An independent distillery since 2003, Tullibardine produces very high-quality highland single malt whisky and you can see the whole process for yourself by booking a distillery tour. With a good cafe and shop, this is an excellent place for both whisky novices and connoisseurs alike.
Branklyn Garden
Branklyn is located on the outskirts of Perth and is well worth a visit in the spring and summer to enjoy its rare and unusual plants from as far afield as China, Tibet, Bhutan and the Himalayas. Highlights include Rhododendrons, Meconopsis, Primulas and Alpine plants. Guided tours are available and there’s a small shop with a selection of gifts and plants for sale.
Glenturret Distillery (Famous Grouse Experience)
Located near the Perthshire town of Crieff, the Glenturret Distillery is the spiritual home of the Famous Grouse Whisky and is the oldest distillery in Scotland (1775). There’s a range of tours to suit all levels of interest and you can even “nose and taste” Famous Grouse Malt straight from the cask! With an excellent restaurant and a tasting bar, it’s an unmissable day out.
Perth Concert Hall, Cafe bar & Gallery
Perth Concert Hall is the hub of cultural life in Perth and has a varied programme of musical events and theatrical productions throughout the year. The concert hall is home to one of Scotland’s leading contemporary art galleries “Threshold artspace”, which hosts regular exhibitions from local and international artists all year round. If you’re after a bite to eat in bright, airy, funky surroundings, then the Glassrooms cafe-bar restaurant is a great place to stop while appreciating and admiring the artwork.
Perth Racecourse
Perth Racecourse shares parkland with Scone Palace making it one of the most attractive courses in the UK. There are usually around eight fixtures every year, including the Crabbie’s Ginger Beer Festival, Ladies Day, Gold Cup Day and the Summer Carnival. Meetings take place between April and September, so check your dates and get along for a fantastic day out in lovely surroundings.
Other Attractions in Perthshire
There’s lots to see in the beautiful county of Perthshire. Here are a few other visitor attractions that are well worth a visit.
    •    The Queen’s View, Loch Tummel
    •    Blair Castle & Atholl Gathering
    •    The Falls of Bruar
    •    The Hermitage – Falls of Braan
    •    Soldiers Leap
    •    Enchanted Forest, Pitlochry
    •    The Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry
    •    Loch Tay
    •    Scottish Crannog Centre, Kenmore
    •    Dunkeld Cathedral
    •    Gleneagles Spa & Golf Resort
Perth Restaurants & Cafes
Anyone visiting Perth and Perthshire will find an impressive range of cafes and restaurants serving high-quality dishes to suit every culinary preference and pocket.
The rich, fertile farming land around Perth ensures a plentiful supply for its restaurants of exceptionally high-quality seasonal produce – from beef and venison to vegetables and fresh fruit. With Perthshire producing such high-quality ingredients for chefs to shine, it’s no surprise that Perth offers one of the best dining out experiences in Scotland.
A wide variety of tastes and cuisine is catered for in Perth, from small cafes offering great coffee and snacks, to characterful bistros and fine dining establishments offering a wide range of international cuisine.
What surprises many people about Perth is its vibrant Cafe Culture, with many cafes spilling out onto the street and people just choosing to relax and while away the odd hour people watching.
Below are some of our favourite restaurants, cafes and bistros in Perth. We have included a wide range of types of cuisine and places to suit all pockets.
161-165 South Street, Perth PH2 8NY
36 South Methvan Street, Perth PH1 5NU
8 North Port, Perth PH1 5LU
33 George Street, Perth PH1 5LA
173 South Street, Perth PH2 8NY
46 South Methven Street, Perth PH1 5NX
32-34 High Street, Perth PH1 5TQ
80 George Street, Perth PH1 5LB
77-79 Kinnoul Street, Perth PH1 5EZ
15 Main Street, Methven, Perth PH1 3PU
38 South Street, Perth PH2 8PG
24-26 Atholl Street, Perth PH1 5NP
1 Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ
Forgandenny Road, Kintillo, Bridge of Earn, Perth PH2 9AZ (15 min’s south of Perth)
Bars & Pubs in Perth
Perth might be a small city, but it’s got some really good pubs, many packed with character and old fashioned charm. Try to visit when there’s live music and you’re guaranteed a great night out.
15 South Street, Perth PH2 8PG
79/81 Scott Street, Perth PH2 8JR
Pitcairngreen, Perth PH1 3LP
103 South Street, Perth PH2 8PA
9 St John’s Place, Perth PH1 5SZ
83 South Street, Perth PH2 8PA
37 Angus Road, Scone PH2 6RA
14-16 Kinnoull Street, Perth PH1 5EZ
Crieff Road, Huntingtower Park, Perth PH1 3JJ
Shopping in Perth
With a largely pedestrianised city centre, Perth is a great place for some stress-free shopping and a bit of retail therapy. Here’s a few of our favourite shops in Perth:
Boo Vake
5 Watergate, Perth PH1 5TF
A fantastic craft boutique of contemporary gifts and homewares from designers in Scotland and around the UK. If you’re after an original high quality gift for someone special this is the place to head for in Perth.
Provender Brown Delicatessen
23 George Street, Perth PH1 5JY
This deli is a Perthshire legend offering some of the highest quality food and drink to be found anywhere in Scotland. From lunch on the go to groceries, wine and seasonal produce this is your one stop shop for high quality food and drink in Perth.
Boutique McEwans
24 St John Street, Perth PH1 5SP
One of the best women’s fashion and accessories store in Perth. If you’re bored with your wardrobe head here for some inspiration and new ideas – don’t forget to take your purse – you’ll need it!
Carter’s Toys
85 South Street, Perth PH2 8PA
A lovely, traditional toyshop offering a great range of traditional and contemporary toys. If you’ve got a youngster to shop for it’s really worth a visit.
Elegance of Perth – Millinery
17 Atholl Street, Perth PH1 5NH
An amazing selection of hats, fascinators, jewellery, accessories and bridalwear. If you’ve got a wedding or special occasion coming up then this is the place to ‘head for’ with a hat for every occasion. Regarded as one of Scotland’s leading Milliners. They’ve also got an excellent online store.
Pretty Things
4-6 Bridge Lane, Perth PH1 5JJ
A fabulous ladies boutique selling high quality clothing, jewellery, handbags and accessories, many items from Scottish designers. Good online shop too.
This Little Piggy
57 South Methven Street, Perth PH1 5NX
An award winning childrens shoe shop offering all the latest brands with specialist fitting . If you’re looking for shoes for your growing family this is the only place to head for childrens shoes in Perth.
Mostyn McKenzie
23 St John Street, Perth PH1 5SH
A highly regarded shoe shop stocking both mens and womens shoe brands including Gabor, ecco, Van Dal and many more. Well worth a visit if you’re in the market for a new pair of shoes in Perth.
The Jewellery Workshop
262 High Street, Perth PH1 5QJ
This wonderful jewellers specialises in stocking jewellery from individual designers from all around the UK – so you’re guaranteed something a little more special than the high street shops can offer. If you’re after jewellery make this your first stop in Perth.
St John’s Shopping Centre
King Edward Street, Perth PH1 5UB
With over thirty stores under one roof the St John’s Shopping Centre is a very easy and convenient place to shop bang in the centre of Perth. Stores include H&M, M&Co, Monsoon Accessories, Primark, River Island, Waterstones, Ernest Jones, and The Perfume Shop. The centre opens from 9am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday and on Sundays 11am-5pm. There are several good car parks located close to the centre including Mill Street, Scott Street, Canal Street and Kinnoull Street (Multi-storey).
Annual Festivals in Perth
Perth is host to lots of great annual festivals and events running throughout the year. Here’s some of our favourites:
Perth Festival of the Arts (May)
Scottish Game Fair (July)
Perform in Perth (Mar)
Perth Accordian & Fiddle Festival (Oct)
Perth Beer Festival (May)
Southern Fried Festival (Jul/Aug)
Perth Festival of Chocolate (Nov)
Rewind Scotland: The 80’s Festival (Jul)
Perthshire Amber Festival (Oct/Nov)
Perthshire Adventure Festival (Jun)
Highland Perthshire Cycling Festival (May)
The Enchanted Forest (Oct/Nov)
Perth Highland Games (Aug)
Birnam Highland Games (Aug)
City of Perth Paranormal Festival (Oct)
Perth Races (Events/festivals throughout the year)
T in The Park (July)
Strathallan Castle – http://www.tinthepark.com/home.aspx
Perth Winter Festival (Nov/Dec)
For what’s on in the city of Perth visit the Perth Concert Hall website at http://www.horsecross.co.uk and Visit Scotland’s events calendar for Perthshire at http://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/events/perthshire/. The events calendar at Perth & Kinross Council's website is also worth a look at http://www.pkc.gov.uk/events.
Perth Leisure Activities
    •    The Dewar’s Centre
    •    Leisure Pool
    •    George Duncan Athletics Arena
    •    Bell’s Sports Centre
    •    Mc Diarmid Park Football Stadium
    •    Doo’cot Cricket Ground
    •    Golfing in Perth
    •    Perth Playhouse
    •    Perth Concert Hall
    •    Perth Theatre
    •    Parks: North Inch and South Inch. Norie-Millar Park, Rodney Gardens and Bellwood Park. Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park,
    •    Walks: Buckie Braes Walk. Quarrymill Woodland Walk.
    •    If you’re a keen golfer there are some excellent courses available in and around Perth, including the following clubs and courses:
    •    Craigie Hill Golf Club
    •    North Inch Golf Course
    •    Murrayshall House Hotel & Golf Courses
    •    King James VI Golf Course
    •    Blairgowrie Golf Club
    •    Auchterarder Golf Club
    •    Ladybank Golf Club
    •    Cycling in Perth
The cycle track along the River Almond and the River Tay. Starts near Huntingtower Hotel and finishes near the city centre.
For a good overview of cycle routes in Perth and Kinross please visit the Perth & Kinross Council website at http://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/3703/Cycle-routes-in-Perth-and-Kinross.
For an excellent overview of cycling in Perthshire and popular routes visit Highland Perthshire Cycling at http://www.highlandperthshirecycling.co.uk/.
For sports centres and activities in Perth, including gyms and swimming pools, visit http://www.liveactive.co.uk.
Popular Perth Hotels
For a small city, Perth has a great choice of hotels and Bed & Breakfasts that are of a very high quality.
Most of the hotels are located fairly centrally, within walking distance of the city centre, and many are still family run. Some have been welcoming guests for hundreds of years and retain great character, such as the Salutation Hotel and The Royal George Hotel. There are even hotels in converted water mills like the Mercure Hotel and a good number of authentic country house hotels like the HuntingTower Hotel and the Ballathie Country House Hotel and Estate. Here’s a few of the best in and around Perth:
50 Dundee Road, Perth PH2 7BA
http://www.sunbankhouse.com Tel. (01738) 624 882
4 Star. Wi-Fi. Free Parking.
The family run Sunbank Hotel is situated in an elevated position overlooking the River Tay and just 10 minutes walk from Perth city centre. It’s also close to the lovely Branklyn Gardens (NTS), Rodney Gardens, Bellwood Riverside Gardens and Kinnoull Hill. The hotel itself is surrounded by lovely mature gardens and offer guests a quiet country hotel retreat that’s just perfect for exploring Perthshire and Fife. The rooms are traditionally and tastefully decorated and many have great views towards the river and the rest of Perth. As well as a great breakfast menu, evening meals are also available if booked in advance. This is a charming, traditional Scottish hotel with all the modern conveniences you’ll need for a very comfortable and relaxing stay in Perth.
34 South Street, Perth PH2 8PH
www.strathmorehotels.com/Salutation+Hotel/Home/ Tel. (01738) 630 066
3 Star. Wi-Fi. Bar & Restaurant. 84 Rooms.
The Salutation Hotel has been welcoming guests for hundreds of years and retains huge amounts of charm amongst a maze of intriguing corridors and rooms. Situated in the centre of Perth close to shops, Perth Theatre and the Concert Hall, it’s ideal for visitors who want to explore Perth and beyond. The hotel has an excellent bar, Reid’s Bar, which has a good bar menu for lunch and dinner. If you fancy something a little more formal then the splendid Adam Restaurant, with its barrel-vaulted ceiling and impressive Adam window, offers fabulous high teas and a great dinner menu. The rooms are all tastefully decorated and well equipped with ensuite facilities. If you’re looking for a comfortable hotel in the centre of Perth, with lots of history and character, then this is certainly the one to go for.
Tay Street, Perth, PH1 5LD
http://www.theroyalgeorgehotel.co.uk Tel. (01738) 624 455
3 Star. Restaurant & Bar. 45 ensuite rooms.
The Royal George is another great Perth hotel, offering lots of charm, character and history in the very centre of Perth. The hotel received its Royal Warrant in 1848 after an unexpected visit from Queen Victoria and her family, who were very impressed with their visit! It remains an excellent choice for those who want a friendly and relaxing hotel in the city centre. The rooms are comfortable and contemporary in style and many offer great views over the promenade and the River Tay. The Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre are just a few minutes walk away, as are lovely walks along the Tay promenade. The Conservatory restaurant is ideal for a traditional Scottish high tea with fabulous views over the River Tay. A great hotel in a great location.
West Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5QP
http://www.mercureperth.co.uk Tel. +44 (0) 844 815 9105
3 Star. Wi-Fi. Restaurant & Bar.
The Mercure Hotel is set within a wonderfully converted 15-century water mill that gives it great character and old world charm. It is located just a few minutes walk from Perth’s city centre shops and amenities and also next to the Tourist Information Centre. The former use of the building has been thoughtfully preserved, with the mill wheel and mill lade still visible from reception and the lounge bar. There’s a choice of standard and executive ensuite rooms, which are all tastefully decorated and well equipped with high-speed internet, flat screen TV’s and welcome trays. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available in the Brasserie Restaurant, with drinks and snacks available in the characterful bar. This is a great hotel, with lots of quirky and interesting features, offering something a little different.
37 York Place, Perth, PH2 8EH
http://www.grampianhotel.co.uk Tel. (01738) 621 057
3 Star. Free Wi-Fi. Restaurant & bar. 12 Rooms.
The Grampian Hotel is a small, friendly, family-run 3-star hotel located close to Perth bus and train stations. The City centre is only 5-10 minutes walk away. The 12 ensuite rooms are tastefully decorated and comfortable and come with free WiFi, tea & coffee and complimentary toiletries. The on-site restaurant offers a lunch and dinner menu with coffee and cakes available throughout the day. The highlight of a visit must be the Grampians high tea which is a real speciality and great value. The owners and staff really know how to look after their guests and offer warm and welcoming hospitality.
2 Saint Leonard’s Bank, Perth, PH2 8EB
http://www.theparklandshotel.com Tel. (01738) 622 451
4 Star. Free WiFi. Bistro & Restaurant. 15 Rooms.
The Parklands Hotel is attractively located, overlooking Perth’s lovely South Inch Park and is just a few minutes walk from Perth Rail Station. The hotel is in a handsome Victorian villa with lovely landscaped gardens leading down to South Inch Park, which are great to sit in and enjoy a drink in summer. The rooms are modern and well decorated and come well equipped with WiFi, cable TV, CD player and tea & coffee facilities. The best rooms are almost certainly the larger Superior rooms which are front facing, with lovely views of the garden and South Inch Park. The hotel has two very good restaurants, 63@Parklands and No.1 the Bank Bistro, which both offer a great variety of dishes using locally sourced seasonal produce.
Leonard Street, Perth, Scotland PH2 8HB
http://www.queensperth.co.uk Tel. (01738) 442 222
3 Star. Free WiFi. Leisure Club & Swimming Pool. Restaurant. 51 Rooms.
The Queens Hotel is very conveniently located next to the bus and rail stations, just a few minutes walk from the city centre. The standard ensuite rooms are very well equipped with free WiFi, complimentary toiletries and hospitality trays, with the option of upgrading to a Deluxe Room which adds a few extra luxuries. The hotel has a good lounge bar and restaurant which serves coffee and snacks throughout the day, with a good high tea and dinner menu for more formal dining. The Queens Hotel is a great choice if you’re into your health and fitness. It’s the only Perth hotel to have a heated swimming pool, which is free for guests to use along with the other gym facilities, sauna and steam room.
Kinclaven, Stanley, Perthshire, Scotland PH1 4QN
http://www.ballathiehousehotel.com Tel. +44 (0) 1250 883 268
4 Star. Restaurant & Bar.
The Ballathie Country House Hotel is a wonderful, elegant, country estate house, complete with three turrets and other lovely architectural features both inside and out. The house was built in the 1880’s on the banks of the River Tay and was sympathetically converted into a hotel in 1972. Situated around a 25-minute drive from Perth in a quiet, secluded position in the Ballathie Estate, it’s ideally located for exploring Perthshire and close to many of Perthshire’s best golf courses. The characterful rooms in the main house are beautifully furnished and decorated, with a Sportsman’s Lodge providing more modest accommodation for those indulging in sporting activities. There are also 16 separate riverside rooms, with fantastic views over the River Tay, which would be the top choice for many guests. Lunch and dinner are available in the excellent restaurant and bar, with afternoon tea a favourite. Fishing and other sporting activities are available to guests.
Scone, Perth, Scotland PH2 7PH
http://www.murrayshall.co.uk Tel. (01738) 551 171
4 Star. WiFi. Restaurant & Bar. 41 Rooms.
Murrayshall House Hotel is beautifully set in 350 acres of stunning parkland, with two excellent 18 hole golf courses. Dating back to 1664, the house has a long aristocratic history and became a hotel in the 1970’s. All the bedrooms are individually designed and traditionally furnished with lovely period features. Guests may choose from Standard and Superior rooms which are all well equipped. The best rooms are those offering views of the surrounding countryside. There are also a variety of suites located in lodges close to the main hotel. The Club Bar and Restaurant are ideal for drinks, snacks and informal lunches, while the Old Masters Restaurant offers mouth watering traditional Scottish cuisine using fresh local produce. The Murrayshall Championship golf course, a great draw for golfers, was built by the renowned designer Hamilton Stutt and is remarkable for the seamless way it fits so naturally into its surroundings. A lovely hotel with lots of charm in stunning Perthshire countryside.
1 Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 3JT
http://www.huntingtowerhotel.co.uk Tel. (01738) 583 771
3 Star. Free Wi-Fi. Restaurant & Lounge Bar. 34 Rooms.
HuntingTower is a lovely country house hotel, situated just 3 miles and 10 minutes drive from Perth city centre. Set in 6 acres of lovely mature gardens and parkland, it’s in an ideal location for those looking for a little more peace and tranquillity than the city can offer – yet the city is just a few minutes drive away. The hotel offers a variety of rooms, including a Cottage Room with outdoor access and large Family Rooms that can sleep five with room for a cot. The modern rooms are very well equipped and tastefully decorated in keeping with the style and character of the house. The excellent wood panelled restaurant offers guests a traditional choice of authentic Scottish dishes prepared from local Perthshire produce, while the lounge bar is great for snacks, lunch and afternoon tea. A charming, peaceful hotel in wonderful mature gardens with all the attractions of Perth just a short drive away.
Perth Bed & Breakfast
Perth has lots of excellent bed and breakfast accommodation. The standards are very high and many B&Bs beat the local hotels at their own game. Here’s a few of the best regarded B&Bs in Perth:
Pitcullen Guest House
17 Pitcullen Crescent, Perth PH2 7HT
The Townhouse
17 Marshall Place, Perth PH2 8AG
Rowanlea Guest House
87 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PQ
Rosebank Guest House
53 Dunkeld Road, Perth PH1 5RP
Dalvey Bed & Breakfast
55 Dunkeld Road, Perth PH1 5RP
Ardfern Guest House
15 Pitcullen Crescent, Perth PH2 7HT
Alma Villa Guest House
73 Dunkeld Road, Perth PH1 5RP
The Courtyard
West Inchmichael, by Errol, Perthshire PH2 7RS
Hogmanay Parties in Perth
Most of the local hotels in Perth host excellent Hogmanay dinners and ceilidhs. Here’s a few that normally hold annual Hogmanay parties in Perth (please check with the venue in advance).
Perth Racecourse
Scone Palace Park, Perth PH2 6BB
Hogmanay Party
Best Western Queens Hotel
Leonard Street, Perth PH2 8HB
Hogmanay Gala Dinner
Best Western Lovat Hotel
Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0LT
Hogmanay House Party
Hogmanay Parties are also held annually at The Salutation Hotel, The Huntingtower Hotel, the Grampian Hotel and The Royal George Hotel (see restaurants).
Popular Districts of Perth
Here’s a few popular districts of Perth with some information on each.
Bridge of Earn, Perth
Bridge of Earn is a lovely village located around 4 miles south of Perth. The village grew up on the south bank of the River Earn and is affectionately known by locals as “The Brig” .
The village owes its existence to bridges over the River Earn where tolls were once collected. Inns and hotels grew up around the bridge to serve travellers on the road north from Edinburgh.
The economy of the village was at one time largely dependent on the huge popularity of a long since closed local spa called Pitkeathly Wells which closed in 1949. People used to flock to the spa by train and paddle steamer from all around the UK to “take the waters” and improve their health.
The main source of employment in the village used to be Bridge of Earn Hospital which started life as one of the temporary war hospitals during World War II and closed in 1993. A new development of the former Hospital grounds called Oudenarde is being built to the east of the village.
The village has grown significantly in recent years to accommodate commuters who take advantage of the villages close proximity to the M90 motorway to work in Perth, Edinburgh and Dundee. This has resulted in much improved local amenities and shops. Village amenities are excellent and include a medical practice and dentist, a chemist, post office, mobile bank, various pubs, restaurants, takeaways and convenience shops, a Co-op supermarket, hairdressers and a bakery.
The village is home to one of the best fine dining restaurants in Fife, The Roost Restaurant.
There is a good variety of property types available in the village including large detached bungalows, 4/5 bed new build detached houses, traditional stone built Victorian villas and ex-local authority houses and flats.
There are two excellent schools in the village including Dunbarney Primary School and the fee paying girls boarding school of Kilgraston. Strathallan School, a fee paying school for boys and girls, is just three miles away in the neighbouring village of Forgandenny.
Recreation wise the village has a bowling club, a nearby trout fishery (Sandyknowes), holiday lets on the river and fantastic walks along the River Earn and surrounding countryside.
Burghmuir, Perth
Burghmuir, which incorporates the sought after Oakbank district, is a popular residential suburb located around a mile west of Perth city centre.
The Burghmuir area is very popular with families who wish to be close to the highly respected Oakbank Primary School, Viewlands Primary School and Perth High School. There are currently plans for a new Oakbank Primary School and nursery to open in 2015.
The area is also home to the popular Stagecoach Theatre Arts School which provides part-time training in singing, dancing and acting for children aged 4 – 18 years old.
Properties in the area vary from 4 bed family semi’s to 3 & 4 bed detached villas and bungalows. Properties are predominantly brick built from the 1960’s with some further properties built in the 1990’s. There are a few new executive developments.
The area is well served by good local shops and amenities and golfers have the Craigie Hill Golf Club nearby.
Burghmuir is the ideal location for those needing quick access to the M90 and A9(T) at the nearby Broxden roundabout.
Local Schools: Oakbank Primary School, Viewlands Primary School, Perth Academy, Perth High School subject to catchment areas.
Craigie, Perth
Craigie is a very desirable and convenient residential district of Perth, lying just south west of the city centre. Often referred to as the “village in Perth’ it’s ideally located for enjoying all the business and leisure facilities of the city centre which can be easily accessed on foot.
The area has its own Ice Rink, Leisure centre and Swimming pool and Craigie Hill Golf Course (est. 1911) is just a few minutes drive away. The lovely South Inch park, with its boating pond, is also within easy walking distance and a great way to access the city centre by foot.
The area benefits from good local shops, especially around Craigie Cross, a Post Office and various food outlets including The Fish n’ Chip Company on St Leonards Bridge which is a local favourite. There is a good local bus service linking the area to the city centre.
Properties range from traditional, stone built 3 & 4 bed Victorian semi’s and detached villas with lovely period features to ex local authority houses and modern 1 , 2 & 3 bedroom flats. There are also a number of newer build houses, Craigie View being a favourite.
The Bus Station and Perth Railway Station are located nearby and within easy walking distance.
The Broxden Roundabout, which gives access to the M90 motorway, is easily accessible via the Glasgow Road which skirts around the north of Craigie. The area is ideal for anyone working at Perth Royal Infirmary which is just a short journey away by car.
Local Schools: Craigie Primary School, Moncrieffe Primary School, Inchview Primary School and Perth Academy subject to catchment areas.
Kinnoull, Perth
Kinnoull is a small, residential suburb located around half a mile east of Perth city centre. It is one of the most sought after areas of Perth in which to live.
The area is home to some of the most prestigious Victorian & Georgian properties in Perth, many of which are uniquely designed with large mature gardens. The area also has some large modern executive style properties, particularly around St Mary’s Monastery. Properties don’t come to market very often.
Kinnoull has its own bowling club and tennis club. The Kinnoull Tennis Club is one of the best in the country with excellent clubhouse facilities, artificial grass and over 250 adult and junior members.
One of the best features of the district is Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park which offers visitors fantastic views across Perth, the Tay and Fife. The park is also home to Kinnoull Tower, a 19th century romantic folly spectacularly perched on the cliff top overlooking the Tay.
The area is also close to lovely Branklyn Gardens, one of the finest gardens in Scotland containing an outstanding range of rare and unusual plants.
Local Schools: Kinnoull Primary School
Letham, Perth
Letham is a very popular housing estate located around 1.5 miles north west of Perth city centre. It’s very popular with first time buyers and families.
Like its immediate neighbours, Hillyland and Tulloch, the estate was purpose built by the local authority to provide housing and, today, a great majority of the houses are now privately owned.
Houses in the area are predominantly brick built 2 & 3 bedroomed semi’s and terraces which are generally very well maintained by owners who take a pride in their area. There are also a number of purpose built local authority blocks of flats in the area.
The area is popular with first time buyers for its affordability and families are well catered for with excellent schools including Our Lady’s Primary and Letham Primary.
Letham has an excellent community sports club and even its own Football Club at Seven Acres Park which plays a large role in the development of youth football in Perth (Mc Diarmid Park home to St Johnstone FC is close by). There’s also a very popular Letham Community Club on Marlee Road with over 700 members.
The area enjoys good local amenities including local convenience shops and a B&Q DIY store and Tesco supermarket on nearby Crieff Road.
The area is particularly convenient for those working at nearby UHI Perth College and Perth Royal Infirmary. There’s an excellent bus service to and from the city centre.
Local Schools: Letham Primary School, Tulloch Primary School, Our Lady’s Primary School, Perth High School, Perth Academy and St Columba’s RC School subject to catchment areas.
Muirton, Perth
Muirton is a popular residential suburb situated around a mile north of Perth city centre. The area was at one time just agricultural land with only a handful of farms and cottages.
The area is sandwiched between the River Tay and the Dunkeld Road and mainly comprises a large 1960’s local authority housing estate which has seen significant redevelopment in recent years. Most of the housing is contained in purpose built low rise blocks of flats and upper and lower villas.
There have been new housing developments in recent years such as Gowans Terrace. With the ongoing regeneration of the area this is likely to become a more common feature of the area.
To the north of Muirton is another 1960’s housing estate called “North Muirton” which is bound by pleasant open countryside. Many of the properties enjoy nice views over the River Tay to the parkland of Scone Palace. North Muirton has its own North Muirton Primary School and there’s an industrial estate located to the north of the area.
Muirton itself is particularly handy for enjoying the North Inch Golf Course and Playing Fields which are an easy walk away. The area used to be home to St. Johnstone FC until their ground at Muirton Park was purchased by ASDA and they moved across the city to McDiarmid Park.
The area is well served by local shops and a post office. There is also a very convenient 24hr ASDA superstore located in the district and St Catherine’s Retail Park is very close by off the Dunkeld Road (B&Q, PC World, Dunelm, Currys, Homebase and TK Maxx).
For leisure, the area is well served by Bell’s Sports Centre which is one of the largest sports facilities in Scotland.
There is excellent schooling at Perth Northern District Primary, St Columba’s High, St John’s RC Academy and Perth Grammar.
Scone, Perth
Scone is a very attractive, semi-rural, village located just over two miles north east of Perth. It’s an extremely sought after peaceful village with good local amenities. Many people may know of it through William Shakespeare’s Macbeth as the place of his coronation.
Scone has a long interesting history and was famously the ancient capital of Scotland where the Kings of Scotland held their coronation.
The existing village of Scone was, until fairly recently, called “New Scone” and was planned and built in 1805 after the old medieval village was demolished to make way for the new palace of Scone. Nearby Scone Palace is a firm favourite for both locals and visitors and holds many events throughout the year including the Rewind Festival and the ever popular Game Fair.
Scone offers a good range of facilities with attractive shops, restaurants and pubs. Kinnear’s Inn and The Wheel Inn are some firm local favourites. The village has a post office, a bank, a good library and a medical centre and dentist. For bigger purchases, the village is only a short drive from Perth city centre and Perth train station. Scone also has its own well regarded Robert Douglas Memorial Primary School.
An excellent bus service (No.7 Park & Ride) runs from the village to and from the city centre and other nearby villages.
Properties in Scone vary widely from handsome detached 5 bed Victorian villas to 3/4/5 bedroom bungalows, traditional detached farmhouses, 3/5 bed modern detached villas, small cottages and ex-local authority flats and houses.
Scone is an ideal location for golf enthusiasts with Murrayshall Golf Resort and their prestigious Lynedoch Golf Course close by. Scone is surrounded by lovely open countryside with lots of lovely walks. In the middle of the village there’s the lovely scenic Scone Recreation Park with its small duck-pond and tennis and bowling clubs.
For commuters, the main A94 Perth/Angus road runs right through the village giving good access to Perth and the main motorway networks north and south.
Scone is convenient for Perth Airport, a general airport for private and business aircraft, located around 3 miles north east of Scone. The airport is well regarded for its flight and air service training schools.
With all the shopping, entertainment and recreational facilities of Perth just a short journey away, Scone is the perfect semi-rural location for those looking for a quieter more peaceful way of life, but with close access to the great facilities of an attractive modern city.

Popular Districts of Aberdeen
If you’re moving to Aberdeen you’ll be keen to find out more about its popular residential districts. Below is a brief guide to some of the most popular areas and districts to live in Aberdeen.
Bridge of Don, Aberdeen
Bridge of Don in Aberdeen lies around 3 miles to the north of Aberdeen city centre and is one of the largest residential suburbs, not just in Aberdeen, but also in Europe.
The area includes such districts as Danestone and Denmore and housing is typically modern, consisting of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom detached and semi-detached family homes, along with 1, 2 & 3 bedroom flats. There are also bungalows and the odd period property that existed long before the developers moved in.
Bridge of Don is also home to the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) where many major music gigs, sports events and community events take place throughout the year.
For golf lovers, the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club is based here. Donald Trump’s new golf course at Balmedie is also nearby.
There are excellent local shops, including a Tesco supermarket, pubs, restaurants and other good recreational facilities including a swimming pool, sports centres, bowling clubs, golf course and a library.
Transport links are excellent in the area with many of the outlying bus services stopping outside the AECC and continuing down King Street into the city centre. There are two regular bus services into the City centre.
This is an area favoured by families and executives alike for its convenience to Aberdeen airport, the “oil headquarters” and industrial estates at both Bridge of Don and Dyce.
Local Schools:
    •    Upper Westfield School
    •    Danestone Primary School
    •    Balgownie Nursery Primary School
    •    Scotstown Primary School
    •    Greenbrae Primary School
    •    Bridge of Don Academy
    •    Oldmachar Academy
    •    (subject to catchment areas)
Bucksburn, Aberdeen
Bucksburn in Aberdeen is a well established residential suburb on the western fringes of Aberdeen, approximately 4 miles north-west of the city centre.
The main arterial road serving the district is the A96 Auchmill/Inverurie dual carriageway which takes commuters in and out of the city centre and is the main link to Aberdeen Airport from the city.
The area has a mix of residential properties, typically including 1 & 2 bedroom flats, 2 & 3 bedroom terraced houses and 3 & 4 bedroom semi-detached houses.
Bucksburn is served by a good range of amenities and everyday shops, pubs and hotels (including a bakers, florists, chemists, Co-op store etc) with a Tesco and Asda Supermarket and Dyce shopping centre a short journey away by car. Bucksburn also benefits from a post office, library, doctor surgeries, community leisure centre and swimming pool.
The area is convenient for Aberdeen International airport and Dyce industrial Estate to the north, which are both just a short journey away by car. The area is served by good primary and secondary schools including Bankhead Academy. For those working in the city centre of Aberdeen, there are regular buses running along Auchmill Road.
Recreationally, the countryside is on your doorstep for long walks and for those into golf there are a number of good 18 hole golf courses nearby, including the attractive Craibstone, although membership is limited. Swimmers can join Bucksburn Amateur Swimming Club which has over 100 members and encourages swimmers of all ages and abilities to join.
Bucksburn is probably most famously known for its excellent Pipe Band – Bucksburn & District Pipe Band – which was established in 1947 by Gordon Highlanders, reputedly in the Four Mile Inn, which is still a much-favoured venue today. The junior band were Scottish, British and World Champions in 2008.
Local Schools:
    •    Newhills Primary School
    •    Bucksburn Primary School (merging with Newhills)
    •    Stoneywood Primary School
    •    Bucksburn Academy
    •    (subject to catchment areas)
Aberdeen City Centre
Aberdeen city centre is a bustling, lively and dynamic place featuring many shops, pubs, bars, clubs and much more!
In recent years, new housing developments have steadily grown, however, a majority of the housing is still in the form of the city’s famous granite terraces and buildings.
The likes of Union Street, George Street and King Street host lots of flats which are very popular with students for their convenient location to the universities.
Aberdeen is now home to a brand new, state of the art shopping centre called “Union Square”. It hosts many of shopping’s biggest names plus many more new stores in the fields of fashion and technology.
The main thoroughfare, Union Street, is itself full of may interesting shops large and small. Aberdeen is also renowned for the wide choice of pubs and nightclubs it has to offer – residents and visitors are always guaranteed a great night out!
Transportation links are very strong to Aberdeen and the city centre in particular. Aberdeen train station, recently revamped to link with Union Square, is easily accessible and the main bus station is situated right next to it. Buses run from the centre to Aberdeen Airport on a regular basis.
Local Schools:
    •    Gilcomstoun Primary School
    •    Ferryhill Primary School
    •    Hanover Street Primary School
    •    Skene Square Primary School
    •    Aberdeen Grammar School
    •    Harlaw Academy
    •    St Margaret’s School for Girls (fee paying)
    •    Robert Gordon’s College (fee paying)
    •    (subject to catchment areas)
Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen
Craigiebuckler in Aberdeen is a well established residential suburb of Aberdeen, located around 2 miles south-west of the city centre. It is a popular suburb with families and characterised by pleasant tree lined streets and lots of open green space and parkland.
The local schools; Walker Dam Infant School, Hazlehead Primary School and Hazlehead Academy are all very popular. The Academy is a modern comprehensive that encourages pupils to flourish in all sporting arenas and all are within easy walking distance of Craigiebuckler.
The area has a library and everyday shops including those at Seafield and Mannofield. Craigiebuckler Parish Church, built in 1883, is an attractive granite, gothic style church which sits on the cusp of Springfield Road and Craigiebuckler Avenue. The church is very much involved in the local community hosting various community events throughout the year and lots of clubs and organisations, including Badminton, Bowling, Girl Guides, The Boys’ Brigade and Kids Groups.
The accommodation in this area is mostly spacious 3-bed semi-detached houses with garages, but there are also detached, individually designed, houses from Springfield Road up to Queen Road and round to Hazlehead.
Hazlehead Park, located a few minutes drive away to the west, offers a multitude of sporting and recreational activities via its attractive 180 hectares of wooded parkland that includes 2 golf courses, pitch n putt, football fields, children play areas, rose gardens, a maze and cafe, not to mention the lovely walks throughout the park. There is also an excellent summer activity programme for all ages including Highland Games and Steam Engine Rallies.
For those into their horses, Hayfield Stables are a large livery and teaching stables located in the centre of Hazelhead. This is a well established equine centre who provided the horses for the Mel Gibson classic movie Hamlet. Hazlehead also has a swimming pool and 18 hole golf course which are easy for Craigiebuckler residents to access.
Craigiebuckler is particularly convenient for those working at the West End of the City, the new commercial centre at Westhill, or those working at the oil offices at Hill of Rubislaw. The Macaulay Institute, an international centre for research into the environmental and social consequences of rural land uses is located in Craigiebuckler and employs quite a few people locally.
The area is well served by buses from the terminus at Craigiebuckler or nearby Hazlehead into the city centre and beyond. For car owners there is relatively good access to most of the major arterial roads into Aberdeen and other parts of the city.
Local Schools:
    •    Walker Dam Nursery School
    •    Hazlehead Primary School
    •    Airyhall Primary School
    •    St Joseph’s R.C. Primary School
    •    Hazlehead Academy
    •    Aberdeen Waldorf School (fee paying)
    •    Albyn School (fee paying)
    •    The Hamilton Montessori School
    •    (subject to catchment areas)
Dyce, Aberdeen
Dyce in Aberdeen is a very popular residential suburb of Aberdeen, lying around 6 miles North West of the City centre and close to Aberdeen Airport.
With its own unique identity, some people regard it as a separate village in its own right and it certainly benefits from a good number of open green spaces. It is perhaps most associated with nearby Aberdeen Airport and, despite its distance from the city centre, is very easy to reach with excellent bus services and a regular rail link into Aberdeen city centre.
Dyce is also home to the major oil companies who depend on Aberdeen airport to conduct business operations.
Dyce has a very varied housing stock ranging from 1, 2 & 3-bed flats to new 2-bed executive flats and modern detached and semi-detached houses with up to 6 bedrooms.
The area is served by two bus routes from the City centre and also has its own train station with links to rural Aberdeenshire, Inverness and into Aberdeen city centre itself.
Dyce is a particularly convenient location for those working at the airport and the industrial estates at both Dyce and Bridge of Don. Shopping and recreational facilities in the area are very good and include an Asda superstore and Tesco Express and a swimming pool, squash club, bowling club, library and community centre amongst others.
For families moving to the area there are good primary and secondary schools (see below). Particularly worthy of mention, however, is Aberdeen City Music School (ACMS) which caters for children with excellent musical ability from all over Scotland.
Local Schools:
    •    Dyce Primary School
    •    Stoneywood Primary School
    •    Dyce Academy
    •    Aberdeen City Music School
    •    (subject to catchment areas)
Garthdee, Aberdeen
Garthdee in Aberdeen is a very popular residential area about 2 miles south-west of Aberdeen city centre.
It is where the whole of Robert Gordon University intends to be based in the next ten years and already, most of the Universities courses and students are based in the Garthdee Campus (Garthdee is also now home to the popular Gray’s School of Art).
Unlike much of Aberdeen city centre, there is virtually no traditional terraced granite housing in the Garthdee district. The area is mainly composed of spacious 2-bed ex-local authority flats, 3-bed terraced houses and some new build blocks of flats.
Transportation links are frequent with two of the cities main bus services running through Garthdee to the city centre.
The Robert Gordon University Garthdee campus is also home to a £10 million state of the art sports facility which features a gym, swimming pool and a large sports hall. Membership is happily open to both students and the public.
Shopping and recreational activities in Garthdee are never far away and, in particular, there is a large shopping complex nearby at Bridge of Dee, including both a Sainsburys and Asda supermarket and a Boots the chemist.
For those wanting to do up a property there’s also a handy B&Q Diy store close by on Garthdee Road. For recreation, there is the nearby lovely Duthie Park and good walks can be had along the old Deeside Railway Line which runs close by.
There is easy access to Aberdeen city centre by bus and the Aberdeen city ring road by car. The industrial estates “Tullos” and “Altens” are also easily accessible from Garthdee.
Local Schools:
    •    Kaimhill Primary School
    •    Craighill School (no website)
    •    Kincorth Academy
    •    (subject to catchment areas)
Kittybrewster, Aberdeen
Kittybrewster in Aberdeen is thought to derive its name from the Gaelic ‘Cuitan Briste’ meaning broadly ‘broken fold’. Alternative theory suggests it comes from the Gaelic name meaning ‘stepping stones over a bog’. Either way, Kittybrewster is a primarily residential area located North of Aberdeen city centre and South West of the historical centre known as Old Aberdeen.
Given that three railways lines have run through this area over the years (all but one of them are now disused) much of the land belonged to the railway as station sites and has since been developed into either residential accommodation, or more recently retail park developments.
Accommodation in the area is very mixed in style too, with a blend of older, traditional tenement style properties with some modern new-build developments mixed in too. Albeit mainly a residential area with modern retail attachments, Kittybrewster does have some identity of its own in the form of small traditional shops and a few ‘local’ type bars.
A short journey away at the beach is “Queen Links” which offers a wide range of shops and recreational facilities including an ice rink, multi-screen cinema, swimming pool and a variety of bars, restaurants and cafes.
In Kittybrewster itself there is the “Junction Retail Park” which offers the likes of Comet, Halfords, Staples and other big name stores. Also close by is the “Berryden retail park” which has, amongst others, a Sainsbury’s superstore, Mothercare and Next. You are therefore never far away from most of the best high street shops!
Worthy of mention is the 3 star Northern Hotel located in Kittybrewster at 1 Great Northern Road. It was built in 1939 in a striking Art Deco Style and is now an A listed building with a very unusual violin shaped hall in the ballroom.
Despite being a mile and a half or so from central Aberdeen, Kittybrewster is perfectly accessible given that two main roads, the A9012 and the A978, join within the boundaries of this district. As you’d expect, there are regular bus services in and out of the city centre.
Kittybrewster is very convenient for those working at Foresterhill Hospital, the Royal Infirmary, the Royal Cornhill Hospital and for Aberdeen University Kings College Campus.
Local Schools:
    •    Kittybrewster Primary School
    •    Woodside Primary School
    •    Cornhill School
    •    St Machar Academy
    •    (subject to catchment areas)
Mastrick, Aberdeen
Mastrick in Aberdeen is a primarily residential area of Aberdeen, situated in a position roughly two and a half miles west of the City Centre. It is a growing commuter area nowadays with access to all parts of Aberdeen and very easy to reach by car or by public transport.
The accommodation in Mastrick is primarily a mixture of flats and small houses (usually 2 & 3-bed terraces) with a fairly significant proportion of them still being council owned. The average house price in the district is lower than in other parts of the city. That said, the area’s accessibility and proximity to hospitals, schools and open spaces such as Hazelhead Park, make Mastrick an up and coming district which is sure to be popular with young people looking to get their first foot on the property ladder. It isn’t traditionally a student area, but the location of nearby Foresterhill Teaching Hospital has meant an influx of medical staff and students over the years.
There are small pockets of retail in the area, but most of them are of convenience store type and consequently the facilities of the city centre and other nearby districts such as Northfield or Summerhill may provide better alternatives.
There is a very good community centre in the area which offers a wide variety of recreational activities and a public library in the Mastrick Shopping Centre located at Greenfern Road. The shopping centre also contains a Boots, Post Office, Sem-Chem and the Clydesdale – all handy for everyday needs in the area.
Mastrick is very much an area on the up and a £400,000 regeneration project was completed in recent years to help improve the amenities, appearance and prosperity of the area.
This area is particularly handy for those working at nearby Woodend Hospital, the Aberdeenshire Council Headquarters, Foresterhill and the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Maternity Hospital.
Local Schools:
    •    Kingsford Primary School
    •    Muirfield Nursery & Primary School
    •    Holy Family R.C. Primary School
    •    Fernielea Primary School
    •    Hazlehead Academy
    •    Northfield Academy
    •    (subject to catchment areas)
Northfield, Aberdeen
Northfield in Aberdeen, located between the residential districts of Mastrick and Bucksburn, is a well established residential area of Aberdeen located around two miles North West of Aberdeen City Centre.
It is a relatively affordable residential area and also easy to get to with car and bus access straightforward, given the numerous road links which straddle this suburb of Aberdeen. It has consequently become relatively popular with students and 1st-time buyers, attracted to the area by its affordability and accessibility.
Property in Northfield mainly comprises of ex-local authority 2 & 3 bedroom semi’s and terraced houses and upper and lower villa flats.
Northfield has enough convenience stores alongside a couple of small supermarkets to meet everyday shopping needs. The area is well served by primary and secondary schools, nurseries, a medical centre, library and local church. There are also numerous larger retail developments just a short journey away by car or bus.
There is also a local community centre, an outdoor centre offering bowling, tennis courts and an 18 hole putting green, plus a really good swimming pool at Kettlehills Crescent. Northfield is also home to the Aberdeen Youth Choir who offer free group singing lessons to children 8-18 years.
Northfield has a lot going for it, particularly in terms of affordability and access. The Industrial estates, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Aberdeen Airport are all within easy reach of Northfield, with the main arterial roads, the A96 Great Northern Road (to the city centre) and the A90 North Anderson Drive (to the south & north) both running close by.
Local Schools:
    •    Manor Park Primary School
    •    Northfield Academy
    •    (subject to catchment areas)
Old Aberdeen
Old Aberdeen is located around 2 miles north of Aberdeen city centre and is home to Aberdeen University. It has the traditional architecture, history and atmosphere that you would rightly expect when visiting a university that dates back to 1495.
Old Aberdeen used to be an entirely separate burgh from Aberdeen and contains many historically important buildings such as St Machar’s Cathedral, Kings College Quadrangle, Elphinstone Hall and the imposing Old Town House. A walk down the charming cobbled High Street is very popular with visitors and a very definite ‘everyday perk’ for students and staff living on campus.
Unsurprisingly, Old Aberdeen has a high population of students and academics with the majority of property around the High Street belonging to the University, although a few residences are privately owned. Much of the housing available to students is either in the halls of residence or privately on the edge of Old Aberdeen, typically along the Spital Heyes – a street that runs from just on the outskirts of the city centre through to Old Aberdeen.
Accommodation can also be found nearby in areas like Linksfield and Pittodrie and along King Street and Bedford Road and streets thereabout (e.g. Sunnyside Road and Froghall Terrace). Property varies tremendously in the area from fine period properties to granite bungalows and 1,2 & 3-bed modern flats.
A regular bus runs through Old Aberdeen to the City Centre and also in the opposite direction towards Hillhead (Halls of Residence) and Seaton Park which has lovely walks along the River Don. Buses also run regularly from Bedford Road and King Street to the City Centre.
Aberdeen’s new Sports Village has recently opened in nearby Linksfield which hosts a state of the art swimming pool, an indoor football pitch and even a running track.
Old Aberdeen is a little gem and well worth a visit whether a student or not!
Local Schools:
    •    St Peter’s R.C. Primary School
    •    Seaton School
    •    Hanover Street Primary School
    •    St Machar Academy Secondary School
    •    (subject to catchment areas)
Rosemount, Aberdeen
Rosemount in Aberdeen, generally referring to the streets around Rosemount Place, is a district of central Aberdeen located about 1/2 mile north-west of the actual City Centre. Nearby areas include Queen’s Cross and Berryden, but Rosemount has an identity all of its own.
Primarily a central residential area, Rosemount is characterised by granite tenement buildings which are entirely representative of the boom in house building in the Victorian era, with an abundance of beautiful Victorian villas at the western end of the neighbourhood.
The houses are, on the whole, at the larger end of the scale, particularly near the picturesque Victoria and Westburn Parks, but there are also plenty of smaller tenement flats in the area too en route up Skene Street and Esslemont Avenue, amongst others. The traditional tenement flats to be found in the area are normally one or two bedroom and very popular with renters and first-time buyers for their close proximity to the city centre and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Being within walking distance of Union Street in the city centre makes this a very popular area in which to live and is populated with lots of specialist shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. Rosemount itself remains a thriving commercial area nowadays too, with a good number of traditional stores and boutique style shops and generally you would describe this part of town as one of the more trendy parts, but also one of the more expensive areas in which to rent property.
The recently refurbished and extended His Majesty’s Theatre is located at the Rosemount Viaduct as are Aberdeen Central Library, the Cowdray Hall and Aberdeen Art Gallery. Union Terrace Gardens are situated directly below and in front of the theatre.
Rosemount is earmarked for development into an open civic area for the people of Aberdeen. This has been funded partly by a very generous donation from Sir Ian Wood, a local businessman to the tune of £50 million pounds.
In Skene Street, Aberdeen Grammar School is a popular Secondary School whose records were first shown in the Burgh Records for the year 1418! Here is also Robert Gordon’s College, a fee paying co-educational school founded in 1729. The area is served well by local buses numbers 3 and 23.
Local Schools:
    •    Gilcomstoun Primary School
    •    Riverbank Primary School
    •    Skene Square Primary School
    •    Aberdeen Grammar School
    •    Robert Gordon’s College (fee paying)
    •    (subject to catchment areas)
Ruthrieston, Aberdeen
Ruthrieston in Aberdeen is a residential area located approximately one and a half miles south-west of Union Street and Aberdeen city centre.
Ruthrieston is well served by local roads, being very close to the A90 South Anderson Drive (one of the city’s main arterial routes north and southwards) and Holborn Street and Riverside Drive which both provide quick and easy access to the city centre, as well as the main routes south of the nearby River Dee.
There is a real mixture of property styles in Ruthrieston with 20th Century bungalows, detached granite houses, traditional granite tenement flats and modern blocks of flats (along Riverside Drive) all available in the area. It’s an established area which is popular with families and doesn’t have any commercial activity.
There are a small number of everyday shops in the area, but the nearby Garthdee retail complex at Bridge of Dee has excellent supermarkets (Sainsbury’s & a large Asda Wal-Mart) and high street shops such as Boots, Currys and B&Q.
The area is very convenient for Robert Gordon’s new Garthdee Campus and the Garthdee Sports and Adventure Park at Bridge of Dee which even has it’s own dry ski slope.
The area has a bit of space about it and perhaps a slightly sleepy suburban feel. The River Dee is a short walk to the south, as is the lovely Duthie Park and Winter Gardens to the east, which are enduringly popular destinations for the whole family.
Ruthrieston is a great place to consider staying if you work at the Tullos or Altens industrial estates which are a short journey away by car along the West Tullos Road.
In all, Ruthrieston is a good family orientated suburb with many positives.
Local Schools:
    •    Broomhill Primary School
    •    Kaimhill Primary School
    •    Abbotswell Primary School
    •    Kincorth Academy Secondary School
    •    (subject to catchment areas)
Torry, Aberdeen
Torry in Aberdeen is a popular residential district, located on the south bank of the River Dee, about 1 mile south of Aberdeen city centre. It is connected to the nearby city centre by three bridges of which Victoria Bridge provides the most direct access.
Although historic Torry was once designated a Royal Burgh in its own right, the image of the area in recent times hasn’t been so grand. Renowned at one time for its fishing industry community, the decline of the fishing industry did not help the area, although it still maintains a good community spirit today and is becoming more and more popular.
The area has a good mix of property types available including inter alia traditional granite tenements of 1 and 2-bed flats, terraced granite houses and 3-bed semi-detached villas.
Torry has a wide range of local amenities including good everyday shops, public transport, a municipal golf course (Balnagask), swimming pool, library, community and sports centre. For more extensive shopping, the city centre is only a short journey away as is the wonderful new Union Square Shopping Mall.
Torry even has it’s own scheduled ancient monument – a fortified Battery which was last used during the second world war. The “Torry Point Battery” was built around 1860 primarily in response to the threat of French Invasion and was last used as a training ground for troops during the second world war. The Battery is one of Aberdeen’s most interesting places and well worth a visit.
The area also offers easy access to the oil and commercial industrial estates of Tullos and Altens. which are located a short journey southwards.
Although Torry has not been so well thought of in the past and has been regarded as an area of low-cost housing, it is now an up and coming area with a lot going for it, especially now that it has been earmarked for significant financial assistance as part of Aberdeen’s Community Regeneration Project.
Local Schools:
    •    Walker Road Primary School
    •    Tullos Primary School
    •    Victoria Road Primary School
    •    Torry Academy Secondary School
    •    (subject to catchment areas)