Why Perth?

We at The Scottish Yarn Festival are passionate about the City which we call home. Perth is Scotland’s ancient capital, the crowning place of our Kings, the Gateway to the Highlands, and 90% of the Scottish population are only a 90 minutes drive away; so we are closer than you may have thought!  



Perth and it’s surrounding areas have a wealth of cultural gems for you to explore.  We’ve listed a few highlights below to help you make the absolute best of your time with us; so why not book an extra couple of days away.


Perth Museum and  Perth Art Gallery


Perthshire Artisans Open Studios, Throughout Perthshire


River Tay Public Art Trial, Perth


The River Tay is the longest river in Scotland and the most powerful river in Britain.  It flows through the City of Perth and it is to the river that the city owes its existence – having grown up in the Middle Ages around the lowest point that the river could be bridged.

Alongside the river are placed thought–provoking sculptures which draw their inspiration from the river and its wildlife, the city, its history, its poets and its life.

Together these sculptures form the River Tay Public Art Trail which, consisting of outstanding artworks positioned in some of the most beautiful settings in the City of Perth, recalls the artistic, historical and natural heritage of the City of Perth and its river.


Perth Cathedral, St Ninian’s 


Perth Cathedral, St Ninian’s was the first to be built in Britain after the Reformation and was consecrated in 1850. It stands on ground that originally formed part of the Blackfriars Monastery and is dedicated to St. Ninian, the first name we know in the Christian history of Scotland.

Perth Cathedral was designed by the London architect, William Butterfield, and is an A listed building. In the year he designed St Ninian’s he also designed Adelaide Cathedral in Australia and Frederichton in Canada. (Butterfield also designed All Saints, Margaret Street, London; Keble College, Oxford; and St Augustine’s College, Canterbury.) The Butterfield design was completed in two phases in 1850 and 1890. Another London architect, John L Pearson designed the Lady Chapel and the Chapter House around 1900; these additions were carried out by his son, Frank Pearson.


St. John’s Kirk of Perth


St. John’s Kirk of Perth is one of Scotland’s most important burgh churches.  It is Perth’s most ancient building, and sits at the very centre of the old Royal Burgh.  Its unique broach spire has dominated Perth for over 500 years


The Fair Maid’s House, Perth


The Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s visitor and education centre in the Fair Maid’s House is a geographical delight housed in the oldest secular building in Perth, parts of which date from 1475.


The Black Watch Castle and Museum, Perth



Scone Palace, Scone (near Perth)


The Crowning Place of Scottish Kings and the original home of the Stone of Scone.


Birnam Arts and the Beatrix Potter Garden, Birnam and Dunkeld



V&A Dundee:  Various Exhibitions



For general Tourist Information services and further inspiration please visit:  https://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/perth/see-do/