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Edinburgh - Perth

Between Edinburgh and Perth

Between Edinburgh and Perth

Driving and Detours:

Approximate distance: 43 miles or 67 km
Journey time approximately 1 hour.

Once you are out of Edinburgh and onto the by-pass to the West of the town, take the A90 to the Forth Road bridge and the North. There's a toll to pay before going across the Firth of Forth on the bridge (40 pence in 1997) The road is fast motorway (M90) all the way to Perth.

From the road bridge to the East you can see the Rail Bridge which was built 1883 to 1890 and still going strong. There was a memorable scene in the black and white film version of John Buchan's 39 Steps which took place on this bridge.

Loch Leven is visible form the road. On an island in this loch stands 14th century Loch Leven Castle which is where Mary Queen of Scots was held captive between 1567 and 1568. It is accessible from Kinross the small town on the edge of the loch.

On the south side of the loch is Vane Farm Royal Society for the Protection of Birds nature reserve. Migrating wildfowl stop here during winter, with duck nesting in the summer.


The "Fair City" of Perth is reached by turning off the M90. It's always a pleasure to visit Perth; it has a lovely setting on the banks of the River Tay. Once Scotland's capital city it has an air of refined prosperity.

Turning off on the A823 to the West takes you to Dunfermline which was built around the Benedictine Abbey founded in the 12th century. Robert the Bruce was buried here, though his heart is buried at Melrose Abbey
Further to the West is Culross, a remarkably preserved 16th and 17th century town.

The Kingdom of Fife.

Turning off on the A92 to the East takes you into the larger part of the Kingdom of Fife.
Fife is probably most well known for St Andrews and for its Golf Courses, but the area is full of many other fascinating places to visit.

St Andrews. Golf. St Andrews Cathedral.
Falkland Palace, a favourite palace of Scottish kings and Queens.
Fishing villages and sea-board towns.
Balmerino 13th century Cistercian Abbey.

Accommodation en route or round about:

Bed & Breakfast accommodation:

Tullibole Castle, secluded just west of Kinross on M90. Grade A listed Scottish castle built 1608, family home of the Moncrieffs since 1704. Open May to end Sept.
Kilrie Granary, converted granary with gardens and loch, set in 1000 acres near Kirkcaldy, and beaches. Edinburgh by train 35 minutes. B&B or rental.


The Inn at Lathones, excellent small Hotel with very good food,5 miles from St Andrews.
The Peat Inn, Restaurant with Rooms. 5 stars, 3 AA Rosettes and one of the best reputations for good food in Scotland.

Self-catering houses and cottages:

Myres Castle Secluded in 44 acres of gardens and parkland, luxurious 9 bedroom castle dating from 1530. Exclusive fully serviced rental with award-winning chef. Heliport, board-room, tennis court. Family parties, reunions, weddings and conferences. Edinburgh 40 mins, St Andrews 25 mins. Sleeping up to 18.
Balgonar Cottage Traditional stone-built cottage in small estate near Saline, 40 mins Glasgow Edingurgh, 30 mins Stirling. Owner can provide home-cured bacon, meat, fruit and vegetables. Sleeps 5 to 6. and:
Balgonar Bothy Studio Bothy 100 yards away, sleeping 2 to 4.
Kilrie Granary, converted granary with gardens and loch, set in 1000 acres near Kirkcaldy, and beaches. Edinburgh by train 35 minutes. B&B or rental sleeping 4 to 6.

Events: Perth Festival of Arts - 21st May to 1st June
Perth Agricultural Show - 1st to 2nd August

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