Top 10 FREE activities to keep you busy in Perth!

Top 10 FREE activities to keep you busy in Perth!

If you’re starting at Perth College UHI, and are looking for things to do in the area, then here are our top 10 FREE activities to keep you busy!

1.  Kinnoull Hill

If you’re looking for a beautiful forest walk, with stunning scenes, then this is the one for you! Embark on a strenuous walk up the hill and enjoy the panoramic view from the top over the River Tay. There are plenty of benches for you to sit and take in the view, or for you to enjoy a picnic. Just make sure you are wearing sensible footwear…

2. Perth Museum and Art Gallery

Right in the centre of town, the museum and art gallery is definitely worth a visit. From portraits and photographs, to meteorites and Miss Ballantyne’s salmon - there is always a fascinating array of objects on display, complemented by in-gallery activities for families.

Open: Tuesday – Sunday 10am-5pm
Find out more here.

3. River Tay walk

The River Tay is the longest river in Scotland and the most powerful river in Britain. It flows through the City of Perth and alongside the river is a public art trail - thought–provoking sculptures which draw their inspiration from the river and its wildlife, the city, its history, its poets and its life. Sculptures on the map are numbered, but you needn't follow all the numbers in sequence to enjoy the trail. At a moderate pace, the whole trail should take just over an hour to complete and ends in the city centre - where there are many cafés and restaurants in which to enjoy a well-earned refreshment.

1 Riverside, Perth, PH2 7TR. View map location.

4. Perth Farmers' Market

The market takes place on the first Saturday of every month (except January) in King Edward Street and High Street, from 9am to 2pm. There are around 50 stalls selling a variety of quality local produce. Sample the food, enjoy the atmosphere and purchase some of the finest produce in Scotland!

Find the market dates here.

5. The Fair Maid’s House Visitor Centre

The RSGS Fair Maid's House Visitor and Education Centre is a geographical delight housed in the oldest secular building in Perth. Visitors can watch the planet from space in the Earth Room, see the continents evolve, and learn about the hottest and coldest places on Earth in the Education Room. Admission is free, but donations are very welcome.

Open until Saturday 26th October 2019

  • July, August - Monday to Friday – 1 - 4:30pm

  • September, October - Thursday to Saturday – 1 - 4:30pm

North Port, Perth PH1 5LU
Find out more information here.

6. South Inch Park

The South Inch is a great open space close to the city centre. It covers an area of approximately 31 hectares and includes the Lesser South Inch which has an extensive area of hard standing, skate park, sports pitches, car parking and toilets. The hard standing is where you will find visiting fun fairs, circuses, shows and other large special events such as fireworks and bonfire nights. If the weather is nice, the South Inch is the perfect place to take a picnic along. If the weather is not in your favour, there is also the on-site Pavillion Café which overlooks the park. Enjoy your coffee and cake with a wonderful view over the park with the hills in the distance.

More information here.

7. Litter free paddle trips

Why not use your spare time to do something fun, but that is also good for the environment? Since 2014, Outdoor Explore have been running free trips in Tayside to help make the local rivers, lochs and sea a better place for all. Join the group for the last litter paddle on 21st of September on the River Tay in Perth. The boats, paddle gear, gloves and bin bags are all provided by Outdoor Explore. No prior kayaking or canoeing experience is necessary - you will just be in the water for around 2 hours doing your best! #LitterFreePaddle

Interested in joining? Drop an email to

8. Geocaching

Geocaching brings together the old-fashioned treasure hunt with modern technology. Players try to locate hidden containers, called caches, using handheld GPS systems or GPS-enabled mobiles and then share their experiences online at Caches can vary in size and many contain small collectable items such as geocoins, toys, badges and key rings. The treasure hunt aspect of geocaching makes it a great way for parents to get children and young people out in the fresh air. Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park has become recognised as a great geocaching spot for families - particularly along the Wildwood Safari, where lots of child friendly caches are hidden in the vicinity of the animal sculptures. On average, cachers spend three to four hours in the park.

Find out more on how you can get started here.

9. River Tay to Luncarty Walk

This straight 6.25 mile walk follows the banks of the River Tay from Perth city centre out to Luncarty to the north. Starting at the North Inch – 0.1 miles from the city centre – the walk should take you 2.5-3 hours and the return to Perth can be made by bus.

Find out more here.

10. The City of Perth Salute

Inspired by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo outreach performance in the city, Perth has created its very own event. On 18th August, 12 – 3pm in Perth city centre, the streets of Perth will be alive with the sounds of music as a range of pipe bands, music bands and other performers come together. International artistes will join local bands in the City of Perth Parade from the South Inch to the North Inch, along Tay Street culminating in an arena performance.

Find out more here.


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