71km (44 miles) N of Edinburgh; 35km (22 miles) SW of Dundee; 103km (64 miles) NE of Glasgow

From its majestic position on the Tay, the ancient city of Perth was the capital of Scotland until the mid-15th century. It's here that the Highlands meet the Lowlands. Perth makes a good stop if you're heading north to the Highlands. Perth itself has few historic buildings, but it does offer some good shopping. The main attraction, Scone Palace, lies on the outskirts, and the surrounding countryside is wonderful for strolling and hiking.