Not to be confused with its Australian namesake, Perth is an historic city lying on the banks of the River Tay in the heart of central Scotland. The site of countless battles between Scots and Englishmen over the centuries, Perth has a rich and bloody heritage, and owing to its strategic importance was at one point the most heavily fortified town in Scotland. Evidence of this in the city's buildings and architecture can still be found today.
Perth experienced rapid growth from the 18th Century onwards, and its ideal location made it a perfect transport hub for industry and trade with Dundee, Dunfermline, Stirling and Edinburgh all easily reachable. Whilst its traditional exports such as linen, leather and whisky are no longer produced in such great amounts in the town, it still has a diverse economy with a range of different enterprises across a number of different sectors. The town contains many different shops with high street names alongside independent boutiques.
Perth Theatre, one of two theatres in Perth, has been standing since 1900 and is one of Scotland's oldest and most historic repertory theatres, and after much refurbishment and restoration continues to put on events to this day.
Football is very popular in Perth and the local club St Johnstone regularly attracts thousands of fans to its games. Perth also hosts the Scottish Open Volleyball Tournament, the largest tournament of its kind in the country. All this and easy access to some of the country's most spectacular scenery makes Perth an ideal base for a short break or a longer holiday.