Stagecoach’s ‘Clapham Junction’ – perfect Perth and Peter Pan
In terms of our network of routes within the Great Scenic Journeys collection, Perth is very much a major crossroads, or ‘epicentre’ – the “Clapham Junction of Scotland”! No fewer than 7 fun-filled scenic Stagecoach routes converge in this heritage fuelled city with a modern touch of class – the 23,24 and 27 from Pitlochry, 15/15A from Stirling, 36 from Glenrothes and that iconic traverser of the Forth Road Bridge from Edinburgh – yep, you guessed it, the famous X56. It’s also the birthplace and HQ of the ground-breaking, trailblazing Stagecoach bus company, the purveyor of these scenic sojourns and many more routes across the UK! There’s plenty other famous names to be born here too!
It’s definitely no surprise that Perth is a perfect paradisical purveyor of Great Scenic Journeys. The landscape from all parts to this great City is incredible – lochs, forests, mountains climax in Perth, which is an attraction of its own – a hub for culture, architecture and leisurely walks down the River Tay.
Up the Palace!
Start your action-packed exploration at the iconic Scone Palace. The palace is surrounded by beautiful gardens and offers a glimpse into the country’s royal heritage. This incredible location resonates with regal grandeur and cultural significance. Once the crowning place of Scottish kings, this majestic palace boasts a rich history dating back to the 12th century. Surrounded by enchanting gardens and scenic landscapes, Scone Palace showcases opulent interiors, including the renowned Long Gallery and State Rooms adorned with priceless artifacts. The palace’s expansive grounds feature the celebrated Murray Star Maze and diverse plant collections.
Take to the Tay for a cultural gem
John and Dorothy’s delights
Poets, Pop and Peter Pan!
Let’s break off for some titbits about this great City. Perth has been the birthplace or home to several notable individuals throughout history. One prominent figure is Ewan McGregor, the acclaimed actor known for his roles in films such as “Trainspotting,” “Moulin Rouge!,” and his portrayal of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. McGregor was born in Perth in 1971 and has achieved international recognition for his versatile acting career. Another well-known Perth native is the celebrated Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall. Born in Edinburgh and raised in St Andrews and later Fife, Tunstall spent part of her childhood in Perth. Her breakthrough album, “Eye to the Telescope,” featuring hits like “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree,” brought her widespread acclaim. Back much further in time, meanwhile, William Soutar, a poet and diarist, was born in Perth in 1898. Although he faced health challenges, his works, including poems and journals, have posthumously earned recognition for their literary prowess.
In the 19th century, Perth gained a peculiar claim to fame as the birthplace of the famous “Kailyard School” of literature. This literary movement, which emerged in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, celebrated rural Scottish life and often featured idyllic portrayals of quaint villages and characters. One of the notable figures associated with this movement is writer James Matthew Barrie, born in Kirriemuir, near Perth. Barrie is best known for creating Peter Pan, but he was also part of the Kailyard School. The term “Kailyard” refers to a kitchen garden where cabbages (kail) are grown, symbolizing the simplicity and charm of rural Scottish life. Despite its popularity, the Kailyard School faced criticism for its sentimentalized depictions of Scottish life.
There’s really so much to do and see in Perth and it’s the ideal hub for a staycation or brilliant day out. With an amazing appeal for everyone, a combo of a scenic trip on a Stagecoach bus to see the sights in the City from nearby or further afield, really is a great choice any time of year. To plan your adventure, be sure to check out any of these wonderful routes…