Perth and Kinross is a diverse area encompassing the large city of Perth and many smaller, pretty and functional towns and villages. The area was created as a district in 1975 within the Tayside region.
Bordering the banks of the River Tay, Perth has a rich history that is studded along the pavements you walk on and within the buildings that stand there. An important city within Scottish history, Perth is home to the hauntingly beautiful Scine Abbey, home to the sacred Stone of Destiny, on which Kings of Scotland have been crowned over the years. It is a thoroughly modern city though. Perth reinvented itself as a major banking and insurance centre after the decline of the local whiskey industry. As one would expect, all the usual high street and designer shops are available in the city helped along by a great café and bar culture by day and night.
The rest of the area of Kinross is devoted to tourism and pleasure, with fine historical buildings and sites, including many stone circles, having being preserved for the nation to experience. Golf is also a major drawn to the area with the spectacular and renowned Gleneagles hotel and golf course being the jewel in the crown.