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Introducing Perth - The Ballantynes Guide to Moving to Perth


Is the Fair City of Perth Calling?

Maybe you're planning on moving to Perth in the not too distant future or perhaps it's just one of a number of destinations you're considering. To help you, we've created a short guide to introduce you to the City of Perth.

Welcome to Perth, Scotland

With 90% of Scotland's population just 90 minutes away from Perth, it's little wonder that Perth, and Perthshire, is described as the Heart of Scotland. Perth is an ideal satellite city if you're looking to commute to Edinburgh or Glasgow. But it's also a great City in its own right.

The districts of Perth

Perth City Centre

The City Centre of Perth distinguishes itself by its mix of retail, restaurants, bars and cafes. But it also has a blend of modern luxury apartments, as well as Georgian and Victorian property all right in the heart of central Perth.


To the South West of Perth City Centre, Craigie is a popular residential area of the City with quick, easy access to the centre. It's well served by shops and primary schools.


Situated to the North of Perth, Muirton has a mix of Council owned rental property, as well as privately owned accommodation. It has smaller independent retailers as well as the Asda Supermarket within its area. A major new residential development is being built which will provide a large number of new family houses as well as flats and apartments.


To the west of Perth, Letham is a busy area of the city with a mix of rented and privately owned property.

Glasgow Road / Broxden / Oakbank

Given its proximity to Perth Academy and Perth High School as well as Viewlands Primary and Oakbank Primary Schools – it's not surprising that this area is a popular choice for families with younger children. Add in the easy access for commuters to the motorway network and you'll understand why this is one of the more sought after residential areas.

Bridgend / Gannochy / Kinnoull

Over the bridges that cross the Tay, you'll find the areas of Bridgend, Gannochy and Kinnoull. Kinnoull is particularly popular given the spectacular views over the city and surrounding area.

Other key areas of Perth and the surrounding area include -
  • Scone
  • Auchterarder
  • Huntingtower
  • Ruthvenfield
  • Bridge of Earn
  • Crieff

Types of Property in Perth

Perth has a wide range of property types from classic Georgian and Victorian architecture, through to modern apartments and flats.
  1. Bungalow
  2. Terraced House
  3. Detached
  4. Semi-Detached
  5. Tenement Flat
  6. Penthouse
  7. Cottage

House Prices in Perth

The easy access to the motorway network, combined with limited scope for large scale new build development has helped keep Perth property prices above the Scottish average.

The average price for a house in Perth (as of July 2015) was £178,000, which is more than the Scottish average of £160,000.

Education in Perth

Perth is home to 4 High Schools, a large number of primary and nursery schools as well as Perth College, which is part of the University of the Highlands & Islands.

High Schools in Perth

  • Perth High School
  • Perth Grammar School
  • Perth Academy
  • St John's Roman Catholic Academy
You can find a full list of all Perth and Perthshire schools by visiting -

Catholic Schools in Perth

As well as St. John's Roman Catholic High School, Perth also has a Roman Catholic Primary School – Our Lady's RC Primary School in Letham.

Independent Schools in Perth

Perth and the wider area of Perthshire are well served for Independent Schools, including Craigclowan, Glenalmond College, Kilgraston, Strathallan and Morrison's Academy.

Leisure Time in Perth

For a relatively small city, Perth packs a lot in. Perth is blessed with a wide array of wonderful restaurants, bars and cafes. Whatever your budget or tastes, you're spoiled for choice.

Perth City Centre has a blend of High Street names as well as a thriving independent retail community. As with many cities, Perth has a few retail parks, most notably, the St. Catherine's Retail Park.

Perth also has some excellent leisure centres including The Bells Sports Centre and The Dewars Ice Rink, which is close to Perth's Leisure Pool.

Perth is also home to an Art Deco Cinema. Built in 1933, The Perth Playhouse has been revamped in recent years to accommodate an IMAX Cinema.

Culture, Comedy & Music

Perth is home to both Public and Private Art Galleries and the Museum is a popular attraction for locals and tourists. The Perth Concert Hall, built in 2005, is a modern complex that hosts theatre shows, well-known comedians as well as music concerts. It also hosts conferences and events over the course of the year.

Getting Around Perth

Perth is an easy city to enjoy and explore on foot or bike. It's also well served by rail and bus. If you're travelling by car, there are numerous public car parks throughout the city. The closest international airport is Edinburgh while some regional flights are available from the nearby City of Dundee Airport.

Property for Sale in Perth

We've lots of properties for sale in Perth. For a full list click here

Perfect Perth

Perth is a beautiful city with the River Tay providing a stunning focal point throughout the year. It's a great place to live and work, and for those looking for an ideal commuting point – Perth is a perfect choice.
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