Perth, Scotland: 5 April 2010

About a 50 minute train from Edinburgh is the City of Perth. The only reason I went here is because I’m from Perth in Australia.

Perth, Australia, was named after Perth, Scotland, at the wish of Sir George Murray, who was in 1829 when Perth, Australia was founded, Secretary of State for the Colonies and Member for Perthshire in the British House of Commons.

The name Perth derives from a Gaelic word for wood or copse, and Perth, Scotland was granted the Royal Burgh Charter by King William the Lion of Scotland in 1210. There are banners for the 800th anniversary of the city everywhere.

The city itself was very nice and quaint. There is nothing particularly of note for a tourist in the Perth city centre itself, however Scone Palace, which was the original home of the Stone of Destiny and the site of the coronations of the Kings of Scots from 1114 to 1651, is only a 20 minute walk from the city centre. I could have sworn it was further away when I was there, and I didn’t visit, however Google maps clearly shows it to only be a 20 minute walk!

All these photos are from the very small city centre, except for the last few which are just outside. As for the photos of the three street signs, you’ll have to be from Perth, Australia to appreciate it.



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