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Living And Working In Perth

Perth is a city which is located in central Scotland and is situated on the banks of the River Tay. It is approximately 42 miles north of Edinburgh and 22 miles west of Dundee. Perth is well connected by road and rail with regular trains to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee and is a little over four hundred miles from London.
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Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
March 15, 2024

Perth is a city which is located in central Scotland and is situated on the banks of the River Tay. It is approximately 42 miles north of Edinburgh and 22 miles west of Dundee. Perth is well connected by road and rail with regular trains to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee and is a little over four hundred miles from London.

Perth has a rich and varied history that dates back over 800 years. Originally known as St Johns Toun, it was granted burgh status in the early 12th century. In the middle ages, Perth was one of Scotland’s most important trading towns, thanks to its location on the River Tay. During the 16th century, Perth was actually the capital of Scotland and was the site of many important political events. By the 18th century, Perth had become a centre for textile production and was also a major transport hub thanks to its prominent location by the river and the ‘Great North Road’. As time went on, Perth continued to thrive as a manufacturing centre with industries ranging from whiskey distilling to shoe making. When the  famous Perth Bridge was constructed by notable engineer John Smeaton, it  connected the city with suburbs across the river.

Today, Perth is a vibrant and modern city that is home to a wide range of industries which include financial services,  technology, creative, administration, education, healthcare, manufacturing, food and drink (which include whisky distilleries, breweries and artisan food producers), retail and tourism. There are several major employers in the area and Perth is one of the fastest growing urban places in Scotland. Statistics from the ONS show that unemployment has recently fallen. Many exciting developments are transforming the city and it is focused on becoming one of the smartest and most sustainable cities in Europe.

Perth is a popular tourist destination due to its beautiful location on the River Tay, the rich history which is evident in many of its buildings and landmarks, which include the magnificent Perth Cathedral ~ also known as St Ninian’s Cathedral and was founded in the 12th century and the ancient Scone Palace which is situated on the site of the ancient crowning place of the King of Scots. Many Scottish kings were crowned here on the Stone of Destiny also known as the Stone of the Scone and although the original stone is no longer here, the palace retains very strong connections to Scottish royalty and history.  The Perth Museum and Art Gallery features a wide range of interesting objects and artefacts with paintings, sculptures and prints by Scottish artists whilst the Concert Hall hosts a variety of performances throughout the year. The Black Watch Castle and Museum tells the story of the famous Black Watch regiment and if you are a racing fan then you will be familiar with the well known Perth Racecourse.

The area surrounding Perth is spectacular with rolling hills, lush green forests and pretty towns and villages. There are several nature reserves in the vicinity and many walks, trails and routes which are dotted with castles and historic sites. The vibrant city has a wide range of amenities including shopping centres, cafes, restaurants and cultural attractions. It was the winner of Scotland's Food Town in 2018!!

Perth offers a high quality of life with low crime rates and a strong sense of community. It is a perfect choice for those seeking to live in a small city with good job opportunities and easy access to the beauty of the unparalleled Scottish countryside.

The next event to be hosted by the UK Careers fair will be held on March 22nd between 10am - 2pm. The venue is Perth Concert Hall, PH1 5HZ which is a popular, acoustically acclaimed auditorium which has established itself as a go-to venue for everything from international concerts to conferences. Built primarily in steel and glass, it was opened in 2005 at a construction cost of £12.3 million and one of the main features is the stunning copper roof!

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