Perth in Scotland has been accorded city status as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Perth regains its status after a 37 year hiatus when it was relegated to a town as part of local government reforms.

However the fact is that Perth which celebrated its 800th anniversary last year has a long established history as a political, commercial and cultural centre. The City and Royal Burgh of Perth was the capital of Scotland from the 9th Century until 1437, and then officially the second city of Scotland until 1975. Archives recently uncovered show that Perth was granted a Golden Charter in 1600 by King James VI and referred to as a “city and royal burgh”.

Irrespective of its formal status, Perth has been known as the “Fair City” since the publication of the Fair Maid of Perth by author Sir Walter Scott in 1828. Dating back to 1475 the Fair Maid House is the oldest surviving secular building in Perth. This and many other nearby historic and cultural attractions such as Scone Palace (the crowning place of the Kings of Scots) make the city well worth a visit.

CLC Duchally Country Estate in Perthshire provides and ideal base from which to visit the City of Perth and surrounding countryside. Surrounded by some of the most spectacular and picturesque landscapes in Perthshire, CLC Duchally Country Estate’s rooms and lodges are furnished, equipped and decorated to the highest standards and offer excellent value.

The Estate’s leisure centre includes a heated indoor swimming pool with adjacent children’s pool, a spa bath, a steam room and a sauna, as well as a fully equipped, air-conditioned gym. The restaurant, Montheaths, boasts an “Eat Scotland” award for the excellence of its cuisine and use fine, locally sourced produce.