Lovely Perth or The Scones of Scotland

Perth Bridge and buildings along the Tay River Walkway

Perth Bridge, built in 1771, and buildings along the Tay River Walkway

I have local, regional and national maps of Scotland lying out across the bed, and I wish to share some of the cool-sounding names of nearby towns. There is Inverkeithing and Lochgelly, Kirkcaldy and Ladybank, Dunblane and Dunkeld, to name but a few. And there are more familiar names like Dundee and Inverness, Berwick and Aberdeen. These names evoke a sense of charm, and it is even more heartening to hear them pronounced by locals who think there is nothing special in speaking them.

Vaulted ceiling of St. John's Kirk from the altar

Vaulted ceiling and the altar of St. John’s Kirk

Our first excursion beyond our base in Kinross is a thirty minute bus trip to Perth, population 45,000, located central to all of Scotland. We are apartment hunting, and after checking out half a dozen property agencies, we have strolled through much of the quaint town. Our stroll took us along the River Tay and afforded us a great view of the iconic Perth Bridge which opens out to the North Sea. Thus, we learned that although Perth sits well into Scotland’s interior, it is also a seaport.

We were warmly greeted as we peeked into the 800 year old St. John’s Kirk (Church of Scotland) where the Presbyterian Church got its start during the Reformation in the 1500’s. We were offered a guided tour, but we opted for their self-guided walkthrough. Congregation members eagerly answer all questions. They want people to know the Kirk is not only a historic monument, but also a working church.

Outside St. John's Kirk

Outside St. John’s Kirk

Just beyond St. John’s Kirk is High Street, a pedestrian promenade chock full of shops and restaurants. We are drawn to a tea shop with a cheery lavender-colored storefront called Curiositeaz. Their vegetable soup-of-the-day was a fortunate choice because we had left room for scones for dessert. I opted for the cherry-almond. Florence ordered the raspberry-white chocolate. Other dessert options will have to wait for a return trip, and if we end up in Perth that will likely happen.

The Cashmere Woolen Mill is just a 15 minute walk down the road from our hotel. Although the mill is not open for tours, they have a retail store where Florence got a pair of sumptuously soft Cashmere gloves and I picked up a merino wool pullover. The mill, which used to employ 2,500 workers, now operates with only 250 workers. We are told automation has accounted for much of the downsizing. Nonetheless, they keep manufacturing wool. Perhaps they need the wool to keep making kilts.

Preparing my next blog post at Curiositeaz

Preparing my next blog with scones at Curiositeaz

Florence insists she needs a photograph of me in a kilt, which I am not excited about. I guess we will have to see who prevails in the matter. Our Scotland adventures continue as we have booked a week’s stay in Edinburgh. We look forward to experiencing the big city and all it has to offer.

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans!


27 comments on “Lovely Perth or The Scones of Scotland

  1. Lois says:

    Lovely post about a lovely place! many years since I have been there so it was nice to “revisit”!

  2. The photos you, or more likely, Florence, took are wonderful! And I must say that I hope Florence prevails in the kilt matter. You in a kilt is something that I’d love to see! Celeste 🙂

  3. So excited for you and Florence! What an amazing adventure… my son, Aaron is a Scotofile (or whatever that word would be, meaning: obsessed with all things Scotland!). I’ll be showing him your posts. Can’t wait to hear more, and will look forward to your kilt photos… I believe you are losing this vote, my friend. 😉 For humor, you must watch this video. You’ll laugh for sure! It’s hilarious… about the brogue.

    • Mike Lince says:

      OMG! That video is hilarious. I have tried to imitate the brogue, but my wife says I should stop doing that, especially in front of locals, because my version is worse then Scotty on Star Trek. We have also had a few funny misinterpretations of terminology. I got a laugh when I referred to the “freeway” which is a “motorway” here. Still, the people are friendly and helpful.
      More great stories ahead as we are on our way to Edinburgh for a week.

  4. When you get to Edinburgh, you’ll find that folks will have expected you “to have had your tea”.

    • Mike Lince says:

      I believe I may have to switch to tea. I’m afraid my wife and I became a bit like coffee snobs after many months of the local coffee in Central America. Their bad coffee is better than most good coffees elsewhere. So tea it is.

  5. mkesling63 says:

    Happy 4th to you too. Well Regalia may be embarassing so don’t wear it.

  6. I’ve never heard of such a wonderful variety of scones. When you’re in Edinburgh, you must try Black Bo’s vegetarian restaurant. LOVEly food if it’s anything like it used to be.

  7. Pit says:

    On our recent trip to Scotland we skipped Perth, but we did enjoy the Palace of Scone a lot.
    Best regards from southern Texas,
    P.S.: Pictures plus text will be on my blog(s) soon.

    • Mike Lince says:

      We are looking forward to visiting the Scone Castle. It is only a couple miles from us. I look forward to viewing your photos! – Mike

      • Pit says:

        Hi Mike,
        Scone Palace – and the grounds – are really worth a visit. As to my – or rather, my wife’s – pictures: those will take a while as our visit to Scone was at the end of our trip to England and Scotland and I’m planning to write chronologically.
        Best regards and have a great Sunday,

  8. AmyAdelante says:

    Great photos and introduction to Scotland.
    I vote for seeing you in a kilt!! 🙂
    Also, as per Stuartahamilton’s comment about ‘tea’ – this can also refer to dinner/ supper/ evening meal – which can cause many confusions!

  9. sanstorm says:

    I enjoyed reading this as I really don’t like Perth – I always get stuck in the ring-road going the wrong way – I end up accidentally driving to Edinburgh by mistake and such like. I once got so lost I arrived at a wedding late and had missed the vows!
    Hope you continue to enjoy yourselves. At least the weather has been okay so far 🙂

    • Mike Lince says:

      I can understand your sentiments. I am still not used to looking to the right FIRST before crossing the street. If I were driving I would be a bit confused, too. Fortunately, we are walking and taking buses everywhere, and Perth is perfect for walking. We are getting plenty of exercise. Thanks for sharing your comments. – Mike

  10. What are those lovely photos, thanks!

  11. reocochran says:

    I enjoyed the prose and views! Thanks for visiting and liking me, Mike! I always get excited to see your new places. Perth was an interesting jaunt with history and the photos added to it.

    • Mike Lince says:

      We hope to make Perth our home. If plans come together as we hope we will be moved there by the end of the month. I look forward to your next story, too. – Mike

  12. blade3colorado says:

    You in a kilt? Yeah, I am with Florence! LOL.

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