Perth & Kinross Council has unveiled two new coach stops in the centre of the historic city of Perth.
The development is part of the council’s programme to achieve Coach Friendly Status for Perth by working with CPT in Scotland.
The new coach stops are located on George Street and South Street and complement existing coach stops on Mill Street and Tay Street.
Perth and Kinross Enterprise and Infrastructure Convenor, Cllr John Kellas, said: “Organised coach tours are an incredibly valuable type of holiday for our local economy in Perthshire and these new coach stops are an important way to make Perth as accessible and attractive as possible to coach operators and their clients.
“Perth is at the heart of Scotland’s transport network. It’s considered the gateway to the Scottish Highlands yet is only 45 minutes’ drive from Edinburgh and an hour from Glasgow, making it an attractive touring proposition.
“There are already useful and accessible facilities in Perth, from bus washing to overnight parking, and these new coach stops are a very welcome addition.”
The city centre coach stops will allow visitors to be easily dropped off within short walking distance of Perth’s independent shops and eateries, which make up 70% of Perth’s popular retail offering, and many visitor attractions. These include the collections at Perth Museum & Art Gallery and the Fergusson Gallery, as well as the 5 star Black Watch Museum devoted to the three-century-long history of the famed military regiment, and the elegant medieval St John’s Kirk, Perth’s most ancient building.
Jim Clarkson, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director, said: “Travelling or holidaying by coach remains a valuable tourism market. The addition of these two new stops will play a huge part in helping attract and encourage more visitors to the historic and picturesque city of Perth, which in turn will bring a number of positive benefits to the local visitor economy.”
Coach operators do not need to book in advance, they can simply turn up and use the stops for 15 minutes at a time to drop off or collect passengers. There are long term coaching facilities located within five minutes of all the coach drop off points at the South Inch Car Park.
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