King James VI walk

This short walk (0.6 miles) takes in all the plaques in Perth that mention King James VI of Scotland. It begins at the site of King James Hospital founded by him in 1587. Click on each of the waymarks then on ‘More details’ to learn more. Moving on to Tay Street you can walk along the river beside the site of Gowrie House, where an infamous attempt on the life of the king was made in 1600, just two years before he became King James I of England and the first monarch of both Scotland and England. These events and a visit he made to Perth in 1601 are commemorated on the waymarked plaques along Tay Street. The walk ends at the Old Ship Inn in Skinnergate, which dates from Mediaeval times. A series of mock newspaper headline boards outside give a sensational account of the Gowrie House Conspiracy and other events in Perth’s history.

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