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6.  Perth City Ale Trail  —  by Tom McLaughlan

 The walk begins as tradition dictates at The City of Perth's premier real ale pub, the famous  CHERRYBANK INN, a popular watering hole since 1761; it has a total of 6 handpumps from local brewery Inveralmond and other Scottish micros.Tayside Pub of the Year 2011.

The Cherrybank

From there head down the stair on leaving the pub ,across the bridge over Craigie burn, up a short incline before veering to the left passing Craigie hill golf course on the right. In 300mts. passing lock-up garages on the left, turn left across the turning circle and down to a narrow footpath (believe it or not it is possible to drive a mini down here, it has been done), into Orchard Place, passing a tennis court. At the T-junction turn right, then shortly left into Park Place, cross Darnhall Drive, continue to the end of the street, take the footpath to the right then left crossing Wilson Street, past the church and school before reaching the ABBOTSFORD. This split level lounge bar was converted from 2 Co-op shops in the 70s by the Giulianotti family. The current owner has now installed a hand pump, which may dispense Inveralmond Thrappledouser. Can be particularly busy on TV football nights.
    Setting off once again, continue down Abbot Street, ahead at the traffic lights passing a recommended chip shop on the left and over the railway bridge. In the days of steam the bridge would become engulfed in steam and smoke, as trains pulled out of Perth station on the left. Before the powers that be in British Rail restricted access to stations, there was a gate with a stair leading to the platform below making an interesting short cut to the town. The brick building down on the left was a 'fishhouse' where Tay salmon was graded, boxed, iced and dispatched to Billingsgate in London and other UK destinations. Follow the road, which was one of the last in Perth to have the 'cobbles' lifted and replaced with tarmac. Turn right at the T-junction, and shortly on the right is the South Inch (one of two city parks, the other being the North Inch) and a statue of borders writer Walter Scott. Here take a left northwards along King street. On reaching the traffic lights at the South Street Port, on the far right-hand corner find DICKENS. This is an interesting town centre bar with high ceiling and stained glass partitions forming cosy alcoves (formerly known as the Central); Inveralmond ale is always available.
 From here continue east down South Street, and at the next corner the ROYAL is a pub with traditional island bar and one handpump (Inveralmond). Onward to the TAVERN which has one handpump. Next along South Street you come to another heritage pub, The Auld Hoose, with island bar (but no real ale). Continue on, and on your right you will notice the Salutation Hotel, once frequented by Bonnie Prince Charlie.
 Shortly afterwards you come to another pub not to missed, The GREYFRIARS, named after the former nearby Greyfriars Monastery which was destroyed by a mob inspired by John Knox in 1559. This small but at times busy pub has up to three handpumps with house beer “Friar’s Tipple” brewed by Inveralmond as a regular favourite.
   Continue down to the traffic lights at the Tay and turn left and in a few hundred yards come to The CAPITAL ASSET. This converted TSB bank and Wetherspoons outlet has six handpumps, one of which may have a cider on. A good selection of ales in good condition can be expected.
   Continue on for a few metres and turn left into High Street and 2nd right into Watergate where you will find THE OLD SHIP,  Perth’s oldest pub, dating back to 1665. This friendly pub is a  Belhaven lease which normally has at least two ales on.
  On leaving, proceed northwards, walking round Perth Concert Hall, left, then right into Carpenter Street til reaching CHRISTIES, another Belhaven lease with an interesting island bar with two handpumps.This pub is on the site of Blackfriars Monastery, where King James I of Scotland was murdered in 1457.
  From here head south along Kinnoull Street to the junction with Mill Street, where you will notice THE SANDEMAN, built as a public library in 1898 following a bequest from sherry magnate Archibald Sandeman. At least one Caledonian beer will be on.
  In Mill Street you will be able to catch a No. 7 bus for the return to Cherrybank.