Find Scotland Tours that visit the Black Watch Museum.
|Address:||Balhousie Castle, Hay Street, Perth PH1 5HR|
|Opening Hours:||April to October: Daily 9.30am - 4:30pm |
November to March: Daily 10am - 4pm
Last entry to Museum 1 hour before closing.
|Admission:||Adult £7.50, Senior £6, Child (5 - 16 yrs) £3.50, Family £18 |
Guided Tours with a retired Black Watch soldier cost extra.
|Accessibility:||Yes, a lift has been installed to give wheelchair access to the upper floors|
|Cafe/Restaurant:||Yes, and a very nice one too! Worth a visit in its own right if you fancy a cream scone and cup of tea.|
The Black Watch Regimental Museum is housed in Balhousie Castle in a suburb of Perth and has recently undergone refurbishment. This museum takes you through the history of the oldest Highland Regiment with a range of exhibits and artefacts that tell the story of the regiment from the Napoleonic Wars right up to the recent conflicts in Iraq.
The Black Watch museum is a traditional museum, but it is very good for anyone with an interest in the military. You can see some very fragile old flags that date back to the Napoleonic and Crimean wars. There are some very life-like wax figures in Regimental uniforms and displays of weapons captured from enemies.
Visitors should take time to read the interesting stories about the various items on display, such as a bible that stopped a bullet in WWI. Also lookout for the home made rifles of the Kenyan Mau-Mau rebels. It's amazing that they worked!
The museum is staffed by retired soldiers from the regiment who will happily tell you some stories.
The Black Watch museum is clearly signposted from the main A85 / A989 roads through Perth city centre.