Raise the roof Perth Sculpture Trail

Celebrating the women of Perthshire

The city of Perth is a favourite of mine. It’s a compact city with just enough of a balance of city and countryside to keep you entertained but also relax. As part of the Visit Scotland Year of Stories, you can follow a sculpture trail, called raise the roof, around Perth to discover some inspiring Perthshire women.

Around the city you’ll find artists, engineers, and Olympic medalists, Perthshire women with stories to tell. The women were chosen by community groups who researched their chosen woman and then worked with artist Vanessa Lawrence to develop the sculptures.

Raise The Roof runs until September 2022.

A printed map is available at Visit Scotland Visitor Centre on Perth’s High Street and at various cafes, shops and visitor attractions throughout the area. 


  • Lady Margaret Watson-Watt. Find her on St John Street behnd St John’s Kirk


  • Queen Annabella Drummond. Find her on Scott Street outide the Twa Tams


  • Goddess Cailleach. Find her on Leonard Street by Perth Bus Station


  • Belle Stewart. Find her by Perth Railway Station entrance


  • Effie Gray. Find her on Yorl Place, in AK Bell Library Grounds


  • Eve Muirhead OBE. Find her on Glover Street outside Dewars Centre


  • Elizabeth Haldane. Find her on Tay Street by the Fergusson Gallery


  • Victoria Drummond. Find her by the Black Watch Castle and Museum


  • Eilidh Doyle. Find her on the North Inch outside Bell’s Sports Centre


  • Kya the Iron Age Girl. Find her in the grounds of Perth Creative Exchange


  • Georgina Ballantine. Find her on Bridge Lane by Perth Museum and Art Gallery


  • Claire Smith. Find her on Tay Street by the River Viewing Point


  •  Lady Isobel Moncrieff. Find her outside 2 High Street


  • Aggie Moffat. Find her on Mill Street by Perth Concert Hall


  • Bessie Wright. Find her on Skinnergate outside the Salvation Army


  • Lady Carolina Nairne. Find her on Kinnoull Street in the window of pullar house


  • Marjorie Dence MBE. Find her on High Street outside Perth Theatre


  • Kate McNiven. Find her on St Paul’s Church Square.


  • Jess Smith. Find her on Murray Royal Hispital Grounds at the Walled Garden


  • Dorothy Renton. Find her at Branklyn Gardens.



I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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