A representative of the US Trump administration has been given a guided tour of Perth as part of efforts to build stronger links between Scotland and America.
Susan Wilson, principal officer of the US Consulate General in Edinburgh, was shown around the Fair City and given the lowdown on its plans for the future.
She was invited to the area by depute provost Willie Wilson who helped organise a packed schedule of presentations and visits.
Ms Wilson took a tour of Perth’s new look theatre and concert hall, and was taken to Scone Palace to learn about the region’s rich history.
She praised Perth’s established connection to America, particularly the US-themed Southern Fried music festival.
“I have been really looking forward to visiting Perth,” Ms Wilson said. “This trip has been long overdue.
“Firstly because Perth is a beautiful, historic city, but also because it is home of the Southern Fried Festival.
“And it is home to the Seven Scots, who host the Cateran Yomp. I was at the finale of this year’s event, and that is a great example of a US and Scotland partnership in action.”
She said: “The US Consulate in Edinburgh is the US Government’s representative in Scotland and we have a dual mission to look after American citizens in Scotland, while also building up friendships and connections throughout the country.
“We do this in any way that we can, through businesses and through people.
“The US and Scotland have been great friends for hundreds of years and we want that historic friendship to continue.”
The visit involved a meeting with the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce and a trip to Balhousie Castle.
Council leader Murray Lyle said: “We are delighted to have Susan with us today.
“The programme has been designed to showcase what our area has to offer and look at our plans for the future.
“The objective is to build a strong connection with America.”