Welcome to my Dunkeld & Birnam tour in the series of Perthshire Self Drive Guides.
I hope you find it informative in helping you plan another full day of your vacation or short break in Perthshire Scottish Highlands. I trust you had a memorable stay in the 'Fair City' of Perth and managed to visit some or all of the attractions identified in my Special 'Fair City Tour Guide.
As you travel north on the main route to the Scottish Highlands be careful and pay attention to the warning road signs for other motorists overtaking slower moving vehicles.Driving directions from Perth to Dunkeld & Birnam, Perthshire.
|Scone Palace, just outside Perth is the home of the Earls of Mansfield, and a 5 star visitor attraction to visitors from around the world. There is so much to see and enjoy at Scone Palace, the history, the art and antiques, the superb landscape and architecture, fun for the children.|
At Inveralmond Roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A9 heading to Inverness.
|Stanley Mills is one the best-preserved relics of the 18th-century Industrial Revolution. It was established as a cotton mill by local merchants, with support from the English cotton baron Richard Arkwright. Textiles were produced here for 200 years.The mills were built in 1786 at a hairpin bend in the River Tay, where tremendous water-power was available.|
|The Scottish Liqueur Centre, one of Perthshire’s great tourist destinations. Packed with an array of local produce, our Visitor Centre and Columba Cream Café have something for everyone. Whether it’s Scotch Whisky, Whisky Liqueur or a just a Scottish Souvenir you’re looking for, make this your first stop on your awe-inspiring Whisky Trail of Scotland.|
|Dunkeld Cathedral which stands on the north bank of the River Tay in Dunkeld. Built in square-stone style of predominantly gray sandstone, the cathedral proper was begun in 1260 and completed in 1501.|
|In Cathedral Street and the Cross are restored buildings to provide modern homes while outwardly retaining the architectural charm of the 17th century. The restored Atholl Memorial Fountain is at the heart of the Cross, completes the scene.|
|The Ell Shop, which takes its name from the ell or weaver’s measure fixed to the wall outside. The property offers very comfortable accommodation and is ideally situated for touring Perthshire.|
|Tourist Information Centre, The Cross, Cathedral Street, Dunkeld PH8 0AN 01350 727 688.|
You may wish to visit the Osprey Centre at Loch of Lowes.....
Loch of the Lowes is all about Ospreys. From April to September a pair of ospreys usually breed here and there is an observation hide just 150m from their nest, as well as a TV camera so visitors can watch close up pictures of the birds. The reserve covers 95 hectares of the loch, shoreline and surrounding woodland. There any many other species of wild life to be seen.
|There is an ancient tree, the Birnam Oak, standing a few hundred metres from the centre of Birnam. It may well have been part of Birnam Wood at the time of the battle 900 years ago, and remains part of the legend.|
|The village of Birnam developed in the Victorian era when a famous Victorian writer, Beatrix Potter spent her summer holidays here. Beatrix Potter's love for the area and works in both literature and science are now commemorated in the Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden in Birnam.|
Leave Birnam turn right on to the A9 heading north
The Hermitage woodland walk is a pleasant riverside stroll, great for clearing your head whilst on a long drive up or down the A9. Situated just beside Dunkeld, the Hermitage is a National Trust for Scotland property on land which stretches up the River Braan from just off the A9.
Where to stay - find a place locally, whether your accommodation preference is bed and breakfast, B and B, B & B, guest house, self catering, holiday cottages, bunkhouse, holiday caravans and more.
Where to eat - places to choose from a variety of cuisines; Indian, Chinese, traditional Scottish, bistro, coffee house, or the traditional fish and chips.
What to see and do - there are many visitors activities and places to visit; distilleries, gardens, gallery, golf, river, walks, watermill, waterfalls, woods, old churches and monuments, and more.
You might want to find out about the many historical events.