Visit Dunkeld & Birnam

Dunkeld White Houses

You must visit Dunkeld and Birnam some of Perthshire's little gems. View my photo gallery of this quaint area. Nestling beneath thickly-wooded hills, is Dunkeld Cathedral and beautifully restored 17th century buildings have an air of timeless tranquillity.

The town is peaceful in the evenings, with the occasional summer concerts in the Cathedral and folk music - but it is easy to reach the theatres and other entertainments in the larger towns of Perth and Pitlochry.

On the opposite bank of the River Tay lies Birnam, a Victorian village with good accommodation and plentiful walks nearby. This is an ideal centre for lovers of history and the great outdoors.

The oldest surviving part of town, is Cathedral Street. The broad market place of The Cross forms the heart of the town rebuilt from 1690. At the centre, you are surrounded by the beautifully restored 18th century 'Little Houses' (private homes) and the 'Ell' shop named after the ancient Scottish yard measure seen outside. Walk on to the town's stately Cathedral, part ruined but still used as the parish church. Stroll by the silvery River Tay (Scotland's longest river) and cross Thomas Telford Bridge, which leads to the tranquil village of Birnam.

See the Beatrix Potter Garden (she drew much of her inspiration from holidaying in this area) and the associated exhibition. The Post Office has a Wild West veranda finished in rustic timber. Walk to the Birnam Oak, a fragment of the ancient forest described in Shakespeare's "Macbeth".

The whole area is superb for walks with an integrated network of well-signposted forest trails and designated mountain bike routes. To ensure the full benefit of this part of Scotland we recommend you treat yourself to one of Strathbraan Treks many guided walks, where a professional guide will provide all the experience and knowledge to help you discover some of Scotland's many hidden natural treasures. Some of Scotland's finest salmon and trout angling can be found on the local rivers, particularly on the River Tay. Golfers too will enjoy the challenge and visit Dunkeld's scenic 9-hole course, with several others nearby. There is a children's activity centre at Dalguise, just to the north, whilst tennis and bowls are also available to visitors.

The are many fine shops and galleries where you can find a few quality souvenirs. Then and end to a perfect day visit to nearby Loch of the Lowes, where Osprey and other birds can be viewed from a hide.

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