Dunkeld & Birnam
15 miles from Perth City Centre
Dunkeld is an attractive and historically important town in an enviable spot on the banks of the River Tay, just 15 miles from Perth.
Well-known for its music and arts scene, the town regularly welcomes singers and players of Scottish music to its hotels and pubs, including the Taybank, described as “Scotland’s Musical Meeting Place”. The nearby Birnam Arts is a cinema, theatre, exhibition space and café.
Dunkeld also has a grand, beautiful cathedral that was built in stages between 1260 and 1501. Other links to the past in the area include an ancient tree from a forest referred to in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and, more recently, the house and gardens where Beatrix Potter and her family regularly visited for their holidays.
The walks in this area are plentiful, with riverside walks, the Corbenic Poetry Path, The Hermitage and Craigvinean Forest all in this area. If you’re into adventure, there are many organisations offering adrenaline-fuelled thrills, such as Quad Trek Adventures at Highland Offroad.
There’s plenty for foodies and shoppers too, as Dunkeld has a well-stocked deli, many cafés, restaurants and hotels (including the recently refurbished Dunkeld House Hotel), plus galleries, gift- and interiors shops and outdoor shops.
WELL WORTH A VISIT
Here’s a few of our favourite attractions from in and around Dunkeld & Birnam which are great for both visitors and locals alike. Or if you fancy making a day of it, make sure to have a look at our Dunkeld Day Out itinerary!
From early April to late August, the star attraction at Loch of the Lowes is a pair of breeding ospreys. More wildlife, including red squirrels can be seen from viewing areas.
Take a trip to Birnam Arts interactive exhibition to step back in time and immerse yourself in to the world of a Victorian classroom. From puppet shows to a wash day Miss Tiggywinkle style!
The Hermitage was once an 18th-century pleasure ground for the Dukes of Atholl. The Giant Douglas firs surrounding the path to Black Linn waterfall are among the tallest trees in Britain!
Over to you!
Now you know about all the brilliant things to see and do in Dunkeld, it’s now over to you to get exploring! In case you aren’t familiar with Perthshire, here’s a map to help you find all of the places mentioned above.