Dunkeld & Birnam


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.

Visitors Attractions in Dunkeld & Birnam

Latest News from Dunkeld

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Perth & Kinross Council welcomes the news that His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex is to visit Dunkeld and the City of Perth on Tuesday 27 June 2017.

Perth and Kinross Provost Dennis Melloy said: "We were delighted to hear that The Earl of Wessex will be visiting Perthshire to help celebrate the 450th anniversary of The Royal School of Dunkeld. I know that pupils from the school are particularly looking forward to...

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