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 PathThe 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.


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

Birnam Arts

A venue designed for multi-purpose use including art, conferencing and entertainment, the Birnam Arts Centre is a fantastic attraction for all the family. 


Dunkeld Cathedral

Dunkeld Cathedral stands on the north bank of the River Tay in Dunkeld. The beautiful, grand cathedral was built in stages between 1260 and 1501.


Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve

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.


The Taybank

The Taybank Hotel has been known for its great music and wonderful setting. It is a great place to enjoy the music and surroundings with a meal and a pint of traditional ale.


Dunkeld House Tree Trail

Dunkeld House Tree Trail celebrates the tree heritage of Dunkeld House Estate, both past and present. It is open to both locals and visitors  to enjoy the wonderful woodlands!



Beatrix Potter Exhibition

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!

Active Kids Adventure Park

Outdoor fun and an indoor soft-play area – Active Kids have tons for your kids to do! Relax in the coffee shop while your kids have an absolute ball on the variety of toys.


The Hermitage

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!


Walks & Trails

There’s plenty of brillaint walks and trails around Perthshire to help you explore Scotland’s diverse wildlife. Take a look at some of our favourites here!


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.

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