A special place, hidden away in a wonderful peaceful setting, beautiful Dunkeld.
Dunkeld and Birnam – a perfect combination of natural and managed countryside, history and heritage, culture, events, quality accommodation, bars, pubs, places to eat and outdoor activities.
How amazing that a lovely little town like this (which feels more like a village) should have such interesting history in stunning grounds by the powerful River Tay. Lots of visitors over the summer and weddings there. Pick a quiet day and sit in the gardens overlooking the river…
Dunkeld and Birnam is a community of two villages on opposite banks of the River Tay: the historic Dunkeld on the north bank, and Birnam on the south bank. The two places lie close to the Highland Boundary Fault, which marks the geological boundary between the Highlands and the Lowlands, and are frequently described as the “Gateway to the Highlands” due to their position on the main road and rail lines north.
The name Dunkeld comes from the Gaelic for “the Fort in the Wood“. Its recorded history dates back to the foundation there of a settlement by Culdee Monks in about 730AD. This was rebuilt by Kenneth MacAlpin in 848 and two years later Dunkeld became the religious centre of Scotland when St Columba’s relics were moved there from the Isle of Iona for safe keeping from increasing Viking raids.
Today, Dunkeld is a lovely village of largely whitewashed shops, cottages and hotels. A great deal of work was done in the 1950s and 1960s by the National Trust for Scotland and the Local Authority to restore many of the older buildings in Cathedral Street and around the Cross.
Things to do and visit:
Wandering in and around the Village
Visit the Cathedral
Eat a Fish & Chips at Dunkeld Fish Bar or a traditional Scottish Meal at Howie’s
The Hermitage Woodland Walk
The Birnam Oak forest
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