Across the Tay from Birnam, Dunkeld can provide a welcome break from the monotony of the A9, although on a sunny summer weekend it can feel just as busy. The town has a long history as a religious centre, leading to the ruined cathedral still present today. The Atholl fountain, set back from the main road, is worth a visit, as is the idyllic riverside. The choice of places to eat is impressive, even for such a touristy town. Away from the hustle and bustle is the nearby Loch of the Lowes - more info below - as well as good walks in the direction of Deuchary Hill and its several lochs.
|[Dunkeld Bridge, built by Thomas Telford in 1809]|
Name: Dunkeld ★★★☆☆
Location (village centre): G.R.: NO 027426 / tucked impresses tiny
Anything else? The abundant, free, on-street parking is a better alternative to the pay-and-display car park on the northern edge of town
Name: Loch of the Lowes ★★★☆☆
Description: Peaceful loch with visitor centre and hides owned by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, home to a pair of breeding ospreys during spring / summer.
Location: Just off the A923 a mile north-east of Dunkeld, G.R.: NO 042435 / solved nest knees
Open (visitor centre) (2017): Daily, March to October; Friday to Sunday, November to February
Cost (2017): £3.50 (adults), free for children
Anything else? The loch and hides are accessible on foot from Dunkeld, mostly off-road, via Craig Wood and Fungarth Hill - under an hour each way.
|[Atholl Memorial Fountain]|