Perth & Kinross | Village | ★★★

[Dunkeld Bridge]

Like two quarrelling siblings at the dinner table, bustling Dunkeld and quiet Birnam sit facing each other on opposite sides of the River Tay, connected by Thomas Telford's 7-span bridge. You could call them arch rivals perhaps. Just on the hilly side of the Highland / Lowland boundary, the two villages are the first really interesting settlements you'll pass travelling north on the A9 road (or by train) from Perth. Dunkeld is the more attractive of the two villages, but on a sunny summer weekend it can get uncomfortably busy, with lines of visitors taking a break from the monotony of driving by browsing the high street's gift shops, cafes and restaurants. If this doesn't appeal, head down one of side roads, which are at least as interesting. The town has a long history as a religious centre, culminating in the part-ruined cathedral at the end of Cathedral Street. On the way to it you'll pass the ornate Atholl fountain, set back from the main road. Dunkeld's real gem though is the river itself. The grassland directly below the cathedral is a particularly idyllic spot with views downstream to the bridge; for something more strenuous, there are plenty of longer  riverside walks in the area (linked below). And across the river on Birnam's side there a couple more key places to see, stemming from the pens of Beatrix Potter and William Shakespeare respectively.

[Atholl Street]

📌 Dunkeld
Perth & Kinross, G.R.: NO 027426 ///tucked.impresses.tiny

Anything else? Free on-street parking is a good alternative to the pay-and-display car park on the northern edge of town.

[Atholl Memorial Fountain]

Within walking distance

>> Dunkeld Cathedral ★★★

[Dunkeld Cathedral]


📌 Beatrix Potter Exhibition & Garden 
Description: Small exhibition dedicated to the author housed in the fancy Birnam Arts & Conference Centre, with neighbouring garden. Good for children.
Station Road, Birnam village centre, half a mile south of Dunkeld village centre, G.R.: NO 031418 ///thrilled.mild.receiving
Open daily | Exhibition: £3. Garden: Free

>> Loch of the Lowes ★★★ (1 mile away)
>> The Birnam Oak  (1 mile away)
>> The Hermitage & Black Linn Falls ★★★★ (1 mile away)
>> Walk: Pine Cone Point - fiery forests & rushing rivers ★★★ (1 mile away)
>> Rumbling Bridge (Strathbraan) ★★★ (2 miles away)
>> Walk: Birnam Hill - peace by the A9 ★★★★ (2 miles away)

[Black Linn Falls, The Hermitage]

[Perth Arms Hotel]

[Dunkeld seen from the bridge]

[A park on the west side of Dunkeld links the cathedral with the main car park]

[View downstream from Dunkeld Bridge]
[Pine Cone Point]

[River Braan at Rumbling Bridge]

[Loch of the Lowes]

[The Birnam Oak (23/5/15)]


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