Enjoying Our Area

Dunkeld and Birnam - a perfect combination of natural and managed countryside, history and heritage, culture, events, quality accommodation, bars, pubs and places to eat. This overview doesn't even begin to scratch the surface, but we've picked out some highlights for you.

Accessing our Countryside
athollestatespathsDunkeld and Birnam benefits from a superb waymarked paths network offering a variety of walks and rides for all abilities. From gentle riverside meanders to lung busting climbs, our paths network can take you from historic townscape to deserted moorland in less time than many people's daily commute!

You'll find a list of paths in the area here, taken from the Highland Perthshire Paths website, which has details of dozens of walks and trails not just around Dunkeld and Birnam but throughout the wider area.

Wildlife and Nature
You don't have to try too hard to find places abounding with natural wonders. Perhaps best known of all is the Scottish Wildlife Trust's reserve at Loch of the Lowes, just a couple of miles out of Dunkeld. Famous above all for its ospreys, it also boasts a wonderful array of native wildlife, flora and fauna, in a truly magical location. Other locations such as the Hermitage offer the chance to see salmon trying to jump the falls of the River Braan, set among spectacular woods which boast one of the UK's highest trees. The ancient Birnam Oak, meanwhile, tells a story that is hundreds of years old.

Places to Discover and Explore
It's often the hidden gems in an area which live long in the memory - special places discovered by accident or through personal recommendation. There are so many special places in our area that we'll never be able to list them all, but we hope our suggestions whet your appetite to go out and really explore.

cathedralHistory and Heritage
We are truly spoilt for choice when it come to reminders of Dunkeld's spectacular history. From humble cup marked rocks high on hillsides carved thousand of years ago, to one of Scotland's great medieval churches or the Victorian heritage of Birnam, our 21st century life is enriched by these remnants of the past. For this reason, we have included a dedicated history section on this site.

Enjoy our Hospitality
We don't just want you to enjoy our surroundings - we want you to enjoy meeting us. We're a pretty friendly bunch, all in all! Drop in to a traditional music session, for instance, and you'll find a wide array of people enjoying the evening together. Our accommodation providers will go out of their way to make sure your stay is just what you hoped for, and if you're looking for something special to take home, you'll find a warm welcome in our selection of independently owned and run shops and galleries.

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If you need more information while you're here, our VisitScotland Visitor Information Centre is open all year round, and is situated right in the heart of the town.

Wet Weather Activity Guide
We can't always have lovely sunshine, so we have put together a Wet Weather Activity Guide with suggestions of things to do in Dunkeld and Birnam when the weather isn't at its best! You will also find a selection of ideas within our local Perthshire area. We hope you enjoy!

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