Dunkeld is not only Perthshire's rising star of outdoor adventure sports in Scotland but a fantastic little town steeped in history and culture. 

Easily accessible by road and train, Dunkeld and Birnam is the perfect base for exploring not only Highland Perthshire but also the Cairngorm mountains, Angus glens and the east coast of Scotland.  Glen Coe, Aviemore, Glen Shee and the Ochils are all easily within day-tripping distance.

The town itself is filled with an excellent variety of pubs, cafes, galleries and independent shops, showcasing unique local wares and some of the best food that highland Perthshire and Scotland has to offer. 

The Dunkeld Cathedral is probably top of the tour bus tourist tick list – worth a look if you are into buildings of yester-year.  Most of Dunkeld was burnt down during a battle between Jacobite and government forces in 1689, its OK though as it was rebuilt in the early 1700’s. 

Dunkeld and Birnam are linked by (another) Thomas Telford bridge commissioned
by the 4th Duke of Atholl and built in 1809, pop over to Birnam side and daunder along the river to find the Birnam Oak – immortalized in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. 

The Hermitage in Craigvinean forest boasts stunning woodland walks beside the river Braan, visiting Ossian's Hall of Mirrors and linking into over 30 miles of footpaths and trails. 


For adventure seekers, the area is well populated with quality venues, activity providers and outdoor orientated services to help you find, enjoy and experience the best the local landscape has to offer. 

The mountain biking scene in Dunkeld has exploded with an increase in the constant founding and re-forging of trails, multiple Enduro races, a Scottish Downhill Series stage and numerous road cycling events.  There is a huge range of descents and ascents for all abilities from gnarly rooty whoopers to pleasent riverside cruises.   

The local bike shop Progression Bikes is at hand offering bike hire, guiding, coaching and bike camps, mountain bike uplift, sales, servicing and repairs not to mention a trove of local trail knowlege...

Flotec Suspension, Scotlands mountain bike suspension servicing experts are here providing not just specialist  maintainence, tuning and repairs but also seat post and suspension sales.  High quality service with fast turnaround times will get keep your time off the trails to a minimum.  

For water based shenanigans, we have some truely fantastic watery playgrounds. Noteable whitewater includes the rapids at Grandtully on the Tay,  the lower section of the river Tummel by Pitlochry, Blackwater by Blairgowrie and the upper section of the Braan.  There is also many many litres of gentle and easy water on the Tay and a multitude of lochs to explore. 

Stand-up paddleboarding is the perfect way to explore the rivers, coasts and shores of our stunning country, it is the world's fastest growing watersport, its fun to do, easy to pick up and can be done almost anywhere there is water.  Paddle Surf Scotland provides both coaching and hire in Perthshire and elsewhere in Scotland

Once the evening sets in, there is still plenty to keep you occupied, from a pint by the river watching the sun set over the hills, to great Scottish and international cuisine.  You will regularly see live music in the shape of concerts and jam sessions in Dunkeld and Birnam's welcoming pubs.

For more information on where to stay, eat and visit the Dunkeld and Birnam Tourist Association Website.