A very pretty town with a great cathedral and nice walks
Too many cars parking on the streets
In a nutshell
Well worth a short visit and a fantastic stop on the way to the highlands!
Dunkeld Things to Do
During a two day stay in Pitlochry while returning from the Orkney Isles we made a short drive south to the small town of Dunkeld. Its importance in history outweighs its size for Dunkeld was once the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland. For more than a thousand years this has been a place of Christian worship.There appears to have been a Christian...more
The cathedral is Dunkeld's main highlight, although most of it is only in ruins today. It is hard to believe that such a small town has such a big cathedral, and to understand that Dunkeld had such an important status in the past. In 850, Dunkeld was proclaimed "ecclesiastical capital" by the early Celtic church, and the first part of the cathedral...more
A stroll around Dunkeld is really worth it, there are many nice buildings. Dunkeld is popular because of its white-washed houses that have been restored by the National Trust. The buildings are mainly from the 17th century, with some Georgian parts added. Dunkeld is very, very small, and it is surrounded by green meadows, woods and hills. From...more
Dunkeld has a small and pretty market square with a traditional market cross made of stone. This was one of the first ones I saw, but later I saw these market crosses all over Scotland. When Dunkeld was a busy market town in the middle ages, the cross marked one end of a long thoroughfare, leading from the cathedral to the market square - it was...more
The River Tay flows only a minutes walk away from the town centre, very close to the cathedral. I just enjoyed the nice view from the green lawns surrounding the cathedral, it was such a peaceful and calm place.In the background, you can see a big bridge made of stone. This bridge was constructed by Thomas Telford, the famous Scottish engineer and...more
This was a stop on a Haggis Adventures backpacking tour. We were only there for about an hour, which is all you really need to see the cathedral and the town. It was a very pretty town. The only reason I gave it a 3 instead of higher was that it is really not a necessary stop for any traveler. I think we only stopped there so that everyone could...more
Behind the Tourist Information Centre you will find the Faery Hill also known as Stanley Hill. It is a magical place. Local legend says that if you ask the faeries a question as you are walking to the top...and the faeries find you worthy...your question will be answered. It worked for me.more
This is the official spiel on the Hermitage as taken from the sign at its car park - 'The Hermitage Pleasure Ground is one of the oldest tourist attractions in Scotland. For over 200 years it has been a stopping point for the grand Scottish Tour. Today you are following in the footsteps of Wordsworth, Turner, Mendelsshon and countless thousands...more
Bridgehead, Dunkeld, PH8 OAQ, United Kingdom
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Atholl Street, Dunkeld, PH8 0AR, United Kingdom
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I booked and received Hilton confirmation on July 3rd for the night of August 16th. Not only they...more
Wonderful Birnum Community Center, just across the river from Dunkeld, has delicious homemade soups and lunch specials every day. Open only a few hours around lunch time and closed by 2pm The locals flock there. Be on time. Nice open, airy, modern enviornment with excellent gift shop.
Dunkeld Off The Beaten Path
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The Hermitage is an area close to Dunkeld, and if you are visiting this region, you really should not miss it! There is a beautiful walkway along the River Braan. I don't know if it shows in the pictures, but it is absolutely lovely. You can leisurely stroll along the river here, and the walk ends at a 19th century folly, a small hut which is called Ossian's Hall.
The Dukes of Atholl erected the hall here and named it after Ossian, the Scottish bard. The hall overlooks Black Linn Falls, a pretty waterfall. There is a small platform from which you have a good view of the waterfall. Within the hall, there is now a rather ugly mural showing, as far as I can see, scenes from Ossian's texts.
In the 19th century, the hermitage was very popular with Romantic writers and painters, visitors were for example William Wordsworth, William Turner and Felix Mendelssohn. I do understand why!
To see more pictures of The Hermitage, have a look at this travelogue.
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