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Perthshire Scenic Attractions
A few area attractions easily reached from Dunkeld

HermitageThe Hermitage, Dunkeld, Perthshire. The Hermitage at Dunkeld was a gift to the 2nd Duke of Atholl from his nephew in the 18th century and it is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. There is a mile-long walk along the River Braan which runs through ancient woodland to a folly built in 1758 called Ossian’s Hall, which is close to Ossian’s Cave. There is a waterfall, gorge and little bridge, all of which superbly reflects the late 18th century taste for the picturesque. Visit any time, all year round. Car park charge. Easy and moderate-going walks from 1 mile / 1.5 km to 3.75 miles / 6 km.

Queen's View. Like Loch Rannoch, Loch Tummel has a road on each side, the northern much the faster to traverse, and more scenic in that it rises higher and gives wider vistas, especially of Schiehallion to the south-west. The famed Queen's View, which Victoria made famous in 1866, tops a pine-crowned bluff high above the water. But the quieter southern road has many pleasing scenic vistas also. At its eastern end, where it threads the wooded gorge of the lower River Tummel, it becomes quite impressive indeed.

Killiecrankie is one of the famous names of Scotland, renowned both for its history and its scenery. The Pass of Killiecrankie lies fifteen miles north of Dunkeld, and for a mile threads the deep, steep, thickly-wooded gorge of the Garry, between a spur of Ben Vrackie (2757 feet) and Tenandry Hill, with the village at the north end. Visit any time, all year round. Visitor centre open daily spring to autumn. Moderate-going walk of 2 miles / 3 km.

Falls of Bruar, Atholl Estates. At Bruar, 10 miles north of Pitlochry, off the A9. The woodland surrounding the Bruar gorge is a living memorial to the poet Robert Burns, who came here in 1787 to admire the waterfalls. At that time the steep slopes were bare, so Burns wrote 'The Humble Petition of Bruar Water' in which he urged the Duke of Atholl to plant its bleak banks with trees. When the poet died in 1796, the duke created a 'wild garden' in his memory, planting the riverbanks and establishing paths and bridges. Visit any time, all year round. Moderate walk of 1 mile. The paths can be slippy, children should be closely supervised at all times near the steep slopes.

Meikleour Beech HedgeMeikleour Beech Hedge. 10 miles east of Dunkeld, on the A93 You can't miss the great hedge of Meikleour! It forms an incredable living wall of beech trees, 30 metres high and 530 metres long. The trees were planted in 1745.

Neil Gow's Oak. Forestry Commission. Walk from the Hermitage, near Dunkeld. According to local folklore, many of Scotland's best loved strathspeys and reels were played or even composed under this tree. Famous fiddle player, Neil Gow (1727 - 1807), lived at nearby Inver, and liked to sit at this quiet spot and let his music drift across the River Tay. Visit any time, all year round.
See the tree as part of the Inver Walk of 5 miles.

Birnam Oak. Walk from the centre of Birnam. This ancient tree is believed to be the last survivor of Birnam Wood, the great oak forest made famous in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', The gnarled and ancient oak certainly looks medieval - its lower branches rest wearily on crutches and the first 3 metres (10 ft) of its trunk are hollow!

Fortingall Yew The district around Aberfeldy is rich in natural heritage and folklore, typified by the thatched cottages of Fortingall. Look out for the 3,000 year old yew tree in the Fortingall churchyard.

The Birks of Aberfeldy, a wooded den surrounding the Falls of Moness, has been maintained as a scenic walk for almost 200 years, first by the Moness Estate, and now by local government. It was visited by Robert Burns on August 30th, 1787, inspring him to write the " The Birks of Aberfeldy " describing the beauty of the area.

Simply called "The Glen " by locals, Glen Lyon ( Glen of Polished Water ) is often proudly proclaimed as the most beautiful glen in the whole of Scotland.

Perthshire Big Tree Country.
Forestry Commission.
Scottish Natural Heritage.
Perthshire Tourist Board.



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