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Explore Dunkeld & Beyond

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Walk, Cycle, Golf

Being the gateway to the Scottish Highlands, Dunkeld is spoilt for choice if you’re a walker or hiker. With walks from the doorstep, from an easy stroll by the river to climbing neighbouring Birnam Hill, with stunning views of the valley. There are 36 miles of pathways to explore!

For cycling enthusiasts, Dunkeld is part of the National Cycle Network with over 2,000 miles of cycle paradise! Good local bike hire and cycling advice is just along the road from Tay Neuk and there are cycle paths close by.

For golfing enthusiasts, Dunkeld Golf Course is in a lovely location, offering both a 9 and 18-hole course. Many more splendid courses are within easy driving distance.

If you’d rather watch sport than participate, there are many Highland Games taking place across Perthshire between May and September, including in neighbouring Birnam during August.

Walks From The Doorstep - Explore Hills & Mountains - Excellent Golf Courses


Colourful History

There is no shortage of Scottish castle and historic houses in Perthshire for history lovers. Impressive Huntingtower Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots stayed with her husband Lord Darnley; Castle Menzies, home to Clan Menzies for over 500 years, plus Murthly Castle and Scone Palace just a drive away. Blair Castle at Blair Atholl has lovely grounds and organises special events. Killiecrankie, famed for the Jacobite battle of 1689 and its Soldiers' Leap, is just 16 miles away.

Right on Tay Neuk’s doorstep is Dunkeld Cathedral, which took nearly 250 years to construct and attracts visitors from all over the world. Dunkeld Hermitage is just along the road, with its Victorian folly from where you can view the dramatic falls of the River Braan and watch the salmon leaping.

Dunkeld itself is full of history. For example, the battle of Dunkeld (1689) took place in these very streets where Tay Neuk stands and left the town in ashes. Come and discover much more!

Cathedral & Castles - Historic Houses - Palace & Gardens - Victorian Follies

Natural Beauty

Watch Wildlife

There is an abundance of wildlife watching on offer in Dunkeld and across Perthshire. Just a short stroll from Tay Neuk, red squirrels can be seen foraging in the woodland and families of roe deer wander through the fields, while you might spot the flash of a kingfisher on the river, or the occasional salmon leaping.
Just three miles away is the Loch of the Lowes Osprey Centre and Wildlife Reserve, where majestic osprey pairs have nested and raised young for over 50 years.
A whole variety of woodland and river birds can be seen daily. Dunkeld is a nature-lover’s paradise!
Perthshire is Big Tree Country and the swathes of ancient, tall trees are breathtaking, especially in the splendour of autumn reds and golds

Local Osprey Centre - Wild Deer - Red Squirrels - Birdsong - Big Tree Country

Eat, Drink, Enjoy

Savour Perthshire

Dunkeld is a popular destination with much to offer its visitors, including: an artisan bakery run by Bake-Off’s Flora Sheddon, several good cafes offering tempting cakes, soups and lunches, boutique and gift shops to browse, a wee art gallery, a buzzing delicatessen and award-winning fish and chips, plus several excellent bistros and restaurants.

Local pubs and hotels offer a wide variety of meals and drinks. The Taybank has live local folk music and events, and next to it, The Atholl Arms and the Taybank both have beer gardens by the river for sunny days.

Further up the A9 northwards is House of Bruar, Aberfeldy, Pitlochry and the highlands for day trips, shopping, eating out and even more choices.

Excellent Local Shops - Great Cafes & Pubs - Quality Restaurants & Bistros