Map showing route from Perth to Dunkeld, PerthshireDunkeld and its near neighbour Birnam are on the A9 about 16 miles north of Perth. Driving to Dunkeld from Perth you pass Redgorton, reputed to be named from the gore in one of the many battles fought around here. Next comes Bankfoot where you can visit the 'Perthshire Visitor Centre' and the 'MacBeth Experience'. As you continue up the A9 (or the loop road via Bankfoot) the counrtyside slowlt changes to a hillier nature as you approach the Highlands. At the highest point before you start the decent to the Tay valley there are some lovely views to the north and 'Craig-y-Barnes', much loved by the rock climbing fraternity. The road now drops steeply, passing Birnam hill and Dunkeld station before reaching Birnam and Dunkeld.

At Dunkeld Cathedral around which a battle raged during the Jacobite rising, the The little houses at Dunkeldlawns slope down to the river Tay where you can see theold Telford bridge which eventually joined the previously separate towns of Dunkeld and Birnam - the Birnam of 'MacBeth' fame. Near to the cathedral is the old town with its little white houses and the 'el' shop - named after the ancient Scottish yard measure seen outside. Beatrix Potter spent many holidays here when she possibly had the inspiration for the Peter rabit stories - you can meet the heros of her stories in the exhibition over the wpeA3.jpg (7082 bytes)bridge in Birnam.

Loch of the Lowes
Just through the town of Dunkeld, you can turn right for a lovely drive of about 4 miles to the Loch of the Lowes, a nature conservancy area where if you are lucky you may see an Osprey.

Dunkeld Hermitage
Back to the A9 and turning north, watch for signs to the Hermitage. This is a folly created by the Dukes of Atholl in the 18th C,  built above a spectacular warefall on the River Braan. Around the hermitage are some of the tallest trees in Britain and a beautiful informal walk up the riverside through woodlands with the sound of tumbling rapids in your ears.

Rumbling Bridge
If you follow the narrow road past the Hermitage access, climb to meet the Crieff road then turn right, you can watch for a sign to the right for 'Rumbling Bridge'. This is a bridge over the river Braan where it passes through a narrow gorge with a 70ft waterfall right below the bridge. If you have the time, especially after rain, its a trip well worth while.

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