Dunkeld & Birnam, located just north of Perth is one of the most historic and picturesque villages in Scotland. Known as "The Gateway to the Highlands" and set in the heart of Perthshire's Big Tree Country, the stunning scenery, landscapes and wildlife has made the area a haven for outdoor activity enthusiasts, whilst the rich history, dating all the way back to the 6th century and vibrant cultural scene makes Dunkeld & Birnam a fascinating and inspiring destination.
Highland Perthshire is an area of exceptional natural beauty, offering countless beautiful walks and hikes. The Hermitage offers a delightful leisurely stroll beneath some of Britain's tallest trees to an enchanting fossy, Ossian's Hall overlooking the spectacular Black Linn waterfall.
With Highland Perthshire the adventure capital of Scotland, for those looking for some more adrenaline fuelled activities there's no shortage of options; Hire a mountain bike from Progression Mountain Bikes and take advantage of the many fantastic bike trails the area has to offer or maybe even brave Highland Fling Bungee....
The magnificent River Tay winds its way through the village, whilst famous of course for the quality of its salmon fishing, it is also increasingly used by thrill seekers... Nae Limits, Paddle Surf Scotland and Splash White Water Rafting all offer a fantastic range of water and land based adventure activities in the surrounding area, ideal for away days and team-building events. The area's rugged and challenging terrain only makes driving around it off-road all the more exciting! Land Rover Experience, Highland Offroad and Scottish Quads are all experts in this field and are all based within 10 minutes drive of Birnam Arts. Dunkeld & Birnam Golf Club offers 18 picturesque holes overlooking the village and surrounding countryside including Loch of the Lowes nature reserve, home to a wide array of wildlife, including of course, the ospreys.
Aside of course from Birnam Arts' fantastic offerings, Dunkeld & Birnam has a thriving music scene, The Taybank, formerly owned by musician Dougie Maclean is renowned for regular live music, whilst The Atholl Arms regularly hosts intimate musical sessions in their lounge area. The entire community is ablaze with fiddle music during the Perthshire Amber and Niel Gow festivals, both of which are based in Dunkeld & Birnam and attract visitors from all over the world. Going Pottie is an ideal destination for visitors who are tempted to try their hands at making something creative.
Dunkeld, previously the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland has a rich and fascinating history dating all the way back to the 6th century, Dunkeld Cathedral on the banks of the Tay still bears musket holes from the Battle of Dunkeld in 1689 which saw the entire village burned to the ground. Birnam Wood, a two minute's walk from Birnam Arts is famously mentioned in Shakespeare's Macbeth and reputedly acted as cover for Malcolm Canmore's army before they marched to battle against Macbeth in nearby Dunsinane. The ancient Birnam Oak is reportedly the last remaining oak from the battle 900 years ago. More recently, the famous author and naturalist Beatrix Potter spent many happy summers in and around the village where she drew inspiration for her famous tales of Peter Rabbit. There is a dedicated Beatrix Potter Exhibition within the Birnam Arts Centre that is suitable for enthusiasts, young and old alike.