Nine must-see attractions in Dunkeld and Birnam

Nine must-see attractions in Dunkeld and Birnam

Dunkeld and Birnam in Perthshire is one of the best preserved towns in Scotland. This vibrant town has much more to offer than meets the eye so it’s well worth a visit.

Here are nine of our favourite Dunkeld and Birnam attractions.

Dunkeld Cathedral

The cathedral, which is nestled in the heart of Dunkeld, is more than 1,400 years old. Most of the building, like many of that age, is now ruinous but has been preserved as an ancient monument. The rest of the building is very much still in use today holding a weekly service on a Sunday.

Birnam Arts Centre

This multi-purpose venue has something for everyone. Whether you choose to pop into Foyer café for a tasty cake or explore the Beatrix Potter exhibition and learn about the author’s connection with Dunkeld.

Make sure you look out for arts and crafts workshops that are regularly on during school holidays.


Whether you are a fishing nut or the kids just want to give it a go there are plenty opportunities to get your rod out in Dunkeld. Fish for Atlantic salmon (permit only) on the River Tay or enjoy trout and coarse angling at several nearby spots.


Going Pottie is a small family run business that invites you to get your hands dirty and create your own personalised pottery. A hand painted plate or mug will make the perfect memento from your family break.

Pine Cone Point

Explore the surrounding forests and zigzag your way to Pine Cone Point where you can appreciate views that will take your breath away. Gaze across the River Tay to Dunkeld or admire the mountains to the north. Keep your eyes peeled for red squirrels and deer.

Food and drink

From bistros to cafes, there are many unique locations to enjoy fabulous food and drink in Dunkeld and Birnam. Visit The Birnam Inn for handmade pizzas or taste the homemade treats from Spill the Beans café.

Enjoy great pub food and a fantastic atmosphere in the Taybank.

Make sure you call into the Scottish Liquor Centre for a quick nip of fine Scottish whisky before you leave.

River rafting and canyoning

Nae Limits is one of Scotland's most established adventure and outdoor activity centres. Whether you want to take a leap of faith and go canyoning or brave the swells on a white water raft they have a range of thrilling activities for the whole family. Live life on the edge and give it a go.

Bike and walking trails

Whether you prefer a simple river stroll or a hike through the woodland, there are both paths and cycle routes to suit ability. The precious countryside that surrounds Dunkeld and Birnam helps you escape and really appreciate mother nature’s beauty.

Quad trek

If you want to explore the beauty of Dunkeld but prefer more of a thrilling experience, then hop on a quad bike and off you go. With more than 280 acres of highland estate, there is plenty to discover in just an hour.

Explore Dunkeld and Birnam at your leisure with a break at Kennacoil. Just moments outside of the town, enjoy glamping in one of the brand new glamping pods or stay in a gorgeous newly-renovated cottage. BOOK YOUR STAY HERE TODAY.

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