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Trees near Dunkeld

Dunkeld and Birnam

On the banks of the River Tay, Dunkeld is known as “the gateway to the highlands.” One of the most complete 18th Century towns in Scotland, the brightly coloured “little houses” have been restored by the National Trust for Scotland.

The town is home to Dunkeld Cathedral, completed in 1501 and reputed to have housed the bones of St Columba.

Birnam, the neighbouring village, is home to the Birnam Oak, a 600-year-old oak tree, one of the
oldest in Scotland as well as Birnam Wood features prominently in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Landmarks and Attractions

The Hermitage

The hermitage is a beautiful woodland area near Dunkeld. Visitors can explore the tranquil forest and discover the Black Linn Falls.

Birnam Oak

The Birnam Oak is a historic tree that is part of the ancient Birnam Wood, famously referenced in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Believed to be over 500 years old, the Birnam Oak is a symbol of resilience and cultural significance.

Beatrix Potter

Visitors can explore the Beatrix Potter Garden, which commemorates her time spent in the area and showcases her characters and stories.