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Birnam is in Highland Perthshire. It is a nineteenth century village on the bank of the River Tay. The two hundred year old Telford Bridge connects it to the village of Dunkeld on the opposite bank.

Birnam is referred to in Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth.


Birnam Arts Centre

Birnam grew out of the arrival of the railways. For ten years in the middle of the nineteenth century, Birnam was the railhead for the Highlands.

Get in[edit]


Dunkeld and Birnam Station is a couple of minutes walk from the centre of the centre of the village. Trains from Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling call there. There is sleeper service to and from London on six nights of the week.

Coach and Bus[edit]

There are local bus services to and from Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, Perth and the surrounding villages. Coach services between Edinburgh, Perth and Inverness stop in the village. Interchange with services to Aberdeen, London, Dundee and Glasgow takes place at Broxden in Perth. Visit Travellinescotland for more information.


Access from the A9 Edinburgh to Inverness road is from junctions at the north and south ends of the village.


Edinburgh Airport is about an hour from Birnam.

Get around[edit]


Birnam Oak
  • 1 Birnam Oak (Down Oak Road past the Birnam Inn, through Jubilee Park and next to the River Tay). An ancient oak tree, though to be over 500 years old. It is remnant of Birnam Wood, mentioned in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Birnam Oak on Wikipedia Birnam Oak (Q4916880) on Wikidata
  • 2 Birnam Arts, Station Road, Birnam,Dunkeld PH8 0DS, +44 1350 727674. A multi-purpose building with a cafe, Beatrix Potter exhibition and shop, workshops, WiFi, visiting music and drama and the Library. Birnam Arts on Wikipedia Birnam Arts (Q4916878) on Wikidata
  • 3 Beatrix Potter Garden (opposite the Birnam Hotel). Recreates the creatures and environment that inspired Beatrix Potter to write her books.



Birnam Post Office
  • Birnam Post Office. a fascinating building in the American Frontier architectural style.




Birnam Hotel


  • Dunkeld Information Centre, The Cross, Dunkeld, PH8 0AN, +44 1350 727688. Dunkeld's Tourist Information Centre.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Birnam
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