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Dunkeld is a village in Highland Perthshire, Scotland. The village was largely rebuilt in the early 18th century and, architecturally, has changed little since that time.

Get in[edit]

By Road[edit]

Dunkeld is just off the main A9 trunk road which links the Central Belt of Scotland to the Highlands.

It is also served by the A923, connecting it to Blairgowrie.

The Citylink M91 bus route [1] passes through and stops in Dunkeld.

By Rail[edit]

Dunkeld and Birnam Railway Station is served by trains on the Highland Main Line, run by Scotrail, and the East Coast Mainline, run by East Coast [2].

Get around[edit]

Dunkeld is a small village, so it is generally easy to walk everywhere. Brae Street is very steep, so may be difficult for visitors with mobility difficulties.

There is a local taxi firm:

  • Birnam Autocabs - Perth Road, Birnam. Phone +44 1350 728828


Dunkeld Cathedral
Loch of the Lowes
  • Dunkeld CathedralDunkeld Cathedral, Cathedral Street, Dunkeld, Perthshire, PH8 0AW. Built between 1260 and 1501, Dunkeld Cathedral is surprisingly large for a village the size of Dunkeld. It has lovely riverside grounds, which connect to the grounds of the Dunkeld House Hotel for a pleasant riverside walk. The attached Chapter House Museum features relics from monastic and medieval times, as well as an insight into local history. Free, optional donation.


  • There are numerous walks around Dunkeld, including riverside walks on both sides of the river: on the west side, from the Birnam Oak, under the A9, past Inver and onward to the Hermitage; on the east, from the grounds of the cathedral, and along to the Dunkeld House Hotel. These walks form the Dunkeld Paths Network [3].
  • Loch of the Lowes Visitor CentreLoch of the Lowes, Dunkeld, Perthshire, PH8 0HH (Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre is located 16 miles north of Perth and 2 miles north-east of Dunkeld just off the A923.),  +44 1350 727337. 7 days, 10am-5pm (Summer); Fri-Sun, 10:30am-4pm (Winter). 2-storey hide open at all times. A wildlife reserve overlooking the Loch of the Lowes, famous for its ospreys, as well as various other wildlife, including red squirrels, great spotted woodpeckers and goldeneye. Dogs are welcome on the reserve, but not in the visitor centre or hides (except guide dogs). Adult £4, Concession £3.50, Family (2 adults, 2 children) £7.50, Child 50p. Winter prices vary, see website. Scottish Wildlife Trust members free.
  • Going Pottie2 Cathedral St +44 1350 728044. Mon-Sat: 10am-4pm; Sun: 11am-4pm. Make-your-own pottery studio, suitable for all ages. Gift shop, and friendly staff.



  • Dunkeld Traditional Fish Bar12 Atholl St +44 1350 727486. A traditional fish & chip shop, serving fish suppers, smoked sausage, pie and much more.
  • The Country Bakery26 Atholl St +44 1350 727343. Open 7 days, but closed in January. Available to sit in or take away, The Country Bakery offers a range of rolls, baguettes and light meals. Cakes, pastries and pies made fresh every day.
  • Darjeeling Restaurant3-5 Atholl St +44 1350 727427. Open 7 days: 12pm - 2pm, then 5pm to 11pm (Winter); 12pm to 11pm (Summer). Quality Indian cuisine, made with local produce when possible.
  • Spill The Beans Cafe6 Cathedral St +44 1350 728111. Child friendly, offering breakfast, lunch, brunch, or even just a coffee and cake.



  • Hilton Dunkeld House (180m), Blairgowrie Road, Dunkeld, PH8 0HX (Leave the A9, cross the bridge into Dunkeld, straight ahead at the end of the main street on the left there are stone gates to the Hotel.),  +44 1350 72 7771. 24-hour service. Check-out: 12:00. In large estate of majestic riverside trees on a perfect stretch of the river Tay above Dunkeld. Rooms in new part fine: well appointed but not large. In old part, older but may be larger and lovely views over the river, if you are lucky. Good breakfast, good chef. Pleasant atmosphere. Internet by BTOpenworld (fee if not member) in lobby area or in room broadband for a Hilton fee. Lots of shooting, hunting and fishing opportunities in the grounds and comprehensive local support of these activities. Or, walks in the majestic scenery. 170.
  • Upper Hatton Bed & Breakfast (2.5km), Dunkeld, PH8 0ER (Drive north through Dunkeld, turn onto the A923, then take second left, following private road for about 1 mile.),  +44 7762 276693. A stone-built cottage in the hills above Dunkeld, set in several acres of land, with attractive south-easterly views, and a tennis court. From £33 per person.


Dunkeld Tourist Information Centre, The Cross, PH8 0AN. 01350 727688.

Go next[edit]

  • Take a walk around Pitlochry, a small town about 14 miles north of Dunkeld, with its dam and fish ladder, and festival theatre.
  • Go to Aberfeldy, with its small local cinema, and see the Birks of Aberfeldy, a waterfall made famous in a poem by Robert Burns.
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