Dunkeld holiday cottages are surrounded by forests, lochs and heather-covered hills in the heart of Perthshire Big Tree Country. Dunkeld is a small town in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, roughly nine miles north of Perth. It lies on the banks of the River Tay facing the neighbouring town of Birnam, and is overlooked by the majestic ruins of Dunkeld Cathedral. Dunkeld is just off the A9, a scenic road which winds its way north into the Highlands. The surrounding countryside is famous for its towering oaks and the woods named by Shakespeare in Macbeth. This wild region is home to Neil Gow’s Oak, the tree where the celebrated fiddler is said to have composed many of Scotland’s best-known reels and strathspeys.
Take a wander from your holiday cottage in Dunkeld and you’ll discover one of Scotland’s most complete 18th century communities with harled buildings, many of which have been beautifully restored by the National Trust, and a variety of independent shops. In the heart of the town, on the site of the traditional market cross, there’s an extravagantly decorated neo-Gothic fountain, built in 1866 as a monument to the 6th Duke of Atholl. A number of stunning walks are easily accessed from the town. A mile or two south of the railway station, the ascent to the 404-metre summit of Birnam Hill begins, rewarding those who complete the strenuous hike with breathtaking views of Perthshire’s hill country and the mountainous Highlands beyond. Nearby, the Loch of Lowes Nature Reserve is home to ospreys, red squirrels, otters and beavers. Hilton Dunkeld House is where Beatrix Potter drafted her first book, the Tale of Peter the Rabbit, and her association with the town is explored at the Beatrix Potter Exhibition and Garden in Birnam. Self-catering holidays in Dunkeld are a great opportunity to experience some of Perthshire’s traditions, such as the Birnam Highland Games, featuring the World Haggis Eating Championships.