Activities for everybody
The Perthshire countryside has got so much to offer. From beautiful forests, and hidden lochs, fishing, mountain biking, hill-walking.
Fishing in Perthshire
Perthshire is a very popular fishing destination in Scotland. Fishing in large or small rivers for trout or salmon, or enjoy a bit of quiet time by a loch in a peaceful forest.
- Loch Fishing – rainbow trout, brown trout – fly-fishing in some of the Scotland’s well known lochs.
- River Fishing – Perthshire visitors are really spoilt for choice – salmon fishing in the River Tay, as well as sea trout, brown trout, grayling.
- Coarse fishing & Fisheries – there are several clubs with their waters stocked for coarse fishing.
The Hermitage, Dunkeld
The Hermitage near Dunkeld is an amazing woodland area with the River Braan winding its way through the forest. In the autumn, you can see the salmon jumping at the waterfall.
- Look up at the giant Douglas firs here which are among the tallest trees in Britain.
- Enjoy a walk along the river Braan and breathe in the woodland air and scent of pine needles.
- Watch out for red squirrels in the tree tops.
- Watch the salmon jumping at the waterfalls in autumn.
Historic Birnam Station, Birnam
The Historic Birnam Station is only a 3 minute walk away from our B&B. It’s well worth a visit.
- Dunkeld and Birnam Station opened in 1856.
Whether you are visiting the area for its stunning scenery, history, cultural and leisure activities, you’ll find Dunkeld & Birnam offers near endless opportunities to keep you busy and entertained, all year round.
If you are looking to get away from it all, Perthshire offers beauty and tranquility, in abundance, without having to travel ‘into the wild’! The surrounding countryside consists of low rolling hills, ancient forests, salmon-filled rivers and picturesque lochs.
This area is known as “Big Tree Country”, since many of the nations oldest and tallest trees are to be found here. Explore The Hermitage, to walk among the towering trees, along the river Braan. Look out for red squirrels and visit Ossian’s Hall to watch the salmon leaping up through the thundering Black Linn Falls. Play hide and seek within the hollow trunk of the 900 year old Birnam Oak, part of the Birnam Estate. Stroll along the banks of the River Tay, as part of the Dunkeld House Tree Trail and visit historic Dunkeld Cathedral.
Dunkeld Cathedral, is described as “Scotland’s most romantic cathedral”. Situated on the beautiful banks of the Tay, it is a wonderful place to visit. Taking about 250 years to complete, the current building was started in the mid 1200s, although it is said that Scotland’s first King, Kenneth MacAlpin, brought the relics of Saint Columba here from Iona, for safe keeping, around 849AD. Look out for the musket ball holes in the east gable, evidence of the Battle Of Dunkeld (1689).
There are many cultural events in and around the area throughout the year, (see here)
Locally, you can take in a variety of events at the Birnam Arts Centre, or time your visit to coincide with events on our doorstep:
- March – The Niel Gow Fiddle Festival
- August – The Birnam Highland Games
- November – Perthshire Amber Music Festival
Ideal for children, the Beatrix Potter Exhibition & Garden is open daily. The area inspired the creation of several of her most famous characters including, Mrs Tiggywinkle, Jeremy Fisher and Peter Rabbit.
Also, take time to explore the colourful independent shops, pubs and restaurants in the village.
The local area offers a multitude of activities from walking, to cycling, water sports to bungee jumping. It’s all within easy reach.
Stomp up the hills or stroll through the countryside. There are a number of walks, ranging from easy to challenging. Or take in the scenery by bike. On, or off-road, there are plenty of opportunities to cycle. Try the Perth to Dunkeld Cycle route, or take a mountain bike along one of the numerous off-road trails.
Try your hand at paddle boarding, or get the pulse racing with white water rafting. Alternatively, if these activities sound too tame, why not get the adrenaline pumping by bungee jumping off the Garry Bridge and experience 40m of free fall into the gorge below!