River Tay at Dunkeld Cathedral

Between Christmas and New Year we spent a few nights in the pretty Perthshire town of Dunkeld. John was just recovering from a Christmas cold and I started snuffling and sneezing on the journey, so it wasn’t our most energetic break ever but we enjoyed some gentle strolls around Dunkeld and along the Tay to its neighbour, Birnam.

Dunkeld Cathedral was built between 1260 and 1501, and although the Choir is intact and still in use as a parish church the rest is ruined.

The Cathedral is surrounded by trees, including the Parent Larch or Mother Tree, the only survivor of five seedlings planted in 1738, the first larches in Britain. 14 million larches were planted from the seeds of these five trees!

On the other side of the Tay towards Birnam are more interesting trees. The Young Pretender (left below) is a sycamore with a girth of 8 metres, so-called because it looks of similar age to its neighbour, the Birnam Oak, but is much younger. The oak, now supported by wooden stilts, is said to be the last survivor of Birnam Wood, made famous by its role in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. It’s girth is 7 metres.

Another walk took us up a tributary of the Tay, the River Braan, with its waterfalls and cascades. This is Black Linn, including a short clip of water pouring over it. Such power!

And here we are at Rumbling Bridge, looking happy despite our colds.

Overall, this was a lovely short break before we returned home to celebrate Hogmanay.

59 thoughts on “Dunkeld

  1. Dr Sock May 27, 2019 / 19:28

    It’s so interesting about the old trees. Just imagine how many generations of human have come and gone under those trees.



    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter May 27, 2019 / 21:28

      So many generations, and these trees keep going! I knew the Birnam Oak already, but not about the larches – maybe they didn’t have an information board when we were there before.


  2. Su Leslie April 22, 2019 / 21:35

    Dunked is a lovely place; it’s so nice to see it again(even virtually). One of my cousins has opened a bakery in Birnam — the Little Birnam Kitchen. I’ve only seen the breads and other goodies on Instagram (and had glowing reports from other cousins), but it all looks delicious.


  3. restlessjo April 16, 2019 / 22:08

    We’ve been close, or possibly past, but I don’t think we’ve ever been into Dunkeld, Anabel. It looks rather lovely. 🙂 🙂


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter April 16, 2019 / 22:52

      It is – we often visit on our way elsewhere, or just for the day, but don’t often stay. It’s nice to have a few days away that aren’t too far from home.

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  4. Lisa Dorenfest April 14, 2019 / 11:17

    Dunkeld looks like a charming place to visit although I wouldn’t want to be dunked in Black Linn. Beautiful but raging cold! And speaking of colds, glad you managed to overcome both of yours with a smile.


  5. edgar62 April 13, 2019 / 22:24

    Annabell and I took the children there on our “Cathedral Trip” before we left Scotland. Since the children were very young (one in a stroller) we didn’t do a lot of wandering around. We visited the Cathedral, of course and spent some time with the children on that grass by the River Tay


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