Dunkeld, Scotland

(Above image shows the Atholl Fountain in the Square.)

This evening, I am posting information on the pleasant, central Scotland village of Dunkeld (pop 1330).

The name translates as 'Fort of the Caledonians' who were a local tribe encountered by the Romans and thus suggests there was a settlement in the vicinity at least 2000 years ago.

Sites of interest in and around Dunkeld:
  • Medieval Cathedral which is located on important early Christian monastery site dating to the 6th/7th centuries AD. The Cathedral was at the heart of the Battle of Dunkeld in 1689, one of first of the Jacobite uprisings.
  • A little visited site of the massive Roman fort of Inchtuthill dating from the 1st century AD just 7 miles away, near Spittafield.
  • River Tay, Scotland's longest river system, which flows close by.
  • Falls of Braan at Ossian's Hall about one mile away.
  • Adjacent village of Birnam where can be fund the Beatrix Potter Garden in recognition of that author's connections with Birnam during her youth.
  • Dunkeld and Birnam Golf Club, about 2 miles from the village.
  • Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve (predominantly birds), about 2 miles away.
Dunkeld is well endowed with a range of lodgings and shops.

Atholl Street, Dunkeld

Dunkeld Cathedral

Site of Inchtuthill Roman fort

Fishing on River Tay near Dunkeld Cathedral

Ossian's Hall

Falls of Braan in winter

River Tay at Birnam

Golf Course

 Osprey chick at Loch of the Lowes

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