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Things to do in Birnam and Dunkeld

Things to do
Things to do
Things to do

“If I’d known there was so much to do here I’d have arranged to stay longer”.

We get that a lot. So here’s a taste of some of the things that you might want to do – there’s something for everyone …


Find out more by clicking on the titles below.

For our Calendar of Events, please click here.

Walks & hills - Open here

2 mountaineersWhether you want low level, Munros, climbing, wheel chair accessible, long distance or local, we have LOADS of options. 

Local Walks

Dunkeld Path Network leaflet has 8 detailed self guided walks. Click here to view ... 

Spread your net a little further and you’ll find 18 excellently documented walks in this area covering around 165km.

Wheelchair / Pram Friendly Walks

These links will help those pushing prams or with different access abilities to get a taste of outdoor Perthshire.

Long Distance Walks

The Cateran Trail is a superb circular long distance route that takes its name from the maurading bands of cattle thieves known as Caterans. The Trail is divided into five stages that can comfortably be walked within five days. There is also a mini trail that takes in the Trail's best bits and can be walked in a weekend.

Mountain and Hill Walks

For the more ambitious walker, we have 35 Munros (Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet) as well as 17 Corbetts.(2,500-3,000 feet) within an hour’s drive.

Climbing

Just 1 mile from away is the local climbing spot, Craig a Barns, with 2 pitch climbs of all grades and 77 routes in total.

Adventure & activities - Open here

Dogs at Sustrans postThe Birnam and Dunkeld area is a wealth of activity for all ages and abilities including golf, fishing, off roading and water sports.

There are also plenty of walks for all abilities from a hike up Birnam Hill or a gentler paced walk to the Hermitage waterfall.

The Loch of the Lowes is the home to the rare Ospreys and a host of other birds and wildlife are also encouraged into the area by the Visitor Centre staff.

Fancy something to get the adrenaline going? We have the most amazing selection of activity providers:



Off Road / Mountain Biking

We are surrounded by mountains, glens, pathways and country roads, so you have many options ranging from family friendly to teeth rattling.

Geocaching

Perthshire has in excess of 1,000 caches, making it the geocaching capital of Scotland.


Progression Bikes, Dunkeld

Progression Bikes, Dunkeld

We cater for all types including school & beginner groups, families, stags and hens, downhillers wanting uplifts with timing facilities, and even those looking for that epic day ride or bespoke training course. Full range of hire bikes for all shapes and sizes, including kids’ bikes, and all the gear you'll need to get out riding.

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Highland Offroad

Highland Offroad

Dunkeld Park, Dunkeld

Join Highland Offroad in Dunkeld for a Quad Trek Adventure.

Rain = Mud = Adventure!

Treks run throughout the day from Wednesday through to Sunday inclusive. Waterproofs and safety helmets are provided. Outdoor footwear is required! Keep an eye on the website for special family and group offers.

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Land Rover Experience Scotland

Land Rover Experience Scotland

Butterstone Loch, Dunkeld

Immerse yourself in the capability of Land Rover and book an off-road driving adventure with Land Rover Experience Scotland.  Book anything from a 1-hour introduction to a full day off road adventure.

The more rain, the more mud and the more fun you will have!

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Nae Limits, Ballinluig

Nae Limits, Ballinluig

We have over 14 adrenaline-fuelled adventure activities for you to experience, whatever the weather. Tackle some white water rafting, quad biking and clay pigeon shooting, canyoning, adventure tubing or white water mambos.

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Highland Safaris

Highland Safaris

by Aberfeldy

ombine exhilarating award winning Land Rover Safaris, our new Red Deer Centre, inspiring walking and biking activities and Perthshire's only Gold and Gem Panning Centre. Relax and enjoy our award-winning café and shop.

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Scottish Quads

Scottish Quads

With a fleet of over 50 Quad Bikes, treks to suit all abilities and having more than 1000 acres of farmland as your playground the possibilities are endless. In addition to our Quad biking Treks we boast a fantastic Clay Pigeon Shooting range and of course not forgetting the all impressive Argocats.

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Tiso Perth Outdoor Experience, Perth

Tiso Perth Outdoor Experience, Perth

One of the biggest interactive outdoor shops in the UK! Huge range of outdoor clothing and equipment, ski department, Alpine Bikes. Also within the store is Tiso Tots, a staffed soft-play and a 30’ indoor climbing wall which is free to use for local climbers and organisations. Fit Food café and excellent selection of outdoor equipment to hire including bikes & canoes.

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Outdoor Explore, Blairgowrie

Outdoor Explore, Blairgowrie

We are experienced in providing tailor made outdoor events: touring & sea kayak ventures, archery sessions, exploring loch & rivers in central and east of Scotland and you never know what wildlife you might meet!

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Family friendly / general - Open here

Beatrix PotterBeatrix Potter

One common complaint from visitors is that they wish they'd planned to stay for longer because there's so much to see and do.

So before you plan your trip, have a look at these suggestions…..

You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky or have a bottomless wallet to have fun. These are some of the most popular things that visitors do when they visit the area.




Birnam Arts Centre, Birnam

Birnam Arts Centre, Birnam

Birnam Arts Centre, Birnam Extensive programme of music, drama, comedy, workshops and exhibitions. The perfect stop off point for families travelling on the A9 with extensive café menu, gift shop and hands on Beatrix Potter exhibition/ play area for the kids.

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Going Pottie, Dunkeld

Going Pottie, Dunkeld

Create fabulous pottery for yourself or a unique personalised gift. We have lots to choose from…..dinosaurs and fairies to mugs, jugs, plates and bowls. Ideal for family outings……..no experience necessary!

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Dunkeld Cathedral

Dunkeld Cathedral

The Cathedral enjoys a perfect location for people of all ages and mobility. The Museum is open whenever the Cathedral is. A guide is present in the cathedral every weekday through June, July, August and September between 10.30am-12.30pm. A set of Treasure Hunt sheets are available to take the children round the cathedral.

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Erigmore Estate Leisure Park, Birnam

Erigmore Estate Leisure Park, Birnam

Splash in the pool with the kids, swim an invigorating 50 lengths or just relax and unwind. The leisure complex at Erigmore delivers. The swimming pool is bright and modern with a glass roof, the pool stretches 40ft so it caters for all kinds of swimmers. The calming jacuzzi and sauna help to relax those tired muscles and rejuvenate the body and mind

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Community Archive, Dunkeld

Community Archive, Dunkeld

The Archive which is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10-12, come and browse the old photographs and learn about what we do.

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Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, by Dunkeld

Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, by Dunkeld

Loch of the Lowes offers stunning views of Ospreys from the hide and on cctv. There is other wildlife too such as Red Squirrels, Woodpeckers, Grebes and perhaps even Otters. The visitor centre has an amazing viewing window through which you can watch the red squirrels while having a cup of tea.

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Active Kids, Stanley

Active Kids, Stanley

Climbing Frames, Crazy Golf, Farm Animals, Giant Slides, Go-Karts, Mini-Diggers, Play Fort, Push Tractors, Rotating Cone, Sports Field, Swings, Target Football, Trampolines, Large Covered Play Area and coffee shop

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Noah’s Ark, Perth

Noah’s Ark, Perth

Noah's Ark Family Entertainment Centre is a soft play centre with a four lane bowling alley, ceramics studio, karting track and café.

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Stewart Tower Dairy – Ice Cream Café, near Stanley

Stewart Tower Dairy – Ice Cream Café, near Stanley

This is one of the local families’ favourite treats. In the parlour you can choose from 18 different flavours of ice cream - available in cones, tubs and sundaes - and enjoy a coffee, home-bake or a tasty light lunch freshly prepared in our kitchen.

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The Scottish Crannog Centre, near Kenmore

The Scottish Crannog Centre, near Kenmore

Take a look at some of our underwater discoveries in the exhibition; walk over water into the Iron Age on your crannog tour; and test your skills at ancient crafts and technology. Hire one of our dugout canoes, weather permitting. Special events run regularly featuring artists, musicians, skilled craft workers and other specialists who, together with our own team of Iron Age guides, actively bring the past to life for adults and children alike from ages 4+.

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Stanley Mills, Stanley

Stanley Mills, Stanley

The visitor centre tells the stories of those who worked there and the products they made. The superb interactive displays let you discover if your fingers are as nimble as a child labourer’s or compete to see if you are tough enough in business to make the mills profitable.

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Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Visit Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s website to discover a packed programme of plays, musicals, comedy, ceilidhs and concerts, plus tours, talks, festivals. Unique Highlands theatre offering a wide variety of productions and a cafe-bar with river views.

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The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy

The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy

This isn’t just any cinema – a recently, beautifully refurbished community resource that’s a great venue for meetings, conferences or events, or a place to relax with friends for lunch, an evening meal or just a glass of wine.

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Blair Castle, Blair Atholl

Blair Castle, Blair Atholl

Seat of the Dukes of Atholl and home to the Atholl Highlanders, Britain's only private army. With some thirty treasure-filled rooms to see, extensive parklands , woodland and riverside walks, restaurant and gift shop, Blair Castle makes an ideal day out for all the family. Take part in the children's Castle Detectives Challenge, use the picture clues provided

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Queen’s View Visitor Centre, by Pitlochry

Queen’s View Visitor Centre, by Pitlochry

Queen's View lies at the heart of Highland Perthshire, and it's the area's most popular visitor attraction. It’s thought to be named after, the first wife of Robert the Bruce, who lived around 700 years ago. Today, you too can enjoy views fit for a queen – along with a nice cup of tea at the café. Pick out some gifts at the well-stocked shop and relax before exploring the nearby forests.

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Food and drink - Open here

Food and DrinkWhether you’re a whisky connoisseur or chocolate fiend, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to sample, buy or visit local producers. Just don’t expect to drop a dress size in the process.

Pubs – there are lots of pubs – and you have to work your way around each one to appreciate just how wonderful and individual they are. We see it as our duty to keep testing them all out on your behalf. No really, we feel that we must. Most also do food and you’ll find samples of their menus in a green folder in our lounge. Some specialise in local ales, traditional music, food – they’ve all got their own character





Dunkeld Smoked Salmon

Dunkeld Smoked Salmon

Artisan smokehouse and shop in the centre of Dunkeld. World famous for its cold and hot smoked salmon. Tastings available on site and there are lots of other food goodies from local producers available.

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Scottish Deli, Dunkeld & Pitlochry

Scottish Deli, Dunkeld & Pitlochry

Alongside their lovely deli produce both shops serve delicious gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups to eat in or take away, plus homemade cakes and scones, teas and fantastic freshly ground coffee.

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Stewart Tower Dairy – Ice Cream Café, near Stanley

Stewart Tower Dairy – Ice Cream Café, near Stanley

This is one of the local families’ favourite treats. In the parlour you can choose from 18 different flavours of ice cream - available in cones, tubs and sundaes - and enjoy a coffee, home-bake or a tasty light lunch freshly prepared in our kitchen.

Visit their website


Edradour Whisky Distillery, by Pitlochry

Edradour Whisky Distillery, by Pitlochry

The smallest traditional distillery is tucked away in the picturesque ‘little Model Village’ of Edradour. See whisky being made first hand amidst sights, sounds, smells and most importantly the exquisite tastes you will always remember. Regular tours of the distillery with options for non-drinkers.

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Inveralmond Brewery

Inveralmond Brewery

A tour of the production area with one of their friendly, blethersome brewers before a taste of some freshly brewed beer in their bar.

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The Highland Choclatier/ Scottish Chocolate Centre, Grandtully

The Highland Choclatier/ Scottish Chocolate Centre, Grandtully

Explore this unique 4 Star tourist attraction – artisan gourmet chocolates by award-winning chocolatier Iain Burnett, a fascinating exhibition about gourmet chocolate, a magical Coffee and Chocolate House and dazzling gift showrooms.

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Local Music - Open here

Local MusicYou’d be amazed at how many people come here just for the music, whether it’s a spontaneous pub session or Dougie McLean’s Perthshire Amber Festival. You’ll find music all year round with opportunities to listen, play or learn a few tunes.

Rewind Festival, Scone Palace

An annual two day celebration of 1980’s music held in July in the magnificent grounds of Scone Palace. Regularly feature artists such as Rick Astley, The Human League, ABC, Go West, Banarama & Jason Donovan. Get your shoulder pads & leg warmers out.

Client Testimonials

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