Entertainment, exercise & the great outdoors! How better to spend your time in the stunning area of Dunkeld and surrounding Perthshire...
Local theatres & Concert Halls
- Local Birnam Institute offers music, plays and general entertainment.
- Famous Pitlochry Theatre which started life in a tent now sits in commanding position overlooking the River Tummel.
- Perth's award winning spectacular Concert Hall and contrasting 100 year old Edwardian theatre cater to all.
Walking - gentle wandering to challenging peaks
- Around Dunkeld there are hundreds of miles of tracks to follow, to the famous Hermitage, Ossian's Cave and Rumbling Bridge.
- Dunkeld and adjacent Birnam is the centre of Big Tree Country. By the River Tay are ancient Birnam Oak, reminders of Shakespeare's MacBeth.
- Ancient tracks rediscovered - walk on paths 'lost' for years which exist all around the area. Click here for more details!
- Climb higher? Is there a more inspiring website than Munro Magic to encourage you to find out more?
- Exploring and experiencing something new Highland Safaris offer everything from viewing the hills in a Land rover to gold panning and learning the tricks of wildlife photography.
- For more click here to visit the Dunkeld and Birnam Tourist Association website.
A unique guide to discovering 'secret' placesYou can explore and walk from the front door at any of the cottages. Ann Lindsay has written her own guides, so there are well known spots and secret places to explore, sprinkled with little known facts, and personal knowledge. Did you know that the inspirational characters for Beatrix Potter's Mr. Macgregor and Mrs.Tiggywinkle walked these routes? Or how to access special secret places for spotting wildlife? Or the highest, and one of the most spectacular roads in Scotland is within ten minutes drive? All with clearly marked maps, suggested places to stop and eat.
CyclingBring your own to the Mill cottages and store them in our garage, for routes to ponder or cycle hire visit Dunkeld and Birnam Tourist Association's website.
GolfingOf the 40 courses to play in Perthshire, 25 of these golf courses surround us within a 20 mile radius. The 'Green Card' offers discounted golf on 19 of Perthshire's 18-hole venues and is available at £99 for 5 rounds and £65 for 3 rounds, click here for more details. Local Dunkeld course is pretty and popular.
The Royal and Ancient Course at St Andrews, the home of golf as well as the Carnoustie Golf Club, both famed as hosting the Open Championship are one hour's drive away.
FishingDunkeld is close to where a 64 pound salmon was scooped out of the River Tay in 1922 - for those wanting to challenge this, or just have a quiet day - click here for more details.
Bird WatchingHome to the ospreys at the Loch of the Lowes
Our cottages sit amid a bird paradise. Swooping swallows all summer, busy woodpeckers, dozens of varieties of small birds and gaze upwards to see ospreys flying occasionally, plus red kites, buzzards and kestrels. Close by are rare black grouse. Cottage balconies have feeders and bird food supplies.
Glorious Gardens, Castles & CathedralPerthshire is blessed with gardens a plenty. From the famous formal 17th Century Renaissance garden of Drummond Castle, used for filming 'Rob Roy', to Cluny Gardens at Strathtay, a natural woodland garden packed with Himalayan plants and giant 8 foot high lilies. Also with a half hour drive are Bolfracks, the Hercules Garden at Blair Castle and The Explorers Garden at Pitlochry.
- Blair Castle with its massive, eye catching presence; old fire arms a plenty, elegant rooms, Bonnie Prince Charlie's tartan draped bed and a magnificent ballroom.
- Scone Palace, Once the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, Scone Palace is breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery and the rightful home of the celebrated Stone of Scone - also known as the Stone of Destiny.
- Glamis Castle a fairytale castle, the childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and legendry ghosts.
- Dunkeld Cathedral a stunning medieval cathedral resting by the River Tay in Dunkeld.
ShoppingForget that trip to the supermarket!
Enjoy local shopping as the friendly, personal experience it once was. Dunkeld and Aberfeldy offer a range of excellent food and licenced grocery shops, including all types of local game, fish and in season, Perthshire's legendary soft fruits. For what's available in Dunkeld click here.
The Atholl Gallery in Dunkeld's main street houses permanent art exhibitions and the Duchess Anne Hall in the Square is home to the Dunkeld Art Exhibition all summer, which usually includes paintings of Cathedral Street and No.6b for sale.Shopping in Dunkeld, 3.5 miles, or Aberfeldy, 10 miles away, offer a nostalgic, courteous and mouth watering range of products, from Dunkeld Smoked Salmon, local bakery, fruit and veg shop, butcher, outstanding Scottish deli Menzies.