Towering Douglas firs, a spectacular waterfall and a picturesque folly
Look up! The giant Douglas firs here are among the tallest trees in Britain.
Come face to face with the thunderous Black Linn Falls – best viewed from Ossian’s Hall.
Breathe in the earthy woodland and tang of pine needles as you wander along the banks of the River Braan.
Look out for the totem pole hidden in the woods – and red squirrels darting about in the tree tops.
See salmon leaping up the falls in autumn as they head to spawning grounds further along the river.
This stretch of magical Perthshire forest was originally designed as a pleasure ground in the 18th century for the Dukes of Atholl.
Douglas firs tower over the paths leading to the roaring Black Linn Falls, where the River Braan crashes down into the deep, foaming pools below. Overlooking the waterfall is the picturesque folly known as Ossian’s Hall, built in 1757 as the focal point in an extensive designed landscape. Decorated with mirrors, sliding panels and paintings, it has been refurbished to re-create the illusions of shock, surprise and amazement that were the aims of the folly’s original design. It makes a fine spot to contemplate the roaring, tumbling falls.
The Hermitage is open all year round.
Follow in the footsteps of past notable visitors including Wordsworth, Queen Victoria, Mendelssohn and Turner as you wander through this magnificent landscape.
An attractive, 1.5 mile woodland trail leads though towering Douglas firs to the folly of Ossian’s Hall, which overlooks the spectacular Black Linn Falls. Nearby is another folly, Ossian’s Cave.
If you’d like a drink and something to eat, the takeaway café in the car park is open most days from April to October, and on some weekends and holidays in the winter months.
Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you walk along the River Braan – you might even spot signs of beavers.
Look out for the totem pole carved from a Douglas fir by three native Canadians from the Squamish Nation of Vancouver.
For a longer walk, link in to one of the trails in the Dunkeld Path Network.
The car park, which has picnic tables, is 1.5 miles from Ossian’s Hall and the Black Linn Falls.
Group visits are welcome and there are designated spaces for coaches in the top car park (the lower car park is unsuitable for coaches). Contact the ranger service on 01350 728641 if you would like to book a guided tour for your group.
School groups should contactthe ranger service on 01350 728641.
There are disabled parking spaces in the lower car park. Disabled drivers may drive to Ossian Hall along the track, but great care must be taken and parking is restricted.
Path surfaces vary but the ground is uneven and can be rocky, with slopes and steps.