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Perthshire

Dunkeld

Picturesque town, full of restored houses, on the banks of the River Tay
Dunkeld from the banks of the Tay, with Telford's bridge in the background
Overview
  • Wander along Cathedral Street and The Cross, where the Trust has restored many of the 17th- and 18th-century houses.

  • Gaze up at the Atholl Memorial Fountain and see how many of the wildlife carvings you can identify.

  • Look out for salmon a-leaping in the River Tay!

  • Pop into the Trust’s Ell Shop, packed full of Scottish crafts and traditional sweets.

Today’s Opening Hours

The Ell Shop
10.00 - 17.30
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Entry prices

Adult
Free
Family
Free
One adult family
Free
Concession
Free
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Membership

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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About this place

Beautifully situated on the banks of the River Tay, Dunkeld is a picturesque and tranquil place. From an early centre of Celtic Christianity to becoming a hub for modern folk music, this town has a rich cultural heritage.

The old market cross has been carefully preserved and around 20 of the pastel-coloured houses (private residences) have been restored by the Trust, some of which date back to the 17th century.

However, this little town was not always this peaceful. Shortly after the Battle of Killiecrankie, a fierce battle raged in the streets on 21 August 1689 between the Jacobites and government soldiers. Many of the buildings were burned or destroyed, and much of the Dunkeld we see today was rebuilt in the 18th century.

Our accreditations and awards

  • Green Tourism Gold Award