This evening I am posting a few images taken during a brief visit yesterday to Dunkeld. This is a very popular small town, very centrally situated inside the Highland Line on the banks of the River Tay. The scenery is stunning and the atmosphere full of history.

The name Dunkeld means ‘Fort of the Caledonians’.

Around AD 700 followers of St. Columba founded a monastery at Dunkeld. In 878 AD the bones of St Columba were moved to Dunkeld from Iona for safety and remained there until 1560. The Cathedral, which stands on the site of the former monastery, was started in AD 1318 and was completed in 1448. During the Reformation the Cathedral was largely destroyed but partially re-roofed in 1600 when it became a parish church. In a battle following that at nearby Killiecrankie in 1689 most of the town was burned during the conflict between Jacobite and Government forces.

The Dukes of Atholl rebuilt Dunkeld in the 19th century with further restoration work carried out by the National Trust and the County Council since 1950.

Perthshire is a garden county-and my favourite!. The scenery ranges form luxuriant valleys to high craggy peaks and is a mecca for people who love the outdoors. Nearby are faculties for white water rafting, hillwalking, bird watching, fishing, golfing and stalking. Other places of interest include castles, lochs, historic monuments, battlefields, theatre, Beatrix Potter sites and lots of history.

Most of the above background information was obtained from a brochure produced by The Pend B&B

The following two images are of the Square including the Atholl Fountain

River Tay looking upstream from Dunkeld

River Tay looking downstream towards Birnam

Taybank pub-well renowned as a centre for traditional Scottish music.

View of Bridge Street with its many and varied shops.

Dunkeld’s central location makes it ideal as a base for touring Scotland.

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