Dunkeld House has an impressive history and the village has been favourably reviewed over many years. It is even being used as a film set! Here is some background, and a flavour of what the estate has to offer on site including clay pigeon shooting, putting, fishing and offroad quad biking.
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Set in 280 acres of woodland magic, Dunkeld House Estate lies at the gateway to ‘Highland Perthshire’. The home of the Earls of Atholl since 1529, it is situated in an area rich in beauty, wildlife and history. Dunkeld House Lodges and Dunkeld House Hotel (a privately owned hotel) sit side-by-side within the Estate.
At the turn of the 19th century, the 7th Duke of Atholl chose the romantic site of Dunkeld, on the banks of the River Tay, to build a highland home for his Duchess. He built a home in keeping with the outstanding beauty of the surrounding Perthshire countryside. Today that former home is known as Dunkeld House Hotel.
The landscape has changed little since the days of the Duke and the Duchess, the River Tay is still one of the finest Scottish salmon fishing rivers and the Estate still boasts a colourful tapestry of trees, flowers and woodland walkways.
Perthshire is known as ‘Big Tree Country’ and the Estate boasts some of the finest examples of Scottish rare trees, in particular the collection of Larches which can be found in forests all over the world. The introduction of north American Giant Redwoods on the estate are of great appeal. There is also a walk from the grounds of the Estate to the notorious Birnam Oak, believed to be a remnant from the great forest celebrated in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
More recently the Estate has earned the accolade of a Season 4 “Outlander” Filming Destination….the charm, mystique and romance lives on!
A lovely walk out and the reward of a spot of shopping, relaxing lunch or coffee & cake…there is a lovely collection of quaint curio shops, delicatessen, cafés and restaurants just waiting to be explored! Check our scrolling news section below to find out what ‘special offers’ are in place or pop in to see Margaret at the Hilton Grand Vacations sales office….she always has a nice voucher or two for our lovely lodge owners!
Eating in the area: Dunkeld is often referred to as a foodies paradise with cafe’s, cosy pubs, restaurants, a dine-in deli and also a dine-in wine shop to choose from.
Please note: the onsite Dunkeld House Hotel operates independently and therefore, whilst very welcome in the hotel, lodge guests are classed as ‘non-residents’. There is a Bar & Lounge area to relax and enjoy some snacks and light meals and also a restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. Please reserve a table if wishing to dine in the restaurant: T: +44(0)1350727771, Book Online or E: firstname.lastname@example.org .
To avoid disappointment, we strongly advise booking in advance at any of the eateries.
Outdoor Activities: The natural beauty within the Estate is just waiting to be enjoyed and whether you want to explore the walks, cycle routes or have fun on the putting green – the surroundings help make every activity a memorable one.
For those who want a little more action, you can enjoy archery, mountain biking or quad biking with Highland Offroad through the idyllic forests, fishing right on the doorstep at Dunkeld House beat with Fishpal or ‘County Clays’ – one Europe’s finest shooting academies and the biggest sporting clay pigeon range in Scotland.
A memorable way to see some of Highland Perthshire’s most spectacular and rugged off-road terrain is with the team at ‘Land Rover Experience Scotland’.
The beauty and enchantment of Dunkeld has inspired many authors. William and Dorothy Wordsworth visited the area in 1803 and 1814. Beatrix Potter, the author and naturalist, and the artist, John Everett Millais, have provided us with beautiful and long lasting memorials of their affection for this area. Several noted Millais works were painted around Dunkeld. Water colour studies and Fungi by Beatrix Potter can be viewed at Perth Museum by appointment.
On Tuesday, 6th September 1942, Queen Victoria and her entourage first entered Perthshire. Queen Victoria recorded her impressions of Dunkeld:
“The peeps of Dunkeld, with the River Tay deep in the bottom, and the view of the Bridge and Cathedral surrounded by the high wooded hills, as you approach it, were lovely in the extreme.”