Die Eremitage
Die Eremitage

Die Eremitage

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Old Military Road, Tay Forest Park, Dunkeld, PH8 0JR

The basics

The gravel trail through the forest runs for 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) along the banks of the River Braan, but walkers who want to stretch their legs further can connect to other trails along the Dunkeld Path Network. Ossian’s Hall, a viewing platform created with mirrors, sliding panels, and paintings, provides the best view of the waterfall and is a sight. Guided day tours heading north into Highland Perthshire from Edinburgh often include time at the Hermitage and nearby attractions such as Queen’s View and Dunkeld Cathedral. You can also arrange a private tour of the Hermitage with a ranger from the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).

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Things to know before you go

  • Admission to the Hermitage is free, but there is a parking charge.

  • The pathway through the woods is largely wheelchair accessible.

  • A notice board in the parking lot has a route map, but the main footpath is circular and easy to follow.

  • The Hermitage has no trash cans, so carry out anything you bring in.

  • Ossian’s Hall is sometimes closed for weddings and other special events: check the NTS’ social media pages for the latest updates.

  • The River Braan has a fast-flowing current, so stay back from the edge.

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How to get there

Head 2 miles north along the A9 from Dunkeld, and you’ll see the Hermitage car park signposted to the left. No bus stops are very close to the Hermitage, but it is just a 35-minute walk from Dunkeld, which is served by regular buses and trains from Perth, Edinburgh, and beyond.

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When to get there

The Hermitage is lovely to visit at any time of year but is at its most glorious in fall when the deciduous trees turn golden, and the Black Linn waterfall is at its most spectacular. At this time, you can also see salmon leaping up the falls as they head to spawning grounds farther along the river. In winter, the untreated paths can get slippery, so wearing microspikes is a good idea.

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Queen’s View

So named because it is said to have been Queen Victoria’s favorite spot on her way to Balmoral, Queen’s View is one of Scotland’s most scenic viewpoints. It overlooks Loch Tummel and toward the peak of Schiehallion Mountain and Rannoch Moor. Queen’s View is a 20-mile drive north of the Hermitage and has a visitor center and a few woodland walking trails.

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