Birnam is a Village situated 13 miles
northwest of Perth, just off the main A9
The Village is popular for the
Potter Exhibition, Beatrix Potter
Gardens, ancient Birnam Oak by the River
Tay, and 1 mile Riverside Walk north to
the town of Dunkeld. The Hermitage with its tall trees
and waterfalls is one and a half miles
View a Click on Map for the Area
Attractions and Mountains.
The image top is looking down Perth Road
towards Birnam centre with St Mary's Church on
The Birnam Arts & Conference Centre that
holds the Beatrix Potter Exhibition is in the
From 1871 to 1881, in summer, the parents of
Beatrix Potter rented Dalguise House for
holidays, 5 miles south of Birnam. Beatrix was
aged 5 the first year they visited.
Her book, The Tale of Peter
Rabbit, is said to have been inspired by
her time around Birnam.
The Birnam Institute was opened in 1883,
with the modern extension completed in 2001.
The new facility is known as the Birnam Arts
& Conference Centre with a Beatrix Potter
section and Beatrix Potter Gardens.
Birnam Arts & Conference Centre has meeting
rooms, arts performances, films, workshops,
conferences, exhibitions, and a cafe.
The Birnam Oak tree can be found by crossing
the road at the Conference Centre and walking
down the short St Mary's Road, next to the
large Birnam Hotel, then down Oak Road. This is
about a half mile walk down past a kids play
area to a riverside path that runs north to
The tree is also known as Macbeth's Oak, as
it is in Birnam Wood, mentioned in William
Shakespeare's play Macbeth. The trunk is
7m /24ft around. There are also a number of
other large old trees in the area with signs
giving information on them.
The Woodland Walk runs about 1 mile north
alongside the River Tay to Dunkeld.