Birnam

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Birnam is a Village situated 13 miles northwest of Perth, just off the main A9 road.

The Village is popular for the Beatrix 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 northwest.

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The image top is looking down Perth Road towards Birnam centre with St Mary's Church on the right.

The Birnam Arts & Conference Centre that holds the Beatrix Potter Exhibition is in the town centre.

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 Dunkeld.

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.



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