The Hermitage is situated 15 miles
northwest of Perth, 1 mile west of Dunkeld,
next to the main A9 road.
This Attraction is maintained by the
National Trust for Scotland. It is about
a half mile, 10 minute, fairly level walk
from the Car Park to The Hermitage. This
is a pleasure park created for the Dukes
of Atholl in the 1700s.
The Hermitage can be visited all year
with a small car parking charge.
Postcode: PH8 0JR
See also a large Click On
Map for Top Attractions in the area.
The Image top is of the lower car park.
There are two car parks each with information
on the different walks.
The Path to The Hermitage leaves from the
bottom Car Park through the Tunnel in the
Bridge. The woodland path goes through some
real high trees, some of the highest in
Scotland at around 200 feet.
The path takes you to a seating area by
Black Linn Pool. Above the Pool is the
Hermitage and Bridge.
Above the Bridge is Ossians Hall from where
you get great views over the Gorge and
A narrow path from the Hall leads to a
viewpoint for good photos of the Hall and
The walk can be extended to a Totem Pole,
Cave, and the Pinecone View Point further into
The Hermitage History
1700s mid - The Hermitage was created in
Craigvinean Forest for John Murray, third Duke
of Atholl, who lived in nearby Dunkeld
The Hermitage was created to honour the
blind poet and author Ossian.
1760 - the Hermit's Cave was built. Offers
were made at that time for a real life Hermit
to use the Cave, but nobody took up the
1820s? - Douglas Fir Trees were planted in
the area. These were brought back by early
explorers from the east coast of America and
Canada. The Scottish Botanist David Douglas
sent the first Douglas Fir Seeds back to the UK
in 1827. These trees have been recorded at over
320 feet in the US.
1828 - Dunkeld House became uninhabitable.
The replacement building would not be completed
1853 - the first seeds of Giant Sequoia
Trees were brought from California to the UK by
These can also be found around Scotland in most
Estates, similar in height to the Douglas Fir,
but wider at the base. The tallest Giant
Sequoia's in the UK are said to be over 190
feet. The highest of these trees are recorded
at over 270 feet in the US.
1900 - the new Dunkeld House was completed
for John Stewart-Murray, 7th Duke of
1930s late - Dunkeld House was sold to be
converted to a Hotel.
2000s? - a Douglas Fir next to the Hermitage
Bridge was claimed to have been the first Tree
in the UK to reach 200 feet in height.
2017 - The 200ft Hermitage Douglas Fir was
blown down during a storm.
A Douglas Fir at Reelig Glen by
Inverness, is now claimed to be Britain's
tallest tree at 217ft (66m).
Today - Ossian's Hall can be booked for
special events such as Wedding Ceremonies.
Dunkeld House Hotel is
one of the top hotels in Scotland.