Nestled by the banks of the River Tay, amid stunning scenery, sits Dunkeld. You can almost feel the history in the atmosphere as you walk around what was once the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland.

Around the year 700 followers of St Columba founded a monastery in Dunkeld. In 878 the bones of St Columba were moved here from Iona for safety and remained until 1560. The Cathedral, now standing on the site of the former monastery, was started in 1318 and completed in 1448. During the bloody time of the Reformation the Cathedral was destroyed, but partially re-roofed in 1600 when it became a kirk. In the wake of the Battle of Killiecrankie in 1689 most of the town was burned to ashes during fighting between Jacobite and Government forces.

The Dukes of Atholl rebuilt Dunkeld in the 18-1900s.

Perthshire is the garden county of Scotland. It's scenery ranges from luxuriant valleys to high craggy peaks and is a mecca for people who love the outdoors. White water rafting, hillwalking, bird watching, fishing, stalking and Highland Safaris are but a few. There are activities to suit all tastes and levels of fitness.

For the sportsman, we have extensive contacts with the highland estates and can accommodate and organise hunting, shooting and fishing parties.

The city of Perth lies 12 miles to the south. Further afield, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews and Inverness are all within easy reach of Dunkeld. In between lie mountains. lochs, rivers, national parks, nature reserves, golf courses, ski slopes, castles, historic monuments, theatres and more history than you can possibly absorb.

In case you just want to relax closer to home, guests of The Pend can use the leisure club facilities of the nearby Hilton Dunkeld House Hotel at special discount rates. Facilities include a heated indoor swimming pool, spa bath, sauna, steam room, multi-gym, tennis, croquet, putting and archery. Massage, beauty treatments, sunbed, etc are also available. There are lovely walks by the River Tay and through the 199 acres of hotel grounds which also hosts 4x4 wheel driving, Europe's largest 12 bore shooting range, salmon fishing and mountain bike hire.

After all the energetic pursuits of the day, relax to the sound of real music in The Taybank Real Music Bar. If you play why not join in, everyone is welcome.


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Dunkeld, Scotland, PH8 0BA

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