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.
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
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
Pend, 5 Brae Street
Dunkeld, Scotland, PH8 0BA