November 25, 2018

Moody Dunkeld

Visiting a small picturesque town in the heart of Scottish Pertshire.

Common way to reach it is over a stone-built bridge from 1809, spanning over the river Tay. This builds an excitement which lasts, as the town is like a journey through centuries.

Settlement here is documented since the Iron Age; however, a war in 1689 devastated most of it, so plenty of the buildings are from late 17th and 18th-century. Then, the time here kind of stopped, and so it happened that nowadays it is among the most complete 18th-century country towns in Scotland. There is no glossy shopping centre, no skyscrapers, only the cars parked all over are a constant reminder that it is 21st century now.

Old houses with cosy cafes, fish restaurants and gift shops are making a good companion to the main point of interest, local cathedral. It is an interesting structure with an interesting history: it dates from the 13th Century, but it was damaged during the 1560 Reformation.

As a result, half of the cathedral is still in use, while the other turned into romantic ruins.

All together, it forms rather pretty unit. And it doesn't end there, the surrounding countryside is amazing nonetheless.

Dunkeld is enclosed with neat rolling hills topped with beautiful forests.

Just off to the west from the city is the Craigvinean Forest, which boasts some of the tallest trees in Scotland.

Forests aren't as common in the UK; in fact, only 13% of the UK land is covered with woods. (Europe is covered about 45%, to put it in perspective) So being able to walk in one here in Scotland feels really nice. What's also nice is that these forests are full of cool streams (both literally and figuratively).

..and as these are running down the mentioned hills, they often form charming waterfalls.
I put together a post dedicated to these, check it out.

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Published by: Jakub Stepanovic in Stories