The Hermitage, Perthshire

  • Distance

    5 miles

    Equivalent of walking up the Eiffel Tower 25 times

  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Difficulty


  • Terrain

    Clear, waymarked paths

  • OS grid reference


  • Calories burned


    Enough for a rewarding Sunday roast

Route Info

Follow in the footsteps of Wordsworth, Queen Victoria and Mendelssohn with a stroll through The Hermitage in Dunkeld, Perthshire.

This wondrous woodland walk was once considered to be one of the most important 18th century landscapes in Scotland. Today, it remains as charming as ever, with a selection of simple woodland paths that lead you through towering Douglas firs (including one of the tallest trees in the country), over the raging River Braan and past the spectacular Black Linn waterfall.

Eventually you will arrive at Ossian’s Hall, a traditional folly overlooking the Black Linn Falls. Recently refurbished, it contains all of its original design features, including sliding panels, secret handles and mirrored artwork, and is well worth a poke around.

Kit List

  • Good walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Daysack
  • A cheeky hip flask containing your favourite Scottish tipple!

Did you know?

The nearby River Tay is the longest river in Scotland

Route Highlight

Try not to miss Ossian's Cave, which is set into a wall within the woodland, a short walk up from the River Braan.

Where to stop

After a day’s walking, come home to a wee dram of warming whisky at the Atholl Arms Hotel in Dunkeld.