Dating from the 18th century, this National Trust for Scotland-preserved site sits on the banks of the River Braan in Craigvinean Forest.
The historic Hermitage woodland was created by the 3rd Duke of Atholl in the 18th century and covers approximately 33 acres. It is said the Duke used a canon to scatter the tree seeds on to the more inaccessible parts of the land.
The woodland features a diverse collection of mixed conifer and deciduous trees, including one of Britain’s tallest Douglas fir trees. Within the forest there is a totem pole carved by a group of First Nation Canadians from the Squamish Nation from a felled Douglas fir. The carvings include a Pictish and Squamish designs, an eagle and two salmon.
Above the wooded gorge of the River Braan and overlooking the Black Linn Falls is the picturesque folly, Ossian’s Hall, built in 1758 and restored in 2007.
The Hermitage is 2m W of Dunkeld
The Edinburgh/Glasgow - Stirling/Perth - Inverness First ScotRail line takes you to Dunkeld-Birnam Station, and then it’s a one and half miles to The Hermitage.
Stagecoach bus number 23 from Perth to Aberfeldy stops at Dunkeld North Car Park. Stagecoach bus number 27 from Perth to Pitlochry also stops at Dunkeld North Car Park. Bankfoot Buses route 22 from Perth to Dunkeld stops also at Dunkeld North Car Park.
From Dunkeld-Birnam Station to The Hermitage: Walk north through Birnam and just before the bridge over the River Tay take the steps down to the river bank (these are beside the old tollhouse on your right immediately before the bridge).
Turn left and follow the footpath through the grounds of the Forestry Commission offices into the small village of Inver. Head through towards the A9 road. Upon reaching the A9 turn left along the footpath and you’ll soon arrive at The Hermitage. Distance = one mile.