Welcome to The Bridge Online

Welcome to the online version of Dunkeld and Birnam's regular newsletter. You'll be able to enjoy all the regular features you would expect to find in our printed version, but there's a lot extra to discover as well!

The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers & The Birnam Bells

The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers & The Birnam Bells

Recently the ringers have been delighted to welcome two new members. One advantage handbells have over musical instruments... Read more

Loch of the Lowes

Loch of the Lowes

This is a special year for the Scottish Wildlife Trust as we celebrate our 50th Anniversary. The Trust... Read more

National Trust for Scotland, Dunkeld Fountain

National Trust for Scotland, Dunkeld Fountain

The National Trust for Scotland is very pleased to announce that on site repairs to the fountain are... Read more

Justsingin Birnam

Justsingin Birnam

A very good time was had by all who joined in our recent social evening and sing at... Read more

The Three Churches Charity Shop

The Three Churches Charity Shop

The big One Day Sale held in the Duchess Anne on 1st March raised £2000. What a Day!!And... Read more

‘The Hut’ at the Royal School of Dunkeld

‘The Hut’ at the Royal School of Dunkeld

We are very lucky because there is a new outdoor structure at the Royal School of Dunkeld. It... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Horticultural Society

Dunkeld & Birnam Horticultural Society

{jcomments off}{jcomments on} On 19th March 2014 our Annual Bulb Show takes place at the BI. It's a notable... Read more

Unique Stone Sculpture For St Ninian’s Garden

Unique Stone Sculpture For St Ninian’s Garden

Works which started in early January to enhance St Ninian's Garden are now well underway. The garden's stunning... Read more

The 11th Annual Niel Gow Festival

The 11th Annual Niel Gow Festival

 Fiddlers from all over Scotland and beyond will converge on Highland Perthshire for the annual weekend feast of... Read more

National Scenic Area Expansion Call

National Scenic Area Expansion Call

DUNKELD COMMUNITY CALLS FOR EXTENSION OF NATIONAL SCENIC AREA BOUNDARIES. Packed meeting agrees scenic qualities of the home... Read more

Trees Not Turbines

Trees Not Turbines

{jcomments on} Many thanks to everyone who has joined the ‘Trees not Turbines’ campaign. We hope thousands of people... Read more

Royal School of Dunkeld

Royal School of Dunkeld

Primary One Primary 1 were very busy last term thinking about why the nursery garden is important and how... Read more

Holly Found!

Holly Found!

Holly, the golden retriever which was lost near here in Trochry on Sunday 3rd November has been found... Read more

@ the field... Final Events of the Year.

@ the field... Final Events of the Year.

As our second growing season begins to come to an end and we gather in the last of... Read more

World Porridge Day

World Porridge Day

The World Porridge Day Breakfast held at the Birnam Institute on 5th October was much enjoyed by all... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Playgroup grant success

Dunkeld & Birnam Playgroup grant success

Members of the Dunkeld and Birnam playgroup enjoyed making ladybirds while sitting at their new red tables. A... Read more

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA)

Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA)

On behalf of SCAA, I would like to thank all the members of the Dunkeld & Birnam Probus... Read more

When is a Fishing Hut not a Fishing Hut?

When is a Fishing Hut not a Fishing Hut?

The brief answer is when it's a Curling Club Hut or even a Golf Pavilion – for such... Read more

A9 Dualling Consultations

A9 Dualling Consultations

A9 Birnam to Tay Crossing: Drop-In Sessions.  In June 2013, a further round of Public Exhibitions on the... Read more

SWT Loch of the Lowes

SWT Loch of the Lowes

The SWT team at Loch of the Lowes is overjoyed to welcome another osprey chick at the loch-side... Read more

The Dunkeld Art Exhibition

The Dunkeld Art Exhibition

The Art Exhibition enjoyed a successful opening night taking over £2,000 in sales. Over 200 artists have now registered... Read more

How does radio fit into your life?

How does radio fit into your life?

Heartland FM, Perthshire's local radio station is asking this question via an online survey on their website. See www.heartlandfm.co.uk... Read more

Birnam Highland Games

Birnam Highland Games

Birnam Highland Games were first held in 1864 but the tradition of Highland Games in Scotland is believed... Read more

'Ripping Yarns' Fundraiser a roaring success!

'Ripping Yarns' Fundraiser a roaring success!

'Ripping Yarns' Ann Lindsay's fascinating talk on her experiences working in Paris couture in the 1960s given in... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Skate ‘n’ Bike Park

Dunkeld & Birnam Skate ‘n’ Bike Park

Thanks to everyone who has been supporting the idea of having a skate and bike park in Dunkeld... Read more

Fountain & Well Appeal

Fountain & Well Appeal

50% Restoration work on the Atholl Memorial Fountain (National Trust for Scotland) 50% Provision toward providing a well in... Read more

New Trochry Path

New Trochry Path

The Trochry and Strathbraan Community Project group path linking Trochry with the Ballinloan road is now complete and... Read more

Regular Columns


So what were you up to on the 14th April 1964? Was anyone who is reading this present... Read more

Thought for the Month

The first daffodil is blooming, the first hellebore head is fluttering in the wind, the first oyster catcher... Read more

Notes from a Councillor

Barbara Vaughan This is the time of the year when flowers vie with each other to be the first... Read more


In 1799, the famous Inver fiddler, Niel Gow, composed his lament 'Farewell To Whisky'. There appears to be... Read more

Thought for the Month

Films are like buses; you wait ages for a good one to come along and then three or... Read more

Notes from a Councillor

The deadline for this column falls in a very busy week at 2 High Street as the Council... Read more

Notes from a Councillor

Councillor's column - John Kellas. A happy and a prosperous New Year to everyone.I know that it seems... Read more


February is my favourite month.It’s a plucky little month that uses every breath of its twenty eight days... Read more

Thought for the Month

'A Prayer for Monday Morning' © J. Philip Newell This day and this night, O God,may I know the deep... Read more

Community News

Local Enterprise Fund Research - your input invited

Foundation Scotland (www.foundationscotland.org.uk) is currently undertaking some research on behalf of SSE ... Read more

Pitlochry Golfers Act After Gallacher Heart Scare

Directors of Pitlochry Golf Ltd have heeded a plea from golf legend... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam feature in new Scottish travelogue

The towns of Dunkeld and Birnam feature in a new book published... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam in Bloom

As most of the hard landscaping for St. Ninian's is now complete... Read more

Dualling the A9

Dualling the A9 Community Drop-In Sessions     Read more

Open Village Garden Day

Open Village Garden Day in Murthly, Saturday 17th May 2014   Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Probus Club

Probus members and guests enjoyed a terrific evening at the Birnam hotel... Read more

Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership

Improving Rural BroadbandThe creation of a credible community owned broadband service has... Read more

Birnam & Dunkeld SWRI

Members enjoyed a film night with members of the Perth Film Club... Read more

Childcare & Family Information Directories updated

Perth & Kinross Council’s Childcare and Family Information Service has recently published... Read more

Spring into Action @the field

Spring into Action Every little bit makes a difference @the field Spring... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Horticultural Society

The next meeting of the Horti is the AGM which is being... Read more

Happy 1st Birthday - 3 Churches Charity Shop

We took over the shop a year ago and as we began... Read more

Local Charity Launches Campaign: Don’t Wait To Get Debt Help

Local members of a charity who care for those in financial crisis... Read more

Community grants available to help improve older people's lives

Community grants are available in Perth and Kinross to develop and deliver... Read more

New campaign aims to tackle persistent dog fouling

While it is only a small minority of pet owners who do... Read more

Perth & Kinross Council Press Release

New childminders needed across Perth and KinrossAdditional childminders are being sought in... Read more

Community Archive

We are compiling a collection of people's memories of World War 1... Read more

Heartland Healing Rooms

Wednesday, 9th April in St Mary's: 11.30am-1.00pm. A Healing Room is a... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Historical Society

Niel Gow – the Man and his Music, Monday 17th March 7.30pmPete Clark... Read more

Craft Fairs in 2014

Spring Craft FairDrill Hall, The Cross, DunkeldSat.April 26th and Sun. April 27th10am... Read more

British Legion Memorial Club Whists 2014

March 6th & 20th, April 17th,May 15th, June 19th, July 17th,August 21st,... Read more

Can you help find my relatives?

NOTICE - FAMILY/ILK - URGENT I am trying to contact any relatives still... Read more

Dunkeld Chapter House Museum and Community Archive

Come and learn about a distinguished son of Dunkeld, JAMES SCOTT PITKEATHLEY.He... Read more

The Orchard

Orchard Dates – year aheadSaturday 8 Feb 10:30-12:30 Pruning Day (bring secateurs,... Read more

Toy Fair - Santa Day 2013

A huge thank-you to everyone who donated toys for this years Sants... Read more

News from Heartland FM

2014 marks new beginnings for Perthshire’s only radio station, Heartland FM. One... Read more

News from Amulree

Amulree Hall dance is on 21st March 8pm music with Alan and... Read more

SWT Loch of the Lowes

News update from Loch of the LowesDo you live in Perthshire?Are you... Read more

Pitlochry & Highland Perthshire SWT

The February meeting of the PHP SWT will be held on Monday... Read more

British Legion Memorial Club Winter Whists 2013 -2014

February 6th & 20th, March 6th & 20th The committee would like to... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Events Group

Dunkeld & Birnam Events Group would like to say a BIG THANK... Read more

Drawing on the Writer Within

Always wanted to write? Start 2014 as you mean to go on... Angela... Read more

The Opening of the 2014 Salmon Fishing Season, The River Tay at Dunkeld

The opening of the 2014 Salmon Fishing Season on the River Tay... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnan Community Growing

Organic local produce available to order phone 727652 or 727763 also from... Read more

Loch of the Lowes over the Festive Period

Amidst the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas and making the... Read more

Perthshire Dental Practice Nets Major Award at Gleneagles

A Pitlochry dental practice is celebrating after being voted the best in... Read more

War Memorial

With reference to previous correspondence and the contribution from Councillor Grant Laing... Read more

Highland Perthshire Cultural Triangle (HPCT)

The Birks Cinema, Birnam Arts, Pitlochry Festival Theatre Project Coordinator Three cultural organisations in... Read more

Community Council

The Community Council Meeting on the 6th Dec has been cancelled. New... Read more

Amulree & Trochry Community Fund

A successful application to the Griffin Calliacher Community Fund has allowed the... Read more

Amulree Clay Pigeon Shoot

The Annual Clay Pigeon Shoot in aid of Community Funds took place... Read more

St. Ninian's Garden - latest update

We have commissioned Martin Reilly, stone mason, to do a centre piece... Read more

Justsingin News

We enjoyed singing at the Perthshire Amber wheelbarrow procession, and also at... Read more

Pitlochry Remembered

A new book by local author Fred Smith has just been published.... Read more

Infinityblu Dental Care Shortlisted for Awards

A Pitlochry dental practice has been short-listed for 8 national awards as... Read more

Niel Gow’s Oak – Scottish Tree of the Year

You are probably familiar with the story of the Niel Gow’s “fiddler”... Read more

Dunkeld Archives First World War Commemoration

From 2014-2018 there are going to be on-going events all over Britain... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam WRVS Over 60's Club

The committee of the WRVS Over 60's Club have decided to dissolve... Read more

Dunkeld and Birnam in Bloom Flower Competition

May we say a big thank you to all those who entered... Read more

Take a Pride in Perthshire Awards

Representatives from the many In Bloom committees across Perth and Kinross gathered... Read more

Dunkeld Art Exhibition

The Chairman welcomed the Stewards to their end of Exhibition party and... Read more

Online Advertising with The Bridge

The Bridge is pleased to be able to offer our advertisers the... Read more

Weather, Travel & Public Transport

On this page we've brought together the best information we can find... Read more

Leading Perthshire Fishing Loch Re-opens

Butterstone Loch Fishings, near Dunkeld in Highland Perthshire, opened under new management on... Read more

Ladies who Lunch

50 Ladies enjoyed a special Lunch in the Birnam House Hotel at the... Read more

World Porridge Day

Saturday 5th October – 9.30 to 11.30 am at the Birnam Institute.As... Read more

Bycycle Wednesdays

When? Wednesday evenings weekly.Meeting 18.30 Where? From various start points in Perthshire... Read more

Scottish Country Dancing

Want to get some exercise and have a fun filled social night out... Read more


We are the Scottish Area (SAFAS) of the National Association of Flower... Read more

Dear Editor,

A company called Ecotricity are planning to ask permission to build 17... Read more

Local Competition!

Dunkeld and Birnam in Bloom are hoping to stir up some green-fingered... Read more

Missing Copies

The Community Archive has an almost complete collection of the copies of... Read more

Art Fund

Tom Duncan, who regularly leads tours through his own company CICERONI specializing... Read more

London Florist comes to Dunkeld

Christina Lochhead has recently set up her own floristry business at the... Read more

Forest Plan Consultation

From 21st May to 31st July 2013, the Council will be seeking... Read more

The 1st Dunkeld & Birnam Guides

THANK YOU! The 1st Dunkeld & Birnam Guides would like to say a... Read more

News from the Royal School of Dunkeld

School Activities: Before school every day there is a club called early... Read more

Birnam Arts Fundraising Programme

Birnam Arts launched a fund raising programme in August 2012 to help... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Golf Club

THANK YOU!Dunkeld & Birnam Golf Club would like to say Thank You... Read more

New Book - 'Braes o' Tullymet'

Readers of 'The Bridge' may be interested to know of the publication... Read more

National Trust for Scotland

Ladies Lunch Sunday 23 June in aid of Maggie Centre.  A number of... Read more

Spill the Beans wins Award

After only being open 1 year the team at Spill The Beans... Read more

Scottish Independence Referendum "Yes" information meeting

On 9th April at the Birnam Institute an audience of over 140... Read more

THANK YOU from Jeremy & Gillian Law

Thirty seven years ago we purchased a small leathergoods workshop operating in... Read more

Leaders for Beavers

Beavers are for people aged 5 to 8. It starts at 6:00pm... Read more

News from the Royal School of Dunkeld

Royal School of Dunkeld: Outdoor Space We are very fortunate at the Royal... Read more

Est-ce que tu parles français ? ¿Hablas español ?

Would you like to try informal French conversation – café et causerie? A... Read more

Birnam Arts

The Board and Staff at Birnam Arts would belatedly like to thank... Read more

Pitlochry-Aberfeldy-Dunkeld Café Scientifique

Cafés Scientifiques have been popular in the UK for about 15 years... Read more

Community Council

The Area Manager of the Co-operative attended the last meeting on Monday... Read more

Dunkeld Parish Church

Dunkeld Parish Church marked the retiral of David Arbuthnott as Session Clerk... Read more


Have You Got a Golden Ticket? The much anticipated opening of a new... Read more

St. Ninian's Gardens

Dunkeld and Birnam in Bloom have raised over £1,400.00 in the last... Read more

Dalguise Mindfulness Meditation Group

After 3 years of meeting once a month, we have now decided... Read more


Rivendell care at home team, which is made up of twelve local... Read more

Let the Bells Ring Out

Well. here we are, amazingly , half way through the year!I feel it... Read more

Calliachar Windfarms Update

Project update from SSE Renewables . Read more

Corbenic Camphill Community Charity Shop and Café

19 Bridge Street Dunkeld PH8 0AH. The Corbenic Shop and Cafe is now... Read more

Letter to the Editor - Cenotaph

Dear Editor I refer to the article headed ' Our Cenotaph ' from... Read more

Letter to the Editor - Dunkeld a City?

Dear Editor Several days ago I was given a copy of The... Read more

Winter Poem

It's a winter wonderland So dearly held As snow drapes the hills Rising above Dunkeld Glistening... Read more

Dog Fouling Appeal

I am really annoyed about the amount of dog fouling that is... Read more

Humanos Aid International

Many thanks for publicising Humanos Aid International in The Bridge. I am writing... Read more

Amulree Village Hall Facelift

Amulree Village Hall has recently had a face lift thanks to a... Read more

Birnam Arts Appeal

'Birnam Arts Appeal blasts off to a stunning start' The October BIPS fundraiser... Read more

Cenotaph Thoughts

Our Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday in Dunkeld and Birnam, in contrast to many... Read more

Rejuvenation of local patch

In 2009 a patch of waste ground at the foot of St... Read more

New Libraries e-book lending service is here!

Perth and Kinross Libraries staff have launched an exciting new e-book lending... Read more

Birnam Arts at the heart of our Community

Birnam Arts Centre lies at the very heart of our community -... Read more

Community First Responders

The Community First Responder role is a relatively new role within health... Read more

Household paint reuse project resumes

From Sunday 1st April 2012, householders in Perth and Kinross will again... Read more

Arts News

Birnam Arts Events

Birnam Arts has an amazing ongoing programme of one off performances, exhibitions and workshops. Just use the scroll... Read more

BIPS Drama Group win SCDA Drama Festival!

For three nights in February Birnam Arts once again hosted the first round of the SCDA National One... Read more

Dunkeld Art Exhibition

Registration for the 2014 exhibition is now open.Please log into www.dunkeldartexhibition.com and follow the instructions for registration. Pay... Read more

Birnam & Dunkeld Film Society

Sunday 2nd March 2014 Birnam Arts 7.30pmArgo 2012 120min 15A C.I.A. agent is charged with the dangerous task... Read more

Sharing Heritage: Hipshire’s Bread Atholl Brose celebrates £5,500 Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Hipshire Community Network, is one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund... Read more

Pitlochry & District Choral Society

With our new conductor, Graham Robb, at the helm, we have begun an exciting programme for our Spring... Read more

Butterstone Art Club

.  Butterstone is home to at least eight artistic folk, who paint, embroidery, make wooden toys, etc. There... Read more

Footlights, footloose & fun at Meikleour Village Hall.

Delvine Footlights are taking to the boards with a singing cast of enthusiastic local thespians, on 4 evenings... Read more

The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers & The Birnam Bells

PLEASE NOTE: The recital by the group planned to take place in The Cathedral on Sunday, 3rd December... Read more

8-Week Course Draws on the Writer Within

Drawing on the Writer Within  www.angelajeffs.comDOTWW is a revolutionary programme of creative writing - transformational work intended for anyone... Read more

The Fiddle Tree

THE FIDDLE TREE is a not-for-profit organisation based in Birnam and Dunkeld, Perthshire, and has been promoting concerts... Read more

Health & Leisure

Craigvinean Surgery

News from Craigvinean Surgery - Drs Wright, Hewitt and Gunn Read more

Young Roving Reporter


Congratulations to Aidan, this month's winner of a crisp £10 note. On the... Read more

Skate Park Update

Thanks to everyone who has been supporting the idea of having a... Read more

Well Done Callum Ross

Hi everyone, Rivendell Care Services, Birnam, where my mum works decided to have a... Read more

Ski-ing Trip

At the Royal School of Dunkeld all the P6s got to go... Read more

Rumor Round Up

Some of you will have read my article a while back talking... Read more

Skate Park?

It would be great if a skate park could be built in... Read more

Performing at the Pitlochry Theatre

Me and a group of friends had been attending a drama class... Read more

Dunkeld and Birnam Brownies PGL Trip

Dunkeld and Birnam Brownies went on a exciting trip to pgl in... Read more

Sport & Active

Welcome to the Sports Hub!

Our aims are simple - but great... 1: To transform the lives of people in the villages and surrounding... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Tennis Club New Season 2014

Open DayThe 2014 tennis season starts on the Open Day which is on Sunday 27th April from 2pm.... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam District Leisure Group

£300 annual donation from the Leisure Group to the Royal School of Dunkeld in memory of Robbie Melvin... Read more

Bowling Club

The Bowling Green will open for the season on Saturday 26th April at 2-pm. New members welcome.Club nights... Read more

Sustainable Transport at Work in D & B

Many people will have noticed blue signs in the village numbered 83 and 77 giving mileages to Bankfoot... Read more


Relax. Stretch. Strengthen. With Lindsey Gibb A relaxing class that will improve your posture and strengthen your muscles. Monday 7.30pm... Read more

Skate Park Update

The members of the Dunkeld & Birnam Skate Park are delighted to be offered the opportunity to assess... Read more

Indoor Bowls

Short-mat bowls is played in the Recreation Clubhouse from October to March. Club nights are on Tuesdays and... Read more

Scottish Country Dancing

Want to improve your fitness? Have a fun evening socialising? Maybe learn some ceilidh dances? Then why not... Read more


The new season of the Badminton Club begins on Monday, 28th October 2013 at 8pm in the Atholl... Read more


ByCycle Wednesdays have now ended for the season.They will commence again next May – keep an eye on The... Read more

Tay Thistle 2000

The Bowl – or to give it its proper name, Jeanfeild Recreation Ground – is one of Perth's... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Sports Hub Formed

Look out for the new 'Hub' Page in the November edition of The Bridge. At a meeting at the... Read more

Highland Perthshire Clay Shooting Club

The club has been formed as a members club and is keen to encourage all who are interested,... Read more

Glendelvine Cricket Club

Glendelvine Cricket Club - Cricket in Spittalfield Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Recreation Club

One Hundred and Twenty Five Years Old and Still Going In the year 1888 a group of community minded... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Golf Club

Carol And Roy would be delighted to welcome you to our relaxed friendly clubhouse to enjoy first rate... Read more

Sports Hub

Click here for news about sporting activities around Dunkeld & Birnam


Weather & Travel

Click here to see a page that brings together everything you need to know about getting here, travelling around the area, and whether you'll need your raincoat or your sunglasses!


Dates for your Diary

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