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!

A9 Dualling Updates

A9 Dualling Updates

Birnam to Ballinluig A9 Community Group - Constitution  The next A9 Community Group meeting and AGM will be on... Read more

Silver Medal for Blind Veteran Skier Billy Black

Silver Medal for Blind Veteran Skier Billy Black

Billy Black from Scone and his ski guide Neil Graham from Birnam were successful in winning the silver... Read more

Dunkeld Community Market

Dunkeld Community Market

Dunkeld Community Market organsied by Dunkeld & Birnam Events Group - 2nd Sunday of every month. Next market:... Read more

Get on the Bus!

Get on the Bus!

Save Our Bus Group - Inter City bus service reinstated 5th June as a result of ‘formidable campaign’.Save... Read more

Loch of the Lowes SWT

Loch of the Lowes SWT

Our beautiful ospreys are back! Not only have they arrived earlier than usual this year but wasted no... Read more



Beasts did leap and birds did sing, Trees did grow and plants did spring.Over the past few months,... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Horticultural Society

Dunkeld & Birnam Horticultural Society

Dunkeld and Birnam Horticultural Society, AGM and talk at Birnam Arts on Wednesday, 19th April at 7.30pm. (NOT... Read more

Elder Awards from the Moderator of the Church of Scotland

Elder Awards from the Moderator of the Church of Scotland

Nine Elders received long service awards from the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Right Rev Dr... Read more

Highland and Strathtay Decide

Highland and Strathtay Decide

Opportunity for community project funding bidsThere is still an opportunity for local groups to bid for funding from... Read more

Regular Columns


If you are one of our younger members of the community despairing that you can’t go on the... Read more

Notes from a Councillor

There is no Notes from a Councillor this month as there is an election.Local Council Elections take place... Read more

Thought for the Month

I am writing this thought of the month in Holy Week, and naturally my thoughts turn to the... Read more


There are various signs that summer is on the way … the Ospreys return from Africa; all the... Read more

Notes from a Councillor

Reading last month’s Column I found myself fervently hoping that there was a typo in the last line... Read more

Thought for the Month

It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child. I also happen to think that... Read more

Notes from a Councillor

Apart from the odd flurry of snow it is hard to believe that winter is almost gone and... Read more


My grandfather, Oswald Evans, claimed he knew whether he was in the good or bad books with my... Read more

Thought for the Month

On February 2nd the Royal School of Dunkeld held its annual Founder’s Day assembly in Little Dunkeld Kirk.... Read more

Community News

Community Council News and Minutes

This page contains minutes and other items of interest from the Dunkeld... Read more

Free Digital Skills Sessions

Free Digital Learning Skills are starting at Birnam library on Friday afternoons... Read more

Understanding the Housing Market

The days of running up and down the high street looking in... Read more

BMR Bob’s Mechanical Repairs

Following 13 years working with a local garage in Birnam and 22... Read more

Calling All Carers!

A Special Awareness morning for all categories of carers is to be... Read more

Dulater Hill Wind Farm Inquiry

The inquiry for the Dulater Hill wind farm proposal (to the North... Read more

Beaver and Cubs

Beavers and Cubs had a great walk up Birnam Hill, in fantastic... Read more

Join Nature Nippers!

This year the National Trust for Scotland ranger service, based in Dunkeld,... Read more

Christian Aid 2017

Christian Aid Week runs from the 14th. – 20th. May.As a warm-up,... Read more

Youth Group

Youth Group 7-9pmNow that lighter nights are here the Youth Groups will... Read more

Gien a Haund - to older people

The aim of this new group is to identify gaps in support... Read more

Wednesday Afternoon Club

The Wednesday Club is going to have a rest over the summer... Read more

British Legion Spring/Summer Whists 2017

British Legion Spring/Summer Whists 201718th May: 15th June: 20th July: 17th August:... Read more

Corbenic Camphill Community

The Corbenic shop in Dunkeld is closed for essential repairs. Date of... Read more

The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers and The Birnam Bells

This is the 50th anniversary year for The Handbell Ringers of Great... Read more

Summer Indoor Garden Party, Bankfoot Church Centre

Summer Indoor Garden Party, Saturday 10th JuneBankfoot Church CentreDelicious Afternoon Tea with... Read more

Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition

Artists are now registering for the 2017 Exhibition at www.dunkeldartexhibition.com Registration will... Read more

Community Council Matters

Community Council Matters Stuart Paton Community CouncillorI have now been on the Dunkeld... Read more

Pitlochry and District U3A

Our next Whole Group meeting will take place on Wednesday 19th April... Read more

Congregational AGM

AGM The Annual General Meeting of the Church of Scotland congregation will... Read more

Remember to recycle your glass and help CHAS

Householders across Perth and Kinross are being encouraged to recycle more glass... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Community Orchard

Orchard update – and call for extra pairs of hands!  Spring is... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam in Bloom

Birnam and Dunkeld Circular Path - We are hoping to begin a... Read more


BSYFC are pleased to announce that we have secured McDonalds programme support... Read more

J. & H. Mitchell W.S. Announce New Partner

The Partners of J. & H. Mitchell W.S. – Colin Liddell, Alan... Read more

Hospital Radio Perth Seeking More Volunteers

Perth’s award winning hospital radio station are looking for volunteers to visit... Read more

Dunkeld Deer Forum

Dunkeld may be unique in that we have three species of deer... Read more

Birnam and Dunkeld SWI

Birnam and Dunkeld SWI held their March meeting in the Birnam Institute.... Read more

Friends of the Birnam Oak

Promoting the conservation and preservation of the historic Birnam Oak and Birnam... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Historical Society

Our next talk on Monday April 10th, and please take note of... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Craft Fairs 2017

Spring Fair - 8th and 9th AprilThe Fairs have gone from strength... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Playgroup

Playgroup would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and thank... Read more

Can you help identify members of our Home Guard?

Murthly have formed a History Group and are hoping to produce an... Read more

What Do You Know About Dun Coillich?

Dun Coillich is your land managed by Highland Perthshire Communities Land Trust... Read more

Archives – Volunteer Wanted For School Project

The Archive will be helping the School with the 450 Anniversary of... Read more

Scottish Bible Society

First of all thank you so very much for all your contributions... Read more

Christmas Offering

Once again, it was a full house at the Watchnight Service in... Read more

'Care - The Problem No-one Can Fix' ... Except Us

In the October edition of 'The Bridge', deep within the Three Churches... Read more

Dullatur Wind Farm Inquiry

The inquiry for the proposed Dullatur windfarm development will be held from... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Probus Club

Our first few Probus meetings of the 2016/2017 season all have proved... Read more

3 Churches Charity Shop August Sale Thank You

Happy New Year to everyone.We look forward to another successful year supporting... Read more

Dalguise Meditation Group

The Meditation Group continues to meet in Dalguise Village Hall on alternate... Read more

Pitlochry Flower Club

The next meeting of the Pitlochry Flower Club will be held on... Read more

Santa Day Thank You

Dunkeld & Birnam Events Group would like to thank everyone involved in... Read more

Baby & Toddler Group

New Baby & Toddler Group starting on Friday 16th December 2016 upstairs... Read more

The Birnam Reader

The Birnam Reader is Perthshire’s newest independent bookshop where you can browse... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Tourist Association Update

Firstly, a BIG thanks to all of the local businesses that supported... Read more

Second Hand Toy Sale

This has become an important event on Santa Day in Dunkeld. A... Read more

Christmas Book Promotion

Why not give a very special gift this Christmas and give a... Read more

Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership

Broadband project expands across Dalguise and A9 corridor area The project to... Read more

CAP Fundraising Challenge

At a recent CAP Conference Angela and Mel, the centre’s manager and... Read more

Would you Like To Improve Your Literacy?

New local service available“I can now write and use computers with confidence.... Read more

Rivendell Care Home

Residents of Rivendell enjoying different activities at Olympics Day at Rivendell. With... Read more

The Fort of the Caledonians

Dear Editor, I am writing to acquaint local residents of a project... Read more

Better Lives In Older Age

- joining up the dots Dunkeld and Birnam is a great place... Read more

Scouting News - Dunkeld & Birnam Area

And we are off... the new term has started and in great... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Senior Citizens Outing

The Senior Citizens coach trip is going to Callander this year on... Read more

‘Rio 2016’ – GirlGuides

GirlGuides and Senior Section camp in a field by a beach near... Read more

Breast Cancer Care – Strawberry Tea

Caroline and Kerry Lindsay would like to thank all the individuals and... Read more

Duchess Anne Lunches and Meeting Place

The first Duchess Anne Lunch will be on Tuesday 6th September.The first... Read more

Grand Sale of Railway Books

Grand Sale of Railway Books by Pitlochry Station BookshopFour hundred volumes, second... Read more

50 new Scripture translations completed last year

2015 was a very successful year for Bible translation with Bible Societies... Read more

Dunkeld Community Minibus

You may have noticed the Perth and Kinross Council minibus parked at... Read more

Dualling the A9

There has been a large amount of work in the community in... Read more

Concert for Syria

The response to the Easter Monday concert was quite overwhelming. On a... Read more

‘Life & Work’

‘Life & Work’ is the monthly magazine of the Church of Scotland... Read more

Volunteers Wanted

We are looking for trustworthy and reliable volunteers who have an hour... Read more

Stamp, Coins and Watch collection for The Bible Society

After a long delay trying to deliver the stamps, coins and watches... Read more

Health Fare - World Challenge

Hello there! My name is Sumi and I am a local sixteen... Read more

Twinning Project

Dunkeld & Birnam twinning project with Asheville, NC is progressing. We have... Read more

D & B Cubs To Close

Overall, the numbers of children, leaders, parents and committee members involved in... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Guides - New Challenge?

I want a new challenge – I want to do something for... Read more

Tiddlywinks - a great opportunity to socializing.

Tiddlywinks, an informal group for parents/carers and babies/toddlers, is currently running on... Read more

Forestry Commission Auction of Equipment

The Forestry Commission offices at Inver are holding a small sale of... Read more

Silent Auction CANCELLED

Silent Auction 7th March – CANCELLED.However Our Plant/Shrub Sale on 23rd April... Read more

Meal Makers

Meal Makers, the project that connects people and local communities through food,... Read more

Funding following flood damage

Details of how funding from the Scottish Government for flooded properties will... Read more

Perthshire Nepal Charity

Working Hard As Winter Hits The Earthquake Victims In NepalBring Back The... Read more

Toddler Group Cancelled: Please help

Due to lack of support and low funds, Tiddleywinks - Dunkeld and... Read more

Ella Retires After 25yrs!

After 25 happy years in Dunkeld I have decided to retire and... Read more

Together Again

Eclipse Hair and Nails on Dunkeld's Atholl Street has gone through many... Read more

Farewell To Father Tobias & Welcome To Father Edward

Father Tobias has left St Columba's Roman Catholic Church in St Mary's... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam RBLS Memorial Club

Dunkeld & Birnam R.B.L.S Memorial Club wish to update the community on... Read more

Heritage Trail Leaflets & Plaques for Historical Places of Interest

New proposal for Heritage Trail leaflets and plaques for historical places of... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Events Group

Things are well under way for this year's Santa Day on 12th... Read more

Great news! Defib App now Live!

Highland Perthshire Communities Partnership in conjunction with Pitlochry High School has been... Read more

Bob Lindsay

Bob Lindsay has retired as treasurer of the Parish Church after 26... Read more

The Parish of Dunkeld Community Care Group

The group comprises The Meeting Place and The Duchess ANNE Lunch Group.All... Read more

Dunkeld Cathedral

Visitor numbers at the Duchess Anne were well up on last year... Read more

Letter to the Editor

Dear Sally,It is some considerable time since I first wrote to you... Read more

Parles-tu français? ¿Hablas español? Café et Causerie?

Would you like to try informal French conversation over a coffee –... Read more

Local Residents To Receive Important Voter Registration Information

Households in Angus and Perth & Kinross will soon be receiving a... Read more

London Trip for Local Dancers

Back in June local dance teacher, Chanelle Wilson, submitted a squad, Mystic... Read more

Stamps & Coins For The Scottish Bible Society

Your continued support is much appreciated.Please put contributions in the boxes in... Read more

Tour of the Tower

On September 26th the Tower of the Cathedral will be open from... Read more

Jamie Grant

Photographer Jamie Grant sets out for adventure of a lifetime as Artist... Read more

Why do Churches Fund Raise?

Before a congregation can reach out and help others financially, either within... Read more

Library Summer Reading Challenge

Go for a personal best this summer and sign up to the... Read more

'Echoes From Gallipoli' 1915 - 2015 A WW1 Commemoration

'Echoes from Gallipoli' will be a community commemoration of the 100th Anniversary... Read more

School's Out for Summer!

P7 pupils from the Royal School of Dunkeld celebrating at Sports Day. Read more

Pathways: Getting Connected in the Voluntary Arts

Are you involved in the voluntary arts in some way? Voluntary Arts... Read more

Hipshire Community Network TrueCall Scheme

The Health & Wellbeing Sub Group has successful obtained Community Support funding... Read more

United Lodge of Dunkeld No 14

The Lodge at Dunkeld operates under a Charter granted by the Grand... Read more

Windfarms Update

1. North Calliacher - I & H Brown : Latest details from... Read more

Broadband comes to the Strath

Community Broadband Scotland is investing £58,500 in a Perthshire project which will... Read more

Perth and Kinross Federation Spring Show

Bankfoot Church CentreFriday 6th March 6-8pm and Saturday 7th March 10am-4pmMorning coffee, lunch... Read more

Trees Not Turbines

Latest Update from Nan Johnston (mid July 2014): 1.  North Calliacher  - I... 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

Arts News

LIGHT – a new play by Birnam Institute Players.

Birnam Arts 26 and 27 May. 8PM. Tickets £8. Birnam Institute Players (BIPs) are putting on a wee... Read more

The Birks Cinema

What's On at the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy during May 2017... Read more

Come and Sing with Justsingin

Fabulous songs and lots of new singing pals to be found at your local community folk choir Justsingin.... Read more

And finally… Farewell to Stuart!

Stuart Flatley, our stalwart arts centre manager, who’s been with us for the past twelve years, has moved... Read more

Annual Maintenance Days

Birnam Arts would like to say a massive thank-you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped spruce up... Read more

A History of Birnam Arts

We’re appealing to all our local community for any memorabilia – stories, photographs, or anything you think might... Read more

The Fairy In The Kettle

The Fairy In The Kettle is a beautifully illustrated children’s book written by local author Pauline Tait. Living... Read more

Birnam Arts Events

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

Young Roving Reporter

The New School Butterstone has 5 chickensWe are happy to announce that... Read more

Royal School Of Dunkeld Marks 450 Years

The dark February evenings have been brighter than usual for residents of... Read more

This term the whole school is learning about tourism in Dunkeld & Birnam

The classes are learning in different ways to promote tourism where we... Read more

Big Apple Day 13th September

Recently, The Royal School of Dunkeld have started working with The Orchard.... Read more


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

Dunkeld and Birnam Brownies PGL Trip

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

Sport & Active

Badminton Club - New Season

The Dunkeld and Birnam Badminton Club held their annual dinner at the end of March to celebrate the... Read more

WalkIN'perthshire Nordic Walking

Nordic Walking is a fantastic new way to exercise. Nordic Walking uses poles in order to add two... Read more

Dunkeld and Birnam Tennis Club

Dunkeld and Birnam Tennis Club Children's Coaching The sessions will be with Euan Colley - qualified tennis coach.... Read more

Dunkeld and Birnam Golf Club News

As the golfing season, fast approaches, the committee and members have been busy over the winter months, making... Read more

Dunkeld Ospreys Victorious in Local Derby

The Ospreys made the short journey through the snow and the Sma' Glen for the visit to Crieff... Read more

Get Ready for a Cycling Summer

Wednesday Evening Rides Wednesday 26th April sees the first of eighteen ByCycle Wednesdays, weekly led evening rides organised... Read more

The Highland Boundary Race 25-26 March 2017

2 different hill and trail running races to suit all tastesThe Birnam Hill Race 25 March 12 noonThe... Read more

Breadalbane & Strathtay Youth Football Club

On Saturday 28th January Breadalbane & Strathtay Youth Football club had its annual prize giving, at the community... Read more

Highland Perthshire Clay Shooting Club

We rang the changes at the clubs last shooting event. Instead of our usual competition shooting a “Compact”... Read more

The Sports Hall Project - Remembering Robbie

On 30th September at a special Royal School of Dunkeld assembly, house captains Abby Drummond and Ruaraidh Walker... Read more

Scottish Country Dancing

Want to get some exercise and have a fun filled social night out at the same time?Why not... Read more

Spittalfield Bowling Club

Spittalfield Bowling Club is a friendly and enthusiastic club that provides opportunities for men, women and junior members... Read more

Rock Climbing

A new guidebook describing the rock climbs on Craig a Barns, overlooking Dunkeld, has just been published (Highland... Read more

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

Derek Bell

A minutes silence was held for Derek "Tubbs" Bell when the football team played Bridgeton Utd. Read more

Come and try Orienteering!

Sunday 14 FebruaryCraig a'Barns, Dunkeld.Courses to suit all ages and abilities - at either walking or running pace.Family... Read more

Rugby - Dunkeld Defies Desmond

Dunkeld's veterans' rugby team (over 35s) has continued to fulfil fixtures throughout the autumn. Due to fixture congestion... Read more


MPD wanted to share their success of performing in London's her majesty's theatre this past Christmas. The were... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam AFC

In May last year myself (Brian Knight) and another local (Freddie Carr) decided that Dunkeld and Birnam was... Read more

Skate Park Update – Logo Competition

We are holding a competition to design a logo for the Skate Park. The winning entry receives a... Read more

Chair Based Gentle Exercise & Movement Classes

Do your joints complain more than they used to?Is your balance a bit shaky?If the answer is yes... Read more

Sports Parenting in 10 Sentences

1 word: Hi. Greet your child when they get in the car with “Hi” before you ask about... Read more


Winter sport indoors! Friendly people! Fun! Kenmore Curling Club offers all this and more to players of all... Read more

New Age Kurling

New Age Kurling Sets available for free loan to Highland Perthshire Community GroupsThe Hipshire Network has obtained funding... Read more

March Special - Orienteering Feature

Orienteering – not your average walk in the woods!Your chance to be part of an exciting year for... Read more

Free Gentle Exercise & Movement Classes

Gentle Exercise Needed?Do your joints complain more than they used to?Is your balance a bit shaky these days?Could... Read more

Interested in Running?

Birnam and Dunkeld runners are trying to get the running group up and running again and join runners... Read more

TAI CHI with Lilla Streather

Royal School DunkeldThursdays 7pm – 8pm30th October – 27th November 2014Come along and enjoy the slow gentle exercise... Read more


Salle Ossian are running after school fencing classes for primary age kids on Mondays, 3.30- 4.30. We are... 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

Indoor Bowls

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

Glendelvine Cricket Club

Glendelvine Cricket Club - Cricket in Spittalfield Read more

Sports Hub

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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!


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