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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!

Flooding by George Robertson &  Grahame Nicoll

Flooding by George Robertson & Grahame Nicoll

Gone Fishing? Thanks to George Robertson for sending in this photo of the Tay at Fisherman’s Hut in Birnam... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Community Council

Dunkeld & Birnam Community Council

Correspondence with the Community Council can be made through email: dbcc.chair@icloud.com or: dunkeldcommunitycouncil@pkc.gov.uk or post: Dunkeld and Birnam... Read more

Ferns Veterinary Practice

Ferns Veterinary Practice

Staff and customers of Ferns Veterinary Practice Dunkeld have just celebrated Christmas with an evening of mulled wine,... Read more

Our Community Climate Bunting

Our Community Climate Bunting

Week 1 by Jess PepperIn late November, as international negotiations on climate change approached in Paris, a crowd... Read more

The National Trust for Scotland

The National Trust for Scotland

The National Trust for Scotland owns the narrow strip of land upstream from the Inchewan Burn to where... Read more

The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers & The Birnam Bells

The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers & The Birnam Bells

The ringers were unable to get to Fossoway Church for their Carol Service in December, being beaten by... Read more

Dunkeld and Birnam in Bloom Dunkeld Daffodils

Dunkeld and Birnam in Bloom Dunkeld Daffodils

The National Trust for Scotland’s Brodie Castle has the National Collection of Brodie Daffodils bred by Ian Brodie,... Read more

3 Churches Charity Shop - Another Happy Ending

3 Churches Charity Shop - Another Happy Ending

Bags and boxes of donated items continue to arrive at the 3 Churches Charity Shop every week. Thank... Read more

Regular Columns


Well my friends, it is time to get your thinking caps on. It seems we need to be... Read more

Notes from a Councillor

I hope it is not too late in the year to offer good wishes to everyone in the... Read more

Thought for the Month

After all the years we have been married if I were suddenly to start buying my wife a... Read more


Regular readers of this column will know that I practice Zen meditation as I approach the A9 junctions.... Read more

Notes from a Councillor

As I am writing this the first named storm in the UK is doing its worst outside. It... Read more

Thought for the Month

At what point does a tradition become a tradition? Sometimes folk in churches joke that if you do... Read more

Thought for the Month

Since I am new not just to this parish but also to this country I take the opportunity... Read more

Notes from a Councillor

I am finding it quite difficult to remember how, when I was a boy, the four season actually... Read more


How we see the arrival of winter is a great divide in our family. I approach it with... Read more

Community News

Community Council News and Minutes

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

Climate Cafe

Next Climate Cafe is 4th February, 18.30 - 21.00 in Birnam Arts... Read more

Funding following flood damage

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

Dunkeld & Birnam Community Orchard

The year 2016 in Dunkeld and Birnam Community OrchardThere are times at... Read more

Blythswood Shoe Box Appeal 2015

It's that time of year again!Many thanks to everyone who filled a... Read more

Save Our Birnam Bus Service

Thank you to those people replied to my last article in the... Read more

Dualling the A9

Dualling the A9 Community Drop-In Sessions     Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Probus Club

What a great start to the New Year at Probus, Peter Mackie... Read more

Three Churches Charity Shop

A belated Happy New Year to all our volunteers and customers.As you... Read more

Wednesday Afternoon Club

Wednesday 10th FebruaryI have been thinking over the last few months, how... Read more

Perthshire Nepal Charity

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

Starting 2016 With A Financial Makeover

Aberfeldy Church is just one of 400 congregations across the UK set... Read more

Review of Scottish Strategic Police Priorities

Police Scotland want to hear about what is important to YOU.As we... Read more

Mid Atholl and Strathtay SWI

A Happy New Year to everyone.On 16th February we will meet in... Read more

Pitlochry Flower Club

The Club will meet on Wednesday February 17th in Scotlands Hotel, Pitlochry... Read more

Toddler Group Cancelled: Please help

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

Dunkeld & Birnam Craft Fairs 2016

I would like to thank all of you who attended the 2015... Read more

Pitlochry & Highland Perthshire Scottish Wildlife Trust

On Monday 21st December at 7.30 in the Tryst Hall.Pitlochry Victor Clements... Read more

Ella Retires After 25yrs!

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

Dunkeld and Birnam SWI

Dunkeld and Birnam SWI visited Breagha Glass in Keltneyburn to see a... Read more

The Ferns Veterinary Practice Christmas Evening

Tuesday 15th December, 6-00pm till 8-00pmWe would like to invite all our... Read more

Together Again

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

Thank You - Macmillan Coffee Morning

The Coffee morning held on the 19th September in the Duchess Anne... Read more

The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers & The Birnam Bells

Due to various illnesses and accidents the group was rather depleted for... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Historical Society

We have had a good start to the winter with a very... Read more

News From @ The Field

After a beautiful autumn, we are all now enjoying a quieter period... Read more

Rivendell Care Home

Jim Laird addressing the haggis at a dinner to mark the end... Read more

World Porridge Day Breakfast

World Porridge Day Breakfast was held at the Birnam Institute on 10th... Read more

Charity Glass Campaign - Give Your Glass For CHAS

Perth & Kinross Council and Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) are working... Read more

Scottish Bible Society

Thank you to all who have contributed to the coin collections for... Read more

World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

The Meeting Place sent a donation of £411 to MACMILLAN. Thanks to... 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

Royal British Legion Winter Whist

Royal British Legion Winter Whists 2015-2016Whists began on 1st October and fortnightly... Read more

Silent Auction Postponed

St Mary’s Church Silent Auction has been Postponed Until 5 March 2016.We’re... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Community Archive

Gallipoli event at the Birnam Institute & Perthshire Amber. We would like... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Tourist Association

We have a really busy programme ahead. A new members’ area has... 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

Dunkeld & Birnam Horticultural Society

The 2015/2016 session of Dunkeld & Birnam Horticultural Society got off to... Read more

Perthshire Amber

Dunkeld comes alive with the sound of music : The ever popular... Read more

Harvest Appeal

The Church of Scotland Congregation’s annual Harvest Appeal this year is for... Read more

Big Apple Day

Thank you everyone for making Big Apple Day such a successful community... Read more

Dalguise Meditation Group

At the end of last year, a small group of enthusiasts started... 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

New Publication From Dunkeld & Birnam Historical Society

Some hardy members of the society have been recording Amulree Church Graveyard... 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

Dunkeld & Birnam Playgroup

Our theme last year was ‘People who help us’ so to finish... 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

Dunkeld & Birnam Scout Group

The new sessions kicked off on the 24th of August (for Scouts)... Read more

Tour of the Tower

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

Dunkeld Beavers and Cubs

All sections of the Dunkeld Scout Group are proving very popular and... 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

Birnam Highland Games

BackgroundBirnam Highland Games were first held in 1864 and last year we... Read more

House Martin Survey 2015

Dave Amos is taking part in the 2015 BTO’s House Martin Survey.The... Read more

Dunkeld Community Minibus

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

Thank You

Many thanks to all the people of Birnam and Dunkeld for your... Read more

Live Earth Concert

Later this year Live Earth, a series of global events over 24... Read more

National Trust for Scotland

Calling all dog owners. Most of the local dog owners are responsible... 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

Society of Friends of Dunkeld Cathedral Spring Meeting

This is being held in the Birnam Hotel on 8th May at... 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

Pitlochry and District U3A

Our next meeting will be at 2pm on Wednesday March 11th in... 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

Dunkeld Chapter House Museum and Community Archive

We are looking for any information or photographs about the shops in... 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

Household paint reuse project resumes

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

Arts News

Drawing On The Writer Within

An eight-week course in creative writing on Sunday afternoons, 2-4.30pm, starting February 21. Venue, Clunie Hall, midway between... Read more

Birnam and Dunkeld Film Society

Sunday 14th February Birnam Arts 7.30pmThe Imitation Game 2014 114 mins P12ADominic Cumberbatch in the role of Alan... Read more

Three Keys To Awareness

From winter into spring: a one-day workshop facilitated by three members The Perthshire Care and Wellbeing Cooperative (www.careandwellbeing.coop/news):... Read more

The Birks Cinema

What's On at the Birks Cinema in Aberfeldy during February 2016... Read more

Justsingin Birnam

The choir was thrilled to once again be part of Perthshire Amber. This year we sang Freedom come... Read more

BIPS get 'Fracked!

Come and join us for some old fashioned fun!Birnam Institute Players, BIPS present a new comedy about Fracking,... Read more

BIPS Boys Bag It Again!

The Bips "It's in the Bag" squad - Shannan, Shaun & Mike along with Bob, the writer decided... Read more

“The Dunkeld Bridge Collection, Volume 1” By Pete Clark

By Pete Clark, Published by Inver MusicPete Clark, Perthshire fiddler and founder of the annual Niel Gow Festival... Read more

Telling the Bees

New community arts and research project on practice of beekeeping. Stories; Superstitions and Folklore. Oral histories, anecdotes and... Read more

The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers & The Birnam Bells

It might amuse people to see in the photograph the size difference in the bells rung by the... Read more

Drama Festival

There will be a Highland Perthshire team on stage each night of the Community Drama Festival in Birnam... Read more

Where will your stories will take you in 2015?

Our stories have so much to tell us, especially at moments of change or transition – or simply... 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

The Corrymuckloch Ball

I was walking along the recently restored military road established by General... Read more

News from the Royal School of Dunkeld - April

On Friday the 13th of March the school got into the fundraising... Read more

News from the Royal School of Dunkeld

This term our topic is South America and all the classes have... 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

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

Dalguise Meditation Group

We are now meeting on alternate Wednesdays from 10.30 to 12.30 in Dalguise Village Hall. In February that... 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

Dunkeld & Birnam Badminton Club

The new season of the Badminton Club begins on Monday, 5th October 2015 at 8pm in the Atholl... Read more


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

Dunkeld & Birnam Golf Club

Dunkeld & Birnam G.C. have an annual match with Grampians G.C., Dunkeld, Victoria, Australia. The Gents match has... Read more

Scottish Country Dancing

Want to get some exercise and have a fun filled social night out at the same time? Why... Read more

Anderson Dentistry- Keeping Smile Safe

We were delighted when we heard that the Aberfeldy Rugby Football Club had formed a rugby sevens team... Read more

Dunkeld Ospreys Flying High

Following on from their success in Glasgow, Dunkeld Ospreys' reputation continues to grow. As a result, invitations to... Read more

Dunkeld and Birnam Badminton Club

The Badminton Club has completed its 22nd season since the resurrection of the club in 1993.In spite of... Read more

Birnam Hill Race Results

240 runners completed the Hill Race last month. Heavy rain preceding the race made the going very muddy... 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

Anyone for tennis lessons?

Kids coaching at Dunkeld and Birnam Tennis Club, on Saturdays, from 6th May for 6 weeks with our... Read more

Breadalbane & Strathtay Youth Football Club

BSYFC ( Breadalbane & Strathtay Youth Football Club ) is a club that many children from Dunkeld &... 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

Dunkeld & Birnam Leisure Group

ED: This note from Headteacher, Mrs Kim Ramsey, should have been published in the September edition of The... Read more

Recreation Park Goalposts

Dear Editor,In your issue 316 for October 2014, you published a letter from John Quigley regarding the goalposts... 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

Cycling Summer in full spin!

Hopefully by now the bikes are in fine fettle and ready for adventures. For those of you who... 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

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!


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