Community News

Community Council

The Area Manager of the Co-operative attended the last meeting on Monday 11th March. He listened to our concerns and agreed to go away and try to resolve them.

The Community Council is to request a visit from Transport Scotland for an update on their plans for dualling this stretch of the A9.

We have been asked by the police to publicise their new Non Emergency telephone number. The number is 101, costs 15p per call and will connect you to a police service centre in your local area. You can phone this number to seek advice, speak to a local officer or to report a crime which does not need an emergency response. The emergency number remains 999.

May we also remind you that you can report problems such as pot holes etc direct to Perth & Kinross Council on 01738 475000.

Full minutes of our meetings can be viewed at the Library in Birnam. Our meetings are held on the second Monday of each month in the Birnam Hotel at 7.00pm and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Birnam Highland Games

Birnam Highland Games

Birnam Highland Games were first held in 1864 and this year we are celebrating the 150thanniversary. Since Birnam... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam @the Field

Dunkeld & Birnam @the Field

It has been a very busy time at the field at the top of Brae Street over the... Read more

SWT Loch of the Lowes Summer 2014

SWT Loch of the Lowes Summer 2014

It’s going to be a bumper summer at Loch of the Lowes with a packed programme of special... Read more

Summer Reading Challenge, 4 – 11 year olds

Summer Reading Challenge, 4 – 11 year olds

The theme for this year's Summer Reading Challenge is "Mythical Maze" Get ready to lose yourself in the... Read more

Calling all Writers & Wannabe Writers

Calling all Writers & Wannabe Writers

Do you write but feel the need to strengthen and deepen your authentic writing voice? Have you always... Read more

Birnam Highland Games Commemorative Whisky

Birnam Highland Games Commemorative Whisky

To celebrate 150 years of the Birnam Highland Games the organisers have produced 150 hand engraved bottles containing 10... Read more

Perthshire Amber – tickets now on sale

Perthshire Amber – tickets now on sale

Dougie MacLean’s fantastic folk festival celebrates ten years with a stellar line-up Eddi Reader, Duncan Chisholm and Rachel... Read more

The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers & The Birnam Bells

The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers & The Birnam Bells

Ringers, together with other musicians, will be providing entertainment at the Manse Garden Party on June 28th. The... Read more

NEW! Bridge Distribution Box

NEW! Bridge Distribution Box

These new all weather Bridge distribution boxes are available free of charge to our smaller communities out with... Read more

Community Archive

Community Archive

  In response to our earlier article in the Bridge the community archive has received an interesting selection of... Read more

St Ninian’s Garden - Progress Report

St Ninian’s Garden - Progress Report

Dunkeld and Birnam in Bloom are pleased to announce that the work which began here in January 2014... Read more

The Big Picture Highland Perthshire

The Big Picture Highland Perthshire

Community Learning and Development in Highland Perthshire are running a project across the area over the summer months... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Horticultural Society

Dunkeld & Birnam Horticultural Society

The 2014 Annual Bulb Show was a great success. William Cox submitted the greatest number of winning entries... Read more

Green Bikes

Green Bikes

Have you ever jumped in your car to nip to the local shop, only a short distance away,... 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

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

Latest Update from Nan Johnston (mid July 2014): 1.  North Calliacher  - I & H Brown: Rejected at PKC... 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

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

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

'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

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


I was basking outside the tennis courts the other day waiting for Scott to finish his lesson. He... Read more

Notes from a Councillor

I think my poor pick-up is glad that I am having to sit down and write this article... Read more

Thought for the Month

Happy Birthday to the Christian Church!I have just survived a spate of Grandchildren’s birthdays and the parties that... Read more

Notes from a Councillor

Councillor's column - John Kellas. The finalised Local Development Plan, which is the main planning framework document for... Read more


I wonder how many of you can recall the BBC’s adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s Secret Garden? I... Read more

Thought for the Month

I'm not sure if Commonwealth Games fever has hit us yet, but there is certainly a mounting sense... Read more


It's got to that hopeful time of year where the plants in our garden are growing at a... Read more

Thought for the Month

It is springtime once again, and the season of Easter. Almost everything is springing to life and Jesus... Read more

Notes from a Councillor

Due to the Election of the European Parliment for the Electoral Region of Scotland on Thursday 22nd May... Read more

Community News

Pitlochry and District U3A

No more Monthly Meeting for this session but we will start again... Read more

Atholl & Weem Sheep Dog Trials

This year’s trial will be held at East Countlich on Saturday August... Read more

Windfarms Update

On Monday 30th June between 1pm - 7pm there will be an... Read more

3 Churches Charity Shop

Our summer trading season has got off to an excellent start under... Read more

News from Heartland FM

Swing singer Todd Gordon is the latest Presenter to join Heartland FM,... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam in Bloom Flower Competition

As part of our local Flower Competition this year there will be... Read more

The Community Archive & World War One

WAR IS DECLARED!!Come and experience life as it was on 4 August... Read more

Spittalfield in Bloom Open Gardens Day

Sunday 27th July 2014Gardens open from 1.30pm till 5pmTickets £5 from Spittalfield... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Events Group

The Committee would like to thank the rural Primary Schools that took... Read more

St. Ninian's Garden Opening

Dunkeld and Birnam in Bloom wish to thank all the local shops... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Horticultural Society

This year’s Annual Show takes place at Birnam Institute on Saturday 23... Read more

Autumn Craft Fairs 2014

Dunkeld & Birnam Autumn Craft Fair Drill Hall, The Cross, DunkeldSat.25th and Sun.... Read more

Green Beds at Jessie Mac’s

When new owners set up Jessie Macs hostel in Birnam/Dunkeld, they set... Read more

Birnam and Dunkeld SWRI

Members enjoyed a visit to The Black Watch Museum at Balhousie Castle... Read more

Woodland Play days for Dunkeld families

This summer parents from Dunkeld are partnering up with Wild Spark’s Forest... Read more

Letter of support from Founder & Chairman of 3 Churches Charity

I have resigned from my positions with the 3 Churches Charity but... Read more

Dualling the A9

Dualling the A9 Community Drop-In Sessions     Read more

Murthly Garden Open Day

Murthly Garden Open Day In spite of the wet weather there was a... Read more

Vegetables for Sale

We are frequently being asked when we will start selling again. As... Read more

Cathedral Manse Garden Party

Cathedral Street, DunkeldSaturday 28th June from 2pm to 4pmA fun afternoon for all... Read more

Christians Against Poverty

We’re all going on a…CAP understands the importance of taking time to... Read more

Need help for your project?

Dunkeld & Birnam Community Council Micro grants are available of up to... Read more

Everything is Growing @thefield

If you have been up to the woods to the fantastic display... Read more

Good news & not so good news from the Recreation Club

The good news is that two motions were passed at the Dunkeld... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Probus Club

May heralds longer days and outdoor adventures , it also sees the... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam feature in new Scottish travelogue

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

Childcare & Family Information Directories updated

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

Dunkeld & Birnam Historical Society

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dalguise Mindfulness Meditation Group

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

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

Household paint reuse project resumes

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

Arts News

Just Singin’ : No Singin in Birnam till August, aww!

BUT this is the forthcoming programme, hurrah!. Starting on 13th August, we meet on Wednesdays 7.30-9.30pm in Birnam... Read more

Birnam and Dunkeld Film Society

The film society members enjoyed a successful season, during which altogether between September last and May fifteen screenings... Read more

The Parish of Dunkeld Handbell Ringers & The Birnam Bells

Ringers will be providing entertainment at the Cathedral Manse Garden Party on June 28th. Then on the following... 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

Dunkeld Art Exhibition

Registration is now under way for the 44th Annual Art Exhibition which will run in the Duchess Anne,... Read more

Butterstone Art Club

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

Big Apple Day 13th September

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

Open Tennis Club night (free)

Tuesday 2nd September - Open Club night (free)Join Tennis Club members for an informal game from 6pm to sundown.Adults... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Tennis Club Coaching 2014

The 2014 Tennis Club subscriptions are as follows:Adult £60Junior (still at school) £24Under 18 or in full time... Read more

7 Days of Sport Festival

Perth & Kinross 7 Days of Sport Festival from 28th August -3rd September 2014Sunday 31st August -Parent & Child sessions... Read more

Dunkeld & Birnam Bowling Club

Club Night: Tuesdays 6.45 for 7 pmPractice Night: Thursdays 6.45 for 7 pm(6.30 pm from mid August to... 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

Dunkeld & Birnam Badminton Club

The Badminton Club season closed on 31st March.Members enjoyed an end of season dinner at Erigmore, and friendly... Read more

Birnam Hill Race Results

72 hardy (or should that be foolhardy!) people did the Birnam Hill Race last month. The winner was... 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

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

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

Download a page of information with useful contact details and dates for your diary in and around Dunkeld and Birnam.  Print off and then stick it on your fridge!

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