The History of Dunkeld

Scotland is a fascinating destination for holidays in Great Britain, boasting a wealth of attractions – both cultural and natural. Many people head straight for the cities, and there certainly is plenty to do in destinations such as Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. However, if you fancied seeing something a little more rural than your average Aberdeen city centre hotel, then you might consider a trip to the picturesque town of Dunkeld.

Located in the county of Perth and Kinross, the town of Dunkeld boasts a fascinating history. The original Gaelic name for the town was ‘Dùn Chailleann’, which translates into English as ‘Fort of the Caledonians’. It is believed that this name dates back as far as the Iron Age, and suggests that even back then the town of Dunkeld was an important seat of local power. Another clue to this early history is the ‘Apostles’ Stone’, an ancient slab of carved rock which has been carbon dated as belonging to the same period. This artefact was discovered on the outskirts of the town, and is now held in the Cathedral Museum.

Dunkeld is commonly believed to have been attributed with great ecclesiastical significance, and was the seat of many early bishops. There was a monastery on this site during the 9th century, and a number of artefacts (including a beautiful bronze prayer bell) have been found from this era. Unfortunately the monastery was raided by Vikings in 903AD, but numerous relics remain, having been hidden from the Danes by the monks of Dunkeld. The cathedral is a later addition, built in the medieval period, and dedicated to St. Columbia.

You’ll have no problem finding a good Dunkeld hotel, and the town boats a superb selection of bars, restaurants and cafés. So, for a fantastic mixture of ancient history, and unspoiled rural landscapes, plan your own weekend break to Dunkeld.


December 15, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Destinations

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