Birnam and Dunkeld are located just off of the A9 15 miles North of Perth.They are actually two villages either side of the River Tay connected by Dunkeld bridge.
Dunkeld seems to be the better known and it has the shops and cathedral, while Birnam has the station and Arts centre, and Birnam Wood is name checked by Shakespeare.
They are an excellent centre for golf, walking and music.

All of the pubs are on, or easily found from, the main road running through Birnam and then over the bridge to Dunkeld.
Coming in through Birnam you see the Birnam hotel with what was the Tap Inn (now the Birnam Inn). The road opposite this going up to the station, has the Merryburn Hotel.
Crossing over the bridge you cannot miss the Athol Arms hotel. Down to the right is the Taybank. Further on the main road the Perth Arms Hotel is on a street to the left and the Royal Dunkeld Hotel further on up the main road.

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The Merryburn Hotel is very close to the station. There is the popular Cellar bar to the side, and an excellent lounge diner at the front where the food is excellent. As well as seats outside the main door there is a walled garden for warmer weather. Very friendly staff serve you.

Stop here for a beer.

real ale: none
lager: Tennents, Stella heavy: Bellhave Best
Cider: Blackthorn Guinness

The Athol Arms Hotel is one of several large hotels in Dunkeld. It used to have a old bar but this is now modernised. It is now a 'bar' with a Bistro to the rear and is called the Meeting Room
The real ale was Inkie Pinkie and nice as it was there was no justification for the price.
Good Pub Guide 2013

Still have a pint

real ale: Inkie Pinkie
lager: Tennents heavy: Bellhave Best
Cider: Blackthorn Guinness

The Tap Inn is associated with the Birnam Hotel  The Tap Inn has a large grass outside drinking area. The Tap Inn has recently re-opened as the Birnam Inn. As it has been extensively refurbished I have no knowledge if it still sells real ale.

It did sell a real ale called Inkie Pinkie from the Inveralmond brewery

Beer in Scotland used to be invoiced to publicans at 60, 70 or 80 shillings (/-) a barrell. Since duty iincreases as strength increases 60/- is the weakest and 80/- the strongest.
60/-, the weakest beer, is also the darkest beer and is known as light!
70/- is the most common and is called heavy.

Always remember, that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
  Winston Churchill

The Taybank  has a bar area which it could probably fill several times over because of its good beer, food and traditional style music every night. It has an outside patio area and a beer garden across the road on the bank of the Tay.
Good Pub Guide 2013
Good Beer Guide (CAMRA) 2016
Have several pints; stay all evening
Real ales: Raven and Burton
lager: Stella, Carlsberg, Tuborg
heavy: 80 shilling

Perth Arms Hotel has a large, uncomplicated and friendly bar. There is a small lounge. The bar has pool, darts etc and caters for the local population.

Stop for a pint

real ale: none
lager: Carlsberg heavy: Calders 70 and 80
Cider: Blackthorn Guinness

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The Royal Dunkeld Hotel has a large,though dated, and comfortable lounge with a beer garden to rear. Friendly staff and pleasant to drink in.
Good Beer Guide 2013 (CAMRA). 2016

Have a pint or two

real ale: Tradewind (Cairngorm), Pentland (Stewart Brewing)
heavy: Bellhaven Best
lager: Tennents, Stella,
Cider: Gaymers Guinness

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