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.

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.

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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


now an excellent Bed & Breakfast

The Athol Arms Hotel is one of several large hotels in Dunkeld. It used to have a old bar but this is now modernised and called The Meeting Room. It is now a pleasant small bar with a restuarant to the rear. The bar is long and thin with the servery starting half way along the right hand wall. There are a couple of tables to the right of the door and a further three opposite the servery. Stairs to the side of the srvery lead into the main hotel. Out the front door and across the raod is a large terraced garden with an outside bar open at the weekend
Good Pub Guide
have a pint
real ale: Due South (Strathbraan)
lager: Tennents
heavy: Bellhave Best
Cider: Blackthorn Guinness

The Birnam Inn is the bar of the Birnam Hotel  There is a large grass area outside the Inn along side the car park. This has some picnic style tables on it while there are a few tables on the concrete outside the entrance.
Inside the building to the left in a restuarant with Italian style food while tio the right is a small room withhalf a dozen tables, a few bar stools and a large TV dominating the room usually showing a music channel of past hits which seems to keep the place quiet.

real ale: Head East (Strathbraan)
heavy: Bellhaven Best
lager: Tennent's; Heverlee
cider: Magners Guinness

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: Landlord
lager: Tetha; West 4; Black Isle Organic; St Mungo;
heavy: Bellhave Best
cider: Aspall Guinness

Perth Arms Hotel has a large, uncomplicated and friendly bar. There is a small dining lounge. The bar has pool, darts etc and caters for the local population. There is an outside seculded dringling area through from the left hand side of the servery
Stop for a pint
real ale: Due South and Eighty Bob (Strathbraan)
lager: Carlsberg
heavy: Bellhaven Best
Cider: Somersby Guinness

Drink and Music

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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. There is a large enclosed outside drinking area with sheltered seating along one side
Good Beer Guide 2013 (CAMRA). 2016
Have a pint or two
real ale: Due South and Head East (both Strathbraan); Trade Winds
heavy: John Smith
lager: Fosters; Heiniken Tennent's
Cider: Strongbow and Dark Fruit Guinness

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