The historic town of Dunkeld remains intact and beautifully preserved with its rows of white houses around the town square. The original village was destroyed in 1689 in a ferocious battle during the Jacobite rebellion and was rebuilt after its defeat by the Atholl family. Today it survives as part of the National Trust for Scotland’s Little Houses Project, which helps maintain the houses. The town is overlooked by the grand but semiruined 12th-century cathedral (still used for services). Atholl Street, leading down to the River Tay, has several crafts shops and a hotel.
The bridge across the River Tay takes you to Birnam Wood, where Shakespeare's Macbeth met the three witches who issued the prophecy about his death. Witty wooden notices lead you to the right tree, a gnarled hollow oak.