The Hermitage

One of my new year resolutions for 2021 was to explore Scotland more and that involved going on mini hike adventures. Last week, my friends and I took a trip to the ‘Hermitage’. Its located in Dunkeld about 45- 60 minutes car drive from Dundee city centre.

What is there to see ?

The walk there is a real Perthshire classic. Since, we went just about a week ago, the ground was covered with fallen autumn leaves ranging from all shades of red to orange color. It begins with a beautiful wooden glen of the Hermitage and is surrounded by river that leads to a beautiful waterfall. There is a bridge with a tunnel beneath that overlooks this waterfall.  You might have even seen pictures of people on Instagram with this picturesque view. 

When you look around the right side of this waterfall, you will see the Ossian’s Hall. This is a centre piece of the Hermitage and was created as a wile garden by the Second Duke of Athol’s son-in-law (brief history lesson helps you understand the place better)

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We made sure that the weather was nice and sunny cause that would make the trek worthwhile. There are various pathways you can take in the forest that leads to Rumbling bridge, pinecone point and several Douglas-fir trees.

From the cave, you can follow the riverside path towards the Rumbing bridge. It’s a cicular route that is about 2.5 hours and will lead you back to the car park. Alternatively, you can walk infront of Ossian’s cave leading you deeper into the Hermitage woodland.  We did get lost in between but there are always people around and direction boards to help you guide. Luckily, you might also get mobile signal so you can use google maps there.

If you are a keen mountain biking fan, there were many groups doing this activity. I found it fascinating how they were able to keep balance on a cycle in such steep routes. Most of the cycle routes were shorter than the walking pathways. However, they were very steep and slippery and would recommend wearing sturdy shoes.

Lastly, the wildlife in the hermitage woodlands is beautiful. You will see their residency red squirrels running about and high up in the trees you might catch glimpses of blue birds. Over the water’s edge, we saw dippers, herons and even grey wagtails looking for food.  This place had an abundance of wildlife of every shape, size, and form, so make sure to keep your camera right beside you !

I have attached a couple of pictures my friends and I took on this amazing adventure. Hope it inspires you to visit this place!

References

  1. https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/the-hermitage-p249731

2. https://www.cntraveler.com/activities/perthshire/the-hermitage

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Hello ! My name is Nidhi. I am an international medic studying at University of Dundee.

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