Luxury bell tents in The Hermitage

This big-tree forest is a favorite for its waterfall, walks, and wildlife.

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Luxury bell tents in The Hermitage guide


The Hermitage is a National Trust for Scotland–protected stretch of Perthshire forest. The site is known for its huge, towering Douglas firs and the teeming Black Linn waterfall. The best view of the falls is captured by Ossian’s Hall of Mirrors, a viewing platform created with mirrors, sliding panels, and paintings that serves to make the sight of the roaring falls even more dramatic. The trail through the forest runs for 1.5 miles but keen walkers wanting to stretch their legs further can connect to other trails along Dunkeld Path Network. As a protected site, you cannot camp inside the Hermitage, but the tranquil Inver Mill Farm Holiday Park is just outside.

When to go

The Hermitage is open daily, all year-round, and makes for a delightful visit at any time. Perhaps best of all, however, is the autumn when the forest is bursting with colour and you can spot salmon leaping in Black Linn Falls as they head to spawning grounds farther upriver. Other wildlife you can see throughout the year include red squirrels and occasional beavers. Spring is a great time to see the blooming bluebells.

Know before you go

  • There is an entry fee (free for National Trust of Scotland members).
  • The closest bus stop is at Rose Cottage, a five-minute walk away.
  • Take care at the water’s edge. Even if it appears slow, the River Braan has a fast-flowing current.
  • If driving in winter, take care as the entry and paths are not treated for ice.

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