Much of the essence of Perthshire pervades Dunkfeld, with the charming River Tay unrolling through the state little heritage town, which has beautifully preserved traditional cottages and the ruined majesty of its cathedral. The Dunkfeld Cathedral dating from the 14th century is one of Scotland’s most beautiful settings, with a grassy riverbed studded with enormous trees on one side and rolling hills on the other. Half of the cathedral is still used as a church, and the rest is in ruins. A collection of artisans’ houses restored by Scotland’s National Trust line High Street and Cathedral Street, and you can read about their origins and history on the plaques displayed outside. Across Telford Bridge is Birnam, made famous by Shakespeare’s MacBeth. There is also a small Beatrix Potter park, dedicated to the author who spent childhood holidays in Dunkeld. A top food choice for visitors is Taybank, a riverfront space for wonderful food and live musical performances daily.