Dunkeld's inhabitants have very long legs. This evolutionary
advancement allows them to alight from the train without the need of
ladders, as is the case with those who come from elsewhere. For the
railway platform at Dunkeld Station, in Birnam, is much lower that most
other stations, so low that a small wooden set of steps is available to
allow a dignified descent from the train and from what seems like a
lofty height. The town is a photographer's paradise. It is just so
utterly beautiful. Sitting amidst a backdrop of rolling tree-clad hills.
it boasts a
crumbling cathedral, colourful buildings - some of which are blue and
huggable - and a lofty bridge over the wide River Tay. The fact that it
has a cathedral means, technically, it is a city, but the word 'city'
brings to mind images of a great heaving metropolis, and Dunkeld most
certainly is not that. It is a lazy sort of place; lazy and slow and
serene. When you first walk into the town over Dunkeld Bridge (designed
by Thomas Telford) you feel a great rush of excitement, because the
scene that unfolds before you is one that is stunningly attractive.
Beatrix Potter also thought it attractive. Her family spent many
holidays here. On Tuesday July 26th 1892, she wrote, 'We left
Kings Cross Station in London by the Flying Scotsman, arriving
Birnam at about eight in the morning. Benjimin Bunny
travelled in a
' One presumes that the
bunny then alighted
the train by means of a knotted hanky parachute.