River Lodge

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Sleeps: 20 Bedrooms: 10 Bathrooms: 10


Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request
Walk to Village All Bedrooms En-Suite Parking Space Romantic Decorated for Christmas

Nestled in the heart of Dunkeld and overlooking the tranquil River Tay stands River Lodge, a historic abode dating back to 1830. Originally intended as an inn, it has evolved gracefully through the centuries. The interiors exude timeless elegance, seamlessly blending period features with modern comforts, creating an ambiance of warmth and sophistication.

On the ground floor, a fully equipped kitchen awaits, inviting budding chefs to indulge in the joy of creating delicious meals. Adjacent lies the dining room, and across the hall, the spacious bar and lounge beckon with cozy chairs and a crackling open fire.

Ascend the staircase to discover the luxurious bedrooms. There are eight luxurious en-suite bedrooms on the first and second floors, with plush bedding and elegant furnishings for a blissful night's sleep. For those seeking a touch of indulgence, the two apartments on the third floor provide a private retreat, complete with living spaces to unwind in style.

Outside, the private riverfront decking offers a tranquil space where guests can enjoy the gentle Scottish breeze amidst verdant surroundings. Venture out to explore the picturesque village of Dunkeld, a tapestry of natural beauty and historic charm waiting to be discovered.

Whether you seek a respite from the bustle of city life, celebrate a special occasion, or embark on a grand adventure in the Scottish Highlands, River Lodge, with its idyllic setting and luxury amenities, promises an unforgettable retreat within Dunkeld's timeless landscape.

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What you should know…

  • Please note that the lodge is a historic building and it does not have an elevator - just lots of stairs!
  • Guests can enjoy a range of activities, including partridge and pheasant shooting during the season or alternatively try their hand at a simulated clay day.
  • We can assist with coordinating bookings for your wedding within the village to ensure an array of accommodation is reserved for your guests.

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet Washing Machine Tumble Dryer Dishwasher Microwave Coffee Machine Hairdryer All Bedrooms En-Suite Working Fireplace/Woodburner Fire Pit Heating Conference Facilities Parking Space Decorated for Christmas

River Lodge

Lower Ground Floor
- Boot and gun room
- Laundry room
- Staff room

Ground Floor
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Dining room
- Spacious bar and lounge

First Floor
- Bedroom 1: Double bed with ensuite
- Bedroom 2: Superking size bed with ensuite
- Bedroom 3: Superking size bed with ensuite
- Bedroom 4: King size bed with ensuite

Second Floor
- Bedroom 5: Double bed with ensuite
- Bedroom 6: Superking size bed with ensuite
- Bedroom 7: Superking size bed with ensuite
- Bedroom 8: King size bed with ensuite

Third Floor
- Bedroom 9: King size bed with ensuite and living room
- Bedroom 10: King size bed (option for twin beds) with ensuite and living room

- Private riverfront decking
- Locked car park
Additional Facilities
- Toiletries
- Fresh sheets and towels
- Hair dryer
- Parking
- Cot and high chair can be arranged on request


About the surrounding area of River Lodge
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Nestled within the picturesque village of Dunkeld, Scotland, River Lodge promises tranquillity and charm. Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Scottish Highlands, this historic abode offers a serene retreat for holidaymakers seeking solace amidst nature's embrace.

Situated along the banks of the River Tay, guests are treated to stunning views of the tranquil waters and the iconic Telford bridge, evoking a sense of timeless elegance and wonder. Dunkeld itself, with its quaint shops and ancient cathedral, invites exploration and discovery at every turn.

Whether it is immersing oneself in outdoor adventures amidst the lush forests and rolling hills or simply unwinding in the comfort of this luxurious haven, River Lodge promises an unforgettable holiday experience steeped in Scottish charm and hospitality.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Edinburgh Airport

(90.5 km)

Nearest Train Station Birnam Train Station

(1.5 km)

Nearest Village Birnam

(1 km)

Nearest Town/City Perth

(23.5 km)

Nearest Restaurant The Atholl Arms

(In walking distance)

Nearest Bar/Pub Perth Arms

(In walking distance)

Nearest Shop Co-Op

(In walking distance)

Nearest Beach St Andrews Beach

(76.5 km)

Nearest Golf Dunkeld & Birnam Golf Club

(2 km)

Nearest Tennis Dunkeld and Birnam Tennis Club

(1 km)


Luxury self-catering holiday accommodation in Perthshire

Perthshire is not only beautiful, it’s a treasure trove of fun waiting to be uncovered! Tucked right in the beating heart of Scotland, Perthshire is a world of picturesque landscapes, tales of yore and more outdoor activities than you could ever take on in a week. Oliver's Travels has some swanky pads that will serve as your luxurious base for this epic Scottish escapade!

Perthshire’s rolling hills, serene lochs and lush forests scream, "Come, frolic in nature!" This "Gateway to the Highlands" mixes Highland vibes with Lowland grace. The River Tay, Scotland's longest river, does a little sassy meander through the region, adding a dash of natural bling. Loch Tay, a freshwater superstar, is surrounded by mountains and forests that offer a picturesque setting. It is a brilliant hub for kayaking and fishing. The quaint villages around, such as Kenmore, are brimming with charm and character. The Scottish Crannog Centre, nestled on the loch's shores, gives you a sneak peek into ancient Scottish history.

Perth itself is like a history book brought to life. Scone Palace is where Scottish royalty used to get their crowns on. Now, it is open to the public to marvel at opulent rooms and wander through lush grounds. The city centre is a cobbled wonderland, complete with a medieval cathedral and the Fair Maid's House, an ancient building full of intrigue.

If you have a hankering for outdoor adventures, Perthshire is your playground. The Cairngorms National Park up north is nature's theme park for hikers, cyclists and wildlife enthusiasts. Ben Vrackie, a mountain that sounds like it could be a wizard's name, offers sensational views. The Hermitage, near Dunkeld, is a lush forest where you can stroll along the River Braan, marvelling at trees that have probably seen a few wars and revolutions.

Blair Castle in Blair Atholl is an historic castle surrounded by gardens against a mesmerising Grampian Mountains backdrop. If you time your visit right, you might catch the Blair Castle International Horse Trials, a prestigious equestrian party that draws horse lovers from all corners of the globe.

Perthshire is a Scottish blockbuster that seamlessly blends natural beauty, history and more outdoor thrills. Whether you are strolling through Perth's historic streets, paddleboarding on Loch Tay or conquering the Cairngorms, Perthshire is your backstage pass to the highland fling of a lifetime!

Ah, bonnie Scotland! A wild and beautiful part of the world, where you can explore the rugged highlands or enjoy the colour and vibrancy of cultural capitals like Edinburgh and Glasgow.

But how do you know you’re getting the very best out of your trip? That’s where we come in. If you’ve had a browse through our range of luxury cottages and castles in Scotland, you’ll know there’s some great places to stay, but to find all the great things to do, see and eat you’ll need our handy Scotland travel guide  – so read on and enjoy! 

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

River Lodge in Dunkeld, Scotland, is the perfect holiday destination for families with kids, offering a delightful blend of adventure and relaxation. With spacious accommodation and en-suite bedrooms, there is plenty of room for the whole family to spread out and unwind after a day of exploration.

The riverside location provides endless opportunities for outdoor fun, from picnics by the water to leisurely strolls along the scenic riverbanks. Kids will love splashing in the river, spotting wildlife, and skipping stones under the watchful gaze of the historic Telford bridge. Dunkeld itself is a treasure trove of family-friendly activities, with charming shops, cosy cafes, and fascinating historical sites to discover.

Whether it is bonding over outdoor adventures or simply enjoying quality time together in the comfort of this welcoming abode, River Lodge ensures that families create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Kid-friendly excursions
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Services Available

  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Breakfast Included


Oliver's Extras

  • Pre-Stocked Fridge Available
  • Yoga Classes Available
  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Babysitting Available
  • Breakfast Included

At Oliver’s Travels, we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services, we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team, who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £500 charged to client's credit card as a pre-authorisation at least 2 weeks prior to arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 3:00 pm
Departure time 11:00 am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
Heating costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Changeover day Flexible
Minimum stay 2 nights
Pets welcome? Yes, on request only. Please enquire at time of booking.
Smoking Allowed? Smoking or vaping permitted outside only

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 20 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 27th 2024 - Mar 4th 2025 £4,300 £6,450 £8,600 £10,750 £15,050
Mar 4th 2025 - Nov 28th 2025 £4,300 £6,450 £8,600 £10,750 £15,050

Prices based on an occupancy of 20 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 27th 2024 - Mar 4th 2025 €4,697 €7,046 €9,394 €11,742 €16,439
Mar 4th 2025 - Nov 28th 2025 €4,697 €7,046 €9,394 €11,742 €16,439

Prices based on an occupancy of 20 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 27th 2024 - Mar 4th 2025 $5,096 $7,644 $10,191 $12,739 $17,834
Mar 4th 2025 - Nov 28th 2025 $5,096 $7,644 $10,191 $12,739 $17,834

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile


How long have you owned the property?
Since 2016.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
The Georgian design, as it resembled a building more typically found in a city such as Edinburgh.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
Originally built in 1830, shortly after the Telford Bridge of 1809, it was intended to operate as a hotel. However, permission was declined and it instead became two townhouses, one for the minister and the other for the bank manager (either side of Tay House was a Church and a Bank).

Do you have a favourite room in the property?
Bedroom 7, simply for being on the second floor and enjoying the higher views over the Tay and Telford Bridge.

For anyone coming to stay, is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do? Whisky and/or wine tasting, canyoning, quad biking, mountain biking or even pottery painting!
Really eat? Visit the Arran Bakery owned by Flora who was on The Great British Bake Off!
Really see? Ossian Hall at the Hermitage, Dunkeld Cathedral, Beatrix Potter Exhibition, House of Bruar.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?Gear up for outdoor adventures. Embrace the abundance of nearby activities, then return to indulge in delightful refreshments and unwind in the comfort of our beautiful home.


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