The Hermitage is a National Trust for Scotland-protected site in Dunkeld.
It sits on the banks of the River Braan in Craigvinean Forest and was created by John Murray, the third Duke of Atholl, who lived in nearby Dunkeld House (demolished in the early 19th century), in the 18th century to honour the blind bard Ossian. It is home to Ossian's Hall of Mirrors and Ossian's Cave, Georgian follies.
The hermit's cave (not in my pic,.what you see is the reconstructed Ossian's Hall) was built around 1760 for the third Earl of Breadalbane, who unsuccessfully advertised for a permanent eremite. The guide in 1869, Donald Anderson, dressed up with a long beard of lichens and clothes of animal skins.
The stone bridge in my pic is dating from 1770.
Standing next to it, and appearing to be growing out of it, is a Cedar of Lebanon, which is believed to be the oldest tree at The Hermitage.
Also in its grounds are several Douglas-fir trees — one of which was the first tree in Britain to reach 200 feet (61 m) in height. Known as the Hermitage Douglas-fir, it eventually reached a height of 201.1 feet (61.3 m).
The tree was blown over due to high winds in the early hours of 13 January 2017. Thought to have been planted in the 1750s, it was, therefore, around 267 years old at the time it fell.
Originally, the popular riverside path purposely deviated away from the river at about a half-mile from the car park. This was to build up the visitors' anticipation for the waterfall (the Black Linn Falls in my pic). Another path, running parallel to the riverside path, is wider, the purpose for which, it is believed, was to accommodate horse and carriages.
Visitors to the site can undertake various walks. The most popular walk is the 0.75 miles (1 km)-long journey to Ossian's Hall.
There is also a link to a thirty-mile network of footpaths beyond The Hermitage to various parts of Dunkeld. These paths date back to the 18th century.
This landscape looks great and is worth a visit in all seasons...