Jessie Macs, Murthly Terrace, Birnam, Dunkeld PH8 0BG
In the centre of Birnam just 10 minutes’ walk from Dunkeld, this refurbished Victorian manse has 7 bedrooms and offers a mix of self-catering hostel and bed & breakfast accommodation. Tucked away in the forests of Perthshire the village of Birnam is a perfect base to discover the mountains, waters, rich culture and heritage of Big Tree Country. GTBS Gold award winning Jessie Mac’s has private doubles, bunk rooms and family rooms, all en suite, offering a warm welcome and a good night’s rest. The ground floor double room has wheelchair access. LGBT friendly and well behaved dogs are welcome by arrangement. An hour by car from Edinburgh and Glasgow with good public transport links. A great choice whether you’re looking for an affordable hostel room to share with friends or prefer a private room to yourselves.This accommodation is featured on our map of the Cairngorms and Moray and here is its own website.
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21: 4×2, 2×4, 1×5
Check in: 4pm & 6.30 pm. Check out: by 10.30am.
Dorm £20pp +continental breakfast £25 +cooked breakfast £28. Double £28pp (based on 2 sharing) or £33 single occ. Child £10 in shared room. Infants free. Group rates available.
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Take Birnam/Dunkeld turning off the A9, Jessie Macs is in the centre of Birnam on the main ?Perth Road?
Direct buses from Edinburgh/Inverness and connections from Glasgow. Direct trains from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Non car users are treated to a mug of tea/coffee, a bun and a fluffy towel on arrival!.
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The Niel Gow festival is not far off!
I have written elsewhere about how I think Jessie Mac’s near Dunkeld is the most charming and friendly hostel. I also mentioned that the gallery on their website showed a fair bit of ‘fiddling about’ going on!
This might have something to do with the Niel Gow Music Festival on the weekend of March 17th – 18th. Named for the 18th century fiddle prodigy, the festival brings together violinists of all ages and from a range of backgrounds and styles. Check out the website and you’ll see lots of further information, but you can expect concerts, tuition, workshops and loads of enthusiasts.
If you visit Jessie Mac’s Hostel in Birnam, near Dunkeld at other times you can still enjoy local traditional music. There is a live local music every Thursday night at the Taybank Inn in Dunkeld, less then 5 minutes walk from the hostel .
Well, this looks like a hidden treasure!
Well, this looks like a hidden treasure! Jessie Mac’s offers ‘luxury accommodation in Perthshire’ with a mix of hostel and B&B accommodation, although its hard to see where the distinction occurs. It is in a renovated Victorian manse (the Scottish equivalent of a rectory or vicarage) with 7 relatively small rooms having between 1 and 5 beds, all of them en-suite. They are charming, bright, comfortable and clean.
This runs on into all the other rooms too. A quick glance at the front page of their website will show you what to expect and give you a visual flavour of the place. There is a dining room and kitchen for catering; drying rooms and bike shed to help out when you’ve come down from the mountain ; the lounge is replete with instruments hanging from the walls. That famous Scottish musical flair must run through this building as their gallery shows a fair bit of joyful fiddling and strumming going on.
I’d recommend spending a moment with their online gallery if you’re thinking of staying their. Its shows a hostel that is also a home. Full of warmth, friendly, a little unbuttoned – perhaps even a little unhinged – but in a charming way. Witness the box of eggs with googly eyes! The fact that the ground floor is wheelchair accessible; that they are explicitly LGBT-friendly (as is their dog apparently); and they’ve won Green tourism awards gives them big thumbs up from me on the ‘ethical and responsibel business’ front.
They’re near Dunkeld in Perthshire, an area rich in forests and small lakes. Just looking at it on the map I have open beside my computer makes me want to pull on my walking boots and explore. They call this area ‘Big Tree Country’ not only because there are lots of them, but also because of their vintage and size. Birnam itself is home to the 500 year old Birnam Oak.
I said it was a hidden gem and I think I was right.
Due to a cancellation Jessie Macs Hostel is available for sole use hire over New Year.
Celebrate Hogmanay in Scotland. Due to a cancellation Jessie Macs Hostel is available for sole use hire over New Year. This refurbished Victorian manse Sleeps 21 people in 7 bedrooms. Dogs are welcome by arrangement. Just an hour by car from Edinburgh and Glasgow with good public transport links. The hostel is available for any period starting from December 30th at the earliest.