A small luxury hostel/ B&B hybrid, based in the Victorian village of Birnam in rural Perthshire, Scotland.
We are just 5 minutes walk from the local train station, 2 minutes walk to the nearest bus stop or a 15 minute walk to the neighbouring and larger village of Dunkeld. We are located on a flat, main street with free on-street parking outside the building and a disabled parking bay outside the church next door.
We offer 7 bedrooms, one of which is on the ground floor with private wheel chair access and en-suite shower. For breakfast, where possible, we use locally sourced ingredients and cater for varying dietary requirements.
There is level access from the main entrance to:
Access with steps
Getting hereFor further information on accessible travel in Scotland, go to Transport Scotland.
Travel by public transport
BUS - Please ask the bus driver for the stop at Birnam Hotel. The nearest bus stop is 200 meters from Jessie Mac’s. There are small shelters and seating. All buses can accommodate one wheelchair. The number 23 Stagecoach bus runs to and from Birnam to Perth or Aberfeldy approximately hourly. The M90 Citylink bus stops at the same place with services to Inverness, Edinbugh and Glasgow. Timetables may vary so please check.
TRAIN - The nearest railway station is Dunkeld and Birnam, which is 0.3 miles away (a 5-10 minute walk). Please note that this station has an unusually low platform and therefore it is a big step to get on or off a train. You will also need to climb a flight of steps if arriving on the northbound platform (platform 2). If walking from the station you will need to descend a shallow set of steps before taking the lane towards Birnam village.
Travel by taxi
We have two front doors and both open right onto the street. The pavement outside is tarmac and can be a little uneven. The main front entrance has a step which is 130mm and the entrance width is 1040mm. There is no hand rail. There is then an inner door which is 1200mm wide and has no threshold. The bell is 1280mm above the ground. All of our doors are side hinged. There is rubber matting in this foyer area which can make it uneven and is easily moved in advance. Assistance can be given with luggage.
There is a separate entrance door available direct from the street into the ground floor bedroom. The street outside is on a slight slope so the step ranges from 45mm to 75 mm high across its width. The door entrance is 1035mm wide and the base of the Yale lock is 940 mm above the ground.
Getting around inside
The guest lounge is situated one floor above ground level and is reached by a flight of 9, 3 and 10 steps.
Place to eat and drink
DIETS - We are happy to cater for any diet and regularly have vegan, vegetarian and lactose free guests. Please contact us in advance as we live in a small village and may need to buy food in specially. We ask guests to fill in a menu by 9pm the night before so that we can have food freshly cooked for them in the morning. There is a choice of 5 main hot courses or an all you can eat, hearty buffet breakfast. Menu attached.
ACCESS - the dining room is on the first floor. There is a flight of steps to the first floor (9 steps, left turn, 3 steps, left turn, 10 steps) with a handrail on one side (left when going up). Each stair is 150mm high and 300mm deep. A seat is available on the first floor landing and can be placed on half landings if required. For guests staying in the ground floor room that are unable to manage the stairs to the dining room, there is a folding table in their bedroom and we can bring breakfast down to them in their room.
We are a hybrid B&B/ hostel, so some guests can order a breakfast or can self cater, using a large dedicated kitchen. So in the dining room in the morning, some guests will be self catering and some will be served breakfast. We often have guests who are sensitive to noise or shy of mixing with strangers. They sometimes choose to eat iin the large lounge, the kitchen or in their bedroom.
Getting around outside
Although not available to guests as a garden, there is access to the courtyard at the rear of the house to the bike shed and drying room. Access from the house is via a set of steep and uneven external stone steps with a single handrail from the first floor. Caution should be exercised using these steps in wet or cold conditions as they may be slippery. We are happy to take guests' wet clothes to and from the drying room for them and if they arrive by bike, we can guide them around the back of the building using a private road to access the bike shed.
Customer care support
The nearest General Hospital with an A&E unit and walk in NHS is 14 miles away (Perth Royal Infirmary) the nearest Doctor’s surgery is 0.5 mile away and the nearest pharmacy 0.7 miles away in Dunkeld. Please let us know if you require further information about these.
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Emergency evacuation procedures
We have a set of evacuation procedures – should you require it someone will come to your room and assist you with evacuation.
Customer care support
The manager does live on site but between 10pm and 6.30 am they are available only in case of emergencies, however their emergency contact number is available at all times.