This is easily one of the places I’ve been to most throughout my life. Wandering through a forest of magnificent fir trees (including one that was one of Britain’s tallest trees, which sadly blew over in strong winds in January 2017) you eventually reach Ossian’s Hall, and the view over the Black Linn Falls, where in the autumn you can watch oodles of salmon making the leap up the falls to get to their spawning ground.
The Hermitage was designed as a pleasure ground for the 18th century dukes of Atholl. The folly was originally built in 1757, and, while it was originally quite plain, was late decorated with mirrors and sliding panels a couple of decades, and it was then that it became connected with Ossian. The mirrors were impressive, and created the illusion of water on all sides, sometimes seeming to defy gravity. Famous visitors to the site include Queen Victoria and William and Dorothy Wordsworth.
The hall was partially blown up in 1869 (possibly as a protest against the Duke’s toll at the nearby Dunkeld Bridge) but is now back in operation. -