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Asheville, NC
Sister City to Dunkeld-Birnam, Scotland

Dunkeld-Birnam became one of our sister cities in August 2017. Asheville sister cities representative Rick Lutovsky cited the following reasons for the development of a sister city relationship with Dunkeld-Birnam:

The considerable Scottish ancestral roots throughout the Southern Appalachians

Parallel economic characteristics such as art, music, recreation and tourism

The striking physical beauty of our settings

A strong sense of community

An abiding love of nature + commitment to stewardship of surrounding physical environment

Dunkeld-Birnam are actually two towns, Dunkeld + Birnam, located north of Perth and any Ashevillian visiting Dunkeld-Birnam can find something to love about the towns. They have an impressive music scene – their Perthshire Amber and Niel Gow Scottish Fiddle festivals bring in visitors from all over the world.

Dunkeld was also once the ecclesiastical capital of Scotland, so history lovers can head to Dunkeld Cathedral to check out the musket holes still visible from the Battle of Dunkeld in 1689.

For literature lovers, you’ll find Birnam Wood, a 900 year old oak tree, in Birnam + you may have heard of it before. The famous tree is mentioned in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. But that isn’t the only time Dunkeld-Birnam has had literary impacts. Beatrix Potter spent many summers in the village + you can find her inspirations in Peter Rabbit.

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also at:
Asheville & Western North Carolina’s Unique Scots-Irish History

List of twin towns and sister cities in Scotland

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