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The Hermitage - Ossian's Hall
Title: The Hermitage - Ossian's Hall
Description: The Hermitage is an area of outstanding woodland alongside the River Braan near Dunkeld, owned by the National Trust for Scotland. There are massive fir trees, the largest in Scotland, and this splendid folly, Ossian's Hall, which was built in 1758. Inside, the crashing waters of the nearby waterfall are amazingly amplified.
Date: July 1981
The Hermitage - Waterfall
Title: The Hermitage - Waterfall
Description: A view of the waterfall which provides the backdrop to the view from Ossian's Hall.
Date: June 2004
The Hermitage - Waterfall in Spring
Title: The Hermitage - Waterfall in Spring
Description: During winter and spring the waterfall has a fast flowing river cascading down the slippy rocks. In the background can be seen the stone bridge across the river.
Date: March 2006
The Hermitage - Ossian's Hall
Title: The Hermitage - Ossian's Hall
Description: This view of Ossian's Hall was taken from the other side of the river.
Date: June 2004
The Hermitage - Ossian's Hall
Title: The Hermitage - Ossian's Hall
Description: The same view in the spring before the trees take over the woods. The hall is undergoing restoration at this time.
Date: March 2006
The Hermitage - Ossian's Hall
Title: The Hermitage - Ossian's Hall
Description: Ossian's Hall was originally a summerhouse for the Dukes of Atholl which was later converted into an elaborate visitor attraction in 1782. Guests would enter the dark building and view a life-sized painting of Ossian which separated them from the sound of the waterfall. By pulling a secret pulley the painting was slid into a recess in the wall and the full force of the waterfall was revealed. Specially positioned mirrors were designed to give the impression of water rushing towards the alarmed guests when the full beauty of the inner chamber was uncovered. Many distinguised visitors were subjected to this experience including Queen Victoria, Turner, Mendelssohn and Wordsworth.
Date: July 1981
The Hermitage - Waterfall
Title: The Hermitage - Waterfall
Description: This view shows the cascading waterfall at the Hermitage. During the summer months, the water levels drop to a mere trickle.
Date: July 1976
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