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Dull, Perth and Kinross

Dull is a village in the county of Perth and Kinross in Scotland1 Dull is paired with Boring, Oregon, USA creating the Pair for the Ages Bland, New South Wales in Australia is a member of the League of Extraordinary Communities which was established by the Boring Community Planning Organization and the Dull and Weem Community Council in 2013


  • 1 Orientation
  • 2 Toponymy and history
  • 3 Population
  • 4 Twin towns
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


In the Scottish Highlands, Dull consists of a single street of houses on the north side of the valley of the River Tay

Toponymy and historyedit

The place-name may mean 'meadow' in Gaelic2 However, Duncan Campbell relates a traditional tale in "The Lairds of Glenlyon" 1886 which connects the Gaelic word 'dul' snare with the withies on the hearse of St Adomnán snapping, thus deciding his burial-place and the founding of Dull The parish church, unused since the 1970scitation needed, is on the site of an early Christian monastery founded by St Adomnán Scottish Gaelic: N Eònan, Abbot of Iona died 704 Several early Christian cross-slabs dating to the 7th or 8th century have been discovered in and around the parish graveyard A slab carved with stylised warriors and horsemen in the Pictish style, uncovered during grave-digging in the 19th century, is displayed in the Museum of Scotland, and may have formed part of a wall-relief, or one side of a box-shrine A massive font of rough workmanship, preserved by the church door, is also a probable relic from the early monastic site

The surrounding district was known as the Appin of Dull, the name 'Appin' deriving from Old Irish apdaine, 'abbacy', referring to the former monastic estate Compare Appin in Argyll, the 'abbey lands' in that case being those of the major early Christian monastery of Lismore Four undecorated crosses, of which three survive, one at Dull itself, and two in the nearby old church at Weem, once stood around the monastic precinct, defining an area of sanctuary

During the later Middle Ages, and up to modern times, the church at Dull was merely a parish church in the Diocese of Dunkeld It is not known when the early Christian monastery ceased to function

In decline for much of the 20th century, with its church and school both going out of use, the small village has seen the construction of several new houses, and the restoration of older buildings, in recent years


In 1951, Dull had a population of 2,0553 As of 2012, the population of Dull was approximately 844

Twin townsedit

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in the United Kingdom Twinning sign at Dull

Dull is twinned with:

  • Boring, Oregon, USA since 2012

Dull and Boring created the League of Extraordinary Communities in 2013 and made

  • Bland, New South Wales, Australia the first new member

Elizabeth Leighton of Aberfeldy, Scotland, proposed the pairing with Boring, Oregon, USA while passing through Boring, Oregon an unincorporated town on a highway from Portland, Oregon, to Mount Hood on a cycling holiday56 In June 2012, the US town of Boring, Oregon, accepted the proposal of Dull to "pair" their municipalities, in an effort to promote tourism in both places as a play on their names789 The Boring Community Planning Organization CPO issued commemorative "Boring & Dull: a pair for the ages" T-shirts and mugs, raffling off a trip to Dull, Scotland10 The Boring CPO will not attempt to get the pairing recognised by the US-based Sister Cities International11

Dull and Boring celebrations are held annually on August 9 in Oregon12 with a piper and a barbershop quartet;13 the Dull celebrations are in October1415

Bland Shire, West Wyalong—a farm community and former gold prospecting site in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia16—joined the initiative in 2013,17 creating not a "twinned town" relationship but a "League of Extraordinary Communities" to group Dull, Boring, and Bland1819 as a means of encouraging travel,18 promoting all three communities2021


  1. ^ "Pitlochry and Crieff", Ordnance Survey Landranger Map B2 ed, 2008, ISBN 0-319-22985-8 
  2. ^ Iain Mac an Tàilleir "Placenames" PDF Scottish Parliament Retrieved 27 November 2011 
  3. ^ "1951 Census of Scotland, County Report" VisionOfBritaincom Retrieved 2017-06-02 
  4. ^ "Dull Residents In Scotland Hope For Boring Link To Town In The US" Huffington Post 2012-05-06 Retrieved 2017-06-02 
  5. ^ Alexandra Topping and agencies 2012-06-06 "Dull and Boring Not any more for Scottish village and US town" The Guardian Retrieved 2014-08-09 
  6. ^ "Welcome to Dull and Boring" Kuriositascom 2012-06-06 Retrieved 2014-08-09 
  7. ^ LeVeille, David "A Tale of Dull and Boring Sister Cities" The Worldorg Retrieved 2013-07-15 
  8. ^ BBC News - Boring in Oregon votes to pair with Dull in Perthshire
  9. ^ Gambino, Lauren "Dull and Boring Sounds exciting" KVAL Archived from the original on October 22, 2013 Retrieved February 22, 2013 
  10. ^ "Happy Boring & Dull Day!" Time 2013-08-09 Retrieved 2014-08-09 
  11. ^ Emily Fuggetta "Boring group makes Dull decision: Partnership official with Scottish village" The Oregonian Retrieved 2014-08-09 
  12. ^ "Dull & Boring" Facebook Retrieved 2014-08-09 
  13. ^ "Excitement hope for Boring, Oregon, and Dull, Perthshire" BBC News 2013-08-09 Retrieved 2014-08-09 
  14. ^ Campbell, Glenn "Dull, Scotland, makes Boring, Oregon, more interesting" BBC News Retrieved 2014-08-09 
  15. ^ "BBC TV crew tapes interviews in Boring" Portland Tribune 2014-04-22 Retrieved 2014-08-09 
  16. ^ "Dull and Boring story also to become Bland" Highland Perthshire News 2014-07-12 Archived from the original on 2014-08-10 Retrieved 2014-08-09 
  17. ^ "Bland hopes to join Dull and Boring - Perth & Kinross" The Courier UK 2013-06-01 Retrieved 2014-08-09 
  18. ^ a b Feb 25, 2014, 7:30 am 2014-02-25 "Bland joins Dull and Boring" The Daily Advertiser Retrieved 2014-08-09 CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list link
  19. ^ "Scots town Dull joins forces with Bland and Boring" The Scotsman 2013-11-13 Retrieved 2014-08-09 
  20. ^ "Bland, Dull and Boring: Three towns team up to excite tourists" MSN Retrieved 2014-08-09 
  21. ^ Baskas, Harriet 2014-04-25 "Dull, Boring and Bland Team Up to Lure Tourists" NBC News Retrieved 2014-08-09 

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  • Media related to Dull, Perth and Kinross at Wikimedia Commons
  • Aberfeldy travel guide from Wikivoyage

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