Birnam (Gaelic: Biorman) is a village in the Scottish Council Area Perth and Kinross. It is located in the traditional county of Perthshire about 20 km north of Perth and about 35 km northwest of Dundee on the south bank of the Tay. In 2011 Birnam recorded together with the neighboring community Dunkeld 1287 inhabitants. Birnam is well connected to the transport network. Through Birnam, the A9, the most important high-speed road in the Scottish Highlands, runs on its way from Falkirk to Thurso. Dunkeld on the opposite bank of Tay is connected to Birnam by a bridge. Birnam has its own train station, which was operated by the Highland Railway until the 1890s. Today trains of the First ScotRail stop there on the Highland Main Line and the East Coast Main Line. In Shakespeare's play Macbeth, three witches prophesy to King Macbeth that he has nothing to fear unless the forest of Birnam comes to Dunsinane.