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  • The woodlands of the Blair Atholl estate
    The woodlands of the Blair Atholl estate
  • An autumnal scene of Lady Mary's Walk beside the River Earn, Crieff
    Lady Mary's Walk beside the River Earn, Crieff
  • The Moness Glen and burn, Aberfeldy
    The Moness Glen and burn, Aberfeldy
  • The forested countryside of Strath Tay, near Aberfeldy
    The forested countryside of Strath Tay, near Aberfeldy

Discover why Perthshire is known as ‘Big Tree Country’ on a visit to its many beautiful forests and woodlands. Visit in autumn when the trees are resplendent in gold and crimson, see one of the tallest trees in Britain and a gnarled oak at Birnam said to be the last survivor of the wood portrayed in Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Perthshire is home to some of Europe’s most remarkable tree and woodlands. Enjoy a tranquil stroll along Lady Mary’s Walk which runs beside the banks of the River Earn beneath a canopy of beech and oak trees. Explore Scotland’s oldest managed forests, Craigvinean, first created from larch seeds planted by the Dukes Atholl during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Atholl Estate contains the Hermitage, a wild ‘tree garden’ located on the edge of the Craigvinean Forest. Here you’ll find one of the largest Douglas fir trees in Britain, the Falls of Braan and romantic Victorian follies.

See the Meikleour Beech Hedge, the longest hedge in Britain which dates from 1745, and legendary trees including the Fortingall Yew which is estimated to be between 3,000 and 9,000 years old. Some of the region’s ancient trees include the Birnam Oak and Eppie Callum’s Oak which, according to legend, sheltered both Rob Roy MacGregor and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Walk amongst the Birks of Aberfeldy, beech trees which line the slopes of the gorge through which the Moness Falls tumble and which inspired Robert Burns to pen the poem of the same name, and visit Faskally Wood in autumn when is transformed by stunning light and otherworldly sound effect into the Enchanted Forest.

These are just some of the extraordinary forests, woodlands and trees that have earned Perthshire its title of Scotland’s ‘Big Tree Country.' Take a look at the information listing below to find out more about the forests and woodlands in Perthshire.

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  1. Lady Mary's Walk

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Crieff

    Lady Mary’s Walk is a popular route in Crieff which runs along the banks of the River Earn.

  2. Den Of Alyth

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Alyth

    The Den of Alyth is a wooded glen situated on the outskirts of the Perthshire village of Alyth, five miles from Blairgowrie.

  3. Atholl Woods

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

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    Dunkeld

    Atholl Woods are situated a short distance from Dunkeld, on the Atholl Estate in Perthshire, and include a diverse range of trees and wildlife.

  4. Moncreiffe Hill

    Type

    Hills & Mountains

    Gradings

    Bridge of Earn

    Moncreiffe Hill Wood is a beautiful mixed woodland covering a hill, just 3 miles south of Perth.

  5. Quarrymill Woodland Park

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    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Perth

    Quarrymill Woodland Park is situated on A93, half a mile north of Perth, and includes three excellent waymarked walks.

  6. Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Perth

    Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park to the east of Perth includes the five hills, Corsiehill, Deuchny Hill, Barn Hill, Binn Hill and Kinnoull Hill.

  7. Fortingall Yew

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    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Fortingall

    The Fortingall Yew is a heritage tree of international importance which is situated in the Highland Perthshire village of Fortingall, eight miles west of Aberfeldy.

  8. Weem Wood

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Aberfeldy

    Weem Wood is an area of woodland situated on a steep craggy slope above the village of Weem, to the north-west of Aberfeldy.

  9. Glen Sherup And Glen Quay

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Auchterarder

    Glen Sherup and Glen Quey are two woodland glens situated in the Ochil Hills, the range of hills which runs between Perth and Stirling.

  10. Faskally Wood

    Type

    Forests & Woodlands

    Gradings

    Killiecrankie

    Faskally Wood is an extensive woodland area within Tay Forest Park on the banks of Loch Dunmore, approximately one mile north west of Pitlochry.

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