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.
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.