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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. The Hermitage

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Dunkeld

    Dating from the 18th century, this National Trust for Scotland-preserved site sits on the banks of the River Braan in Craigvinean Forest.

  2. Macrosty Park

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Crieff

    Macrosty Park is situated on the west side of the Perthshire town of Crieff and features woodland, a path network and a Victorian bandstand.

  3. The Dunkeld Larches

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Dunkeld

    Dunkeld’s Parent Larch is situated behind the town’s cathedral and dates from 1738, when a group of five larches were planted in the area.

  4. Faskally Wood

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    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.

  5. The Birnam Oak

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Dunkeld

    The Birnam Oak is an iconic tree on the outskirts of the Perthshire village and celebrated in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

  6. Niel Gows Oak

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Dunkeld

    Niel Gow’s Oak is a large oak tree and part of the Craignvinean Forest which runs along the south bank of the River Tay.

  7. Eppie Callum's Oak

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Crieff

    Eppie Callum’s Oak is an ancient oak tree in Crieff which is said to have once sheltered notorious outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor from his enemies.

  8. Weem Wood

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    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. Allean Forest

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Blair Atholl

    The Allean Forest forms part of the Tay Forest Park, seven miles west of Pitlochry and close to the Queen’s View Visitor Centre.

  10. Meikleour Beech Hedge

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    Forests & Woodlands

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    Meikleour

    The Meikleour Beech Hedge, four miles south of Blairgowrie is the longest hedge in Britain and the highest of its kind in the world.

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