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.