Meikleour Beech Hedge

Forests & Woodlands

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

    Recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the highest hedge in the world, the Meikleour Beech Hedge was planted in 1745 and is one third of a mile long (530 m) and 100 ft (30 m) high.

    It is thought the men who planted it were called to fight in the Jacobite Rebellion and none of them returned alive. In tribute the trees were allowed to grow and the hedge acts as a living landmark to them.

    In spring, the young green leaves reflect the light, while in the autumn the trees display beautiful russet and gold colours.

    The hedge is cut and re-measured every 10 years, a complex operation that takes four men approximately six weeks to complete.

     

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- The closest rail stations are at Perth and Dundee. Bus or car hire from there to reach the Meikleour Hedge. Full details from Blairgowrie Tourist Information Centre.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- From Glasgow or Edinburgh airports head north to Perth. Then take the A93 towards the town of Blairgowrie. The highest hedge in the world is situated at Meikleour approx. 5 miles/8km south of Blairgowrie close to the junction of the A93 and A984.

    Getting there by ferry:- From the port of Rosyth follow the M90 north to Perth. Then take the A93 towards the town of Blairgowrie. The highest hedge in the world is situated at Meikleour approx. 5 miles/8km south of Blairgowrie close to the junction of the A93 and A984.

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