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.
This beautiful oak tree takes its name from famous fiddler Niel Gow (1727 -1807) who lived in the nearby village of Inver. He is believed to have played and even composed many of Scotland’s best loved strathspeys and reels while sitting under the tree.
His music is said to have carried across the River Tay, from where the 4th Duke of Atholl enjoyed listening to it. Niel Gow also performed at many functions organised by the duke during this time.
The easy-going Inver Walk, part of Dunkeld Path Network, passes the tree and further information about the walk is available from Dunkeld Visitor Information Centre.
Getting there by railway:- Regular train service between Perth and Birnam.
Getting there by aeroplane:- From Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports head north to the city of Perth. Then take the A9 northbound for 14 miles/22 km to reach Dunkeld. Take the waymarked Inver Walk described in the excellent Dunkeld and Birnam Walks leaflet.
Getting there by ferry:- From the port of Rosyth head north on the M90 to reach Perth. Then take the A9 northbound for 14 miles/22km to reach Dunkeld. Take the waymarked Inver Walk described in the excellent Dunkeld and Birnam Walks leaflet.
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