The Hermitage

Forests & Woodlands

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

    The historic Hermitage woodland was created by the 3rd Duke of Atholl in the 18th century and covers approximately 33 acres. It is said the Duke used a canon to scatter the tree seeds on to the more inaccessible parts of the land.

    The woodland features a diverse collection of mixed conifer and deciduous trees, including one of Britain’s tallest Douglas fir trees. Within the forest there is a totem pole carved by a group of First Nation Canadians from the Squamish Nation from a felled Douglas fir. The carvings include a Pictish and Squamish designs, an eagle and two salmon.

    Above the wooded gorge of the River Braan and overlooking the Black Linn Falls is the picturesque folly, Ossian’s Hall, built in 1758 and restored in 2007.


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