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Craigvinean Pine Cone Point © Ronald Weir

Craigvinean Forest

The Scots pine is planted widely for timber and has helped increase the population of the crossbill.

Meikleour Beech Hedge

You can’t miss the great hedge of Meikleour. It forms an incredible living wall of beech trees (Fagus sylvatica) at 30 m / 100 ft high.


Meikleour Beech Hedge in autumn © PKCT

The trees were planted in 1745 and are now officially recognised in the Guinness Book of Records as the highest hedge in the world.

Legend has it that following the death of her husband Robert Murray Nairne at the battle of Culloden, Jean Mercer of Meikleour allowed the hedge to grow towards the heavens in a tribute to his memory.

Although it's at its most spectacular in the autumn, its size makes it impressive at any time of year.


Adjacent to the A93 approximately 12 miles / 18 km north of Perth, 4 miles / 6 km south of Blairgowrie and 10 miles / 15 km east of Dunkeld.


Car parking is very limited with a layby for three or four cars.

Toilets and refreshments are provided in nearby Blairgowrie, Perth and Scone.

Opening Times

Visit year round.

Public Transport

Take the Perth to Blairgowrie bus.

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