Thursday, 26 September 2013

Summer in Perthshire - 4

Craigvinean Forest forms part of the Tay Forest Park and is situated 1 mile north of Dunkeld in Perthshire.

Forming part of the Tay Forest Park in Perthshire, the Craigvinean Forest is one of Scotland’s oldest managed forests. Created from larch seed planted by the Dukes of Atholl, some 27 million conifers were planted in and around Dunkeld between 1738 and 1830. The lower forest slopes are a mix of Scots pine and beech trees, while the upper slopes include many larch trees.

The name Craigvinean is Gaelic for `crag of the goats`, and the forest has been popular since Victorian times. An extensive path network runs through the forest, which is suitable for both walkers and cyclists. The longer distance routes run from Dunkeld, through Craigvinean, the neighbouring Griffin Forest and on to Aberfeldy.

Spectacular views across Dunkeld and the Tay can be enjoyed from Pine Cone Point, a picturesque viewpoint marked by a unique timber built pine cone structure. The forest is also a haven for red squirrels.

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