Abade Self Catering Holidays in Perthshire and beyond

Big Tree County by Felicity Martin

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Experience Big Tree Country on foot

 As Perthshire spans both Lowlands and Highlands, it encompasses flat farmland, sparkling lochs, rugged mountains and everything in between. Hundreds of miles of paths thread through these diverse landscapes, offering a wonderful choice of walks.

The four guidebooks in the Experience Big Tree Country series are designed to help walkers make the most of their time exploring Perthshire. They go a step further than simply detailing enjoyable walks, they also inspire exploration of the natural heritage and rich history of the area.

Each volume contains 12 easy-to-follow walks with individual route maps, colourful photographs and local ‘Big Tree Country’ information. 

The walks are designed to appeal to a wide range of walkers – from families to keen hill walkers – with a good variety of lengths and grades.

Most of the walks can be done without using a car, as they are accessible by public transport and start in towns or villages, including Aberfeldy, Auchterarder, Blair Atholl, Blairgowrie, Comrie, Crieff, Dunkeld, Errol, Kinloch Rannoch, Kinross, Perth and Pitlochry. 

The routes lead readers around Perthshire’s soaring trees, spectacular views, thundering waterfalls, rich wildlife and historical sites. Along the way, the books describe the Big County’s contribution the woodland heritage of Scotland.

Trees grow particularly well in the local climate and soils – often reaching record-breaking proportions. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Perthshire landowners planted larches, spruces, firs and other introduced species to enhance their estates. It soon became apparent that these ‘exotics’ thrive here. As do native trees, such as oak, alder, birch, and Scots pine.

Every season offers a different walking experience. In spring, the woods are carpeted in yellow, white and mauve wild flowers. By summer, everything is green with luxuriant foliage. Autumn sets the woods ablaze with red, yellow and gold leaves, while winter frosts turn twigs into a filigree of crystal.

 The Experience Big Tree Country books are available in many shops, cafés and visitor attractions around Perth & Kinross. Abade customers can buy them at a special 25% discount from Catkin Press.

Fantastic Facts about Scotland

  • Mary Queen of Scots played billiards. First recorded order by Louis XI in 1470. After she was executed, her body was wrapped in a billiard cloth
  • 1300s Scottish soldiers noted for ability to march longer than others because they made their own oatcakes
  • Bagpipes imported from Rome 2000 years ago by Roman army
  • Toilet, 5000 Skara Brae reckoned to use drainage system to flush into the sea. Alexander Cummings invented flushing toilet
  • Auld Lang Syne sung for 150 years before Burns sent a copy for print to the Scots Musical Museum that he had taken down from an old man.
  • Lawnmower invented in Scotland
  • Shortbread known from 12C but generally thought to have been refined use and name credited to Mary Queen of Scots 16C. Petticoat tails
  • Black bun fruitcake covered with pastry. Origins Scottish was eaten at Twelfth Night but now associated with Hogmanay
  • Scotland's first. Licensed distillery Glenlivet in 1823
  • Scotland's only 2-star Michelin restaurant, Andrew Fairlie at the Gleneagles Hotel
  • Golf. Modern game reckoned to date from 15C in Scotland. Much debate about an earlier game. The Old Course St Andrews date to per 1574, seen as a place of pilgrimage. Links course. How many people around the world have had their photographs taken on the Swilken Bridge?
  • Ice skating began in Scotland. Primitive ice skates of bone and antler used by Scandinavian hunters as early as300 AD. 1572 first all-iron skates manufactured in Scotland. Speed skating was first form of skating sport. First skate Club in Edinburgh 1742

Distances from Perth

Distances from Perth

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