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Top Five Perthshire Record Breakers

Top Five Record Breakers

Scotlands longest river - River Tay

From its source on the slopes of Ben Lui to when it meets the sea in Dundee, the River Tay flows for 117 miles, this makes it Scotland's longest river. It is also the UK's largest when it comes to discharge.

Scotland's longest enclosed Glen - Glen Lyon

Sir Walter Scott once described Glen Lyon as the "longest, loneliest and loveliest glen in Scotland". It's 34 miles of length from Fortingall to Loch Lyon makes it Scotlands longest enclosed Glen.

Europe's oldest living thing - Fortingall Yew

At the base of Glen Lyon, near Aberfeldy sits the tiny village of Fortingall. The Fortingall Yew is at the geographical heart of Scotland and stands within Fortingall churchyard. It is thought to be between 3,000 and 9,000 years old. Certainly the UK's oldest living thing, it could also be Europe's too.

World largest hedge - Meikelour Hedge

Just south of Blairgowrie lies Meikelour, home of the longest hedge in the UK and the World's highest.

Recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the highest hedge in the world, the Meikleour Beech Hedge was planted in 1745 and is one third of a mile long (530 m) and 100 ft (30 m) high.

Biggest Trees

Known as 'Big Tree Country', Perthshire is blessed with plenty of record breakers. The area around Dunkeld is a particular hotspot including the widest Douglas fir in the grounds of Dunkeld cathedral. The Riverside tree walk from the back of the cathedral to Dunkeld House is signposted with many record breakers. Other Perthshire record breakers include the

widest conifer in Britain at Cluny House Gardens, Perthshire, tallest Sitka spruce in Britain in Strathearn and the tallest Japanese larch in Britain is in Diana's Grove at Blair Castle

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