Stanley Mills & Meikleour Beech Hedge
Stanley Mills are a stunning surviving relic of the Industrial Revolution, now looked after by Historic Scotland after a turbulent history. Local entrepreneurs first chose this site by the River Tay for a cotton mill in 1786, building Stanley village nearby to house and cater for employees. The site often changed hands over the following decades and went out of business several times due to fires, a troubled economy and overseas overproduction. There were intervening successful periods though, and the mills only closed for good in 1989. Today many of the buildings house outstanding displays and interactive exhibits documenting the mill's past, and this is one of Historic Scotland's most engaging (and reasonably priced) attractions. Afterwards, detour north a few miles and across the Tay to view the world's tallest hedge at Meikleour, which reaches its fullest over the summer months.
Name: Meikleour Beech Hedge ★★☆☆☆
Description: The longest hedge in Britain, and the highest in the world...
Location: A93 a mile south of Meikleour, G.R.: NO 162387 / softly flexibly grants
Anything else? The best approach is from the south - park in the layby on the left hand side just before the hedge, then walk around the corner ahead.
Name: Stanley Mills ★★★★☆
Description: Restored cotton mill complex with superb, interactive exhibitions.
Location: East end of Stanley village, G.R.: NO 114328 / paddle patrolled splash
Open (2017): Daily, April to October
Cost (2017): £5.50 (adults), £3.30 (children), free for Historic Environment Scotland members
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