Meikleour Beech Hedge

Perth & Kinross | Meikleour | Hedge | ★★

Meikleour Beech Hedge
[Meikleour Beech Hedge]

On sunny evenings, a tall beech hedge casts long shadows across the A93 just south of Meikleour. Record-breakingly long, in fact - for the Guinness Book of Records has verified this as the world's tallest hedge (30 metres) and the longest in Britain (a third of a mile). The hedge is believed to have been planted in 1745 by the couple who owned the local estate, for whom disaster struck a year later; husband Robert was killed fighting for the losing Jacobite side at Culloden, while his wife - Jean - fled to Edinburgh in the aftermath. In winter the hedge is rather sparse and can be underwhelming, so we recommend a summer trip when foliage reaches its fullest. Cutting back the hedge is reputed to take 6 weeks and is carried out about once a decade; our 2020 visit showed that it had recently been given a rather severe trim, giving it a more tree-like than hedge-like appearance.

Meikleour Beech Hedge
[Meikleour Beech Hedge]

Location & info

📌 Meikleour Beech Hedge ★★
Alongside the A93 1 mi south of Meikleour, G.R.: NO 162387 ///softly.flexibly.grants
Always viewable | Free

💬 Park in the layby at the south end of the hedge (access from the northbound carriageway only), then walk around the corner. The road is busy and the verges narrow, so care is needed.



Meikleour Beech Hedge
[Meikleour Beech Hedge]

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