Perthshire, Angus and Fife
Visit Perthshire and you’re entering ‘Big Tree Country’ with woodlands at Blair Atholl, Killiecrankie and Dunkeld are famous for their large trees. Ben Lawers overlooking Loch Tay is one of Britain’s top areas for arctic-alpine plants.
Some of Britain’s finest mountain plants and upland birds are in the Cairngorm National Park’s Angus glens, which lead down to the coast. Montrose Basin and the estuaries of Tay and Eden teem with birds, and Loch Leven has even more winter geese and whooper swans.
At the mouth of the Forth, off the coast of Fife, sits the Isle of May with its abundant puffins, common and arctic terns. Later in the year, the island hosts the biggest grey seal gathering on the UK’s east coast.
Also in the area:
- Fortingall: the yew in the churchyard is thought to be the oldest tree in Europe.
- Pitlochry: watch wild salmon migrating up the River Tummel through its renowned fish ladder.
- Black Wood of Rannoch: a remnant of the ancient Caledonian forest.
- Tentsmuir Point: home to seals, birds and scarce plants.