"The Atholl Palace is one of my favourite places where each year we meet up with good friends and have fun. It's the perfect place to stay in a perfect setting with lovely people looking after us. What more could a person want?"
The Specimen Trees
The Palace grounds contain several species of notable trees dating from around 1880. The pioneering seed collectors Menzies and Douglas returned from their trips with seeds from far off lands and the resultant trees can be seen in several gardens and estates around Highland Perthshire. The Hermitage, Blair Castle, Diana's grove,Castle Menzies and Fortingall are all linked to the Palace through their trees.
A recent visit from a well known tree expert saw him describe the collection in the grounds as " an undiscovered arboretum". Work is on-going in identifying and naming our important trees but whether you are an expert or an enthusiast, or just out for a stroll, enjoy these ancient specimens and wonder at the vision of those that planted them 120 years ago.
So far we have identified the following trees dating from the Menzies/Douglas era: Noble Fir, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock, Black Poplar, Pea-fruited Cypress, Hiba, Norway Spruce, Larch, Norwegian Acer, Douglas Fir, Giant Sequoia and Coastal Redwood. There are others and if you have the expertise, let us know.
More details of the great trees of Perthshire can be found at the Big Tree Country website