Scotland is not exactly known for breaking world records (although Scots do hold the titles for Most Pierced Woman and Fastest Spray Tanning), but there is one sight you need to see if you’re driving or cycling around Perthshire: the Meikleour Beech Hedge. Since 1966 it has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the longest and highest hedge on planet earth.
It was probably planted by Robert Murray Nairne and his wife Jean Mercer around the year 1745 on the boundary of their estate, Meikleour House. Unfortunately, Robert would not live to see his hedge grow high; he was one of the Jacobites killed at the Battle of Culloden, the final confrontation of the Jacobite Rising. Supposedly his wife encouraged the hedge to grow in remembrance of her husband’s valiant death, and that is why it reaches to the heavens today.
|Meikleour Beech Hedge, a photo by IainW81 on Flickr.|
580 yards (530 m) long and 120 feet (36 m) at its highest point, the Meikleour Hedge is a skyscraper in the rural Perthshire countryside. If you ever have a chance, try to see it in autumn when the beeches are ablaze with color!
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