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Perth and Kinross

©2019 Gazetteer for Scotland


The village of Killiecrankie in Perth and Kinross lies at the northern end of the Pass of Killiecrankie above the River Garry, 4 miles (6 km) northwest of Pitlochry. On 27th July 1689 a Jacobite army led by Graham of Claverhouse ('Bonnie Dundee') defeated government forces under General Hugh Mackay at the Battle of Killiecrankie. A spot known as the Soldier's Leap commemorates a spectacular jump across the Garry by a soldier desperate to evade capture. The wooded gorge here was much admired by Queen Victoria in 1844 and today 40 acres of oak and mixed deciduous woodland are preserved by the National Trust for Scotland which acquired the property in 1947 as a gift. A visitor centre tells the story of the battle and birdlife in the woodlands can be observed via a remote camera.

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