Weem Woodland Walks and Trails

Weem Woodland Walks and Trails

Weem woodland walks and trails (plus a fantastic local climbing & bouldering venue) just outside Aberfeldy in Highland Perthshire.

Having lived in the Aberfeldy area for nearly 30 years, I love sharing all the great places that have been shared with me over the years, with so many activities and adventures to experience it would be remiss of me not to explore.

Fond memories of learning to climb and boulder here with friends from my local adventure activity centre – I hope to inspire the same level of sharing with you all in all the activities and adventures we will share, creating or growing your passion for outdoor adventure in all its guises.

Weem Wood is ¼ mile west of Weem village near Aberfeldy. Keep an eye out for the turn-off to Castle Menzies, which is shared with Weem Wood.

Weem wood cascades down a steep, rocky hillside, a fine backdrop for Castle Menzies. The Menzies family – supporters of King Robert the Bruce – helped create and shape Perthshire’s forests, leaving us an impressive amount of woodland and forests to explore and enjoy.

In the 1400s, David Menzies who built The Old Kirk of Weem, left the family home to live as a hermit at St David’s Well, a cave in the forest – look out for the sculpted head on your way to the Well.

There are tales of enchanters who imprisoned maidens in the rock here too. Sculptures hidden along the trail recall the forest’s stories.

Castle Menzies

Just alongside Weem woods is the stunning Castle Menzies.

The sixteenth-century castle, built as a Z-plan castle, was the seat of the chiefs of clan Menzies for over 500 years. Strategically situated, it was involved in the turbulent history of the highlands. In 1598 John Dow MacWilliam alias MacGregor broke into the castle to rescue a thief Donald Menzies from the dungeons. The owner, Alexander Menzies of Weem complained that John Murray of Tullibardine had then welcomed Donald Menzies and MacGregor as his household men and servants.

Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Stuart pretender to the throne, rested for two nights in the castle on his way to the battle of Culloden in 1746. The restoration of the ancient part of the castle involved the demolition of a greatly decayed 18th-century wing. A large Victorian ballroom was, however, retained.

The castle, restored by the Menzies Clan Society after 1957, is an example of the architectural transition between an earlier tradition of rugged fortresses and a later one of lightly defensible ‘châteaux’.

Just one of the stunning locations we can visit on tour in Highland Perthshire.

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