Killiecrankie Visitor Centre

Killiecrankie Visitors Centre
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Killiecrankie Visitors Centre

A National Trust for Scotland Visitor Centre 3 miles (5 km) north of Pitlochry at the northern end of the Pass of Killiecrankie, Perth and Kinross. The centre tells the story of the Battle of Killiecrankie which took place on 27th July 1689 near this wooded gorge. Here, a Jacobite army led by John, Graham of Claverhouse ('Bonnie Dundee') defeated Government forces under General Hugh Mackay. One soldier is said to have avoided capture by jumping across the River Garry at a place now known as Soldier's Leap. Queen Victoria visited in 1844 and is said to have commented favourably on the tranquility of the area in her diary. Formerly part of the Faskally Estate, 16 ha (40 acres) of this oak and mixed deciduous woodland on the banks of the River Garry were gifted to the National Trust for Scotland in 1947.

The area has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the quality of its woodland.

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