Beatrix Potter Garden

Photographs of the Beatrix Potter Garden and Exhibition in Birnham Perthshire Scotland and the history of why the characters in her books have a Scottish connection

This beautiful landscaped area is dedicated to the English author and illustrator who holidayed in Birnam during the summer months with her family in her childhood years.

Beatrix Potter Garden

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This special time early in her life left such fond memories that she named her book characters after local people. Examples are Mrs Tiggy Winkle the Dalguise Washerwoman Kitty MacDonald and Mr Tod the Cally Fox.

Mrs Tiggy Winkle statue

Beatrix and her brother Bertram became good friends with the local postman, Charles Macintosh, who taught them about the local flora and fungi, during his mail delivery walks. They were free to explore the area and gain a love for the countryside which was in sharp contrast to her London life.

Mr Tod The Fox Statue

In nearby Eastwood, Dunkeld, she composed a letter with illustrations to Noel Moore and this later became The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

rabbits statues

His brother, Erc Moore, received one about a frog and this formed the basis for Mr Jeremy Fisher.

Jeremy Fisher Frog Statue

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In the Beatrix Potter Garden are bronze statues of her famous characters. It is great fun for children (and adults) to wander around and spot. It is free admission in this pleasant little park and there are plenty of seats to enjoy the scenery and gentle cooing of the wood pigeons.

Beatrix Potter Exhibition

It is located on the high street just next to the exhibition and cafe in The Birnam Institute and arts centre. There is free parking round the corner and toilets in the centre. The garden and Beatrix Potter Exhibition has full disabled access.

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rabbit statues in wood

We stayed at nearby Pitlochry Hydro Hotel and other local attractions include Blair Castle and Diana Grove with Hercules Garden, Pass of Killiecrankie Walk and Battle Visitor Centre, Scottish Crannog Centre, Queen's View, Falls of Bruar, Rannoch Moor Train Station, Dunkeld Cathedral, Loch of Lowes Osprey, The Hermitage, Atholl Country Life Museum, and Ossian's Hall and Cave.

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