The 19th century pinetum at Scone Palace, home to some of the UK’s tallest and oldest trees, has welcomed many illustrious visitors over the years, but the arboreal giants met their match this week when Elvis the horse lumbered by.
Standing at a massive 17.1 hands, Elvis, a 5 year old Clydesdale gelding, dwarfed his owner as she led him for a stroll under the ancient boughs.
Scone’s historic Pinetum dates back to 1848 and features a number of veteran trees, including the original Douglas Fir, grown from the first seed sent back by plant hunter David Douglas during his travels in Western North America in the 1830s, a sycamore planted by King James VI of Scotland and record-breaking Sitka spruces.
Visitors have a fantastic opportunity to see these ancient trees for themselves, and to come and say hello to Elvis and his young companion Beau, as the Palace grounds are open free of charge every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November – March, between 10am and 4pm.
After enjoying the magnificent grounds in all their seasonal splendour, there’ll be an opportunity to escape the winter chill in the Old Servants’ Hall Coffee Shop and browse the Christmas Shop with its selection of Christmas decorations and gifts, speciality foods and Scone Palace own-label produce. Shoppers will also be able to take advantage of a special festive offer of 25% off when they spend more than £20 on Christmas decorations (valid until 23rd December 2014).