Plean Country Park
The Country Park on the edge of Plean has an excellent network of footpaths.
The beautiful estate woodlands, scrub, wildflower meadows and ponds provide homes to many different birds and animals, listen for the hysterical laughing call of the green woodpecker, or the grating shriek of a jay. If you hear a chaotic crashing sound high above your head, look up- grey squirrels can often be seen chasing each other through the treetops.
In early July, the wildflower meadows are dotted with the spikes of thousands of Greater Butterfly Orchids. Their beautiful flowers resemble small white butterflies clinging on to the plant's stem.
On a quiet summer evening, you may be fortunate enough to glimpse the shy roe deer as they venture out of the woods to graze in the fields.
Plean Country Park features a carving of the Friends of Plean Country Park logo on the “Welcome” sign at the main entrance.
A new owl archway with the message “Hope you had a hoot!” welcomes visitors to the play area, while a carving of the Greater Butterfly Orchid celebrates Plean Country Park’s status as home to the largest population of these orchids in Scotland, a rare species which requires specific conditions to thrive. The carving highlights how unique and special the area is and encourages responsible use of the meadow. It will also be spectacularly framed by the orchids when they are in bloom.
Other additions include a family of hedgehogs, a roe deer, a fox, a woodpecker, a squirrel and a badger. Plean Country Park is home to all of these creatures, so if you’re lucky enough, you may spot them when you visit.
There are three marked trails of different lengths starting from the car park; an orienteering course, horse trail, toilets and picnic areas.
Today, nature is fighting back! Young birch, oak and Scot's Pine trees are turning the landscape from grey to green, providing food and shelter for countless small birds. In many areas, vast numbers of spotted orchids produce vivid splashes of pink and purple from late spring onwards.
The Plean Estate was once owned by the Earl of Dunmore; he had sold it to the Robert Haldane who was already the owner of the Airthrey Estate in Stirling. It stayed in the Haldane family until it was sold in 1799 to Francis Simpson, a former captain with the East India Company.
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