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Some visitor centres are open – check individual web pages for more information. Our trails, toilets and car parks remain open. Plan ahead and enjoy your visit safely.

Craigvinean

Where we are

COVID-19 update

Some FLS visitor centres are offering a reduced service, with walking and mountain bike trails remaining open, as are most toilets and car parks. Please check below for local updates on any closures.

We want to ensure your visit is an enjoyable and safe one.

Make sure you follow the Scottish Government’s FACTS advice – helping to protect yourself, your family and your local community, and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code helping to keep Scotland beautiful.

Latest forest information

  • We are carrying out maintenance works to the Torryvald Trail and Pine Cone Point Trail until the end of April 2021. Both these trails will be subject to closures throughout this time. Please observe any safety signage and diversions that you encounter during your visit.
  • Due to stockpiled materials the Quarry car park has reduced capacity over the Easter weekend. It will be closed on weekdays from Tuesday 6 April until the end of April. If you find the car park full please do not park along the road sides, in gateways, or block the forest access road as large vehicles require access to this forest.
  • We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Welcome to Perthshire's Big Tree Country

Craigvinean was one of the first of the Big Tree Country forests, and one of several planted by the Dukes of Atholl. It became a popular place in Victorian times: early visitors delighted in the forest paths leading to follies and dramatic viewpoints. Now you can follow the trails to discover the same stunning views over Dunkeld and the mighty River Tay.

Guide map to Tay Forest Park (PDF 5.6MB)

Walking trails

Walking

Torryvald Trail (diverted)

A trail notice is in effect

  • We are carrying out maintenance works to the Torryvald Trail until the end of March 2021. Both these trails will be subject to closures throughout this time. Please observe any safety signage and diversions that you encounter on your visit.

Discover the Victorian-inspired Torryvald folly hidden deep within the varied forest.

Wide, firm gravel path with narrow rocky sections. Some short, fairly steep slopes.

Moderate trail grade icon
1 miles / 1.7 km

Allow
3 Hour

More information

Victorian visitors loved ornate follies – fanciful buildings with no practical purpose, designed just for the pleasure of seeing them in the landscape. The Torryvald folly you'll find on this trail today stands in the place of a ruined Victorian viewpoint. It's named after a long-deserted township that lay to the north.

Walking

Pine Cone Point Trail (diverted)

A trail notice is in effect

  • We are carrying out maintenance works to the Pine Cone Point Trail until the end of March 2021. Both these trails will be subject to closures throughout this time. Please observe any safety signage and diversions that you encounter on your visit.

Weave your way through the forest to a unique shelter with spectacular views over the River Tay.

Wide, firm and largely smooth gravel surface, with some slightly uneven sections. Long moderate slope for 600m with some steeper sections.

Moderate trail grade icon
2 ¾ miles / 4.6 km

Allow
1½ hours

More information

Look out for pine cones by the trail that have been nibbled down to the stalk. It's a sure sign that red squirrels are about, and at the high point of the trail, a giant pine cone is waiting for you. The views from here across the Tay to Dunkeld and to the mountains in the north are magnificent.

Activities

Orienteering

The fixed orienteering course at Craigvinean is a great way to try this popular sport, in which you hunt for check points using a detailed map. If you’d like to have a go, get in touch with Scottish Orienteering for a map of Craigvinean, grab a compass and head for the trees.

Facilities & access

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Parking

The nearest public toilets are in Dunkeld, where you'll also find a wide variety of shops and places to eat.

Getting here

Craigvinean is 1 mile west of Dunkeld. Turn off the A9 at the sign for The Hermitage. This road immediately swings to the right, passing the easy-to-spot car park for Craigvinean after 250 meters. You can also park in the National Trust for Scotland Hermitage car park where parking charges apply.

Using SatNav?

PH8 0JR is the nearest postcode.

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Phone
0300 067 6380 (option 1)
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