Thursday, 15 February 2024
The low stone walls and earthen banks of a post-medieval township were recently discovered in Glen Brittle Forest on the Isle of Skye during an environmental check ahead of harvest...
This part of Scotland was long occupied by the Picts, the Celtic tribe who built the prehistoric fort of Caisteal Dubh (The Black Castle). Climbing through juniper trees to the remains of the fort, unrivalled views over the River Tay open up, making clear why this was such an important defensive position.
A steady climb through the colourful birch forest to an Iron Age hill fort at Black Castle with commanding views over Strathtay.
Largely uneven gravel surface with continuous moderate slope for two miles. Rough and narrow grassy section at the top, with some steep slopes.
Allow 2½ hours
When the local Picts lived here, the stone ramparts of the fort didn't just keep out invaders, they kept out the other locals – wolves and...possibly bears.
Stone cairns stand guard a little below the fort. Some were built in the 1800s but no one knows why they're here. Do you have a theory?
The closest town is Aberfeldy, where you'll find public toilets and a good selection of places to eat and drink.
There is no charge to park in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates.
From the A827 between Aberfeldy and the A9, follow the signs for 'Balnaguard'/'Dalguise' near Pitnacree Bridge. Grandtully Forest is approximately 1 mile along this road on the right.
PH9 0PY is the nearest postcode.