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Climb to an Iron Age hillfort with views over Strathtay
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.
Caisteal Dubh Trail
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?
Facilities & access
The closest town is Aberfeldy, where you'll find public toilets and a good selection of places to eat and drink.
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.
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