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Grandtully Forest Notices

We hope you’ve been enjoying the walking trails at your nearby forests during lockdown. As Scottish Government COVID-19 restrictions ease, we look forward to welcoming you back more fully, and are working hard to reopen our facilities as soon as safely possible.

At this location:

  • The car park is open and will be free of charge.

Please bear with us and check back regularly for updates. You can also find more information by visiting our COVID-19 page and our FAQs.

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.

Guide map to Tay Forest Park (PDF 5.6MB)

Walking trails


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.

3 ¾ miles / 6.0 km

2½ hours

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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.

Getting here

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.

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PH9 0PY is the nearest postcode.

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