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COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland

FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.

Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.

All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.

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Where we are

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

More information

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.

Using SatNav?

PH9 0PY is the nearest postcode.

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0300 067 6380 (option 1)
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