Monday, 23 January 2023
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Kinnoull is a real jewel in Perth's crown. Trails wander through mature woodland of beech and pine to magnificent views over the river Tay. There's an arboretum – a tree collection – too, where you can check out trees you might like to grow in your own garden.
The trails on Kinnoull Hill itself are ideal for family outings and picnics. If you're looking for mountain bike action, try the bike park just next door on Deuchny Hill. Deuchny is also the best place for horse riding and for longer cycle routes: an ancient right of way called the Coronation Road links the forest to Scone. The name suggests it might have been used by ancient kings on their way to be crowned.
Perth and Kinross Council manage Kinnoull jointly with Forestry and Land Scotland.
Experience the charms of Kinnoull Hill without climbing to the summit on this short loop through varied pine, beech and spruce forest that is alive with birdsong.
Wide, firm and largely smooth surface throughout. Moderate slopes. Some patches may be slightly muddy. Includes a road crossing.
Allow ½ an hour
Climb Kinnoull Hill via the Earl’s romantic tower, perched on the cliff edge with fabulous views over the Tay Valley.
Largely wide, firm gravel surface with slightly uneven parts. Includes some steep slopes and a road crossing.
Allow 1 hours
Follow in the footsteps of ancient kings on this circuit of Deuchny Wood that has great views across the Perthshire countryside.
Mostly firm gravel surface with some uneven and grassy sections. One long fairly steep slope. Includes three wide gates.
Allow 2½ hours
There are plenty of places to eat, and public toilets, in Perth.
There's another small car park on Corsiehill Road. Trail routes from here climb more steeply than from the main Jubilee car park. To get there, turn right off Muirhall Road about ¼ mile (0.5 km) after the entrance to the Murray Royal hospital.
Just next to the Jubilee car park there's a large shed that makes an ideal base for group events in the forest. It can seat 25 people and has toilets, electricity and an outdoor sheltered area. There are no heating or cooking facilities. Get in touch for more details or to book the cabin for your event.
Christmas trees will be available from the Kinnoull Hill sales centre this year. The site is operated by a private contractor, and open during the first three weeks of December. All sales are CASH ONLY.
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.
By car from the centre of Perth, cross the river Tay on West Bridge Street (the A85) and continue straight on up East Bridge Street. Turn right on Muirhall Road and follow the road for about 1½ miles (2.5 km) to the Jubilee car park.
On foot, you can walk across the river on the South Street or railway bridge and join the footpath into the wood above Branklyn Garden.
PH2 7LN is the closest postcode for Kinnoull Hill.
There is a regular bus service from Perth to Kinnoull Hill. For details visit Traveline Scotland.
Jump into Deuchny
Look for hidden sculptures in this hillside wood