Thursday, 08 June 2023
Perth's most incredible views and woodland walks
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
Kinnoull Hill has a permanent orienteering course that offers a great introduction to this fun and adventurous sport. Visit the British Orienteering website to find out how to download course maps.
Facilities and access
Find a place to eat
There are plenty of places to eat, and public toilets, in Perth.
Space to relax
Just next to the Jubilee car park our old forestry workers shed has been developed into an ideal base for group events in the forest. The Kinnoull Shed has accessible toilet, tables and chairs to seat 25 people, heating and an outdoor covered area. There is a small kitchen area with sink, and hot water urn. Get in touch for more details or to book this building for your event.
Car parking information
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.
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Jump into Deuchny
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