Walk in the shadows of tall trees
Craigvinean was one of the first of the Big Tree Country forests, and one of several planted by the Dukes of Atholl. It became a popular place in Victorian times: early visitors delighted in the forest paths leading to follies and dramatic viewpoints. Now you can follow the trails to discover the same stunning views over Dunkeld and the mighty River Tay.
Find out more about Craigvinean and the surrounding area with our guide to the Forest Park.
Take a break
The nearest public toilets are in Dunkeld, where you'll also find a wide variety of shops and places to eat.
From April to October there is a takeaway cafe at The Hermitage, a National Trust for Scotland site just off the A9 that you pass on your way to Craigvinean forest.
Pine Cone Point Trail
Weave your way through the forest to a unique shelter with spectacular views over the River Tay.
Wide, firm and largely smooth gravel surface, with some slightly uneven sections. Long moderate slope for 600m with some steeper sections.
2 ¾ miles / 4.6 km Allow 1½ hours
Look out for pine cones by the trail that have been nibbled down to the stalk. It's a sure sign that red squirrels are about, and at the high point of the trail, a giant pine cone is waiting for you. The views from here across the Tay to Dunkeld and to the mountains in the north are magnificent.
Creagan Loisgte Trail
Discover the Victorian-inspired Torryvald folly hidden deep within the varied forest.
Sections of uneven earthy paths with short rough, narrow and rocky patches. Includes steep slopes. Some parts may be muddy.
1 ¼ miles / 1.9 km Allow 1 hour
Victorian visitors loved ornate follies – fanciful buildings with no practical purpose, designed just for the pleasure of seeing them in the landscape. The Torryvald folly you'll find on this trail today stands in the place of a ruined Victorian viewpoint. It's named after a long-deserted township that lay to the north.
Mountain biking trails
Hunt for check points in the trees
Craigvenean has a permanent orienteering course, so it’s a good place to try this popular sport. Download the Craigvinean orienteering map if you’d like to have a go.
If you’re looking for mountain bike action, this guide on Where to Ride has details of trails for all levels in the woods and countryside of Highland Perthshire.
How to get here
Craigvinean is 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Dunkeld on the A9. Turn off the A9 at the sign for The Hermitage. Turn immediately right and follow the forest track up the hill to the Craigvinean car park at grid reference NO 008 419.
PH8 0JR is the nearest postcode.
Dunkeld is the nearest place for buses and trains. Visit Traveline Scotland for details.
Craigvinean is part of Tay Forest Park.
Apart from the forest’s waymarked trails, there are eight local routes winding for 36 miles (58km) around Dunkeld. A leaflet guide is available from Perth and Kinross Council, or you can pick up a copy at the Visitor Information Centre in Dunkeld.
If you’re looking for mountain bike action, this guide to Where to Ride has details of trails for all levels in the woods and countryside of Highland Perthshire.
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