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Follow the trails through a cathedral of towering trees to discover dramatic views – and some intriguing structures in the woods

Craigvinean

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.


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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.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


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.

Contact: Tay Forest District

Address: Inverpark, Dunkeld

Postcode: PH8 0JR

Telephone: 01350 727284

Email: tay@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


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.

Using SatNav?

PH8 0JR is the nearest postcode.

Public transport

Dunkeld is the nearest place for buses and trains. Visit Traveline Scotland for details.

Nearby places

Craigvinean is part of Tay Forest Park.

Drummond Hill and Grandtully are just a short drive from here. They have spectacular views too, and were strongholds for prehistoric settlers.

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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