A hill with history
Drummond Hill was probably Scotland’s first managed forest. Sir Duncan Campbell, known as Black Duncan of Breadalbane because of his ruthless character, planted it with oak, birch and Scots pine back in the 17th century. Now it’s a rich habitat that’s home to lots of wildlife, and part of the fascinating heritage of forests that make up Perthshire’s Big Tree Country.
Keep a look out for the boar carvings in stones that mark one of the walks here – they’re based on the boar of the Clan Campbell’s crest.
Find out more about Drummond Hill and the surrounding area with our guide to the Forest Park.
Need a refreshment?
If you're peckish, Kenmore is the nearest village to Drummond Hill where you can find places to eat and drink. Aberfeldy and Killin are also nearby and have some cafes and pubs where you can grab a refreshment.
Explore the mature beech woodland on the slopes of Drummond Hill that shelters the rare capercaillie.
Mostly wide, uneven gravel surface. Some short earthy sections with exposed tree roots. Long moderate slopes for 3/4 mile with some steep sections. Parts may be muddy.
2 ½ miles / 3.9 km Allow 1½ hours
If you visit early on a quiet Spring morning, listen out for unusual popping, rattling, clucking and gurgling sounds – the call of the male capercaillie trying to attract a mate. You need to be very early though: they've usually finished their display by 6 o'clock.
Gravel forest roads, and gravel and earth paths. Narrow and muddy in places, with long moderate slopes.
Black Rock Trail
Zigzag steadily up through the beech and larch forest to Black Rock viewpoint for stunning views over Loch Tay.
Wide, uneven gravel surface throughout. Long moderate slopes for up to a mile with some fairly steep sections.
2 ¾ miles / 4.5 km Allow 2 hours
Caisteal MacTuathal Trail
A superb circuit of Drummond Hill, taking in the remains of an Iron Age hill fort and some wonderful views over Strathtay and Glen Lyon. Follow the stone boar carvings.
Largely wide, uneven gravel surface. Section of rough, narrow earth and grass path with rocky parts. Some long steep slopes. Short patches may be muddy.
5 ¾ miles / 9.4 km Allow 4 hours
This Pictish hill fort was named after Tuathal, the son of a 9th century Abbot of Dunkeld. With its clear views to north and south, it's easy to see why this site was part of a network of look-out points. From the fort you can retrace your steps or continue round the full circuit.
Mountain biking trails
Explore the Iron Age
Highland Perthshire is composed of exciting and dramatic landscapes steeped in history – and none more so than the mountains and glens around Loch Rannoch, Loch Tummel and Loch Tay. Here you can find once mighty hillforts, still commanding fine views over their ancient dominions. Explore further and you can find evidence of many smaller ringforts, duns and crannogs, the fortified homesteads of Iron Age farmers and their kin. For more information download our Explore The Iron Age leaflet.
How to get here
Drummond Hill is 5½ miles (9 km) west of Aberfeldy on the A827, just past Kenmore. The car park is at grid reference NN 773 461.
PH15 2HN is the nearest postcode.
Buses stop in Kenmore, just ½ mile (less than 1 km) from Drummond Hill. Visit Traveline Scotland for details.
The pretty loch-side picnic spot of Dalerb is only ¼ mile (500m) from Drummond Hill car park along the A827 towards Killin. Here you'll find picnic tables, places to barbecue and disabled toilets.
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