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Tranquil woodland with fresh air and sweeping views, just a couple of miles from Dundee

Balkello Community Woodland

Take a wander in Balkello

Take time out from the city to enjoy some peace and quiet at Balkello Community Woodland. Just a short trip from Dundee, it's a great place to stretch your legs and enjoy sweeping views of the countryside, the city and the coast. There's an open grassy area, overlooking small ponds and a spring – ideal for a picnic. If you fancy a longer outing, Balkello is a gateway to the open Sidlaw Hills and on to Glamis.

Balkello's trees were only planted in the 1990s, but already the young woodland is a real contrast to the open fields around it. Birds sing among the trees and light plays through the branches: come back often and see how the forest grows.

Please note, on 29/30th August AMEC will be carrying out works to the cables on the main powerline crossing Balkello Community Woodland. Forestry Commission Scotland and AMEC have agree to close public access beneath the line on the morning of both these days so that the public can be kept safe. This means there will be no access to Balkello Hill at these times however the lower area will be open as usual for visitors. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


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Opening times

Summer (April to September): 8am – 10pm.
Winter (October to March): 8am – 5pm.

The car park is locked overnight. Check the closing time on the car park notice board to make sure you don’t get locked in.

Life’s essentials

The nearest public toilets are in Camperdown Country Park, on the outskirts of Dundee. Dundee also has plenty of places to eat.

Walking trails


Cycling trails


Mountain biking trails


Places to ride

If you’re looking for mountain bike action, check out this guide to Where to Ride in Tayside and Fife.

Contact: Tay Forest District

Address: Inverpark, Dunkeld

Postcode: PH8 0JR

Telephone: 01350 727284

Email: tay@forestry.gsi.gov.uk


How to get here

Balkello forest is off the B954 Muirhead to Newtyle road. At Auchterhouse, turn onto the road to Tealing. Go on for around 2½ miles (4km) and turn left for the forest car park. The car park is at grid reference NO 365 383.

Using SatNav?

DD3 0QY is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

Nearby Tentsmuir has a trail for everyone. Wander along the dunes to enjoy sea, sand and seals, or explore deeper into the forest for the chance to see roe deer and red squirrels.


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