Climb through woodland rich in juniper and birch to a hilltop fort with a stunning panorama over the River Tay


Discover ancient history in the woods of Grandtully

This part of Scotland was long occupied by the Picts, the Celtic tribe who built the prehistoric fort of Caisteal Dubh (The Black Castle). It gave defenders unrivalled views over the River Tay and beyond.

You'll see lots of juniper trees in the woodland here. Juniper was traditionally used for smoke-free firewood, and its blue-black berries for medicine or to flavour gin. It's now one of the UK's threatened species of native conifers.

Find out more about Grandtully and the surrounding area in our Tay Forest Park Map and Trail Guide (PDF 5.6MB).

Parking Walking Viewpoint Ancient monument


The car park here is small, with space for about 4 cars. If it's full when you arrive, there is some additional space at the entrance to the forest.

Where to find life's essentials

The closest town is Aberfeldy, where you'll find toilets and a good selection of places to eat and drink. You'll also find refreshments in the nearby village of Ballinluig.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Contact: Tay Forest District

Address: Inverpark, Dunkeld

Postcode: PH8 0JR

Telephone: 0300 067 6380


How to get here

From the A9 at Ballinluig, take the A827 towards Aberfeldy for about 4 miles. Cross Pitnacree Bridge and turn left. Grandtully Forest is approximately 1 mile on the right. The car park is at grid reference NN 934 523.

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PH9 0PY is the nearest postcode.

Nearby places

Take a gentle stroll around the lochan and enjoy the variety of trees at Faskally, or discover mysterious carvings in the rocks at Weem.

Perthsire’s Big Tree Country has more about the area’s heritage trees and trails.

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