Stunning views, beautiful woodland and ideas for your garden – all on Perth's doorstep

Kinnoull Hill

A pretty place to explore

Kinnoull is a real jewel in Perth's crown. Trails wander through mature woodland of beech and pine to magnificent views over the river Tay. There's an arboretum – a tree collection – too, where you can check out trees you might like to grow in your own garden.

Parking Picnic area Walking Viewpoint Arboretum

Find a place to eat

There are plenty of places to eat, and public toilets, in Perth.

Car parks

There's another small car park on Corsiehill Road. Trail routes from here climb more steeply than from the main Jubilee car park. To get there, turn right off Muirhall Road about ¼ mile (0.5 km) after the entrance to the Murray Royal hospital.

Walking trails

Cycling trails

Mountain biking trails

Active forest

The trails on Kinnoull Hill itself are ideal for family outings and picnics. If you're looking for mountain bike action, try the bike park just next door on Deuchny Hill.

Deuchny is also the best place for horse riding and for longer cycle routes: an ancient right of way called the Coronation Road links the forest to Scone. The name suggests it might have been used by ancient kings on their way to be crowned.

Just next to the Jubilee car park there's a large shed that makes an ideal base for group events in the forest. It can seat 25 people and has toilets, electricity and an outdoor sheltered area. There are no heating or cooking facilities. Get in touch for more details or to book the cabin for your event.

Fairy tale castles and tree collections

There are two woodlands you can visit here, each with their own character. Kinnoull has forest paths to explore and open areas to play or picnic. Deuchny is quieter, with more conifer plantation: it’s a great place to get away from it all on a longer walk or ride. Views from them both stretch across Perth, the Tay estuary and through Fife to the Lomond Hills. Looking north, you can see over the Highlands from Ben More in the west to Lochnagar in the Cairngorms.

On the south side of Kinnoull Hill, cliffs soar dramatically above the Tay. In the 1700s they reminded the 9th Earl of Kinnoull of the crags along the river Rhine in Germany that are topped by fairy-tale castles. He felt the Tay deserved its own fantastic landmarks, and had towers built on Kinnoull Hill as well as Binn Hill to the east. The Earl also built a stone table as a place for picnics: now you can try it out for size.

The arboretum in Deuchny wood, just next to the Jubilee car park, is a collection of unusual conifers first planted in the 1920s. It’s been restored using a bequest from Perth naturalist and landscape gardener Jim Aitken. The collection now includes plots that display ornamental trees suitable for small gardens: if you’re planning a makeover, this is the place to get some ideas!

Kinnoull is managed jointly by Forestry Commission Scotland and Perth and Kinross Council, in partnership with the Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park Group. This community-based group is for anyone who is interested in the forest. Their website has more information on the wood, the arboretum – and how you can get involved in looking after it. Perth and Kinross Council’s paths directory has a leaflet guide to Kinnoull.

Contact: Tay Forest District

Address: Inverpark, Dunkeld

Postcode: PH8 0JR

Telephone: 0300 067 6380


How to get here

By car from the centre of Perth, cross the river Tay on West Bridge Street (the A85) and continue straight on up East Bridge Street. Turn right on Muirhall Road and follow the road for about 1½ miles (2.5 km) to the Jubilee car park at grid reference NO 144 236.

On foot, you can walk across the river on the South Street or railway bridge and join the footpath into the wood above Branklyn Garden.

Using SatNav?

PH2 7LN is the closest postcode for Kinnoull Hill.

Public transport

There is a regular bus service from Perth to Kinnoull Hill. For details visit Traveline Scotland.

Nearby places

There are more intriguing follies at Craigvinean, near Dunkeld. The seaside forest of Tentsmuir makes another great family day out, with miles of level, sandy trails to walk, ride or cycle.

Perth and Kinross Council manage Kinnoull jointly with Forestry Commission Scotland. The council’s paths directory has a leaflet guide to Kinnoull, and the Countryside Ranger Service runs events in the forest.

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