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Auchterhouse Hill and the Sidlaws (near Dundee), in Angus, Scotland


The Sidlaw Hills overlook Dundee from the north, about 5 miles (8 km) from the centre of the city. The highest is Craigowl, rising to 455m, and crowned with communications masts. 1.5 miles (2.5 km) to the south-west is Auchterhouse Hill, reaching 426m. It is a well-defined summit, marked by the remains of a prehistoric hill-fort, and provides excellent views over Dundee and the surrounding countryside. The easiest route is from Balkello Community Woodland, just to the north of the Tealing to Auchterhouse road. Another route goes from the top of the road leading north steeply uphill out of Auchterhouse village.  

  • This walk was memorable as the first time Frances had climbed Auchterhouse Hill
  • The worst bit was the boggy ground on one part of the path through the woods
  • The funniest bit was Frances running dowhill to be caught by her mum
  • There are no words of warning - it's a straightforward short hillwalk  

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Contributed by: Andrew Llanwarne

Having a rest on the top!

Having a rest on the top!

Key Facts

Location Sidlaw Hills, 5 miles (8km) north of Dundee in Angus, the East of Scotland
When it was walked 30 April 2005
Walk type Countryside paths and easy hills
Difficulty Some stamina required, and stout footwear
Distance approx 3 miles / 5 km
Height climbed approx 650 ft / 200m
Time taken approx 1 hr 45 mins
Map used if any Covered by Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 map Sheet 54
Source of info on walk Previous climbs
Getting there 25 mins drive from Broughty Ferry, 20 mins from Dundee centre
Places to stay Choice of hotels and guest houses in and around Dundee
Places to eat/ buy food Shops and restaurants in Dundee and Broughty Ferry