Kinnoull Hill stands out physically, dominating the view as you drive over the Friarton Bridge past Perth, and for the quality of walking trails which it provides through varied woodland. It’s on Perth’s eastern doorstep, just across the River Tay from the attractive town centre, and there is a choice of routes which can be followed from Perth itself or from one of the two car parks up the hillside.
I’ve climbed it on countless occasions over the years, so this story pulls together some of the different hiking options. Several of these are clearly waymarked, with an explanatory leaflet available. You can take a short walk to an impressive viewpoint, or a longer hike around Kinnoull and neighbouring Deuchny Hill, maybe extending it through Gannochy or the Norrie Miller Park beside the Tay. Why not combine it with other short walks at Scone, a stroll around Branklyn Gardens, a few hours’ shopping in town, or a visit to Perth’s new Concert Hall?
- I’ll remember most the first time I walked up to Kinnoull Tower, as a teenager
- This is a special hill for me because of all the memories I have of walking and running up there with friends and relatives
- The best bit is the trail which slants up towards the Tower from the Jubilee Car Park through tall trees with a view down the Deuchny valley
- Sadly the vertical crags of Kinnoull have been used by several suicide victims over the years
- Word of warning – keep clear of the cliffs at the hilltop and the Tower, and take care on the track which links the two of them – children should be carefully supervised.
There are other walks nearby, at Quarrymill on the road to Scone Palace (some paths suitable for wheelchairs), and around the village of Scone itself (with a link to Quarrymill).
Walking story of Kinnoull Hill with lots of photos>
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Contributed by: Andrew Llanwarne
The crags of Kinnoull Hill as seen by drivers heading from Dundee towards Perth, with the colours of spring
||Just east of Perth and the River Tay
|When it was walked
|| Many times since 1970
||Countryside and easy hills
|| Requires a reasonably good level of fitness and strong footwear
||varies: just over 1 km or 0.75 miles for a short circuit suitable for wheelchairs from Jubilee Car Park; about 2 km or 1.2 miles from the Corsiehill car park to the hilltop and back; about 10 km or 6 miles for a full circuit from the Queens Bridge or Branklyn Gardens in Perth, taking in both Kinnoull and Deuchny Hills.
|Height climbed approx
||222m (700 ft) to the top of Kinnoull Hill from the city centre; about 100m (330ft) from the Corsiehill car park
|Time taken approx
||from 30 minutes to 3 hours
|Map used if any
||OS Landranger 1:50,000 map No 53 - Blairgowrie, or No 58 - Perth.
|Source of info on walk
||Previous walks, also Perth & Kinross Council’s Kinnoull Hill Woodland Walks leaflet pack (available from tourist information centres)
within walking distance from Perth City Centre. Parking at Norrie Miller Park (across road from Isle of Skye Hotel, beside Queens Bridge); Corsiehill (drive up the road from Perth (Old) Bridge, bearing right, then right again after the Barnhill houses; and Jubilee Car Park (continue up the road past Barnhill to where it passes between Kinnoull and Deuchny Hills.
You can also drive up to here from the Kinfauns Church turnoff on the A9.
By car from Dundee (under 30 minutes).
About an hour from Glasgow or Edinburgh
|Places to stay
|Places to eat/ buy food
|Any other local attractions or facilities
||Norrie Miller Park beside the River Tay (east side, next to the Queen’s Bridge); North and South Inch parks on the west side of the Tay; Perth City Centre; Branklyn Gardens (National Trust for Scotland)