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Summer walks from Crieff now on the site


The Knock (278m / 912ft), Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland



A popular little hillwalk on the edge of the Highlands, easily climbed from the centre of Crieff or from the Crieff Hydro Hotel. Enjoyed by many holidaymakers as an easy introduction to hillwalking.  This story describes the main route along a clear trail to the summit, and alternative hiking routes along the side of the hill.  It’s a good, short walk with not far to climb to enjoy the splendid view from the top, but you can easily turn it into a longer hike by following one of the marked trails.  Unfortunately the first “walk” was late afternoon in the winter, so the photos don’t show it off at its best.

(There's a second story from a summer walk with better views.)


  • I’ll remember best the experience of running up the hill – and the exhilaration on reaching the top
  • The best bit was finding the trail along the south-eastern side
  • The worst bit was the muddy messy section at the start of the north-eastern part of the hill
  • It’s good to see families with young children enjoying this short hillwalk
  • No words of warning – provided you start with a reasonable level of fitness, and good shoes or trainers so you don’t slip


Read the full story on The Knock with photos >

Read the second story, from a summer walk >

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Contributed by:  Andrew Llanwarne

Written up - May 2006 & August 2006

Winter view from top of The Knock

Key Facts

Location Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland
When it was walked 20 January 2006 & 15 July 2006
Walk type countryside and easy hills
Difficulty some stamina required, and stout footwear
Distance approx the top is about a mile (1.6km) from the centre of Crieff, or you can drive up Ferntower Road and park above the grounds of the Crieff Hydro, at the start of the hill proper.  It’s another half mile or so (1 km) to the north-eastern end of the hill through woods
Height climbed approx 250m (820 ft)
Time taken approx allow 2 hours from the centre of Crieff, or 1 hour from the parking halfway up the hill (more if you want to go on to the north-eastern end of the hill)
Map used if any OS Landranger 1:50,000 map No 52 – Pitlochry to Crieff
Source of info on walk Leaflets from Tourist Information Centre
Getting there

By car from Dundee, under an hour

Easily accessed from Glasgow, Stirling, Perth and Edinburgh areas

Places to stay Lots of choice In Crieff
Places to eat/ buy food

In Crieff

Any other local attractions or facilities Craft centres in Crieff, Drummond Castle Gardens, Loch Earn scenery, Glenturret Distillery