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).< Back to Scotland page for links to other stories
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|Location||Just east of Perth|
|Date walked||Many times since 1970|
|Walk type||Countryside and easy hill walks|
|Difficulty||Requires a reasonably good level of fitness and strong footwear|
|Time taken||0 hrs 0 mins|
|Map used||OS Landranger 1:50,000 map No 53 - Blairgowrie, or No 58 - Perth.|
|Walk source info||Previous walks, also Perth & Kinross Council?s Kinnoull Hill Woodland Walks leaflet pack|
|Getting there||within walking distance from Perth City Centre.|
|Places to stay||In Perth|
|Other features||Norrie Miller Park beside the River Tay; North and South Inch parks on the west side of the Tay; Perth City Centre; Branklyn Gardens|