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Monday, 5 February 2007

Walks around Perth Scotland

Kinnoull Hill Perth Walks near our cottages

For one of the best vantage points over Perth and Kinnoull Hill, park at the Jublilee car park located around 1 mile outside the city limits on the unclassified road running from Perth to Kinfauns - cross the road and go through the gate ahead. Two waymarked woodland tracks can be followed to Kinnoull Hill Tower, a folly, which Lord Gray built around 1829 in imitation of the castles on the Rhine in Germany, as proud landmarks above the Tay, Scotland's longest river.

The yellow route forks left and initially skirts the colourful Scots pine; birch and oak dominated woodlands. The alternative route carries on straight ahead up a short incline then levels out amongst tall Scots pine before climbing again and eventually meets the yellow route on its way to the Tower. Keep you're eyes peeled for red squirrels and elusive roe deer ¿ a joy to watch in their native environment and the area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the rare plants that can be found in the woodland. Higher up, the path runs closer to the cliffs and care is required here especially with youngsters and dogs.

Shortly you will come across the Tower, grandly located at the edge of the 370 million year old cliffs, overlooking the River Tay and down towards Glencarse with fabulous views towards the Ochil and Lomond hills. From the tower continue on down a usually muddy track which continues to skirt round the cliffs and climbs to the stone table built by the 9th Earl of Kinnoull as a place to picnic. From here it's a short climb to the summit marker with spectacular views to the Cairngorm.

For more walks in and around Perth keep watching this space.