Walk: Birnam Hill - peace by the A9
|[Birnam Hill's southern slopes]|
North of Perth, rolling farmland quickly gives way to something a little more interesting, with Birnam Hill (also called King's Seat) one of the first noticeable Highland foothills. This clockwise circuit takes in lush woodland and an open summit with decent views over much of Perthshire and the A9 / Tayside corridor, with Birnam (an alternative start point) conveniently close for refreshments before, during or after the walk. Unusually the ascent seems both shorter and gentler than the sustained, steep descent. While this is obviously impossible, walking the route anticlockwise isn't really recommended all the same...
|[Birnam Hill provides a slice of relative solitude despite its proximity to the A9 corridor]|
Name: Walk: Birnam Hill - peace by the A9 ★★★★☆
Length: 6 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 420 metres
Main summits: Birnam Hill or King's Seat (404 metres, sub-2000')
Points of interest: Birnam
Start / finish: Layby on B867 at Birnam Quarry, G.R.: NO 041405 / lyricist shut mountain
Route: Layby - Birnam Burn near Stair Bridge - King's Seat - Dunkeld & Birnam railway station - start
Terrain: Wide track then path on ascent. Rockier, steeper paths on descent and near summit. Track then good path from Birnam back to start. Route signposted in places.
Wildlife today: Woodland birds, horse riders and abundant flies...
Weather today: Air temperature creeping into the teens but hot sunshine. Cool breeze only at the summit.
>> see Birnam post for Birnam & town sights
|[Fungus on descent route]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands