Walk: Knock of Crieff - country feast
|[Good views of Milquhanzie Hill from near Colony Farm]|
Really just a rural meander posing as a hill walk, this gentle wander takes in sweeping views towards Ben Chonzie and the Highlands to the north and west, and pretty farmland elsewhere. Like many other spots on the Highland Boundary Fault, red squirrels are common here so keep your eyes peeled around The Knock - this might also help you avoid getting knocked down by speeding Segways from the nearby Crieff Hydro resort. The tracks and minor road back from Ferntower are flanked by elderberries (potentially toxic if eaten raw), blackberries and raspberries. During season (probably September in a normal year) this is a perfect dessert to accompany lunch in Crieff.
|[Looking west up Strathearn from the Knock of Crieff]|
Name: Walk: Knock of Crieff - country feast ★★★☆☆
Length: 6 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 230 metres
Main summits: Knock of Crieff southwest top (244 metres)
Start / finish: Knock of Crieff middle car park behind Crieff Hydro, G.R.: NN 864226 / bossy approve rural
Route: Car park - Knock of Crieff southwest top - Knock of Crieff north side - Ferntower - Colony Farm - Callum's Hill wood - start. Route marked in purple on map at start, and intermittently signposted.
Terrain: Clear paths, tracks and a minor road; slightly steep ascents near start and finish. A couple of potentially muddy sections.
Wildlife today: Red squirrel near Ferntower cottage; horses and sheep; caterpillars. Fruits still just about in season in places.
Weather today: Sunny with some high cloud, fairly light wind. Air temperature 10C at start but feeling warmer in the sun.
|[Beyond Ferntower Cottage the route mellows into an easygoing rural wander]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)