Walk: Birnam Hill - peace by the A9

Perth & Kinross | Birnam | Half day walk | ★★★★

[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. Of course this is impossible, but 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]

📌 Walk: Birnam Hill - peace by the A9 ★★★★
Start / finish at layby at Birnam Quarry, B867 a mile south of Birnam, G.R.: NO 041405 ///lyricist.shut.mountain

▶ 6 km / 4 mi | ▲ 420 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Summits: Birnam Hill or King's Seat (404 m, sub-2000') | Features: Birnam
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.

Route & map

Layby - Birnam Burn near Stair Bridge - King's Seat - Dunkeld & Birnam railway station - start


Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Woodland birds, horse riders and abundant flies...
Weather: Air temperature creeping into the teens but hot sunshine. Cool breeze only at the summit.

[Fungus on descent route]

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