Walk: Blue Kinnoull views - drama above the Fair City

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

[Kinnoull Tower with the A90 and River Tay beyond]

With the exception of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, no Scottish city can boast such a wonderful local hill as Perth can. From the eastern suburbs, wooded slopes inch upwards to the summit of Kinnoull Hill. Topped by a stone tower folly, the southern side falls away almost vertically to the A90 dual carriageway below; add the cerulean hues of the River Tay and the railway which follows it, and it makes a splendid, airy viewpoint from which to watch the natural and human world go by. After drinking your fill from this lookout, looping round to the north gives decent views north towards the Cairngorms from the descent, before residential streets take you back into the city. The Fair Maid pub used to serve food at the finish, but it closed in 2019 - hopefully it'll reopen in the future.

[View east from Kinnoull Hill]

📌 Walk: Blue Kinnoull views - drama above the Fair City ★★★★
Start / finish on Manse Road (street parking), 15-min walk east of Perth city centre, G.R.: NO 124234 ///water.crush.yours

▶ 6 km / 4 mi | ▲ 260 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Perth ★★★ & city sights; Branklyn Garden ★★★; △ Kinnoull Hill (222 m); Kinnoull Tower
Terrain: Woodland paths and residential streets, with some fairly steep ascent.

Route & map

Start - cross River Tay by South Bridge - Perth & city sights - cross River Tay by path alongside railway - Branklyn Garden - Kinnoull Hill & Tower - Corsiehill - start

Route credit: Forestry and Land Scotland / Walkhighlands (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: Rabbits, grey squirrels, blackbirds.
Weather: Bright sunshine, light winds, comfortable temperatures.

Chronological photo guide

[View over the Tay from South Bridge]

[Follow the railway back across the Tay (there's a path beside it!)]

[Munching away]

[Occasional views of Perth from the ascent]

[Ascent path]

[Summit view over Perth towards the Central Highlands]

[Kinnoull Tower with the A90 and River Tay beyond]

[View east from Kinnoull Hill]

[Woodland path]

[Woodland descent]

[Looking north towards the Cairngorms from Corsiehill]


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