Kinnoull Hill is one of five hills that can be found in Kinnoull Woodland Park. To the east of Perth, and not far from Burmieston, the park is a lovely spot for a day trip. Kinnoull Hill is easy to spot as it is the highest of the five hills. The base of the hill is nestled against the River Tay.
At the top of the hill is a small cylindrical tower. The tower was originally built as a folly. It now perches magnificently among the surrounding hills. It is thought to have been modelled after the watchtowers that were built in the Rhineland in Germany. Dating from the 19th century, the tower is still an impressive structure.
The park was the first official woodland park in Scotland. Even so, it is surprisingly young, having been opened in 1991. In the woodlands, you can find all sorts of stunning plants and animal life. Among the animals that make their home on the hillsides are roe deer and red squirrels.
The top of the hill gives you an incredible open view of the Perthshire countryside. On your way up the hill, you can find several viewpoints that are definitely Instagram worthy. The southern slopes are a lot more dramatic with wooded cliffs that drop away over 500 feet.
The northern slopes of the hill give you a gentle start to your ascent up the hill. The walk begins in the Corsie Hill carpark. The carpark its self gives you a taste of the views you will find as you climb to the heights of Kinnoull Hill. If you aren’t feeling up to the ascent, you can still enjoy the sight of the River Tay as it flows through the countryside.
If you are having a day in Perth, you can walk out to the hill from the centre of the town. It makes a nice circular walk.
If you still have some energy left after walking up Kinnoull Hill, then there are plenty of other grassy paths that are clearly marked in the park. You can have a lovely walk beneath the mix of native Scottish pines and the more exotic Norwegian spruces.