Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park

Walkers approaching Kinnoull Tower

Kinnoull Hill provides a dramatic backdrop to Scotland’s ‘Fair City’ as it is visible throughout Perth. Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park forms a tranquil haven for people and wildlife with miles of grassy paths and waymarked nature trails through fine mixed woodlands. The distinctive folly near the summit was built in the 19th century as a reflection of the castles on the banks of the Rhine. Its neighbour, Deuchny Hill, is surmounted by the remains of an Iron Age fort. In common with other private sites at that time, Kinnoull Hill was part of a designed landscape with carefully laid out walks and drives.

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Scone Palace Wheelchair accessible

Scone Palace Snowdrops ©Perthshire Picture Agency

COVID-19 Update

With the ongoing COVID-19 situation at the forefront of everyone’s mind, we wanted to take the time to assure you that the well-being of our visitors and our staff is our absolute priority. With this in mind, taking account of the latest advice, we have taken the tough decision to close the Palace and Grounds to visitors until further notice. We will keep the position under review.

We wish everyone well in this difficult situation.

Once the workplace of the famous Scottish plant collector David Douglas, the grounds of Scone Palace today support a magnificent Douglas fir raised from the original seed he sent back from America in 1827. Experience Big Tree Country at its best in the original pinetum as you stroll among giant redwoods and Noble Firs planted in the 1850s. A new pinetum planted close by contrasts its towering neighbour with more recently planted conifers still growing.

In the springtime, snowdrops will give way to carpets of daffodils throughout the grounds, and the wooded areas will soon become the place to see primulas and bluebells in all their glory. May and June see the rhododendrons and azaleas dazzling with bright colours.

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If you're planning a trip to the Fair City of Perth, check out all the fantastic things you can do in and around Perth in summer and winter.