Kinnoull Hill

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Kinnoull Hill
View east from Kinnoull Hill (geograph 5350107).jpg
View east of Kinnoull Hill tower, the A90 and the River Tay in view.
Highest point
Elevation222 m (728 ft)
Coordinates56°23′20″N 03°23′52″W / 56.38889°N 3.39778°W / 56.38889; -3.39778
LocationPerth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland

Kinnoull Hill is a hill located in Perth, Scotland.

From the hill's 222 metres (728 ft) south-facing cliff summit, views are afforded of the River Tay, the Friarton Bridge, and a stretch of the Tay Coast railway line. Further to the south, Moncreiffe Hill can be seen.

On an outcrop a few hundred yards to the east of — but visible from — the summit is Kinnoull Tower, a folly built in the eighteenth century by the Ninth Earl of Kinnoull (1710 - 1787) to resemble castles on the Rhine he had admired during his Grand Tour of Germany. Kinnoull saw great similarities between the landscape of the River Tay and parts of the Rhine. In 1829, Lord Grey of Kinfauns built the Binn Tower on his adjoining land. Grey originally used his tower as an observatory. [1][2] The tower is easily accessible via a footpath.


In 2009 and again in 2010, Kinnoull Hill was awarded Green Flag status.[3] In 2010, Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park also came runner up in Scotland's Finest Woods Awards.[4][failed verification]


Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park is managed in a partnership between the Forestry Commission Scotland[5] and Perth and Kinross Council.[6] A Users Group has also been established for many years and supports the management of the Woodland Park through a Management Committee.[7]


Woodland sculptures created by Pete Bowsher have been erected in the Woodland Park. There are 14 sculptures reflecting the animals and plants of the park.


The Kinnoull Campus of De La Salle College is named after this hill. The property previously on the site of the College, built in 1856 by Sir James Palmer, was renamed Kinnoull by Sir Alexander Stewart (former Chairman of BHP Australia), who was born near Kinnoull Hill.



  1. ^ Cowan, Samuel (1904). The Ancient Capital of Scotland. London: Simpkin, Marshall , Hamilton, Kent & co.
  2. ^ "History of the Area". Bridgend, Gannochy and Kinnoull Community Council. Archived from the original on 30 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Parks awarded green flag status". BBC News. 23 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Scotland's Finest Woods Awards".
  5. ^ "Kinnoull Hill". Forestry Commission Scotland.
  6. ^ "Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park, Perth". Perth & Kinross Council.
  7. ^ "Woodland Park Users Group". Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park.

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