Kinnoull Hill

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Kinnoull Hill
Kinnoull Hill and the River Tay - - 8703.jpg

Kinnoull Hill's tower, with the meandering River Tay in the background
Highest point
Elevation 222 m (728 ft)
Coordinates 56°23′20″N 03°23′52″W / 56.38889°N 3.39778°W / 56.38889; -3.39778
Location Perth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland

Kinnoull Hill is a hill located in Perth, Scotland.

From the hill's 222m 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. Built in 1829 by Lord Grey of Kinfauns as a romantic folly, the tower, along with nearby Binn Tower, originally used as an observatory by Grey, are meant to resemble the castles on the Rhine in Germany as Grey saw a great similarity between the River Tay and parts of the Rhine.[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]


Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park is managed in a partnership between the Forestry Commission Scotland [1] and Perth and Kinross Council [2]. A Users Group [3] has also been established for many years and supports the management of the Woodland Park through a Management Committee.


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.

Suicides and other incidents[edit]

The summit has become well known as a location for suicides. In January 2002, Daniela Smith, a 31-year-old mother-of-two, pushed her two infant children off the hill's summit while they were strapped in their pushchair, before throwing herself off. Their bodies were discovered on a ledge about 100 feet (30 m) below the summit on 15 January.[5]



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