Birnam Hill

Hills & Mountains

    Birnam Hill provides a wonderful viewpoint eastwards across Loch of the Lowes and on to the fertile farmland of Strathmore and westwards to the hills of Perthshire.

    The hill rises steeply to 1,300 ft and can be climbed by a well signposted circular route that forms part of the Dunkeld and Birnam waymarked walks network.

    Lower slopes are gentle and cloaked in deciduous woodland, while the path to the summit (also known as the King’s Seat) is heathery and rougher as it leads onto high open ground.

    On the way round look out for the Stair Bridge viewpoint, a high bridge that looks out onto some small lochans, and Rohallion Castle, a ruined old tower. Both these points of interest are signposted and worth the small detour.

    Look out for small groups of roe deer in the shady glades of Birnam Hill. These deer have short, vertical antlers and red brown coats in summer. Black grouse and capercaillies also live on the hill and feed on pine needles and blaeberries found at the summit.

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- Regular train service between Perth and Birnam. Short walk from station to start point.


    Getting there by aeroplane:- From Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports head north to the city of Perth. Then take the A9 northbound for 12 miles/19km to reach the turn off for Birnam. The walk up Birnam Hill is best accessed from the centre of Birnam village. Contact Dunkeld Tourist Information Centre for excellent map/walks leaflet.








    Getting there by ferry:- From the port of Rosyth head north on the M90 to reach Perth. Then take the A9 northbound for 12 miles/ 19 km to reach the turn off for Birnam. The walk up Birnam Hill is best accessed from the centre of Birnam village. Contact Dunkeld Tourist Information Centre for excellent map/walks leaflet.

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