Craigvinean Forest forms part of the Tay Forest Park and is situated 1 mile north of Dunkeld in Perthshire.
Forming part of the Tay Forest Park in Perthshire, the Craigvinean Forest is one of Scotland’s oldest managed forests. Created from larch seed planted by the Dukes of Atholl, some 27 million conifers were planted in and around Dunkeld between 1738 and 1830. The lower forest slopes are a mix of Scots pine and beech trees, while the upper slopes include many larch trees.
The name Craigvinean is Gaelic for `crag of the goats`, and the forest has been popular since Victorian times. An extensive path network runs through the forest, which is suitable for both walkers and cyclists. The longer distance routes run from Dunkeld, through Craigvinean, the neighbouring Griffin Forest and on to Aberfeldy.
Spectacular views across Dunkeld and the Tay can be enjoyed from Pine Cone Point, a picturesque viewpoint marked by a unique timber built pine cone structure. The forest is also a haven for red squirrels.
Getting there by railway:- Regular train service between Perth and Birnam. Walk or taxi from station to reach Craigvinean.
Getting there by aeroplane:- From Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports head north to the city of Perth. Then take the A9 northbound for 14 miles/22 km to reach Dunkeld. The entrance to Craigvinean Forest is just 1 mile/1.5km north of the village and is well signposted to the left, off the main route. (turn off at signs for The Hermitage car park)
Getting there by ferry:- From the port of Rosyth head north on the M90 to reach Perth. Then take the A9 northbound for 14 miles/22km to reach Dunkeld. The entrance to Craigvinean Forest is just 1 mile/1.5km north of the village and is well signposted to the left, off the main route. (turn off at signs for The Hermitage car park)
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