Dunsinane Hill

Hills & Mountains

    Dunsinane Hill is known as one of Perthshire's most charismatic hill forts. It is bursting with history and atmosphere and makes for a superb short walk.

    Dunsinane hill is part of the Sidlaw range and rises to a height of 1,012 ft (308 m) several miles north east of Perth. As the name suggests, Dunsinane (Dun being the Gaelic word for a fortress or castle) was the site of an Iron Age Hill fort and walkers approaching the summit walk over ramps and ditches constructed thousands of years ago to improve the defensive capability of the site. These early military defences are most clearly seen when viewed from Black Hill, the next hill to the east and a great spot from which to marvel at the ingenuity of our forbearers.

    In more recent times Dunsinane Hill Fort has become known locally as Macbeth's Castle, made famous in the 16th century by playwright William Shakespeare with these immortal lines from Macbeth.

    Shakespeare researched his material carefully and on a clear day you can see the woods around Birnam from the top of Dunsinane.

    Further information on Dunsinane Hill and other walks in the area is available from Perth VisitScotland Information Centre.

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- Perth Rail Station, car hire from there to Dunsinane Hill. Full details from VisitScotland Perth Information Centre.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- From Edinburgh airport, follow the M90 to Perth, leaving the motorway at junction 11. Take the A94 out of Perth and follow this route until Balbeggie. Continue on the B953 for a short distance and then the unclassified road to Collace.

    From Glasgow airport head north on the M80/M9/A9 to reach Perth. Then follow directions to Collace as above.

    Getting there by ferry:- From the port of Rosyth follow rhe M90 north to Perth, leaving the motorway at Junction 11. Take the A94 out of Perth and follow this route until Balbeggie. Contunue on the B953 for a short distance and then the unclassified road to Collace.

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