The Perthshire town of Crieff is situated on a tree-covered hill known as the Knock of Crieff which towers to 911 ft (278 m).
The Knock takes its name from the old Scots word for hillock, which was derived from the Gaelic 'cnoc' meaning hill. The lower slopes are cloaked with a mixture of deciduous and coniferous woodland, through which run numerous paths ideal for walking. In wonderful contrast, the top of the hill is open and heathery and a view indicator explains the vista in every direction.
The rich farmland of Strathearn stretches to the south and east and wilder country stretching away to the west. The Knock is a haven for woodland birds and in summer listen for the high-pitched sweet melody of the willow warbler.
The Knock is approximately a three mile walk from the centre of Crieff to the summit, while a shorter route can be accessed from the carpark at the back of the Crieff Hydro Hotel.
The area is also home to a well known local tale of Kate McNiven who was rolled off a crag in a barrel lined with spikes, all in the attempt to prove whether she was a witch. The crag on the Knock of Crieff still bears her name today.
Further information about these walks is available from Crieff Visitor Information Centre.