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This mixed conifer and broadleaf woodland cloaks the majestic Moncreiffe Hill, offering panoramic views stretching to Fife and the Lomond Hills. The wood is home to red squirrel and its diverse habitats support a fascinating range of plant life. And with two Iron Age hill forts to explore, there’s plenty of historic interest too.

Moncreiffe Hill is a woodland of great variety, from Douglas firs towering among the ash and sycamore on its lower reaches, to solitary veteran oaks clinging to ridge tops. Look out for red squirrels scampering through the branches, and roe deer hiding among the trees. There’s plenty of birdlife too. In the early months of the year, you may hear the resonant drumming of the great-spotted woodpecker, or the mewling call of a buzzard as it soars and swoops overhead – it’s prime time for their territorial display flights.

In early summer, bees buzz lazily over the blooms and grasshoppers chirp in the grassy areas. Look carefully and you’ll see the earth mounds of the yellow-meadow ant – it’s probably the insect’s most northerly colony.

Climb to Moredun Top hill fort, which encircles the summit, and imagine the Pict warlords who once battled for supremacy at this site, or opt for another of the wood’s five waymarked trails. Kids will love to see what exciting creatures they can discover on the sculpture trail – there are musical dragonflies, swinging bees, a wooden bench shaped like a slug and a deer made of metal.

With its variety of landscapes, stunning views, fascinating flora and wildlife, and intriguing history, there’s so much to explore at Moncreiffe Hill. You’ll want to visit time and time again.

Take a look at our video. A short journey through Moncreiffe Hill Wood, showing off its great views, fascinating history, big trees, fun sculptures and wildlife.

Setting

The 132ha (326-acre) Moncreiffe Hill site is located between Perth and the village of Bridge of Earn, just east of the main M90 and A912 roads.

OS Explorer 369 and 380; Landranger 58

Grid reference: NO138197

Getting there

By bus
There is a regular service between Perth and Bridge of Earn. The southern entrance to Moncreiffe Hill is just 1.6km (one mile) north of Bridge of Earn.

By train
The nearest station is in Perth. For up-to-date information on public transport, visit Traveline (0871 200 22 33). 

By car
From Perth, head south along the A989 (Tay Street). At the roundabout take the first exit onto Shore Road, then at the second roundabout take the second exit onto Friaton Road. Turn left onto the A912 (Edinburgh Road). Then take the third left onto Rhynd Road. Continue for roughly 1.6km (one mile) to the car park on the right, where there is space for around 25 cars.

From the A912 just north of Bridge of Earn, take the minor road (Rhynd Road) that runs east near the bridge over the River Earn. Follow this for roughly 1.8km (one mile), then turn up a track to the left, signposted for Moncreiffe Hill. The 10-space car park is about 750 metres (half a mile) along the track.

Access and walks

There are two main entrances with information boards. The northern Tay car park entrance, which has the most spaces, is best for access to the sculpture trail and hill forts. The southern entrance is near Bridge of Earn. From both entrances, there is a steep climb to the top of the hill (steeper from the south).

Download the Moncreiffe Hill leaflet (PDF, 3.6MB).

The site has over 14km (8.7 miles) of path, mainly on wide, stone-surfaced forest tracks, with loops of different lengths and grades. Many of the routes are part of the Core Path Network. Some unsurfaced paths can be muddy and steep in places, especially the path to Moredun Fort.

There are five waymarked trails, ranging from the green 3km (1.9 miles) walk to the more challenging red 8.4km (5.2 miles) route. If you follow the white or green trails, you will discover a variety of wooden sculptures, including musical dragonflies, swinging bees, a bench in the shape of a slug and deer made of metal. The trail was made possible by the Gannochy Trust, Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust, and Scottish Rural Development Programme funding through Forestry Commission Scotland.

The minor road that encircles much of the wood is quiet and suitable for careful cycling and walking, but has no pavement and no bus service. Horse riders can also enjoy the site.

Moncreiffe Hill is full of magical wonders for young explorers to discover. See what you can unearth on our treasure hunt (PDF, 0.1MB)

Local amenities

Public conveniences
There are public toilets (with disabled access) in Perth at Marshall Place, Ropemakers Close and Perth Bus Station (Leonard Street).

Refreshments
There are a few cafes and shops in Bridge of Earn. Perth has a wider selection. TripAdvisor has a comprehensive list of local restaurants, including reviews, to help you make the best choice.

Accommodation and tourist information

There is a wide range of accommodation in Perth. For ideas visit TripAdvisor.

The Perth iCentre is at 45 High Street, Perth, PH1 5TJ (01738 450600).

Entry into our woods is free but please donate now to help us care for them.