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Size:

81.02 ha (200.20 acres)

Grid reference:

NO139376

Map reference:

Explorer 380

OS Landranger 53

With a sea of dazzling bluebells flooding the forest floor in spring, it’s no wonder Kinclaven Bluebell Wood has been touted as one of Scotland’s finest bluebell woods. With stunning scenery and rare wildlife, as well as a rich history on its doorstep, this wood is a pleasure to visit.

Features

  • Parking nearby
  • Public access
  • Spring flowers
  • Grassland
  • Broadleaved woodland

How to get to Kinclaven Bluebell Wood

Kinclaven Bluebell Wood is located near Murthly in Perthshire. It is just under 18km (11 miles) from Perth and lies in the middle of a bend of the River Tay.

From the west: From the B9099 on the south side of Murthly, turn off east onto Station Road. Cross over the railway line and follow this road for just under 4km (2.4 miles). The wood is to the south of this road. The car park is just after a small narrow road to the right.

From the east: From the A93, just north of the bridge over the River Isla and south of the Meikleour beech hedge, take the minor road signposted for Kinclaven, Murthly and Stanley. Follow this road for around 2.5km (1.6 miles) and go straight on at the junction, following signs for Kinclaven Church and Murthly. The car park is on the left-hand side of the road.

The nearest train station is Perth, approximately 18km (11 miles) from the wood.

Visit National Rail for more information.

There is no official bus stop near the wood. However, bus routes do pass the western side of the wood. Look for ‘(opp) The Knapp’ on timetables.

Visit Traveline for more information.

Facilities and access

There is an unsurfaced circular footpath around Kinclaven Bluebell Wood, the Ancient Woodland Walk, as well as an additional path to the west.

The circular walk is mostly flat with a slight rise at the east and west ends. It is part of the core path network and connects to the Kinclaven church route. It is also waymarked with signposts at junctions.

The easiest way to access the circular path is from the car park. Please note the path is earth and sections can get muddy after heavy rain.

There is a car park near the north-west corner of the wood with space for 30 cars.

Wildlife and habitats

Animals

Kinclaven Bluebell Wood is a refuge for rare and fascinating wildlife. Brimming with red list bird species, including great spotted woodpecker, linnet and spotted flycatcher, the wood is a bird watcher’s paradise. It is also home to pine marten and red squirrel.

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Trees, plants and fungi

The plants and trees found at Kinclaven Bluebell Wood are a total treat for the eyes. Famed for its incredible display of bluebells each spring, you can also admire the mighty veteran beech trees, delicate wood anemone and charming dog violet, to name a few.

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Habitats

Made up of North Wood, which is 50 hectares (125 acres) of ancient oak wood and Court Hill, currently 32 hectares (79 acres) of grassland, Kinclaven Bluebell Wood has a host of habitats for people and wildlife to enjoy.

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History of Kinclaven Bluebell Wood

The area surrounding Kinclaven Bluebell Wood is steeped in history. Nearby Kinclaven Castle was burnt down by the famous knight William Wallace during a siege in 1297. Its remains are still visible in the undergrowth. The castle treasure was taken to nearby woodland – possibly North Wood – where Wallace and his men hid.

The Old Kirk Road to Kinclaven Church runs through the wood, an ancient right of way once known as ‘Court Road’. It is believed that criminals were once marched along this road to be hanged from the trees.

Acquisition

We purchased the site from Ballathie Estates in the summer of 2017, following a successful appeal and thanks to a gift left in a supporter’s will.

By 2020 we aim to have planted 32,000 additional native trees and shrubs in Court Hill fields. This will restore the grassland back to the woodland it once was and create a stronger and more resilient landscape by linking and buffering the existing ancient woodland. Communities and local schoolchildren have already begun to help us plant and our hard-working volunteer group have made a great start on removing invasive rhododendron and Himalayan balsam too. But there’s a long way to go!

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