Escape the City: 5 Woodland Walks Near Dundee

Escape the City: 5 Woodland Walks Near Dundee

The forests around Dundee are some of the most beautiful in Scotland. The trees are tall and green, and the paths wind through the forest in a way that is both peaceful and invigorating. If you're looking for a good walk to take in nature, the forests around Dundee are a great choice.

The table below lists all the best woodland walks near Dundee. Click on each name to be taken straight to the part of the blog post for that walk.

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    Local Dundee forest walks to see on your visit

    In this blog post, we will be listing the many woodland walks around the city of Dundee and surrounding counties. You can climb to the top of Kinnoull Hill to enjoy the views, find some peace and quiet at Balkello Community Woodland, or take the mountain bike up The Deuchy Hill Bike Park.

    Have a look below at the forest walks available on the interactive map and click on the buttons below the map for each walk, to be taken to the Forestry Commission pages for further information on the forest trails.

    Balkello Community Woodland

    Take time out from the hustle and bustles of city life to enjoy some peace, and quietude at Balkello Community Woodland. Just a short trip away it’s an ideal place for you to get your blood flowing without having to too far go to reach those sweeping views that are waiting just over this hilltop landscape! There are also open grassy areas where picnics can be enjoyed under blue skies and small ponds that offer great spots if you want something more confined than open fields would permit.


    Tentsmuir is a magical place where the trails dip and weave between tall trees, across open dunes with rich wildlife in both coastal grassland dotted by wildflowers during springtime or sea birds coming for fish each year. If you're lucky enough to find red squirrels living within these woods then make sure not to miss seeing them!

    Deuchy Hill Bike Park

    Deuchny Hill is a wonderful place to explore on foot too. It's not just about the bikes, you can enjoy some great cross-country trails and fantastic views of Perthshire. The forest has different trails available in a range of conditions so be sure to check them out next time around.

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    Kinnoull Hill

    Located right next to the Deuchy Hill walks on the outskirts of Perth, Kinnoull Hill is well worth the steep incline to get to the top. The trails wander through mature woodland of beech and pine to magnificent views over the river Tay. There is a spectacular hilltop picnic area with an amazing, although challenging investigative walk that will entertain all ages!

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    Craigvinean is one of the first big tree forests in Scotland, and it has been a popular destination for years. As you walk through this forested area with stunning views over Dunkeld and the River Tay from different points around the trails - some of which lead up towards dramatic viewpoints!


    In this blog post, we have shared some of the forest walks close to Dundee. To find out more about free things to do in the area, click on the links below:


    Dundee Blogs


    Free Things to do in Dundee


    Cycling Routes in Dundee


    Local Delicacies and Souvenirs from Dundee

    Please note...

    All outdoor activities including forest walks involve a degree of risk. The walks are recommended due to the well known features of each forest but this may change over time and further research is required before undertaking any activity. The weather can also impact the surface and general conditions of each path so please keep yourself updated with the weather forecast before setting off to enjoy your walk!

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