|Elevation||222 m (728 ft)|
|Location||Perth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland|
On an outcrop a few hundred yards to the east of — but visible from — the 222 metres (728 ft)-high south-facing summit is Kinnoull Tower, a folly built in the eighteenth century by Thomas Hay, 9th Earl of Kinnoull, to resemble castles along the Rhine he had admired in Germany during his Grand Tour of Europe. Kinnoull saw a similarity between the mountainous landscape along the Rhine and the rocky outcrops on his estate near Perth. On his return, to achieve a similar effect, he built a modest castle on the highest point of Kinnoull Hill, with its tower overlooking the Tay. Another of his lasting legacies is the Perth Bridge over the River Tay, which he helped fund. Also in view is the Friarton Bridge, and a stretch of the Tay Coast railway line. Further to the south, Moncreiffe Hill can be seen.
I continue secluded from Mankind in our old and Mouldering Castle, which is situated two miles from Perth on a bold projecting rock, and commands an extensive view of the Town and its delightful Environs... You can form no idea sufficiently hideous, of its dungeon like form. It is actually perched on a Rock to appearance so totally inaccessible, that I expected to have been pulled up by a rope.
Today the tower is more easily accessible, via a winding footpath through the woodland park.
Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park is managed in a partnership between the Forestry and Land Scotland and Perth and Kinross Council. A Users Group has also been established for many years and supports the management of the Woodland Park through a Management Committee. Branklyn Garden was built by Dorothy Renton and her husband on the hill. The house and garden are owned by the National Trust.
Woodland sculptures created by Pete Bowsher have been erected in the Woodland Park. There are 14 sculptures reflecting the animals and plants of the park.
The hill's summit has become well-known as a location for suicides. In 2015 it became "highlighted as a national area of concern for completed suicides". That same year, 20-year-old Forfar Athletic player Jack Syme committed suicide at Kinnoull Hill.
In early January 2002, Daniela Smith, a 31-year-old mother-of-two, pushed her infant children off the hill's summit while they were strapped in their pushchair, before throwing herself off. Their bodies were discovered on a ledge about 100 feet (30 m) below the summit on 15 January.
The Kinnoull Campus of De La Salle College in Melbourne, Australia, is named after this hill. The property previously on the site of the College, built in 1856 by Sir James Palmer, was renamed Kinnoull by Sir Alexander Stewart (1874-1956) (former Chairman of BHP Australia), who was born near Kinnoull Hill.
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