This is a guest blog, kindly written by Elizabeth A. Bell
It may not be a ‘Munro’ (over 3000 feet high), nor a ‘Corbett’ (over 2500 feet high), nor even a ‘Graham’ (over 2000 feet high), but the Knock here in Crieff definitely has amazing panoramic views and should not be missed.
It sits just over 915 feet high, and is just over a quarter mile up from the car park below. The word knock comes from an Old Scots word meaning hillock and the Gaelic word ‘cnoc’ meaning hill. You may find other ‘knocks’ in Scotland, but Crieff’s is truly exceptional.
The path is well marked with directional way markers and a wonderful retro informational sign:
And during the walk you will be treated to a beautiful old growth mixed woodland as well as afforded the opportunity to see red
squirrels, deer, rabbits all accompanied by a chorus from Crieff’s inspirational bird song. All these ease your adventure to the
And although it may seem like a steep climb – persevere! For the view from the top is well worth the effort and there are plenty of seats to rest once you have arrived from which to take in the magnificent views.
Once at the top, the reward is incredible 360 degree views over all of Strathearn. Above is a picture looking to the west.
The beautiful pedestal is a granite monument dedicated to Robert Rule. Rule was the son of a yarn merchant from Paisley who made his own fortune as a cloth manufacturer in Glasgow. He was an active traveller as well as an elder and supporter of the United Free Church. He wrote a book entitled, ‘The Place of the Psalms in Public Worship.’
So it is altogether fitting and proper that inscribed on this memorial is Psalm 121:
‘I will lift up mine eyes to the hills, from whence cometh my help.’
The monument also has directional indicators outlining the various surrounding peaks and their distances from the Knock just in case the hike up wasn’t enough and you fancy another mountain climb!
While this panoramic beauty spot is surrounded by land owned by The Crieff Hydo Hotel Complex, it is located on public land and therefore managed by Perth and Kinross Council. PKC has created a ‘Knock Management Plan’ to maintain and care for this important amenity. And the woodlands encompassing the Knock are designated as part of the ‘Perthshire Big Trees Country’ initiative which celebrates the amazing trees located throughout the county. We are certainly lucky that PKC takes seriously its stewardship of the Knock which is used and enjoyed by so many visitors and locals alike.
If you haven’t ventured to the top before (or its been awhile since you have hiked to the top), what are you waiting for?! It’s time to ‘haste ye to the Knock!’