Hill of Kinnoull (Place)
A hill in Perth, Scotland, with a dramatic cliff face overlooking the Tay River.
In Memorabilia of the City of Perth (1806), two excursions were recommended respecting the hill, one at its base, and the other to its summit. The excursion around its base started “by a path which leads entirely round the Hill of Moncrieff. As far as we ride eastward, we accompany the Tay, which flows smoothly under the sublime Crag of Kinnoull, with which it unites to form a scene of uncommon grandeur. As the road turns round the hill, the view, formerly confined, now magnificently expands”. Formerly located “at the bottom of the hill, on the bank of the river opposite the South Inch”, stood the Castle of Kinnoul, “but the plough has now removed every vestige of this edifice” (pp. 36, 43).
The excursion to the summit was to be reserved for a full afternoon, but not because the climb was onerous: “The road to the summit is no where steep or rugged enough to overpower the most delicate inhabitant of drawing‐rooms. Montague Walk, winding through the wood nearly one half of the way, is too pleasant to permit any idea of fatigue. But, should any slight sensation of that kind be experienced, the view from the summit will repay such an expence a thousand fold”. After quoting Edgarʼs description in act 4 of King Lear of the dizzy view from the Cliffs of Dover, the writer declares that, to complete the comparison, only the “noble river”, the Tay, need be subsituted for the ocean in Shakespeareʼs lines (pp. 42–43).