Kinpurney Hill

A summit on the north side of the Sidlaw Hills, Angus, Kinpurney Hill looks down onto the Valley of Strathmore at Newtyle. It reaches a height of 345m (1132 feet) and offers fine views in all directions. It is topped by an 18th-century observation tower and the ramparts of an ancient hill fort.

The four-storey square observatory was designed by Rev. Alexander Bryce (1713-86) for James Stuart Mackenzie (1719 - 1800), the local landowner and a keen amateur astronomer, but never completed. The vitrified hill fort is also said by some to be incomplete, and comprises a 2-m / 6½-foot high rampart and ditch, enclosing an oval area of 6.5 ha (16 acres).


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