Local Walks & Hikes

Allean Forest (Forestry Commission)

Located:        7 miles (11km) west of Pitlochry, on the B8019.

Open:            All-year round.

Walks:            Moderate-going walks from 1 mile (1.5km) - 2.5 miles (4km).

Enjoy magnificent views of Loch Tummel and the surrounding mountains from way-marked walks through this working forest. The trails pass a reconstructed 18th century farmhouse and the remains of an 8th century ring fort. Birds like siskin, crossbill, and goldcrest can be seen in the mix of conifers on the high ground and broadleaf trees near Loch Tummel.


Birks o’ Aberfeldy

Located:        Aberfeldy.

Open:            All-year round

Walks:            Moderate-going walk of 2.5 miles (4km).

Follow in the steps of Robert Burns, who wrote ‘The Birks of Aberfeldie’ here in 1787. The birks (Scots for birch trees) still cloak the steep slopes of the Moness gorge, along with oak, ash and elm. The narrow path climbs to a bridge directly above the Falls of Moness, among the most spectacular and accessible waterfalls in Perthshire. The pleasure of visiting them is considerably heightened by the beauty of the steeply-sided, wooded glen which holds them.


Craigvinean (Forestry Commission)

Located:        1 mile (1.5km) west of Dunkeld, on the A9.

Open:            All-year round.

Walks:            Moderate-going walks from 1.5 miles (2km).

Notes:            Off-road cyclists also welcome.

Craigvinean (Gaelic for ‘crag of the goats’) is one of Scotland’s oldest managed forests. It was created in the 18th century with larch seed brought from the Alps. The waymarked walk provides superb views over the Hermitage and Dunkeld to Craig a Barns.


Drummond Forest (Forestry Commission)

Located:        At Kenmore, 4.5 miles (7km) west of Aberfeldy, off the A827.

Open:            All-year round.

Walks:            Moderate-going walks of 2.5 miles (4km) - 3 miles (5km).

Notes:            Off-road cyclists also welcome.

The hill where Scotland’s first experiments in forestry took place, when the local laird, Sir Duncan Campbell, planted part of it in the 17th century. Today, the working forest offers a superb area for walks with fine views of Loch Tay and a pleasant mix of broadleaves and conifers. Highlights of your visit could be a capercaillie sighting (a breed of wood grouse reintroduced to Scotland here in the 1830s, after previously having been hunted to extinction).


Eppie Callum’s Tree

Located:        Walk from the centre of Crieff.

Open:            All-year round.

Walks:            Option 1: “Lady Mary’s Walk” of 3.5 miles (6km).

Option 2: moderate-going “Laggan Hill Walk” of 2.5 miles (4km).

Drive 8½ miles east of Ardeonaig to the village of Acharn. Park opposite the general store, and follow the signs that read “Circular Walk to the Falls of Acharn”. It’s quite a steep walk uphill for about 20 minutes, then turn into Hermit’s Cave for a view of some smaller falls. Carry on further to the viewing platform where the falls are magnificent, as are the views of Loch Tay.


Killiecrankie (The National Trust for Scotland)

Located:        3 miles (5km) north of Pitlochry, on the B8079.

Open:            All-year round (visitor centre open daily, spring - autumn).

Walks:            Moderate-going walks of 2 miles (3km).

The pass of Killiecrankie offers a splendid walk besides the Rover Garry, through a densely wooded gorge with abundant wildlife. A visitor centre provides information on Killiecrankie’s natural history, as well as the battle fought here in 1689. The woodland is famous for its autumn colour, with the view along the pass from the Garry Bridge being one of the most-photographed in Perthshire.


Lady Mary’s Walk (Perth & Kinross Council)

Located:        Walk from the centre of Crieff.

Open:            All-year round.

Walks:            Easy-going to moderate walks of 3.5 miles (6km) - 4.5 miles (7km).

Notes:            Off-road cyclists also welcome.

This walk was a favourite of Lady Mary Murray, whose family owned the land hereabouts in the early 19th century. It provides a peaceful stroll besides the picturesque River Earn, along with an avenue of mature oak, beech, lime and sweet chestnut trees.


The North Terrace

Located:        Kenmore Bridge (north side).

The North Terrace is a broad walk and beech avenue over 2000m long, with architectural features (Maxwell’s Tower and Star Battery) at either end. The views from the terrace and associated paths closer to the river are many and varied, depending on the twists and turns of the routes, including views along and across the river and to the parks on either side.

The North Terrace walk starts at the Kenmore bridge (north side) and follows the river eastwards past the caravan park. There are nice views back through the bridge towards the loch. The Hotel pool is a popular fishing spot, and in the winter months salmon can often be seen spawning in the tail of the pool. Otters are very occasionally seen in this pool during quieter months.

After 300m, on a small rise you will find Maxwell’s Tower, a tall folly. This is a good vantage point to look back on the village. From this point on, mature beech trees line the walk. Many of these trees are over 300 years old. Features lying between the North Terrace and the river include the Elysian Field, which was once an ornamental park. Close to the river you will find the Ladies Pool.

Half way along the terrace is the Chinese Bridge, a small car park (on the grounds of the original church), and to one side the Rock Lodge. The story goes that Lord Breadalbane kept a Chinese concubine in the Rock Lodge and had the Chinese Bridge built so that he might visit her more easily! There was once a white seat overlooking the Bridge and the Castle. Kingfishers are known to nest in this area, but are only rarely seen. Dippers, herons, and mallards are commonly seen. In summer evenings watch out for the many bats that hunt along the river.

Continuing along the terrace, you will come to the Star Battery. This is a fake gun emplacement. It was used during Queen Victoria’s visits to give a 21 gun salute (one of the cannons can now be found in the village square). On the big beech trees, you will also find names carved during the last war by Poles billeted at the castle. There are some very fine specimens of coniferous trees around this area, too.

Just past the Star Battery is the area known as Inchadney. When the castle was built in the 1500s, the Breadalbanes moved the whole village, lock stock and barrel, from this area to its current site. It is thought that the village was cited here because it offers one of the few crossing places on the Tay where it is possible to wade in the river.

The pool here is still called the Ford. Routes from here would have connected to Rannoch, Killin, Dunkeld and the Sma’ Glen, so it would have been an important junction. Some old maps even show strange structures across the river at this point. They may have been fish traps or just crossing points (or both). Don’t try to wade in the river today, as it can be dangerous unless you know what you are doing!

The original plans for the Castle grounds intended that the walk should continue with the forest walks on Drummond Hill, or double back to the Chinese Bridge and then follow the walks along the South Terrace. There are still some remains of the Newhall bridge, which used to connect to the South Terrace. This bridge is now unsafe, so please do not try to cross it.

Mature planting and natural regeneration of the trees and shrubs obscure views in many locations, including at planned viewpoints. The estate is currently putting together a management plan to reopen some of these views.

In addition to the main terrace, there is a narrower path which follows the river more closely. This path is mainly used by fishermen. Please give them right-of-way, and be careful when passing behind them, as fishing flies can be dangerous.


Weem Wood (Forestry Commission)

Located:        1.5 miles (2.5km) west of Aberfeldy, on the B846.

Open:            All-year round.

Walks:            Moderate-going walk of 1 mile (1.5km).

Take a hike up ancient woodland covered crags with tales of hermits, dragons and demons for company. The circular path clings to the steep slopes and leads to St David’s Well. This natural spring was named after the 15th century local laird, who lived as a hermit in one of the caves on the hillside. The caves were also supposedly home to a demon that guarded a huge treasure trove by taking on the form of a dragon.