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Hill Walking and Cycling Breaks in Scotland 

We have a great variety of walks in Perthshire, from novice to experienced. At Rosemount Hotel, Pitlochry we are pleased to offer clean, comfortable accommodation for walkers with a hearty breakfast, options for a packed lunch and evening meal. Our cosy Lounge Bar offers the opportunity for quiet relaxation with a draught beer or malt whisky. We have a games room with pool table, darts board and wide screen TV.

Perthshire Walks

Short and Medium Walks

Longer Walks

Before embarking upon a more taxing walk, please purchase one of the many formal Perthshire Walking Guides and an Ordnance Survey Map to assist and inform yourself of the particular features and demands of your chosen route

Strathearn

The Strathearn area of Perthshire offers the walker a wide variety of rambles. Obviously the simplest and least strenuous walks entail exploring the historic streets and lanes of the local towns and villages. For the more adventurous there is plenty of opportunity to venture further afield

 

Short and Medium Walks

Longer Walks

Glen Lednock

Comrie - Glen Lednock Circular The River Lednock flows from Glen Lednock down to Comrie where it joins the River Earn. From Comrie you can walk up above a narrow gorge to the Deil's Cauldron - a spectacular waterfall. Above the gorge at this point the town is overlooked by a hilltop granite obelisk commemorating Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville (1742-1811). This should be reached to enjoy the views of Comrie. About 1km upstream is a bridge. From here you can return down the eastern side of the Lednock through woodland to Comrie. The total walk (rising some 200m) including the monument is about 8kms.

Ben Vorlich
The most serious walk in Strathearn is climbing Ben Vorlich (983m), a pyramid shaped peak above Loch Earn. The view is well worth the climb.
Park at the roadside near Ardvorlich House. This has been home of the Stewarts of Ardvorlich since 1589. In 1620 a Macdonald of Glencoe cattle raiding party were successfully repulsed by the Stewarts. Seven Macdonalds died and are buried near the house. The site is marked by a large stone.Walk up the Vorlich Burn, then up
Coire Buidhe and on up to the summit. The total round trip is about 11kms.

Loch Turret

Drive from Crieff up to the large car park at the Turret Dam. From here you can set off on a number of walks: a short stroll across the dam or along the Loch side track and back for a 6km round trip or return via Choinneachain Hill (787m) for a 9km walk. While on any Strathearn walk care must be taken not to disturb livestock or wildlife, this area requires particular care - you should not leave the tracks.

Crieff - The Knock

The Knock of Crieff is the wooded hill to the north of the town. You can either leave from the town or park at the car parks above the Crieff Hydro Hotel. You can walk over the Knock to Gilmerton and get the bus back. Alternatively you can walk round the Knock (either clock or anti-clockwise) much of the route being through forest track. The round trip from Crieff town centre is about 6km and from the upper car parks round the Knock about 3km.
You should however go to the top to experience the view. From here you can see the Highlands to the north and Upper Strathearn, Ben Vorlich and Comrie to the west and Muthill, the broad fertile valley floor and the Ochil Hills to the south. Also worth stopping at the Kate McNiven's Crag where a 17thC witch is said to have been executed by being rolled down the rocky slope in a barrel.

Crieff Walks

To the west of Crieff there are three parallel routes running east-west:, Lady Mary’s Walk, Laggan road and the track over Laggan Hill also to Baird's Monument.
Leaving either Crieff town or the car park at Macrosty Park (western edge of town) you can walk out and back along the three routes in various permutations.
The shortest and easiest is along
  Lady Mary's walk, a pleasant level walk along the River Earn and back along Laggan Road, about 5km.
The longest is over Laggan Hill to Baird's Monument and back via Lady Mary's about 9km.
Crieff Nature Trail runs in a circle from the Comrie Road up the Turret Burn to a point overlooking the Glenturret Distillery, then back via the Crieff Hydro Golf Course and Culcrieff. A short walk of about 4 km through woodland beside the Turret and back through farmland. Unusual in Strathearn walks in that refreshment is available at the Golf Centre half way round!

 

Pitlochry, environs and Dunkeld

 

The Hermitage by Dunkeld

Distance around 2 miles. Ascent negligible. This pleasant riverside stroll is great for clearing your head whilst on a long drive up or down the A9.An attractive woodland walk leads along the banks of the River Braan, through mixed woodland and past a handsome single-arched bridge to the picturesque
folly of Ossian’s Hall. Overlooking the Black Linn Falls and beyond to Ossian’s Cave, the mid- 18th-century Hall was a focal point in an extensive designed landscape. Today, it competes with the tumbling River Braan and some spectacularly tall Douglas fir trees, including one of Britain’s tallest at over 210ft.
 Each season offers something special – the striking contrast between the coniferous and deciduous trees in spring and autumn, the salmon attempting to jump the
Falls in late summer, and, in winter, the temperature can turn the river into a glistening ice floe.

Longer Walks & Hills in and around Pitlochry
Kirkmichael to Pitlochry
Dunkeld to Kirkmichael
Blair Atholl to Braemar
Ben Vrackie
Beinn a'Ghlo
Schiehallion
Cairn Liath
Ben Lawers
Beinn Dearg
Meall Nan Tarmachan
Ben Vorlich & Stuc a'Chroin

Loch of the Lowes by Dunkeld

Just through the town of Dunkeld, you can turn right for a lovely walk or drive of about 4 miles to the Loch of the Lowes, a nature
conservancy area where if you are lucky you may see an Osprey.

 

Dunkeld Cathedral

At Dunkeld Cathedral around which a battle raged during the Jacobite rising, the lawns slope down to the river Tay where you can see the old Telford bridge which eventually joined the previously separate towns of Dunkeld and Birnam - the Birnam of 'MacBeth' fame. Near to the cathedral is the old town with its little white houses and the 'el' shop - named after the ancient Scottish yard measure seen outside. Beatrix Potter spent many holidays here when she possibly had the inspiration for the Peter rabit stories - you can meet the heros of her stories in the exhibition over the bridge in Birnam.

 

Rumbling Bridge

If you follow the narrow road past the Hermitage access, climb to meet the Crieff road then turn right, you can watch for a sign to the right for 'Rumbling Bridge'. This is a bridge over the river Braan where it passes through a narrow gorge with a 70ft waterfall right below the bridge. If you have the time, especially after rain, its a trip well worth while.

 

Dunkeld - Upper Cave Crag

 

 

Birnam Hill by Dunkeld

 

 

Falls of Bruar

 

 

Pass of Killiekrankie

From the rear of the Loch Faskally campsite, north Pitlochry, walk northwards by the River Garry. The walk follows the river, past Garry Bridge, for about 1hr till you reach the Pass of Killiekrankie and then the Soldiers Leap, where the Visitor Centre is located. Crossing the road from the Visitor Centre, the path continues for a few miles and approaches the base of Ben Vrackie, though this part may add around 4hrs to your walk.

 
Queen's View and Loch Tummel    
Moulin and Craigower    
Glen Tilt    

Cycling in Perthshire 

Thinking of cycling in Perthshire? Rosemount Hotel is an ideal accommodation base for cyclists. We have very comfortable ensuite rooms, a bar and restaurant, serve early breakfast with high carb options, offer free secure indoor storage facilities and drying facilities for wet gear. Perthshire is well provided with a network of cycle routes and Britain's only closed-road race, Etape Caledonia, starts from Pitlochry, itself. Quiet roads, fabulous scenery and established cycle routes make Perthshire an ideal base for a cycling holiday.

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Routes in and around Pitlochry  
 Approximate round trip Brief Description
Refreshments
Road Routes   
Tay Valley and Loch Tummel 37 miles A mix of level roads and demanding climbs. Part of National Cycle network 7 travel along the river Tay through Logierait, Strathtay, Weem, Strathtummel and along the B roadside of Loch Tummel. Rugged scenery. Plenty of interest for stops.
Logierait, Grandtully, Weem
 Queen's View and Foss Road 24 miles   
Along River Garry to Blair Atholl 16 miles A Gentle Cycle along secondary roads via the dramatic Pass of Killiecrankie. For a more dramatic, steeper detour, turn left across the Garry bridge then right, through Tenandry travelling towards Shierglass Quarry and cross the river again for Blair Atholl.
Killiecrankie and Blair Atholl
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Off Road Routes  
Allean Forest   
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Useful Publications  
National Cycle Network
Route 7
Lochs and Glens North - Inverness to Glasgow available from Pitlochry Tourist Information Centre and www.sustrans.org.uk  
National Cycle Network
Route 77
The Salmon Run - Dundee to Pitlochry available from Pitlochry Tourist Information Centre and www.sustrans.org.uk  
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Cycle Hire and repairs   Escape Route, 3 Atholl Road, Pitlochry 01796 473859 
Cycling Events    
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