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Aberfeldy Loop Walk via The Birks and Castle Menzies

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A nature walk through the Birks of Aberfeldy and via Castle Menzies.

easy
Distance 11.8 km
3:30 h
208 m
207 m
292 m
85 m

Today incorporates an easy walk with exploration of the local area. The walk takes you through the area known locally as "The Birks". Originally called the Dens of Moness, the birks (from the Scots for birch trees) overlook the Falls of Moness. They were renamed when Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns, penned the poem The Birks o’Aberfeldie in 1787. After walking back into the village then, if you wish, you can head out on a riverside trail to visit Castle Menzies, 16th century Scottish Estate with a walled garden and tea room. Aside from this you can also explore the lovely village, including a must-visit to the Dewar's world famous whisky distillery.

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Macs Adventure
Update: August 10, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
292 m
Lowest point
85 m

Track types

Dirt road 0.84%Forested/wild trail 32.83%Path 52.24%Road 14.07%
Dirt road
0.1 km
Forested/wild trail
3.9 km
Path
6.2 km
Road
1.7 km
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Safety information

If there are any stretches of road walking and if there is no pavement or grass verge, please take extra care. The general rule is that you walk on the same side of the road as oncoming traffic, in order to avoid having your back directly to oncoming traffic. Be prepared to walk in single file and to stay as close to the side of the road as possible.

There may be sections where you will be walking through fields containing livestock.  Be vigilant and respectful of all animals.

Start

Centre of Aberfeldy (99 m)
Coordinates:
OS Grid
NN 85447 49004
DD
56.618848, -3.868351
DMS
56°37'07.9"N 3°52'06.1"W
UTM
30V 446712 6275296
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Destination

Centre of Aberfeldy

Turn-by-turn directions

Since this walk is quite straightforward no turn by turns are necessary. You can simply follow the blue dot in the app with the assurance that you will not get lost. 

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Coordinates

OS Grid
NN 85447 49004
DD
56.618848, -3.868351
DMS
56°37'07.9"N 3°52'06.1"W
UTM
30V 446712 6275296
w3w 
///depths.rested.tempting
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Equipment

We recommend sturdy waterproof boots or shoes with ankle support if possible – steep steps, exposed roots and (if wet) slippery rocks can pose a risk.

Along with your usual kit for a day walking in the elements make sure you pack an extra layer, a full set of waterproof and windproof layers along with a hat, gloves and neck scarf (e.g. a Buff) in case the weather closes in. Suncream and midge repellent spray is also a good idea for the summer months! 


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Difficulty
easy
Distance
11.8 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
208 m
Descent
207 m
Highest point
292 m
Lowest point
85 m

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