Today starts with the continuation of the South Loch Tay Road trek. While the pavement might be arduous, the views down to the water and across to Ben Lawers, along with the secluded woodland feel of this side of the loch, go a long way to ease sore feet.
At Acharn, turn upward and follow a gravel track to the Falls, detouring into Hermit’s Cave and a viewpoint. Then continue ahead into open farmland and a lovely ridgeline stretch of trail. Kenmore can be seen below, and you can detour further along the trail if you wish.
Continue on through stretches of forest (taking care of any active forestry works), then continue toward Aberfeldy, finishing with a favourite haunt of Robert Burns and the highlight of the day’s walk – The Birks of Aberfeldy.
Rest stopsScottish Crannog Centre
The Upstairs Restaurant at The Townhouse
There are several stretches where you must walk on the road as there is no pavement or verge. Walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic unless there is a right-hand turn, in which case you should cross to the outside edge to allow drivers the maximum chance to see you.
Be aware that some of the way may pass through active forestry sites. Continue on as normal, though maintain extra awareness of your surroundings here and follow guidance on signs displayed by the forestry works.
You may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
If you wish to bring a guidebook, we would recommend The Rob Roy Way: From Drymen to Pitlochry (Rucksack Readers).
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Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Falls of Acharn
You'll follow this path partially before it diverts back down to the Loch Tay Road. Take in the view of the Falls and detour into an old hermit's cave before continuing on.
For more information: https://www.visitaberfeldy.co.uk/see-do/384-falls-of-acharn
Scottish Crannog Centre
A crannog is a type of ancient loch-dwelling found throughout Scotland and Ireland and dating from as much as 5,000 years ago. Many crannogs were built out on the water as defensive homesteads and represented symbols of power and wealth. The Scottish Crannog Centre features a unique reconstruction of an early Iron Age loch-dwelling, built by the Scottish Trust for Underwater Archaeology. This authentic recreation is based on the excavation evidence from the 2,600-year-old site of 'Oakbank Crannog', one of the 18 crannogs preserved in Loch Tay, Scotland. The STUA continues to explore other underwater sites in Loch Tay and further afield, regularly adding new discoveries to its award-winning centre at Kenmore, Perthshire.
For more information: https://www.crannog.co.uk/
A small market town, Aberfeldy has a population of about 2,000. Robert Burns mentioned Aberfeldy in his poem The Birks of Aberfeldy. Wade's Bridge over the Tay was built in 1733 and designed by architect William Adam, father of the more famous Robert Adam. General Wade considered this bridge to be his greatest accomplishment. In 2002, Aberfeldy was the first town in Scotland to be granted fairtrade status. The Aberfeldy Footbridge over the River Tay was the world's first bridge constructed entirely of composite materials. It connects two holes of the town's golf course on either side of the River Tay.
For more information: https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/birks-of-aberfeldy-p249371
Food and Drink
There is nowhere to get food or drink along this walk, so be sure to bring enough provisions.
If you are unable to walk this section, a local taxi will provide the best option to travel to Aberfeldy.
Such is the way of British hiking, that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weather; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun-cream and a healthy respect for the sun.
Walking poles are not necessary on this walk with only minor ascents and descents, but you can bring them along if they are part of your standard walking equipment.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
This walk is isolated with limited opportunity to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.
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