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Aberfeldy to Kenmore

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  • Countryside near the River Tay
    / Countryside near the River Tay
    Photo: Kayleigh Morrison, Macs Adventure Ltd
  • / Countryside near the River Tay
    Photo: Kayleigh Morrison, Macs Adventure Ltd
  • / Loch Tay from Kenmore
    Photo: Kayleigh Morrison, Macs Adventure Ltd
  • / Loch Tay above Kenmore
    Photo: Kayleigh Morrison, Macs Adventure Ltd
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A short hillside walk takes you from lively Aberfeldy to the banks of Loch Tay and the quiet holiday retreat of Kenmore. 
moderate
12.3 km
4:30 h
346 m
333 m

When you leave Aberfeldy today, you're also leaving behind the central hub of Perthshire in exchange for the county's remote outer reaches. 

Start out easy on quiet, paved road before breaking free and heading toward forest, field and dirt road.  Nearly all of the fairly gentle ascent is at the start of the walk, and the River Tay peaks out down below, guiding you along toward the top of Loch Tay. 

For much of the walk, you will have been following a section of the Rob Roy Way in reverse, but you'll depart from that route as you wind your way down on a paved road into Kenmore. Come into town along a recently renovated lochside beach and continue into the heart of tiny Kenmore to finish your walk. 

Author’s recommendation

Spend your free time after today's short walk enjoying the prime lochside position of Kenmore. Grab a coffee at The Paper Boat and rest your feet while soaking in the view. 
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Author
Macs Adventure
Updated: November 02, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
342 m
Lowest point
104 m

Rest Stop

Aberfeldy
Kenmore

Safety information

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 also pass through fields with livestock on this route. The animals won't harm you, though please pass with a wide berth.

Tips, hints and links

Points of Interest

Birks of Aberfeldy

An alternative route at the start of today's walk will take you up the Moness Burn, past the falls and several spots of inspiration for Robert Burns. If you decide to walk this alternative route, be sure to map out where you will reconnect with the GPX tracks to continue to Kenmore.  For more information: https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/birks-of-aberfeldy-p249371

Crannog Centre

Detour down to the Crannog Centre along Loch Tay before Kenmore for a glimpse at what Prehistoric Village life would have been like in this part of Scotland.  For more information: https://www.crannog.co.uk/

 

Food and Drink 

There is nowhere to get food or drink along this walk, so be sure to bring enough provisions. 

 

Alternative Transport

If you are unable to walk this section, bus service or local taxi will provide the best option to travel to Kenmore. 

Start

Aberfeldy War Memorial (104 m)
Coordinates:
DD
56.618874, -3.865705
DMS
56°37'07.9"N 3°51'56.5"W
UTM
30V 446874 6275297
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Destination

Kenmore Town Centre

Turn-by-turn directions

*** To help you follow the route with confidence we have provided full written turn by turns to aid you on your walk from Aberfeldy to Kenmore. We strongly suggest that you follow the GPS tracks in the Macs Adventure smartphone app to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem-free day.  The daily maps can also be printed from the web version of the app should you wish to take paper copies with you. ***

 

0.00 km – Start facing the Aberfeldy War Memorial archway with your back to the main road. Pass through the arch and car park toward The Birks of Aberfeldy information board ahead then CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON along the gravel path, passing the information board on your left.

0.12 km – BEAR RIGHT to cross a bridge over the Moness Burn then BEAR LEFT to continue following the path.

0.22 km – TURN RIGHT to cross a wooden bridge and ascend a set of steps toward the road. After 50 metres, TURN RIGHT up a set of stone steps to leave the path and cross the road. Then CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON along the uphill road, following a signpost on your left for the Path to Kenmore.

0.83 km – BEAR RIGHT at a fork in the road, following a signpost on your left for Path to Kenmore.

1.30 km – Pass through a gate next to a cattle grid and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON to follow the gravel road onto Bolfracks Estate.

2.30 km – Cross a cattle grid and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON along the uphill gravel road. After 50 metres, BEAR LEFT at a fork to follow the uphill path.

2.40 km – Where a grass path forks off to the left, BEAR RIGHT to continue along the uphill gravel road, following a signpost on your left for the Path to Kenmore.

2.60 km – Walk through a small stream running across the gravel road then cross a cattle grid and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON. After 400 metres, as the road ends, pass through a metal gate with a signpost on your right for the Rob Roy Way and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON along the grassy path as it cuts through a field.

3.10 km – Halfway through the field, BEAR RIGHT to continue following the path and a green and white arrow on your left. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON for 900 metres, passing through two metal gates.

3.90 km – TURN RIGHT as the path ends at a gravel logging road, following a signpost for the Rob Roy Way and a green and yellow arrow on your left.

5.10 km – BEAR RIGHT to continue along the downhill track, ignoring a path leading back to the left. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON for 900 metres, crossing a cattle grid and later through a metal gate.  

6.10 km – TURN LEFT at a junction with a signpost on your right pointing toward the Path to Kenmore, following the uphill path past a wooden gate and a green and white arrow. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON for 3 km, passing through 5 gates.

9.10 km – Before crossing through a metal gate in a stone wall, TURN LEFT to leave the gravel road and join a narrow path through a field, following a green and white arrow on your left and the stone wall on your right. After 100 metres, pass through a metal gate and then TURN LEFT where the path meets a gravel road at a T-junction ahead. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON for 500 metres, ignoring any paths to the left or right.

9.50 km – BEAR RIGHT at a fork in the gravel road to follow the more level path and the green and white arrow on your left. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON for 400 metres, ignoring any paths to the left or right.

10.00 km – Pass through a metal gate with a stone house on your left and TURN RIGHT, following a signpost on your right for Kenmore and crossing a bridge over a stream. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON along the paved road for 1.90 km, ignoring and roads off to the left or right.

11.80 km – At a T-junction, TURN LEFT to follow the downhill road toward Loch Tay. 

12.10 km – Cross the road at a T-junction then TURN RIGHT to follow the pavement on the other side. Immediately BEAR LEFT at the fork to continue along the pavement into Kenmore, following a signpost on your right for Weem, Pitlochry and Cycle Route 7.

12.50 km – Finish your walk at a T-junction with the post office on your left the entrance to Taymouth Castle on your right and the Kenmore Hotel straight ahead.

 

*** This is the end of our Aberfeldy to Kenmore route, please use your included documentation to find your overnight accommodation. ***

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Coordinates

DD
56.618874, -3.865705
DMS
56°37'07.9"N 3°51'56.5"W
UTM
30V 446874 6275297
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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.  Walking shoes may be an advantage for this section, which is on mainly solid paths and paved roads. 

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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.3 km
Duration
4:30h
Ascent
346 m
Descent
333 m

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