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Blair Atholl and Banvie Burn Loop Walk

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  • Blair Atholl Visitor Centre
    / Blair Atholl Visitor Centre
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  • Old Blair hamlet
    / Old Blair hamlet
    Photo: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
  • Old Blair footbridge over the road
    / Old Blair footbridge over the road
    Photo: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
  • Glen Tilt uplands
    / Glen Tilt uplands
    Photo: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
  • Blair Atholl Estates woodland
    / Blair Atholl Estates woodland
    Photo: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
  • Orange Glen Tilt trail marker
    / Orange Glen Tilt trail marker
    Photo: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
  • / Blair Castle
    Photo: Catherine Allan, Macs Adventure
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Walk from the charming village of Blair Atholl up the Banvie Burn through woodlands to open moorland, then descend through forests and farmland, to pass Blair Castle, and return to Blair Atholl.  

moderate
21 km
5:30 h
345 m
337 m

After a hearty Scottish breakfast explore the idyllic Atholl Estates. Follow a trail that meanders through woodlands and the heather-clad hills surrounding Blair Castle, the historic home of the Earls and Dukes of Atholl and dating from the 1200s.  

 

You can shorten the walk to 14.5 km by joining the route from the castle grounds (entry fee payble) if you wish to visit the castle and explore the grounds.  The castle grounds are well signposted; to join the mapped route take the path that leads through Diana’s Grove from the terrace in front of the Castle, and join the route at the start of the Glen Banvie track near Old Blair. The described initial section along the banks of the River Tilt is superb and should not be missed, but it is also described as part of the return journey from Old Blair to the village of Blair Atholl.

 

Alternatively, take a lovely 14.5 km riverside walk to the quaint and popular town of Pitlochry, returning by local bus. As described in your information pack.  

 

Author’s recommendation

Take your time and enjoy the tranquil woodlands, making sure to visit the old folly at "The Whim" that affords an excellent view down into the valley.  If you have a packed lunch, the viewpoint at Bruar Falls is a good spot to stop for lunch.  You may also like to explore the grounds of Blair Castle at the beginning or end of your walk - you'll catch glimpses of the castle enroute.  

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Author
Catherine Allan 
Updated: October 03, 2018

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
390 m
Lowest point
123 m
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Safety information

Most of the walk is on good tracks and paths through the woodlands and on the moorland.  However, there are some small sections of the route on minor roads, so do beware of traffic on these sections and stand into the side on the narrow single-track roads to let vehicles pass.  

Equipment

Being mostly on well established tracks, paths and minor roads yo can wear either hiking boots or hiking shoes if you prefer.  The weather in Scotland can be very variable all year so make sure you have waterproofs, layers and a hat, buff/scarf, and gloves with you.  You may also like to use walking poles as these can help by taking some pressure off your knees.  As ever it's always good to take some snacks and plenty of water to have along the way.   

Tips, hints and links

 

Food & Drink

There isn't anywhere to eat enroute but you can buy things to make a packed lunch from one of the two convenience stores in the village.  On returning to Blair Atholl you can have coffee and cake at the working Watermill & Tea Room, and later on have dinner at The Loft Restaurant, or the Bothy Bar (in the Atholl Arms Hotel).  There is also a takeaway next to the Tourist Information and museum.

 

Some Helpful Links ...

Blair Castle:  https://blair-castle.co.uk/ 

The Loft restaurant: http://loftblairatholl.homestead.com/ 

Watermill & Tea Room: http://blairathollwatermill.co.uk/ 

 

This walk appears in the following itinerary:

WSSSKRAIL

Start

Atholl Arms Hotel, Blair Atholl (123 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
56.765859, -3.848405
UTM
30V 448138 6291644

Destination

Atholl Arms Hotel, Blair Atholl

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

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Reviews

3.8
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John Macnab
October 07, 2019 · Community
Very nice hike even on a wet & windy day. App worked well for keeping us on track. Easy walking.
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Monday, October 7, 2019 5:14:36 PM
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Monday, October 7, 2019 5:15:28 PM
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Monday, October 7, 2019 5:17:12 PM
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John Macnab
October 07, 2019 · Community
Beautiful hike even on a rainy day in October. Easy hike and the Macs App worked great.
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Sandra MacLennan
June 25, 2019 · Community
Lovely views, hiking on a dirt road most of the way. The view from “The Whim” was good. Rolling farm hills very nice. Starting point is the Glen Tilt parking lot in Old Blair. Going through the Blair castle you will pay for the garden access to the trail.
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The Whim Lookout
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Views of Farm Land
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Duck Pond
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Rolling Hills
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
21 km
Duration
5:30 h
Ascent
345 m
Descent
337 m
Loop Scenic Cultural/historical value Healthy climate

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