Enjoy a shorter walk with rewarding views (that you still have to work to earn) as you cross from Kenmore over Drummond Hill, getting your first glimpse of the wilder lands to the north.
The route gets your heart pumping once you leave Kenmore and enter the woods but the winding switchback trail is good and allows for some rest points. Be sure to stop at Black Rock Viewpoint for a look back toward Kenmore, then climb higher for even better views across Loch Tay before turning north for the descent toward Fortingall.
Be aware that there is no signposting on the backside of the hill, so follow the turn-by-turn directions carefully. Once off the hill, follow farm roads toward the River Lyon and then into the one-horse village of Fortingall, home of Europe's oldest living organism, the Yew Tree.
There are several stretches where you must walk on the road as there is no pavement or verge (especially nearing Fortingall.) 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.
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 and hints
Points of Interest
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/
Your walk today takes you through part of Perthshire's Big Tree Country. Drummond Hill was one of the first planned forests in Scotland, led by the infamous "Black Duncan" of Breadalbane. For more information: https://forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/forest-parks/tay-forest-park/drummond-hill
Fortingall and the Yew Tree
The historic thatched-roofed village was designed by James MacLaren, who taught and influenced the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The Yew Tree is thought to be perhaps the oldest living thing in Europe and has been an important cultural and spiritual landmark of area inhabitants since the Stone Age. For more information: https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/fortingall-yew-p249411
Food and Drink
There is no opportunity for food or drink en route so be sure to bring enough provisions.
Your best option to skip this stage of the walk is a local taxi or bus (though check the times as the bus service may not run frequently.)
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 with an abundance of paved surfaces and well-maintained tracks.
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.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.