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Pitlochry to Aberfeldy

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  • The River Tummel
    / The River Tummel
    Photo: Kayleigh Morrison, Macs Adventure Ltd
  • / Banks of the River Tay
    Photo: Kayleigh Morrison, Macs Adventure Ltd
  • / Falls near Strathtay
    Photo: Kayleigh Morrison, Macs Adventure Ltd
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Walk the final section of the Rob Roy Way in reverse today, starting on a steeper section through forestry lands into open moorlands and finishing with a Tayside stroll. 
moderate
15.4 km
4:20 h
331 m
338 m

Join the Rob Roy Way (in reverse) for a varied walk through forestry tracks, across a short section of moorland, down along the Tullypowrie Burn, and along the River Tay into Aberfeldy. 

Start by crossing over the River Tummel, then after carefully hopping the A9, pick up a forestry road through Fonab Wood. After this, cut through a section of open moorland. The path can be faint here and very boggy, but your aim is clear and you'll soon join a track alongside the falls, following this down toward the twin hamlets of Strathtay and Grandtully. 

If you'd like to celebrate the halfway point, detour here for hot cocoa at the award-winning Highland Chocolatier. Then join a straightforward riverside route that will deliver you into the lovely Perthshire village of Aberfeldy. 

Author’s recommendation

A stop at Iain Burnett's Highland Chocolatier in Grandtully provides the perfect treat to fortify yourself for the day's final kilometres.
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Macs Adventure
Updated: November 02, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
365 m
Lowest point
73 m

Rest Stop

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier
Grandtully

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 trails 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. 

Tips, hints and links

Points of Interest

Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre

The visitor centre located directly next to the dam in Pitlochry highlights the history of hydropower in this part of Scotland and tells the story of the workers who are a part of the infrastructure's legacy. 

For more information: https://pitlochrydam.com/

 

Food and Drink

Grandtully has a chocolatier's cafe and an inn serving meals. Otherwise, be sure you have enough provisions for the day as there are no other stops. 

 

Alternative Transport

If you are unable to walk this section, bus or local taxi provide your best option for alternative transport to Pitlochry. 

Start

Pitlochry War Memorial (99 m)
Coordinates:
DD
56.702369, -3.732285
DMS
56°42'08.5"N 3°43'56.2"W
UTM
30V 455161 6284495
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Destination

Aberfeldy War Memorial

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 Pitlochry to Aberfeldy. 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 Pitlochry War Memorial. TURN LEFT to follow the pavement with the main road on your left then TURN RIGHT immediately at a junction, following a sign on your left for Strathtay and Cycle Route 7. After 50 metres, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON under the railway bridge then BEAR LEFT at a fork to keep following the pavement downhill with the road to your left.

0.40 km – When the right-side pavement ends, TURN LEFT to cross the road and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON down a paved path between a stone wall, following a signpost on your right for Killiecrankie and Clunie Paths and Cycle Route 7.

0.52 km – Cross the green footbridge over the River Tummel and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON, following a signpost on your right for Killiecrankie and Clunie Paths. After 100 metres, TURN LEFT at a T-junction to follow the road uphill, and a sign on your left for the Rob Roy Way.

0.75 km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON at a crossroads with a busy main road (take caution as no crosswalk) then BEAR RIGHT slightly at a fork on the opposite side, following a signpost for Clunie Path and Strathtay on your left.

0.92 km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON at a crossroads with a gravel drive then take great caution to cross over the A9 motorway (there is no crosswalk and cars will be passing at speed.) Join the uphill single-track road on the other side as it bears to the left. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON for 1 km, passing between farm buildings and ignoring and side roads to your left or right.

1.90 km – BEAR LEFT at a fork, continuing to follow the uphill road and a red and white arrow on your right. (This may be an active construction area, so take care of any large trucks and construction traffic.)

2.10 km – TURN LEFT at a junction to leave the road and pass between two wooden barriers, joining a woodland path and following a signpost on your right for Clunie Path, Strathtay and a red and white arrow. After 50 metres, pass through a metal gate and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON, passing a sign on your right for Fonab and Tay Forest Park.

2.90 km – Pass through a set of wooden barriers then TURN LEFT onto the dirt and gravel road. After 50 metres, TURN RIGHT to leave the road and pass through a second set of wooden barriers to rejoin the path, following a signpost for Clunie Path, Strathtay and a red and white arrow.

3.50 km – Pass through a set of wooden barriers and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON at a crossroads, joining a dirt and gravel road and following a signpost on your left for Path to Strathtay (the Clunie Path turns right here to loop back to Pitlochry.)

4.00 km – CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON at a crossroads to e-enter the woods ahead.

4.20 km – At a fork where the gravel road continues to the left, BEAR RIGHT to leave the road, following a signpost for the Path to Strathtay on your right. Then pass through a metal gate to leave Fonab Wood and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON along a faint grassy track to cross a stretch of moorland. 

(The path across the moorland becomes faint and boggy here. Ahead is a gap between two blocks of trees and you are in line with the trees to the right of that gap. Aim for the edge of this tree line directly across from you. )

4.80 km – When you reach the edge of the tree line on your right, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON through a fenceline, following a red and white arrow and the grassy path.

(The path remains faint here, with multiple paths leading around the brush and meeting at the same point. Your aim once partway through is for the top of a narrow block of trees that stretch downhill.)

5.10 km – Cross two wooden boards over a small stream flowing through brush and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON, walking above the line of trees on your left. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON along this slightly more distinguished path through higher shrubs and trees, ignoring any other paths to your left or right.

5.40 km – Pass through a wooden gate and TURN LEFT to follow the path toward the falls, following the red and white arrow on your right.

5.60 km – Cross a wooden bridge over the falls and BEAR LEFT to continue following the path downhill with the falls on your left. After 100 metres, pass through an iron gate and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON.

6.00 km – Pass through a metal gate and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON, following the fenceline and falls on your left.

6.60 km – Pass through a wooden gate and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON. After 200 meters, CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON along a wider downhill path with a golf course to your left and then to your right, following a signpost on your left for the Rob Roy Way.

7.00 km – TURN LEFT at a T-junction with a gravel drive and house up the hill to your right, following a signpost for the Path to Strathtay.

7.10 km - TURN RIGHT at a T-junction then BEAR LEFT at a fork in the road with a red telephone box on your right and stone house in the middle, following the road and a signpost on your left for the Rob Roy Way (note that the Cycle Route 7 stays straight here to take a different route.)

7.40 km – At a fork with a World War II memorial on your right, BEAR LEFT to follow the road across a bridge over the River Tay, taking care of cars passing on the bridge. After 200 metres, cross the road at a T-junction and TURN RIGHT onto the pavement, following the road on your right.

7.70 km – TURN LEFT at a junction to follow a blue signpost with a walker. After 100 metres, BEAR LEFT at a fork to enter the Grandtully Car Park and Campsite.  CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON through the car park then TURN RIGHT to pass through wooden and metal gates and under the stone bridge, following a signpost for the Rob Roy Way and Path to Aberfeldy.

8.00 km – Pass under a second stone bridge and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON. After 50 metres, cross over a gravel drive to rejoin the path on the opposite side, following a yellow and green arrow.  CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON for 1.70 km, ignoring any paths to your left or right.

9.70 km –BEAR LEFT slightly at a fork in the path to follow the narrower track along level ground. After 100 metres, cross under a stone bridge and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON for 2 km, ignoring and paths to your left or right.

11.70 km – At a fork where the left path leads toward a metal gate and the road, BEAR RIGHT to follow the narrower track closer to the river. After 500 metres, pass through a metal gate and BEAR RIGHT to continue following the path alongside the river.

12.70 km – Cross a wooden bridge over a stream and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON. After 200 metres, pass through a metal gate and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON.

13.20 km – BEAR LEFT a fork where a dead-end path leads down to the river on your right. After 300 metres, pass through a metal gate and CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON.

13.70 km – BEAR RIGHT at a fork where the left path leads to the road, following a signpost on your left for the Riverside Path to Aberfeldy.

14.40 km – As the path comes up to join the road, TURN RIGHT to follow the pavement with the road on your left. CONTINUE STRAIGHT ON for 1.10 km, taking care when crossing over side roads as you enter Aberfeldy.

15.50 km – Before reaching a roundabout, TURN LEFT to cross the street at the crosswalk then TURN RIGHT to follow the pavement with the road on your right. After 200 metres, TURN LEFT, following a signpost for Birks o’ Aberfeldy on your right.

15.70 km – Finish your walk in front of the Aberfeldy War Memorial arch.

 

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

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Coordinates

DD
56.702369, -3.732285
DMS
56°42'08.5"N 3°43'56.2"W
UTM
30V 455161 6284495
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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.  

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
15.4 km
Duration
4:20h
Ascent
331 m
Descent
338 m

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