Dunkeld has an excellent
walks network the details of which are in two excellent inexpensive
publications with maps and descriptions of the various route
options that make up the Dunkeld Walks network.
Dunkeld Path Network
This Dunkeld walks brochure is excellent, only costs £1 from the
Dunkeld, Pitlochry and Aberfeldy VICs (Visit Scotland Information
Centres). It is produced by Perthshire BIG Tree Country in support
of Perth and Kinross Rangers Service. There are nine Dunkeld
Walks featured in this brochure as follow:-
- Loch of the Lowes path - 2.5 hrs - 7.5 km
(4.75 miles) This is a lovely Dunkeld Walk as it starts in the
centre of Dunkeld to Loch of the Lowes and it ever popular bird
hides to view Ospreys (summer visitors) and many other birds also
red squirrels and Pine Martin.
- Atholl Woods Path - 3.5hrs - 11 km (7 mls) you
can start in the centre of Dunkeld or park your car in Cally Car
- Birnam Hill Path - 2.5 hrs - 7 km (4.5 mls) is
classed as a strenuous hill walk giving breath taking views over
Dunkeld and beyond as a reward for your efforts. You can start this
walk from Birnam.
- Fiddler's 9km (5.5 mls) and Bishops Path 2.5 km
(1,5 mls) - 2.75 hrs and 0.75 hrs respectively - Both
paths start in the centre of Dunkeld and walk past Dunkeld
Cathedral along the banks of the River Tay towards Dunkeld House
Hotel (once the home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl).
- Inchewan Path - 2.5 hrs - 8 km (5 mls) - a
varied walk starting from Birnam.
- Loch Ordie Path - 6 hrs- 19 km (12 mls) - This
Dunkeld Walk is where you may well see some wild life. It starts
from Cally Car Park above Dunkeld, with a gentle climb through
woodland plantations before coming out on to magnificent highland
moors and landscape. Make sure you take your binoculars as you can
see a number of different birds including Black Grouse,
Merlin, Short Eared Owls, Hen Harriers and Osprey if you are
- BraanPath - 2 hrs - 6 km (3.75 mls) - This
Dunkeld Walk has been popular since Victorian times. It
starts from the Hermitage car park and follows the River Braan, it
includes the magnificent Ossian's Hall, a Victorian built viewing
platform over looking falls (where you will often see salmon
leaping to go up stream, a the right time of the year).
- Inver Path - 2.5hrs - 8 km (5mls)
- This Dunkeld walk from the Hermitage car park and takes you past
the MUST see Ossians Hall a Victorian built viewing platform over
looking falls before taking you gently up hill to Pinecone Point,
another excellent view point this time up the Tay Glen towards
- Birnam Riverside Path - 1.75 hrs - 5.5km (3.5
mls) - This popular Dunkeld Walk takes you along the banks of the
River Tay under the ancient Birnam Oak, said to be the sole
survivor of Birnam Wood mentioned in Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'.
'Countryside Trails of Dunkeld'
Atholl Estates, a large land owner around Dunkeld, produce their
own 'Countryside Trails of Dunkeld' which covers the routes on
their estate around Dunkeld. Atholl Estates must be one of the most
progressive land owners in Scotland welcoming responsible access to
their land by producing good walks leaflets. This leaflet which can
be purchased from the Dunkeld, Pitlochry and Aberfeldy VICs covers
the following Dunkeld Walk routes:-
- Cally to Loch Ordie Circuit - 11 mls - this
takes you past Mill Dam, Loch Rotmell and Loch Dowally with
magnifent views up the Tay Glen towards Logierait and
- Raor to Guay Circuit - 10 mls - This Dunkeld
walk takes you through woods, beside lochs, fields and open
- Atholl Woods Walk - 6.5 mls or 5 mls - This
walk takes you through conifer plantations, past Mill Dam and
There are a range of really excellent Dunkeld Walks, highly
recommended. We hope this encourages you to pay a visit and walk
some of these great Dunkeld paths.