Dunkeld, Blairgowrie and Glen Shee


Historic Dunkeld - once the ecclesiastical centre of Scotland - is a gateway to the Highlands when approaching from the south. It is a picturesque and historic little town of many independent shops and old buildings, and enjoys a fine setting on the banks of the Tay, Scotland's grandest river, clothed with magnificent woodlands. Nearby is the Loch of Lowes with its famous ospreys.

East of Dunkeld is Blairgowrie and neighbouring Alyth. Blairgowrie was a centre for textiles and its many old Flax mills still line the River Ericht. The countryside here - Strathmore - is more fertile with rolling hills and farmland, renowned for the growing of soft fruit. North the countryside becomes more rugged as the road leads north through Glen Shee. The Cairnwell and Glas Maol ranges at the top of Glen Shee and covered in our Braemar section.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Den of Alyth, Alyth 3.5km 1- 1.5 hours
The Larches and King's Seat, Dunkeld 4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Birnam and the River Tay 6km 1.5 - 2 hours
Cargill's Leap and the Knockie, Blairgowrie 6km 1.5 - 2.5 hours
The Hermitage and Braan Walk, near Dunkeld 6.5km 2 hours
Tullyfergus circuit, near Blairgowrie 7.5km 2 - 2.5 hours
Inver Walk, The Hermitage near Dunkeld 8km 2 hours
Loch of Lowes and the Fungarth 8km 2 - 2.5 hours
Ardblair Trail and Bluebell Wood, Blairgowrie 9.5km 2 - 2.5 hours
Atholl Woods circuit, Dunkeld 11km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Birnam Hill, Birnam 6km 2 - 2.5 hours
Hill of Alyth, Alyth 6.5km 2.5 hours
Loch Ordie and Deuchary Hill, Dunkeld 23.5km 6 hours
Mount Blair 4.5km 2 hours
Ben Gulabin, Glen Shee 6.25km 2.5 - 3 hours
Mealna Letter and Loch Beanie 14km 4 - 5 hours
Glas Tulaichean & Carn an Righ, Spittal of Glenshee 27km 8 - 10 hours
The Cateran Trail 104km 5 stages

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