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Blair Atholl to Bynack Lodge

Blair Atholl to Bynack Lodge

Postby revalation » Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:02 pm

Route description: Blair Atholl to Bynack Lodge

Date walked: 24/05/2018

Distance: 29 km

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After camping at Blair Castle Campsite and parking car at station, I was on my way in perfect weather conditions just after 9am. I took the path up the East side of the River Tilt which goes through pleasant woodland an through Bridge of Tilt. This first kilometre was not strictly on the trail, but there was no obvious sign on the West side. I guess I just missed it.
River Tilt at Blair Atholl

After Bridge of Tilt, there was a lane off to the left to get back on the West side along a quaint walled lane and realised I needed to be on the footbridge (pictured below). Anyway I walked further down lane to car park and got on to correct footpath

Path goes up wooded gorge for a couple of kilometres.
Overlooking steep drop to River Tilt

The path then crosses to the East side again, continuing up the gorge, but the woodlands come to an end, which on that day mean't clear blue sky and temperature rising.
Approaching Auchgobhal Farm

Track continues up Glen Tilt for a couple of kilometres before crossing the river at Gaw's Bridge and stays on this side all the way up the glen.

Various dwellings are passed before reaching Clachghlas. Must be quite isolated this far up the gorge especially in winter.



The last habitable place is a forest lodge beyond which there is a forest alongside the path which was a welcome break in the shade and chance to cool down.
Forest Lodge Wood

And so the gorge track continues and passes a footbridge on the right.

Footbridge at Dail Fheannach

Looking back down Glen Tilt

The track begins to fade a little and becomes a footpath just before the Falls of Tarf.

The Bedford Bridge over the Falls of Tarf is a quaint 19th century footbridge built after a student was drowned crossing the Tarf in spate.
Bedford Bridge

Falls of Tarf

Accross the bridge, there is a pleasant grassy (almost lawn) bank which was the ideal place to just rest and refuel in the mid-afternoon sunshine.

After the bridge, the path steadily climbs up the gorge. The Tilt is not as wide now. It was around this area that I had my first ever encounter with an adder snake. I somewhat surprised it but it did sense me coming and winded its way into the heather, giving me a hiss of displeasure at being disturbed.

Dail a Bhoididh

The gorge finally opens out into a plateau at Dail a Bhoididh. Guess this is normally boggy, but looks like I have hit a dry spell.

The path now is fairly easy going now and after more gentle climbing initially, begins to go downhill as the headwaters of the Dee are reached.

Bynack Lodge ruin comes into view. Best to stick to track and go past it, then follow track up to it. Quite boggy if you try to go straight to it.
First view of Bynack Lodge ruin




An excellent day's walk with perfect weather. There was one other wild camper at the ruin so it was good to meet someone in this remote place. It was a beautiful evening just watching the sun go down and reflecting on the day's walk. Daylight almost until 11pm at this time of year and even then not too dark.

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Re: Blair Atholl to Bynack Lodge

Postby Graeme D » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:21 pm

That "lawn" at the Falls of Tarf is a cracking campsite - pitched there a few times. Bynack Lodge looks like a fine site too - yet to pitch up there but that will change one of these days. :D
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