Blair Atholl to Bynack Lodge

From Blair Atholl the Scottish National Trail begins what is described as a three day backpack across the Cairngorms. This first part heads up lovely Glen Tilt - which many people regard to be one of the finest glens in Scotland. The stage ends at Bynack Lodge - a tumbledown ruin with no facilities or road access. Walkers tackling this section need to be completely self-sufficient including carrying a tent and all food as there are no facilities along the way.


Tracks and good paths throughout, though terrain is increasingly remote and far from help.

Public Transport

Train or bus to Blair Atholl. There is no road access at all to Bynack Lodge - it is assumed that walkers are planning to wildcamp at the end of the stage.


Blair Atholl. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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