Blair Atholl to the Red House

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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 outside the Red House (Ruighe Ealasaid) bothy. Walkers tackling this section need to be completely self-sufficient including carrying a tent and all food as there are no facilities except two bothies - the Red House at the end of this stage, and Ruigh Aiteachain in Glen Feshie at the end of the next stage.


Tracks and good paths throughout, though terrain is increasingly remote and far from help. There are three potentially difficult river crossings - usually these require a paddle, but in spate conditions can become impassable, particularly the crossing of the River Geldie.

Public Transport

Train or bus to Blair Atholl. There is no road access to the stage end which is exceptionally remote - it is assumed that walkers are planning to wildcamp or stay in the bothy.


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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