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.
|Den of Alyth, Alyth||3.5km||1- 1.5 hours|
|Birnam Oak and the River Tay, Dunkeld||6km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Cargill's Leap and the Knockie, Blairgowrie||6km||1.5 - 2.5 hours|
|The Hermitage and Braan Walk, Dunkeld||6.5km||2 hours|
|Tullyfergus circuit, near Blairgowrie||7.5km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Loch of Lowes circuit, Dunkeld||8km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Fiddler's Path, Dunkeld||9km||3 hours|
|Ardblair Trail and Bluebell Woods, Blairgowrie||9.5km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Inver Walk and Pine Cone Point, Dunkeld||10.6km||2.5 - 3 hours|
|Atholl Woods circuit, Dunkeld||11km||2.5 - 3.5 hours|
|Birnam Hill, Birnam||6.25km||2 - 3 hours|
|Hill of Alyth, Alyth||6.5km||2.5 hours|
|Pitcarmick Loop, Kirkmichael||6.75km||2 - 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 and Càrn an Rìgh, Spittal of Glenshee||27km||8 - 10 hours|
|The Cateran Trail|
Linda Cracknell explores the landscapes and people of the Cateran Trail.
"At the end of our first day on the Cateran Trail in August 2013, a friend and I found our way to a large plastic-wood bar at the Spittal of Glenshee Hotel. A cavernous room was crowded with families, runners, walkers, and middle-aged driving tourists. "