Recharge your batteries, with our exhilerating suggestions for walking holidays in Highland Perthshire, Scotland
It won’t surprise you to know that ‘walking holidays in Scotland’ scores consistently high in the reasons people like to come to stay with us at Errichel. We are surrounded by the most glorious Scottish countryside with Loch Tay on the doorstep, munros for miles, and any number of walks through forests, over fields, and by babbling brooks and streams.
We find too, that everyone can find a walk in Highland Perthshire to suit their ability. Whether you want to power to the top of a Munro or take a gentle one mile stroll through the woods, you’ll find we have the perfect spot for you.
Before we begin, we would like to highlight the service offered by our friends at Perthshire Treks. Richard and Brenda are truly the experts at walking in our area, and offer a fabulous range of guided walks for all abilities.
I find getting out in the fresh air a great way to dust off the cobwebs and to have a bit of quiet time; although more often than not you’ll find me surrounded by dogs and children, so I’m happy to recommend the area as an ideal multi-generational family location too!
Talking of children, there are so many wonderful walks in Highland Perthshire, that narrowing them down to a few really has been like choosing a favourite child! I’ve decided to go with a couple of hidden gems for you, as well as listing the must-see Birks of Aberfeldy, and the nearest munros for those who fancy more of a climb.
If you are staying with us here at Errichel, do let us know it’s walks you’re interested in and we can help you plan a full itinerary. And if you are setting out early, we can prepare a packed Deli lunch or pack you an early breakfast to keep you full of energy for longer climbs. Please ensure that we have advanced notice, so that we can prepare what you need to perfection!
For lovers of the great outdoors, see also our blog on Outdoor activities in Perthshire.
Falls of Acharn
This beautiful short walk takes about an hour and makes a circuit around the little ravine of the Falls of Acharn. These are good tracks and paths although there is some rubble, a fair amount of up and down is involved.
Start in Acharn village and as the track gains height there are good views back down to Loch Tay and also to the peaks of Ben Lawers. Continue uphill for around half a kilometre, looking out for a little fenced path off to the left. The path immediately leads into the Hermit’s Cave where you will find stunning views of the falls. You’ll then loop around the top of the falls, before your descent through the woods, past waterfalls and pools, back into Acharn village.
This short circular waymarked trail climbs through Weem Wood to St David’s Well which has a good view over Aberfeldy and Strathtay and then descends past crags and through native woods. It is an excellent waymarked path and has a fair amount of short, but quite steep, ascents and descents. You can get to Weem by local buses from Aberfeldy, or extend your walk to include getting in and out of town, over Wade’s Bridge.
Start at the Weem Wood car park near Castle Menzies and prepare for a short, hour long walk. Weem wood cascades down a steep, rocky hillside, a fine backdrop for Castle Menzies. The Menzies family – supporters of King Robert the Bruce – helped create and shape Perthshire’s forests. In the 1400s, David Menzies who built The Old Kirk of Weem, left the family home to live as a hermit at St David’s Well, a cave in the forest.
There are tales of enchanters who imprisoned maidens in the rock here too. Sculptures hidden along the trail recall the forest’s stories. A short, steep climb to St David’s Well and a series of carvings in the crags and trees that were inspired by the forest’s stories.
The Birks of Aberfeldy
The Birks of Aberfeldy, made famous by the poem of the same name by Rabbie Burns, is a 1.5 mile circular walk along the Moness Glen. ‘Birks’ is Scots for ‘Birches’ beautiful trees which still grow in abundance along the route. Head clockwise for the most spectacular views – although prepare for the steepest climbs which go up many, well defined steps. If you’re a little less about the climb, then heading anti-clockwise is kinder on the knees!
The path begins just beyond the upper section of the Birks car park, and you’ll find a number of hanging waterfalls through mature mixed woodland.
Allow 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the walk. The quality of the path is good, but you will still require outdoor shoes.
Bag A Perthshire Munro
There are 28 Munros in Perthshire, and many, many more views from the top. We’ve chosen two individual munros and a group of four which are relatively near to Aberfeldy.
One of Scotland’s most popular and achievable climbs, Schiehallion is a great first choice for those starting their Munro-bagging journey. A mighty mountain carved by ice, its name translates from Gaelic as the ‘fairy hill of the Caledonians’, and its beauty has been bewitching visitors for centuries.
Located 10 miles north-west of Aberfeldy, you will need private transport to reach your starting point at the Braes of Foss car park. Stout shoes are a must to tackle the rocky final stretch, and of course warm clothing and plenty of food and drink will allow you to savour the fruits of your labour – those panoramic views.
Càrn Gorm, Meall Garbh, Càrn Mairg and Creag Mhòr
These four Munros on the north side of Glen Lyon lie on a mostly very broad and undulating ridge. With excellent views over the glen to the Lawers range, and over Loch Rannoch, the group give a very satisfying round on a clear day.
Ben Lawers and Beinn Ghlas
The Ben Lawers mountain range is situated on the north side of Loch Tay. The highest peak is 3,984 feet – so close to 4,000 feet that in the nineteenth century a huge cairn was built to try and edge it up there! Ben Lawers is the highest peak in Perthshire and the tenth highest Munro in Scotland.
There is no public transport to Ben Lawers but the car park is sufficiently high altitude that beginning here gives you a nice head start on the ascent. A popular walk, the route crosses another Munro – Beinn Ghlas – and, including some steep rocky stretches, follows a clear path to the summit.
Once you’ve peaked, you may be forgiven for feeling on top of the world, with a view of Loch Tay and its environs stretching out below your well-worn boots.