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Walking holiday in Crieff
There are many delightful walks in the Crieff area, both short ones suitable for a quick 'amble' with or without children, and long ones that are ideal for the dedicated hill walker and climber.
Crieff itself sits midway along the Strath of Earn (the Earn Valley), at the foothills of the Grampian Mountains, so it offers easy low-level walks and more strenuous up-hill walks. There are a couple of Munros and several corbetts in the area. With mixed forests and open hills, the area, especially in the autumn, is spectacular.
Here is a small selection of walks that can be done within easy reach of Galvelmore House
Lady Mary’s Walk and Laggan Hill; a 4 mile walk on paths and tracks, with some steep sections. (2 ½ Hours)
Follow the tree-lined riverside path, a favourite walk of Lady Mary Murray, then up Laggan hill with views over to Torlum Hill and Strathearn. A gentle wooded descent takes you back to Crieff.
The Knock Walk; various paths cross the Knock of Crieff, allowing different lengths of walks to be done.
Great views of the Highlands, Ochills & Strathearn can be had from the summit
Bogton Braes and the River Earn; 6 miles mostly along paths (3 ½ hours)
An easy stroll on Comrie’s network of Rights of Way, following the River Earn, then proceeding to Drummondearnoch, then on to Cowden Loch through Auchingarrich Wildlife Park (café or picnic area). The return route will be via Bogton Braes and the River Ruchill.
St Fillans Surge and Scree Walks; An easy/medium climb, although steep in places on good condition (3 hours)
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Using a forest road to the ‘Surge Shaft’ above Glentarken Wood. Passing through mixed woodland, with magnificent views (weather permitting!) over Loch Earn. Return via the ‘Scree Walk’ to Station Road. The path is very narrow in places, being known as the ‘Goats’ Path’.
Crieff to Muthill; Fairly level going on variable quality paths. 5 ½ miles one way (3 ½ hours)
Follow the River Earn, with farmland all around, until the old railway line is reached. Then the walk meanders through woodland to join a quiet road to Muthill. Enjoy refreshments in the local pub until you catch the public bus to Galvelmore House
MIDDLE GRADE WALKS:
Lady Mary's/Druimantavore/Glenturret Distillery; good paths throughout, couple of minor muddy sections. Ascent: 250m distance: 13km. (4 hours)
A lovely walk giving a good introduction to the area. Starting with Lady Mary's Walk a wooded path along the banks of the River Earn you walk on past the Baird Monument and Samson's Stone. After crossing the A85, we ascend to Druimantavore (great views), pass the idyllic Falls of Turret and Glenturret Distillery (refreshments available) to finish in Macrosty Park.
Crieff to Comrie; Good paths of varying size the whole way with gradual ascents and descents. Very short section on a quiet single track road. Distrance: 13km (5 hours)
This panoramic route ascends gradually from Crieff to reach the flanks of Torlum Hill with lovely views to the surrounding hills. Descending through lovely old oak woods, the way leads you past Auchingarrich (refreshments available) and along the Water of Ruchill to Comrie. Return with public transport
The Standing Stones Circle of North Fowlis Wester and Milquhanzie Hill; a 7 km walk, ascending up to a height of 350m (3 hours)
Walking to the west of the Fowlis Wester, standing in a field by a burn, are three megaliths. Two standing together are large - six to eight feet high - and the third, a little downslope from the others, is enormous - perhaps fifteen feet by fifteen feet by six feet. This latter is prostrate and cracked into two, with cup marks in one surface. The walk continues on past Loch MeallBrodden and up to the summit of Milquhanzie Hill, which is the site of an ancient hill fort.
Maam Road / Aberuchill Round Walk; Low level walk on paths and minor roads. Distance; 8 miles (4 ½ hours)
Low level walk through the beautiful Dunira Estate, along disused railway lines and past Aberuchill Castle, with a visit to Earthquake House as a slight diversion
Glen Artney Round Walk; good tracks with some muddy sections. The ascent from Glen Artney is pathless but on easy grassy slopes. About 300 M ascent. Distance:13km (4 ½ hours)
A lovely path through the glorious birchwoods of lower Glen Artney followed by a short grassy ascent to the flanks of Ben Halton. A gradual descent with fantastic views of the surrounding hills and countryside takes you back to Comrie by way of Aberuchill and the Ross
Glen Ogle Trail; A low level undulating walk over mixed terrain. Can be wet and muddy in places (5 hours)
A medium walk of approximately 6 miles. Walk along this 'Terrific Glen' encompassing magnificent scenery and wildlife. Step back in time as the trail incorporates the line of a disused Railway (Now part of 'Sustrans' Route 7 Cycle Path) and part of an old military Road. The walk starts from the Lochearnhead car park, and goes through part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.
Glen Lednock round walk; 4 mile walk on paths and tracks with occasional boggy or rocky sections. Ascent up to 250m with steep sections and steps (3 – 4 hours)
'Woodlands, Waterfalls & Wildlife'- Based on the popular Glen Lednock circular route, this walk will follow a small path up through Balloch Wood. After a look at the thundering Deil's Cauldron waterfall, climb steeply up to the Melville Monument to enjoy a quick rest and spectacular views out over Strathearn. Then it's down to cross the Shaky Bridge and a gradual descent through Laggan Wood back to the village, where there's plenty of choice for refreshments
Torlum Hill; (2 hours)
Circular walk over Torlum, initially through woodland and later with spectaular views over Strathearn and the mountains to the North and West. Wonderful area for wildlife. Undulating forest tracks then a fairly short, steep climb on a path to the top.
LONGER DISTANCE OR STEEP ASCENTS WALKS:
Choinneachan Hill; Land Rover track all the way, some parts steep up and down, 2000 foot, 550m ascent. Strong shoes/boots/trainers suitable. Distance: 14km (5 hours)
Proceed by car to Loch Turret. Nice gentle start, with hills all around at Loch Turret. Once up Ben Chonzie, on a good day, you will be able to see Loch Tay and Crianlarich hills. Wildlife includes grouse, ptarmigan, mountain hares and ospreys.
Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin; Rough, mountainous terrain with an ascent of roughly 1250 m. The descent is steep in places. Distance 14.5 km (7 ½ hours)
Classic traverse of two local Munros, Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin, with a short scramble on the connecting ridge. Difficulties can be avoided by a track to the side. Stunning views of the surrounding area at the summits. This is an arduous walk and should only be undertaken by fit walkers, used to rough terrain
Ben Chonzie from Turret Dam; Ascent 820 m, distance 14 km (6 ½ hours)
Generally rough, mountain terrain with an initial start along reservoir road. A fairly steep rising traverse takes you to the summit followed by descent down a broad ridge - steep in a couple of places
Newton Bridge to Amulree Walk; A long walk (20km) but with little climbing. Vehicle track through Glen Almond, small, rough mountain path through Glen Lochan with some boggy sections. Short section of tarmac followed by vehicle track alongside Loch Freuchie. Total Ascent: approx 250m (6 hours)
A long valley walk from Newton Bridge to Amulree by Glen Almond, Glen Lochan and Loch Freuchie. Easy walking leads you through the rugged mountain scenery of Glen Almond before you ascend to the lonely Glen Lochan. A delightful walk along Loch Freuchie brings us to Amulree, where we can enjoy a well-deserved pint! Some transport considerations with this one!
Ben Lawers (not necessarily the closest, but a good mountain!); Good path, steep but not too difficult (5 – 6 hours)
Wild countryside with great views of some of the most rugged hills in Perthshire. Ben Lawers is the highest mountain in the area, almost 4000 ft, but the start of the walk at the Car park is quite high up. It is a protected area for alpine flora, and eagles may be seen.
Glen Artney to Ardvorlich, via Glen Vorlich; Walk on variable paths, some steady uphill sections. Distance of 15km with approx 450m ascent (6 ½ hours)
A 2km stroll on tarmac followed by a further 2km on landrover track. The rest of the walk barring the last 2km is on a stalkers path which can be rough in bits and a trifle boggy in one section. Outstanding views of Ben Vorlich, Stuc a'Chroin and Ben Ledi as we tad steadily up to the mountain col at 630mts. This section is steady but not seriously strenuous. Once over this the lovely Loch Earn fills the eye. More transport logistics to consider…
Loch Tay to Glen Quaich; Primarily good tracks through the glen, becoming narrow as it goes through Glen Lochan. Damp in places in Glen Lochan. Initial climb of ~ 250 m from Loch Tay followed by fairly level walking through Glen Almond. Another gradual climb of ~ 150 m up to the head of Glen Lochan. Length 22.5 km. Approx 400 metres ascent
Long glen walk from Loch Tay following an old track through Glen Almond, forking off through the narrow defile at the head of Glen Lochan and finishing near Loch Freuchie in Glen Quaich. The glen is flanked by hills rising steeply to over 700 m and there are several ruins of old villages and standing stones to be seen en route. You will need to organise someone to take you to the start, and leave your car at the finish…
St Fillans to Comrie via Glen Tarken and Glen Boltachen; 15 miles, and 1650 ft (500m) maximum height achieved (7 – 8 hours)
An absorbing route, seeped with the local history of the Neish and McNab Clans, with good trails for much of the way. Use public transport to get back to your car, or back to Crieff
The Drovers' Tryst is a hill walking festival which takes place on the second week of October. It offers a wide variety of walks and other associated activities. Katy is very much involved in this and can give you further information.
We allow you to dump your muddy walking boots in the lobby, and to dry your clothes in the laundry room.
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