The best hiking trails in Perthshire

The best hiking trails in Perthshire

Perthshire is undoubtedly a walker’s paradise. It has a magnificent and diverse landscape of outstanding unspoilt woodlands, hills, lochs, glens and streams.

That’s why we made a list of the best hiking trails in Perthshire. So, here they are:

HIKING NEAR DUNKELD AND BIRNAM

We’re just a stone’s throw away from Dunkeld and Birnam and it’s in this area that we suggest you go hiking first. Go through the beautifully wooded Birnam Hill, reaching its top known as King’s Seat – an excellent viewpoint.

See the Hermitage - a breath-taking woodland, owned by the National Trust for Scotland – where you can walk alongside the banks of the River Braan. Pass by the iconic Birnam Oak mentioned in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Stroll along the longest river in Scotland – Tay. This hiking trail will show you some of the loveliest scenes in Perthshire!

HIKING NEAR PITLOCHRY

How about hiking near Pitlochry? Take Loch Dunmore as a start point. Situated within Faskally Forest, the Loch is small but scenic with its timber footbridge and boat house. Continue to the Garry Bridge set over the beautiful River Garry where if you wish, you can enrich your experience by doing something extremely thrilling – bungee jumping and/or aqualining. More info here.

Finally, head to Queen’s View – probably Scotland’s most photographed view - overlooking Loch Tummel.

HIKING NEAR KINLOCH RANNOCH

Talking about the best hiking trails in Perthshire, there’s a small but picturesque village called Kinloch Rannoch. Nearby, you will find the stunning Loch Rannoch where the River Tummel begins. That’s certainly an area you’d love to explore! After that, you can head to the vast Rannoch Forest which is situated on the southern shores of Loch Rannoch. Another hiking trail that enables you to enjoy a variety of wonderful panoramic views.

LOCH LEVEN HERITAGE TRAIL

Among the best hiking trails in Perthshire is Loch Leven Heritage Trail. Situated near Kinross, it is a 13-mile trail around Loch Leven - the largest lowland Loch in Scotland. There are cafes and restaurants where you can stop for refreshments. There’s a remarkable range of rare plants, insects and birds.

BLAIR ATHOLL TO GLEN TILT TRAIL

If you’re looking for a shorter trail, this one is only about 3 miles long. Start from the lovely Perthshire village of Blair Atholl. With the River Tilt alongside, the route will lead you to Glen Tilt – one of the most spectacular glens in the country with excellent views of the surrounding hills. The variety of wild flowers and butterflies in the summer will amaze you!

THE BIRKS OF ABERFELDY TRAIL

Another beautiful short trail among the best hiking trails in Perthshire is The Birks of Aberfeldy. It was made famous by the Scottish poet, Robert Burns with his poem ‘The Birks o’Aberfeldie’. The route is a two-mile well-defined circular path on the outskirts of Aberfeldy that will walk you up a steep gorge. You’ll be able to enjoy stunning views of hanging waterfalls, mature mixed woodland, and of course, the Highland Perthshire wildlife.

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