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Walks in Perthshire

Perthshire, branded as ‘Big Tree Country’ offers a rich variety of scenery for walking with more than 200,000 acres of woodlands, which include more champion trees than anywhere else in the UK. Here are some of the walks we recommend, but for a full list of walks, visit the Walk Highlands website. For further local walks, you can download a copy of the Blairgowrie Path Network guide.

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The Cateran Trail

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The Cateran Trail is a superb circular long-distance route that straddles the border between Perthshire and Angus. The Trail explores this neglected corner, taking in secluded Strathardle together with parts of Glen Shee and Glen Isla.

Blairgowrie to Kirkmichael: 24.25km 6 - 7 hours  
Kirkmichael to Spittal of Glenshee: 13km 4 - 4.5 hours
Spittal of Glenshee to Glenisla: 23.5km 6 - 7 hours  
Kirkton of Glenisla to Alyth: 17km 4.5-5.5 hours  
Alyth to Blairgowrie: 26.25km 6.5-7.5 hours  

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Cargill's Leap and the Knockie, Blairgowrie

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Well-loved by Blairgowrie folk, this varied circuit follows the River Ericht upstream with its waterfalls, woodlands and many old mills. The return is over the Knockie, a viewpoint looking out over Blairgowrie to the Sidlaw hills beyond. 

Distance: 6km / 3.75 miles 
Time: 1.5 - 2.5 hours 
Ascent: 190m  
Start Grid Ref: NO180453 

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Tullyfergus Circuit, near Blairgowrie 

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This enjoyable loop begins through the dense forestry plantations of Drimmie Wood but later leads onto the lovely Tullyfergus estate on fine old drove roads with a fine lochan, woods and wildflowers. 

Distance: 7.5km / 4.75 miles 
Time: 2 - 2.5 hours 
Ascent: 200m  
Start Grid Ref: NO188492 

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Ardblair Trail and Bluebell Woods, Blairgowrie

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This fine circular walk from Blairgowrie takes in fertile countryside, a couple of attractive lochs and a wood which is carpeted with bluebells in early summer. 

Distance: 9.5km / 6 miles 
Time: 2 - 2.5 hours 
Ascent: 80m  
Start Grid Ref: NO180453 

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Walks Around Alyth

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Alyth’s wonderful network of paths connecting it to the beauties of the surrounding countryside is getting a welcome profile boost thanks to a grant from our Community Projects Fund.

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The Hermitage and Braan Walk, Dunkeld

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This varied walk is a real Perthshire classic. It begins through the beautiful wooded glen of the Hermitage, complete with picturesque follies and attractive waterfalls.

Distance: 6.5km / 4 miles 
Time: 2 hours 
Ascent: 140m  
Start Grid Ref: NO013422 

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Craighall Gorge & the Old A93

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Just north of Blairgowrie lies the Craighall Gorge, through which runs the remains of the old A93 road from Blairgowrie to Glenshee. Abandoned by motorists, the ghostly highway remains open to pedestrians, although nature is slowly encroaching upon the tarmac.

Distance: 1.2km / 0.75 miles  
Time: 40 mins  
Starting Point: NO176474  

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