May is National Walking month. We’ve compiled some of our favourite walks within Perth & Perthshire. From the long distance route of the Cateran Trail to exploring Perth City Centre and The River Tay. There’s nowhere quite like Perthshire to pull on your walking shoes. Whether you’re a seasoned walker looking for a challenge or just want to get out of the house for a leisurely stroll, you will find a walk to suit your needs in every area of the region.
Perth City Walk
The Perth City Walk is a short distance route that takes you on a journey through the beautiful architecture, old streets and vennels of Perth.
Crossing Smeaton’s Bridge and passing through the Art Trail at Rodney Gardens and the Norie-Miller Walk by the banks of the River Tay, this boasts as many green spaces as it does urban highlights.
Corbenic Poetry Path
This truly unique walk through a variety of terrains including open hillside, moorland, woodlands and riverbanks, offers so much more than just exercise and fresh air. Small poems, written word carvings and sculptures on the route make this one of Perthshire’s most peaceful and tranquil locations.
Find out more at corbenicpoetrypath.com
The Hermitage – just a 15 minute drive from Perth lies The Hermitage, a National Trust for Scotland owned area with parking just off the A9. The walk starts with a gentle 10 minute stroll beside the River Braan to Ossian’s Hall overlooking the spectacular Black Linn waterfall. You can enter the viewing room through the hidden door (kids love it!) and stand above the waterfall. The noise from the waterfall fills the chamber behind you helping you to appreciate the power of the water. If you are lucky to be there shortly after rainfall – this can be an exhilarating experience!
Continue up the path beside the river for a further 10 minutes and you will reach a suspicious looking pile of rocks. As you reach the far side of the rocks the opening to the cave can be easily found. This is Ossian’s Cave – if there are people here, wait a while until you have the place to yourself, sit in the cave and perhaps all of the world’s secrets will reveal themselves to you.
Now you have a choice – return to the car or continue for a longer walk which via connecting roads can provide a circular route back to the car. There are steeper stages on the longer route but the views over Dunkeld and surrounding mountains are ample reward.
Kinnoull Hill was gifted to the city of Perth in 1924, and along with Corsiehill and Deuchny Wood, was officially recognised as Scotland’s first woodland park in 1991. The hill provides spectacular views over Perth and the Carse of Gowrie and is only a five minute drive from Perth City Centre.
There are lots of different routes up to the summit of the hill but the easiest way up is to park from the Jubilee Car Park – cross the road and take a left to follow the fence taking time to look out over the Carse and watch the River Tay on its final leg towards the sea at Dundee.
The woods here are open and an ideal spot for dog walking or for kids to play and climb. The path inclines gently at first and then steeper as it heads towards Kinnoull Tower – a folly built in 1829 by Lord Grey of Kinfauns. This is a spectacular site sitting atop sheer cliff faces and for those brave enough to step close to the edge they may be rewarded with a glimpse of a peregrine falcon who are known to live here.
Continue on past the tower to the true summit of the hill, as you take the final steps the view out over Perth opens in front of your providing a view over the city and then North to mountains beyond.