Trails & Walks in Perthshire
From the long distance route of the Cateran Trail to the unique and interesting Carbenic Poetry Walk – there’s nowhere quite like Perthshire to get your walking shoes on!
Whether you are a seasoned walker looking for a challenge or you just want to get out of the house for a leisurely stroll, there is a walk to suit all levels of experience. From the City Centre Walk and River Tay walk starting from both the North and South Inches – to the Birks Trail in Aberfeldy, each route has its own unique and wonderful elements that make it extra special.
After your walk, don’t forget to pop into one of the independent shops or cafés and restaurants to refresh yourself. They will be delighted to see you!
The Cateran Trail
Distance of walk: 64 miles (5 or 6 days)
Distance from Perth: Starting and finishing point is approximately 17miles from the city centre.
While you’re here: There is accommodation for each night on the trail – in Bridge of Cally, Kirkmichael, the Spital of Glenshee, Kirkton of Glen Isla and Alyth. There you will be able to rest up and enjoy food and drink to keep you refreshed.
One of the most iconic walks in Perthshire, Kinnoull Hill offers stunning views over the River Tay and the city below. With fine woodlands, a dramatic clifftop escarpment and the renowned tower near the top, the walk is an excellent circuit when started from Perth City Centre and is suitable for walkers of all levels of ability.
Starting point: Perth City Centre
Distance of walk: 4miles (approximately 2 to 3 hours)
Distance from Perth: Starting and finishing point in Perth City Centre
While you’re here: After working up an appetite with the walk, why not grab a bite to eat and some drinks in the city centre!
Rob Roy Way
The final stage of the famous Rob Roy Way is the Aberfeldy to Pitlochry walk through Highland Perthshire. Stunning scenery awaits you as you follow the River Tay east from Aberfeldy to the picturesque village of Grandtully. A climb up over the moors into a forested descent brings you to the town of Pitlochry where you’ll find plenty going on in the local area!
Starting point: The Square, Aberfeldy
Distance of walk: 9.5miles (approximately 5 hours)
Distance from Perth: Starting point 31miles from Perth City Centre
While you’re here: After the walk, pop into the cafés, pubs and restaurants in Pitlochry or take in a show at Pitlochry Festival Theatre!
River Tay Walk
This glorious walk takes you along the banks of the River Tay from Perth to Luncarty – a picturesque village just outside of the city.
The path is clearly marked throughout the route but it can get muddy in places. Regular buses can be caught from Luncarty back to Perth if you don’t fancy walking back!
Starting Point: North Inch, 0.1 miles from the city centre.
Distance of walk: 6.25miles one way
While You’re Here: The Luncarty Inn has a bar and restaurant, with an outdoor area for sunny days, to enjoy some refreshments after your River Tay walk.
The Birks of Aberfeldy
A beautiful short walk popularised in a song by Robert Burns – head up the steep gorge of the Moness burn where you will find a series of beautiful waterfalls. The walk passes above some steep drops but there are handrails for much of the route!
Starting point: Birks car park in Aberfeldy
Distance of walk: 2.25 miles (approximately 2 hours)
Distance from Perth: 31miles
While you’re here: Visit the nearby Birks Cinema to catch a movie after your walk, or relax with coffee in one of the cafés in Aberfeldy!