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’s a walk to suit all levels of experience. From the City Centre Walk and the River Tay Walk both starting from 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 some of the independent shops, cafes and restaurants to refresh yourself. They will be delighted to see you!
1) The Cateran Trail
Starting Point: Blairgowrie
Distance of walk: 64 miles (5 or 6 days)
Distance from Perth: Starting and finishing point is approximately 17 miles from the city centre.
While you’re here: There is accommodation for each night on the trail. There you will be able to rest up and enjoy food and drink to keep you refreshed.
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A long distance route that straddles the Perthshire-Angus border – the Cateran Trail takes you through beautiful landscapes and great mountain views. There are great opportunities to spot some of Scotland’s wildlife as you make your way along the circular route – which can be conquered at a leisurely pace over 5 or 6 days.
2) Kinnoull Hill
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!
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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.
3) Rob Roy Way
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!
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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!
4) River Tay Walk
Starting Point: North Inch, 0.1 miles from the city centre.
Distance of walk: 6 miles 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.
More On The River Tay Walk
For Art Sake is perfect for painting bespoke presents, painting with the family, having a fun birthday party or just painting to relax.
If you feel you are not ‘arty’ then don’t worry, For Art Sake has many different paints and specialised glazes to help you achieve professional results, without any stress or previous experience. They also offer detailed courses, for adults and children, throughout the year for the more adventurous painters!
The team at For Art Sake offer advice, education and ideas to each and every customer, which in turn produces some amazing results. The business is built around helping, encouraging and inspiring people to be creative and have fun.
They can accommodate up to 24 people and you are free to bring along food, drinks and birthday cake! For Art Sake will also accommodate evening get togethers for groups of 10 or more.
So for something a bit different that you can enjoy no matter the weather, get colourful, crafty and creative at For Art Sake!
5) The Birks of Aberfeldy
Starting point: Birks car park in Aberfeldy
Distance of walk: 2.25 miles (approximately 2 hours)
Distance from Perth: 31 miles
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!
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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!
6) River Tay Public Art Trail
Starting Point: Tay Street, 0.1 miles from the city centre.
Distance of walk: 1 mile
While You’re Here: Why not explore some of Perth’s brilliant independent shops? You can find some of them here.
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Alongside the river are placed thought–provoking sculptures which draw their inspiration from the river and its wildlife, the city, its history, its poets and its life.
Together these sculptures form the River Tay Public Art Trail which, consisting of outstanding artworks positioned in some of the most beautiful settings in the City of Perth, recalls the artistic, historical and natural heritage of the City of Perth and its river.
Over to you!
Now you know where our favourite family experiences in Perthshire are, it’s time to get out and explore! In case you aren’t familiar with Perthshire, here’s a map to help you find all the family experiences mentioned above.