Aberfeldy, Loch Tay and Glen Lyon offer the widest possible choice of walking, from gentle riverside strolls to challenging long distance routes.
A large part of the Rob Roy Way is in our area, taking you from Pitlochry through Strathtay and along Loch Tay to Killin - with the highly recommended option of a diversion via Glen Quaich and Glen Almond, a challenging route, requiring good preparation and equipment.
For a gentle afternoon on the Rob Roy Way, however, the stretches between Grandtully and Aberfeldy, or Aberfeldy to Kenmore, are ideal. Whichever direction you opt to walk in, both offer the enticing prospect of a good meal when you reach your destination!
Of course, it would be hard to talk about walking in the area without mentioning the justifiably famous Birks of Aberfeldy, closely associated with Robert Burns's visit here in 1787, and to this day a truly memorable hour or two beside the Moness burn, with waterfalls, gorges and views a-plenty!
Slightly less well known, but also connected to Robert Burns, are the Falls of Acharn, which offer the added bonus of tremendous views down Loch Tay.
Between the historic Wade's Bridge at Aberfeldy and the River Lyon lie the hamlets of Weem, Camserney and Dull, from where a network of paths work their way up through forestry to great views or onto open moorland. The short trail at Weem Wood is ideal for families, featuring mysterious sculptures, while other possibilities include:
Glen Lyon is known for its beauty, and it has walks to back that up, for example:
Looming above Loch Tay is Ben Lawers, Scotland's 10th highest mountain, offering a popular day for well prepared walkers among rare alpine flora and fauna. If your energy levels don't stretch to the full 968m ascent, why not enjoy the Ben Lawers nature trail for a taste of a unique environment.
Another of the mountains in the area, Schiehallion, is one of the most popular munros in Scotland, and for many experienced "munro baggers" was the first in their often lifelong quest.
Realistically, we could spend hours writing about the walks in our beautiful area - and still not cover them all! Our recommendation is that you discover and enjoy them for yourself. The walks and paths section of this website has a great selection, the excellent "Trails of the Upper Tay" leaflet is available from the Tourist Information Centre and other outlets, and the Loch Tay and Glen Lyon section of walkhighlands.co.uk is very good as well.
We hope you love walking in this glorious part of Scotland as much as we do!