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Explore the Best Walks in Pitlochry

20 February 2023


For the ultimate Scottish adventure, look no further than Pitlochry. This picturesque town offers stunning scenery, incredible restaurants, fantastic outdoor experiences and so much more. 

It’s the perfect base for a walking holiday, with everything from action-packed trails and more relaxing routes that’ll take you right through the heart of rural Scotland. 

Get back to nature with a trip to Pitlochry and explore everything the area has to offer with its unmissable walking routes. These are some of our team’s favourite walks in Pitlochry. 

Ben Vrackie Walk

Hill walks don’t get much better than this. The Ben Vrackie walk is one of the most popular walking routes in the area, and you’ll soon see why once you start exploring here. 

Walkers start in Moulin, where they begin the ascent up the hill through a wooded area. From there, the walk opens onto the hillside, and walkers are directed to the ‘bealach path’. While there are some steep sections on this route, it’s perfectly accessible for confident walkers of all ages. 

Make it to the top, and you’ll be rewarded with incredible views over Pitlochry from a height of 814m. You can see as far as the Cairngorm mountains if the weather is good. 

Craigower Walk 

Searching for a walk that isn’t too time-consuming but still boasts some truly show-stopping views? Then it’s got to be Craigower Walk. 

We recommend this route to those who might find Ben Vrackie a bit too challenging but are still looking for a memorable adventure through natural Scottish terrain. 

There’s a short ascent taking walkers to a wooded summit, where you’ll find some of the best views of this route. 

You’ll be able to see right across the nearby golf course as you head up the hills of Craigower Walk. Once you spot the sign indicating that you’re heading into National Trust land, the woods open up and come alive. 

Killiecrankie Walk

The Pitlochry Path Network includes some of the finest walks in Perthshire, like the Killiecrankie Walk. 

Well equipped for visitors, the Killiecrankie Walk has a nearby car park and visitor centre, where you can relax and refuel at the end of a hard day’s exploring. 

This walk is perfect for those looking for a casual stroll, but if you’re hoping for something a little more challenging, you’ll also be able to up the difficulty level by heading further afield. 

Look out for the gorge leading to Soldier’s Leap, here, you’ll find a beautiful waterfall. If you head back up the path, you’ll enjoy views over the surrounding woodlands. 

Moulin Walk 

Moulin is a village adjacent to the town of Pitlochry. Easily accessible by car, the village boasts endless activities to keep visitors entertained. And of course, one of our top tips for days out in Moulin is the Moulin Walk. 

This walk is a series of loops, so it can be as long or short as you like. If you’re pressed for time, you might choose to explore just one of the loops, but if you’ve got hours to spare you could challenge yourself to see the whole thing. There’s a car park at the start of the route, and plenty of places to stop and refuel on the way. 

Bealach Walk

Starting from Pitlochry town centre, the Bealach Walk is another popular route amongst visitors and locals alike. This walk takes explorers through the moorland, where the views must be seen to be believed. 

On the way, walkers will spot the Soldier’s Leap, the River Garry and Loch Faskally. This is quite an accessible walk when the weather is good, but during winter, it can become muddy and boggy – so make sure you’re well-equipped before you set off. 

Edradour Walk

Another great route that starts in the town centre is the Edradour Walk. This one runs through dense woodland areas, where walkers will see local flora and fauna in their full glory. 

Points of interest along the route include the Black Spout waterfall and Edradour Distillery, an important local landmark famed for its uniqueness and the fact that it’s the smallest traditional distillery in Scotland. 

The highest points of this route provide stunning views across the River Tummel and the rolling hills surrounding Pitlochry. This is a relatively easy and accessible walk that’s ideal for beginners and younger visitors, along with more competent walkers. 

Craig Fonvuick

If you’ve got plenty of time to spare and you’re looking for a more difficult route that will challenge you, plan a trip to Craig Fonvuick. This circular trail is 8.4km long and takes around three hours to complete. 

The Craig Fonvuick trail is great for walkers, but it’s also perfect for those who love to run and cycle on holiday. The route is relatively quiet, too, so it’s ideal if you’re looking for a moment of peace as you explore the natural beauty of Scotland. 

Clunie Walk

Beginning in the heart of Pitlochry, the Clunie Walk is a must for those hoping to explore the forests and woods of the area. 

Start at the Ferry Road car park and follow the signs to the path where the walk commences. You’ll be led into the woods, where you’ll have plenty of time to explore before you make your way to the Port-na-Craig suspension bridge. 

There are hills to climb before walkers reach another wooded area, Fonab woods. You’ll then be directed into the forestry plantation, where the Clunie Walk comes into its own. 

Enjoy mesmerising views over the surrounding landscape and feast your eyes on the area’s beauty as you follow the paths through the forest. 

Pitlochry is the ideal destination for walking holidays, offering everything from sedate strolls to challenging hikes in rugged terrain. 

Book your next getaway in Scotland and start planning a holiday jam-packed with unforgettable adventures. 

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