NEW BOOK/REWALK APRIL 2016
Walks Pitlochry, Aberfeldy & North Perthshire – Author: Felicity Martin
Re walked by Richard & Maggie Legate
We completely rewalked the old North Perthshire guide last year. As with the old South Perthshire (now Walks Crieff, Comrie & Kinross) and East Perthshire guide (now Walks Perth, Dunkeld & Blairgowrie) we have changed the title to make the area covered clearer to those less familiar with the Perthshire county boundaries. If you already have a copy of Walks North Perthshire, the vast majority of the routes will be familiar. Having said that, there have been a number of changes on the ground and these are reflected in the new edition.
The area has much to offer and most of the routes are well-established and required only minor changes. The splendid hill climbs are largely unaltered: the climbs up Ben Lawers, Schiehallion, Carn Liath and Ben Vrackie – however quite a few of the moorland walks have been affected by the current spate of hydro scheme building which is present throughout much of the Highlands. What were once remote crossings such as Corrour to Rannoch Station have been altered by roads to carry construction traffic. In time these scars will heal but walkers do have to be aware of traffic in previously quiet areas.
The variety of wonderful river and lochside walks is hard to beat in this area, and to complement this we have added a new riverside walk from Aberfeldy to Grandtully – which can be linked with other walks in the book to make a longer excursion. Aberfeldy, like most of the towns and villages in this area, is well served by an increasing array of coffee shops and restaurants so it is possible to have very pleasant day’s walking, supplemented by good food!
For those seeking solitude, the crossing of Rannoch Moor (see bottom left) still gives a feeling of the vast emptiness of the Highlands and using the train or bus to make a round trip can make for a memorable expedition.
The path network around the busy town of Pitlochry is one of the best anywhere in the UK and can provide visitors with more than enough variety to occupy them on a week’s visit and more. From the ascent of Ben Vrackie to the circuit of Loch Faskally there is something for all levels of walking.
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