In the lush sprawl of the Atholl Estates, follow this waymarked route north, creeping further into the remote splendour of the Cairngorms.
The trail follows an ancient geological fault line into the hills of the Cairngorms. Begin in woodland then continue across open hillsides, through fields and farmland passing a rifle range. Be sure to take note of signs in the Glen Tilt Car Park and at the edge of the range that detail the shooting schedule - if shooting is in progress unfortunately access is not possible.
Shortly after detouring past the fern-covered ruins of an old settlement to a viewpoint, you'll cross over the River Tilt and turn back to return along the other side. Break away from the gravel road, passing through farms and woodland, before returning via the road to Glen Tilt Car Park.
There are several stretches where you must walk on the road as there is no pavement or verge. Walk on the right side facing the oncoming traffic unless there is a right-hand turn, in which case you should cross to the outside edge to allow drivers the maximum chance to see you.
Be aware that some of the way passes through a rifle range. Be sure to take note of signs in the Glen Tilt Car Park and at the edge of the range that detail the shooting schedule before proceeding through the range - if shooting is in progress access is not possible.
You may also pass through fields with livestock on this route. Take care not to disturb or startle the animals and give them wide berth when passing.
Tips and hints
Points of Interest
Blair Castle & Atholl Estate
Visit the home of the Stewart and Murray clans and unravel the secrets of an estate history tied to some of Scotland's most tumultuous periods. Beyond the castle, you can enjoy shorter loop walks around the gardens and estate grounds.
For more information: blair-castle.co.uk
Food & Drink
There is nowhere to get food or drink along this walk, so be sure to bring plenty of water, a picnic lunch and snacks with you to enjoy en route.
Such is the way of British hiking, that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weather; hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, along with sun-cream. Walking shoes may be an advantage for this section, as it is on paved paths or well-maintained forestry tracks.
Walking poles are not necessary on this walk with only minor ascents and descents, but you can bring them along if they are part of your standard walking equipment.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, we recommend bringing a rechargeable battery pack.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.