Walking & Hiking

Walking & Hiking from Squirrel Cottage

Walkers Killiecrankie Pass PitlochryThere are a number of walks from Squirrel self catering cottage in the Pitlochry area, perhaps the most picturesque walk is through the Pass of Killiecrankie, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and round via Tenandry Kirk. You can visit the National Trust Visitor Centre and see ‘Soldier’s leap’ where it is alleged a Government soldier leapt the River Garry in 1789 after the Battle of Killiecrankie to flee the Jacobite soldiers pursuing him.

The walk to Blair Atholl, is popular with many guests, it is about 3 miles each way, along a quiet country road and then foot path, following the River Garry to Blair Atholl, where you can visit the ever popular Blair Atholl Watermill, Blair Castle and its few shops and restaurants.

Walkers on Pitlochry pathAnother excellent walk is on to the old Killiecrankie Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Nature Reserve (alas the reserve is no more as of the end of August 2004). Here there are two walks, giving spectacular views all round over Strathgarry Garry to Blair Castle and beyond. The walk is way marked by coloured posts. The walk has a steep climb, the path is good and not difficult. You will more than likely have the walk to yourselves.

Another walk is over the shoulder of Ben Vrackie, or up to the top of Ben Vrackie 2,760ft, and down in to Pitlochry. This is another superb walk giving magnificent views of our highland scenery.

The River Tummel, along the southern route to Pitlochry is an enjoyable circular walk is in to Pitlochry and back down the Pass of Killiecrankie and round the north and then south side of Loch Faskally. This walk generally takes us about 5hrs in to and back from Pitlochry.