Blair Atholl to Gaw’s Bridge, Glen Tilt

View from Gaw's Bridge, Glen Tilt

I don’t want to exaggerate here so let’s summarise this walk as: the best walk up the best glen in Scotland, beside the loveliest river, in sublime autumn weather, made even better by sharing it with the Missus. Honestly, if you saw this on one of those calendars-for-tourists you’d think the photographer had been at it in PhotoShop. It was ineffably beautiful. We’ve been coming here for a quarter-century and never seen it look so good.
We start at the Bridge of Tilt in Blair Atholl and head up the south bank of the river towards Old Bridge of Tilt.  What a way to start a walk!  One of the reasons we love this area is that the Atholl Estates maintain it so well and positively encourage people to enjoy the area. Long may it continue!

Trees on side of Glen Tilt at Croftmore

At the junction take the fork heading up the hill towards Glen Fender.  Keep heading up the Fender road 1 until you reach the track leading to Kincraigie (the Scottish Rights of Way Society have sign-posted this route to Deeside).  Follow this track 2 and just keep going: it leaves the woods around the lovely cottage at Croftmore then back into Dalginross Wood before finally emerging upstream of Gilbert’s Bridge near the shepherd’s cottage at Auchgobhal where we join the main track up Glen Tilt beside the river.  We follow the track past Marble Lodge (named after the quarry that supplied the marble for the mantelpiece of Blair Castle) until we cross the river at Gaw’s Bridge – the turning point for this walk.

Croftmore, Glen Tilt

Sheep-wash, Glen Tilt

Glen Tilt near Marble Lodge

Braigh Corrie Chruinn-bhlgain from Gaw's Bridge

Over the bridge we take the path downstream on the other bank.  This goes through some beautiful birch and alder woodland beside the river (where we stopped for lunch).  Continue along the path until you reach the beautiful old Ach-mhairc Bridge over the Allt Diradh coming down from Glean Diradh.  The gorge cut by this stream is impressive and worth a chocolate stop to admire.  The path then continues onto a bigger forestry track before emerging near Gilbert’s Bridge.  From here we continue along the track skirting the rifle range.  This is an active range and if the red flag is flying we’d recommend you don’t become a target – go the other way.  We had the place to ourselves today and climbed up the track to the start of Blairuachdar Wood where a seat gives a fantastic view up Glen Tilt.  The autumn colours were just spectacular in beautiful golden sunlight.

Path near Marble Lodge

Waterfall at Ach-mhairc bridge

Ach-mhairc bridge

Then it is a walk along the high road through the wood (with lots of Red Squirrels) before dropping down to Old Blair.  Go through the churchyard at Diana’s Grove and take the path past Hercules’ Garden and then down the side of the River Tilt back to the starting point. This last section on its own is worth spending a hour exploring: we’ve been here countless times so just pushed on as a celebratory glass of red awaiting us in Blair Atholl!

Gilbert's Bridge

Glen Tilt from firing range

Forest track near Blairuachdar

This walk was simply a joy.

Notes:

  1. The way you go to the start of the Meall Dail Min walk.
  2. Keep looking back, as the view to the west towards Schiehallion is lovely.
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