Grandtully to Pitlochry

River Tay at Grandtully

River Tay at Grandtully

With a damp day forecast and the Missus keen on exercising the credit card, it seemed sensible for Jazz and I to amuse ourselves with the short section of the Rob Roy Way from Grandtully to its end at ’Pitlochry’.  When I mentioned that lunch would be at a stone circle, Jazz was on-board as she loves the Neolithic.

Path beside Strathtay golf course

Path beside Strathtay golf course

Looking down to Strathtay

Looking down to Strathtay

We were starting in Grandtully where we had wandered a few years back on a stretch from Aberfeldy 1.  We cross over the lovely Tay and look down on the assorted nutters trying to drown themselves paddling the river.  From the village of ’Strathtay’ we take the lovely path between the golf course and the Tullypowrie Burn.  This climbs pretty quickly to give a great view down the strath.  At this point the drizzle comes on and the mist gives tantalising views through to the strath below.  On the top the track crosses moor heading for the forestry, in the middle of which is our stone circle.

Heron fountain

Heron fountain

Stone circle, Fonab Forest

Stone triangle, Fonab Forest

Looking down on Pitlochry

Looking down on Pitlochry

Port-na-Craig

Port-na-Craig

You can forget Callanish or Brodgar right away: we have three stones in a little clearing – so “stone triangle” is more mathematically correct!  But as the sun is making an effort to come out, lunch was served to an underwhelmed spaniel.  We then push on to where the path starts its drop towards Pitlochry with Wood Warblers singing away to entertain us.  It’s a nice path although slippy in the wet – as I can attest!  After a death-defying crossing of the A9 (“Scotland’s Killer Road”) we wandered past the quaint hamlet of ’Port and the dam of the hydro power station and into Pitlochry (obviously making a short detour to the railway station to photograph the famous Heron water fountain).

Notes:

  1. It was OK but not worthy of your time, and so didn’t make here: you’ve no idea how strict the standard is to get onto this website!
Distance:8km
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Duration:3 hours