Walks from Killin, Perthshire, Scotland
The walks on Ben Lawers and The Tarmachan are probably the most popular high level walks around Killin, but Killin boasts a large number of lower level walks with a variety which offers good walking for all levels of fitness. For that reason, this last section focuses on a selection of walks from Killin. For an outline map, (excluding the Ben Lawers walk), click Here. Please note that this map is for indication only and you should as always take an accurate map with you on all walks.
Ben Lawers (Quite a long hard walk and a wee scramble near the summit)
An energetic walk of about 5 miles starting from the Ben Lawers centre car park. Time - 4-6 hours.
See walks/lawers.htm page for detailed description
Tarmachan Ridge (one of the best ridge walks around)
An energetic start followed by a fairly easy ridge walk over 4 munroes and total distance of about 9 miles.
See page walks/tarmachan.htm for full description.
Distance 5m/8km. Fairly level Tarmac road
Head north through Killin (past the Bowling Green) and take the first road left after the caravan parkl. Walk up Glen Lochay, past Moirlanich longhouse (open tothe public limited hours) until you cross the River Lochay at the Power Station. Turn right and head back down the other side of the glen. On reaching the Bridge of Lochay, turn right over the bridge and back to the village.
Distance 2.5m/4km. Level /grassland. In very wet weather parts of this walk will
be impassable. At the north end of the village, turn right at the Church of St. Fillan
(the corrugated iron building), and walk up to the car park. Access the old railway line
across the car park. Turn left and cross the old railway bridge over the
River Lochay. Continue along the track until you reach the gate, which leads to the loch.
Go through the gate and follow the path along the loch and the River Lochay. This brings
you back to the iron bridge, which you cross and retrace your route via the car park.
Distance 1m / 2km. Very steep Sheep track
At the rear of the McLaren hall car park, walk over Breadalbane Park and onto the hill
via the gate in the south west corner. A track leads straight up the hill through the
bracken to a stile at the edge of the oak wood. Cross the stile and continue uphill on the
obvious track, which veers slowly left towards the summit.
Distance 5m / 8km. Easy up, steep down on forest tracks
From the West car park, cross the Dochart Bridge and then west along the main road.
Opposite the war memorial, walk up the track between the two bungalows, through the big
gate and right on to the old railway line. Follow this until you reach the point where a
number a tracks cross.. Turn left and the route rises steadily, before falling away
steeply and back to the big gate where the walk started.
Distance 8m,/13km Steady climbs/steep descent Forest track
Follow the previous route until about halfway round you see a track leading off to your right in a southwesterly direction. This track rises towards Glen Ogle. Just before a gate, turn left and head uphill in an easterly direction, skirting the lower slopes of Ben Leabhain. The views to east and west here are magnificent, and if you come here at sunset with some clouds high in the sky, it's a sight you won't forget. Continue until you reach a T junction in the track where you turn left and downhill. The route swings west now and runs below the higher track before you turn sharp right, and drop steeply back down to the Killin.
Distance 10m/l6k Gentle ascents/descents Forest track
On the road west, go up the track between the two bungalows at the war memorial and
turn right on the old railway line. Follow this until you reach the spot where the tracks
cross and this time go straight ahead. Continue along here through the deer fence and you
eventually come to the A85 which you cross. Stay on the track until you reach the old
railway platform at Killin Branch junction.
Auchlyne and Killin Branch line junction.
Distance 11m / 18km. Fairly level, quiet road and forest tracks.
As for route to Killin Junction. Continue westwards, crossing the Gleann Dubh viaduct, through the gate and on along the old railway line until you meet the path that heads south from to Balquhidder. Take the path down to the farm and then turn right, heading east along the side of the A85(T) for a short distance, before crossing and following the minor road signposted for Auchlyne. Return to Killin by following this quiet road along the north side of Glen Dochart. This walk gives wonderful views of Glen Dochart.
Opposite the top car park take the road up the hill beside the coach park. Follow this road as it falls down to the River Dochart, closing the road gates as you go. A lovely walk now takes you past the ruins of old farm buildings up on the right as you pass through the old MacNab lands of Bovain. The road eventually turns left over an ancient stone bridge and up to the main road. Turn right on the main road for a short while then cross over and go up the farm track to Ledcharrie Farm. Carry on past the farm and you will meet the old railway line which you can now follow left (east) to cross the A84 and back down to Killin.
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