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Auchterarder Walk

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Walk Details

Known locally as the “Lang Toon”, this walk takes you through the town of Auchterarder and the surrounding countryside.

We start our walk in the centre of town and are heading eastwards, following along the High Street, perhaps pausing in the independent shops along the way, until we take a right turn on to Castleton Road. The road takes us down into the countryside.

As we get to the small hamlet of Castleton we take a left and onto a footpath signed to Oak Walk.

The fields often have sheep or horses grazing in them – so if you have a dog with you please ensure they are under control.

We pass Lower Borland Farm and continue on the straight track. There’s a path off to the left but we ignore it and follow straight on to a house at the end where we pass to the left. We cross a bridge, go over a stile and enter Oak Wood. We bear left and follow the winding path up through the trees, crossing a small bridge as we go.

The path brings us on to a road where we turn left and follow Tullibardine Road until we reach Orchil Road. You’ll see the Jubilee Cairn at the entrance to the Cairn Hotel. We take another left and come to Western Road with the park opposite us.

Cross over the road. At the edge of the park turn right onto Quarry Road and head towards the recycling centre, passing through the gates. The tarmac road turns to the right but we’re taking the path on the left that continues ahead. This leads us into the trees and eventually joins another tarmac path where we turn left.

This path then meets another and we bear right. This takes us between Auchterarer and the A9. Ignoring the turning to Rossie Place, we continue on until we eventually emerge onto a minor road leading to the left. We go straight across and take the narrow path to the left side of the Ruthven Water. To your right you’ll see the fish ladder in the weir – and depending on the time of year may see fish using it.

Keeping the water to your right, we ignore a left turning for the High Street and continue on past some lovely looking cottages. We keep walking on until a road is reached. We go straight across and follow the lane towards Glenruthven Mill. Continue on the path past the mill, up a flight of steps to farmland with views back to the Ochils. The path continues through the fields until we meet the main road into Auchterarder where we turn left and follow the road back on to the High Street and where we began.

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Carpark: Crown Inn Wynd, Auchterarder, PH3 1BJ

Local Information

Read the Countryside Code before venturing out
Make sure to take a map and compass, and know how to use them before going into our National Parks #BeAdventureSmart

Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".