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Lady Mary’s Walk and Laggan Hill, Crieff

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Lady Mary's Walk
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Walk Details

Our walk today starts in Macrosty Park in Crieff – we start by following the Turret Burn downstream until it approaches the River Earn. Here we cross over the bridge and follow the river upstream. This section of the walk is known as Lady Mary’s walk and is really lovely with views over the river and with tall beech trees lining the bank.

We keep following the river until we reach a small sandy beach area. Just past this is a wider path that we’re going to follow. The path follows the river for quite some time, passing benches that are engraved with poems about the area.

When the path comes to an end we turn right (signed for Crieff) and then take the next left following a sign for “Crieff via Laggan Hill”. As we pass through a gate, the path goes into open land and climbs uphill, passing through 2 kissing gates on the way.

After the second kissing gate we turn right (signed for Laggan Hill). At the top of the hill we get great views out towards Crieff. When you’re ready to move on, we’re following the clear path down until we reach a signed junction. Here we turn left (signed for Turretbank Road) and head uphill again. When we reach a stone wall, we pass through the metal gate and continue through the trees (with more lovely views of Crieff in the distance). As the path heads downhill again you’ll see a farm. Before the buildings we turn right onto a track and then take a left turn through the hedge before another right turn in the field and continue along by the trees.

Halfway along the field is a marker post that directs us where to turn down towards the houses. We go through a gate, follow the path at the rear of the houses and emerge onto a small road. We walk along here until we reach the Glenturret Distillery (formerly known as the Famous Grouse Experience – hence the statue outside!). It’s well worth a visit and perhaps a wee dram before we continue on back towards Crieff.

When you’re ready we pass behind the distillery and cross the wooden footbridge. The path turns left and then climbs to join a woodland path. We turn right and follow this path through the woods above the river. We continue to follow the path (ignoring a turning on the left) and eventually it brings us to the main road where we turn left and follow the pavement.

Then we find ourselves back in Macrosty park and back to where we began.

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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".