Scotland's Great Trails




STRATHYRE to KILLIN

Temporary Route Diversion - Timber Harvesting

Starting in October 2012 and lasting for approximately 6 months the Forestry Commission are harvesting in the area between Strathyre and Kingshouse. This necessitates a diversionary route between Strathyre and Kingshouse which uses a local core path then the dismantled rail line on the west side of the A84 trunk road.
To access the map that shows the temporary route click on this link and download the PDF file.
Click here to jump to the end of the diversion and resume the route description.


River Balvag

River Balvag at Strathyre


Resume the next section of the Way from the crossroads on the A84 at the Munro Inn and proceed east up the short road ahead (also a car park) to the top where the road ends and a path leads to a renovated church and ahead to the War Memorial. Take the path to the left past the front and north side of the church, and follow the path past a tennis court.


After the tennis court the narrow path starts to climb through a small glen, over a small burn before reaching the main forest road which is clearly defined.


Crossing the Burn

Climbing out of Strathyre


The heavy rains of December 15 and January 16 have takenb their toll on a section of forestry track on the section of the Way just to the north of Strathyre. The images below show the impact of the walk on the track and these points are close to one another in the area of the path around grid reference NN567 176. This is shortly after the narrow path climbing up out of Strathyre meets the wider forest track and you have turned left and headed north up the incline.
We beleive that the Way is still passable however be aware that it is likely that the Forestry Commission will be undertaking remedial work at some point so be prepared for a potential temporary diversion while this is being done.
Do still make use of this section unless you come across temporary closure signs.

Path erosion
Path erosion

Strathyre Forest

View from Strathyre Forest towards Balquhidder


On reaching the forest road turn immediately left (N) and follow it as it climbs gradually uphill north towards Kingshouse . This is a pleasant forest walk with views west over Strathyre, then into Balquhidder and Loch Voil. The walking track reaches it's highest at an opening in the forest now used as a small quarry. The route now descends by way of a U bend to come done close to Kingshouse Hotel. The forest road ends on the old A84 road some 200 metres south of the hotel.


While the temporary diversion is in place resume the route description at this point.


At the hotel take the road marked to Balquhidder (under the main road). Immediately after the underpass there is the sign for the Millennium cycle route. Take this to the right and follow it north and east for slightly over a 1 mile. At this point the path diverges from the A84 and starts to run along an old railway line. Shortly the route crosses a renewed viaduct over the Kendrum Burn. This was restored in memory of Nigel Hester a young musician.


Millennium cycle route

Rob Roy Way & Millennium cycle route


Lochearnhead Junction

Lochearnhead Junction


There is shortly a choice of routes depending on whether you want to visit or stop in Lochearnhead. Assuming that you are continuing on the main RRW the route shortly starts to climb steeply away from the old Craggan Railway cutting. As the route zig zags upwards there are several commanding views east over Loch Earn which is some 100 metres below.


At the top of the climb the path merges into the track of yet another discussed railway line. Shortly it curves left up into Glen Ogle. As the route straightens a grass path shortly rises steeply from the right, this being the way walkers would return to the Rob Roy Way from Lochearnhead.


Loch Earn

Loch Earn from above Craggan


Glen Ogle

Glen Ogle looking toward the north


The path crosses the old railway viaduct before it comes within metres of the road at the head of the Glen. Pass by a small loch before coming to Glenogle cottages, cross the road to a separate footpath and within 100 metres the route reaches a carpark. Ahead is a great vantage point, to the north east lies Killin, Loch Tay and Ben Lawers.

This is the point where you can break from the main walking route and take the high level route as it heads towards Loch Breaclaich and on to Ardeonaig and Ardtalnaig. To select this option click on this link.


Assuming that Killin is the end of this days walk then an further 60 to 80 minutes is now required to walk into Killin. The section is almost totally downhill on mainly forestry tracks. There are many attractive views across Loch Tay to the mountains on the northern banks.
The Rob Roy Way follows the same route as the cycle path finally running east along the bed of the former railway line. This route is well waymarked and should be followed although there are alternatives on the eastern side but they may be subject to closure due to shooting or forestry.


Killin in the 
valley

Killin & Loch Tay looking NE


Old Railway Line

Old Railway Line


One such route is accessed at the first "T" junction shortly after the tarmac cycle track ends. This route heads off to the right. At the next junction the route is to the left prior to the final descent to the Falls of Dochart.


As the old railway line approaches Killin it comes to an end point where the path directs you to the left for about 50 metre. Now turn right onto the A827 footpath into Killin. As you cross the bridge over the River Dochart look out for the gate on the right onto the island burial ground of the Clan Macnab. On the left are the spectacular "Falls of Dochart".
As you exit the bridge you enter the main street of Killin where there are hotels, B&B's, restaurants and shops.


The Falls of Dochart

The Falls of Dochart



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