Home/Route sections/6 Ardtalnaig to Aberfeldy

The first 4.7 miles (7.5 km) of road-walking reaches Acharn, where walkers turn right uphill to reach the Falls with Hermit's Cave. Afterwards the Way continues north-east along the Queen's Drive, enjoyed by Queen Victoria, with fine views over Loch Tay and Schiehallion to the north.

The Way continues on forest tracks and grassy paths, parallel to the River Tay but well above it. At Dunskiag, turn right uphill for a mile (here joined by the Glen Quaich route) to enter the Birks o' Aberfeldy. This wooded gorge features fine waterfalls and birch trees (birks) made famous by Robert Burns' song of 1787.

The Way descends its east side, crosses the A826 and passes through the Lower Birks Park into the centre of Aberfeldy.

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Official guidebook published by Rucksack Readers

The 2022 guidebook

The official guidebook is produced by Rucksack Readers for walkers and cyclists. It offers detailed directions, mapping on 18 pages and 111 colour photos. This 4th edition (2022) makes the ideal companion for this route.



14.6 miles (23.5 km)


Tarmac at first, then rough paths and farm tracks, followed by descent through wooded gorge with timber steps 

Maximum altitude: 350 m (1150 ft)

Food & drink

None between Ardtalnaig and Aberfeldy unless you detour into Kenmore

Points of interest

Falls of Acharn, Queen's Drive, Birks o' Aberfeldy

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