Hill Walking and Mountaineering
There are many interesting and varied trails for walkers around the cabins. Some offer a relaxing stroll along a river or loch while others offer a more strenuous walk to a splendid viewpoint.
As an example of a walk, suitable for a family, the Mann Walk is just opposite the Cabins. This follows an old cattle droving route and can be used to access Comrie some 4 miles to the east. The route leaves the road and quickly takes you to woodland areas where an old graveyard of a local family provides a little history. At this point the terrain is wooded and deer are frequently seen. The walk then levels out and passes through some farmland where sheep and cattle graze before climbing again, past the Melville monument and into Comrie.
The Mann Walk can be shortened after a mile by turning right and following a gentle path back to the cabins to make a pleasant 30 minute walk.
For the real enthusiast, there are many Munroes / Munros and Corbetts within an hours drive of Riverside including those of the renowned Crianlarich and Glencoe areas. We provide local Ordinance Survey maps for your use while staying with us.
Less strenuous walking paths are abundant locally and well sign posted We keep a leaflet describing most of these for guests to use while staying at Riverside.
The Glenlednock Circular Walk, starting in Comrie and taking in the spectacular " De'ils Cauldron " waterfall and pool makes a pleasant 2-3 hour walk at family pace.
From Glen Lednock a more challenging days walking can take you over the mountain to Loch Tay. The return trip is "doable" by the moderately fit, but most people arrange a car to collect them at Ardeonaig on Loch Tay rather than walk back over!
In Crieff, one of the most popular routes is Lady Mary's Walk which is wheelchair friendly and starts at the lower end of MacRosty Public Park. It goes along woodland tracks over the now disused Crieff to Lochearnhead railway track to join the walk along the river Earn. The area is wonderful for wildlife, trout or salmon can be seen rising in the river and herons are frequent visitors. There is a sandy area at the river, where paddling is very cooling to the feet!.
Another popular Crieff walk is to the top of the Knock where the view from the top is spectacular. An indicator covers the Strathearn valley, and names mountains near and far. The walk takes you through mixed woodland where red squirrels still thrive. There are many paths over the Knock and your walk can be planned to be long or short, uphill or gentle.
There are also short, flat 30 minute walks starting at Bennybeg just outside Crieff close to the ceramic experience and garden centre tea-rooms there.This walk starts alongside the River Earn where an abundance of water lilies grow and return via a natural rock face where climbers hone their skills
A very scenic drive through the Sma Glen (which has picnic areas and good walking), can take you to Dunkeld where The Hermitage has very pleasant woodland walking, including a spectacular folly overlooking the waterfall. Close-by stands the tallest tree in Scotland. Or you can choose the forestry track from the car park and take a longer uphill walk. Once finished walking, nearby Dunkeld and Birnam are worth visiting for shops, restaurants and Dunkeld Cathedral. In summer there is an art exhibition by local artists in the Duchess Ann Hall in Dunkeld Square . The Birnam Oak, as featured in Shakespeare's Macbeth, can be visited on a short stroll into Birnam Wood.
The Birks of Aberfeldy is also accessed via Crieff and the Sma' Glen, where the scenery is truly highland. This circular walk follows the Moness Burn and at the highest point at the falls of Moness , a pidge takes you to the opposite bank for the return journey. There are many viewpoints along this energetic walk and you can sit on the seat where Robert Burns sat and was inspired to write his poem in praise of The Birks. Aberfeldy also boasts a very pleasant public park with pleasant riverside strolling and children's play area, as well as a working flour mill.
The Falls of puar Walk lies off the A9 behind the house of puar, and is probably one of Scotland 's finest wild landscapes. The walk was substantially improved in the 18th Century by the planting of the woods which make it so attractive today. (Robert Burns also visited here and was inspired by the falls to pen a poem in 1787 requesting the Duke of Atholl to plant its bank with trees). After climbing to the falls, the House of puar has a lovely restaurant where you can enjoy a well earned refreshment or powse in the shop or garden centre.
The Tarmachan Ridge and Ben Lawers are located just about 20 miles away at Killin and provide challenging winter and summer walking.
These are just a limited selection of the hundreds of walks available within easy reach of Riverside Log Cabins. Ask us for more suggestions to suit your ability when you arrive. The list is endless!