Dunkeld - River Tay and The Hermitage - Dunkeld
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Apart from the 80-metre ascent at the mid-point, this walk is quite flat and suitable for most walkers. Being sheltered by woodland most of the way it is an ideal all-year-round route. From the car park near Inver the walk follows a minor road and footpath to reach the banks of the Tay at the mouth of the River Braan. A flat and wide riverside path leading through mature woodland follows Scotland's longest river northwards for about 3km.
On the way you pass Niel Gow's Oak, where the well-known local fiddler composed many tunes. The path leaves the river and after passing beneath the A9 and railway line, climbs steeply for a short distance into Craigvinean Forest, a woodland of enormous Douglas firs. A fairly level forest track leads back along the hillside, passing a 'fairy castle' folly built at a viewpoint over the Tay Valley. An optional 3km detour visits the Pine Cone Point viewpoint constructed in 2009.
Beyond this the track descends to The Hermitage, an ornamental woodland garden dating from the 1750s, where you will find a Hermit's Cave and Ossian's Hall, which provides a viewpoint over the Falls of Braan. A stone bridge leads over the Braan and past one of Britain's tallest trees, a 64.6-metrre-tall Douglas fir planted in the 1860s.
Scotland - Northeast Scotland - Perth and Kinross - Tay Forest Park
Hills or Fells, Museum, National Trust, Pub, River, Tea Shop, Toilets, Waterfall, Woodland
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