Wee Sma Glen

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A fairly lengthy walk that holds the delights of rural Perthshire, taking you from the Sma Glen along part of the route leading to Loch Tay. On this part of the route, time should be taken to examine the dry-stane circular sheep-pens known as the Auchnafree Millennium Circle, which was built in the 1800s. The sheep-pens were renovated at the millennium. A few hundred yards away are the Clach na Tiompan Chambered Cairns dating back some 4,000 years to the time of the Bronze Age, a must for historical buffs. From there the walk diverts into the glens of rural Perthshire, following the course of Glen Lochan to the small village of Croftmill. As you approach Croftmill, a spectacular panoramic of Loch Freuchie emerges. A camera here is a must. After a short walk along a single-track metal road, the route diverts onto a long-disused military road. This road was built by General Wade at the time of the Jacobite uprising and is still very prominent in the landscape. It takes you back to the start.   

A minimum degree of fitness is required, mainly due to the length of the walk as opposed to any climbing. This route is ideal for teaching newcomers basic map and compass skills. 

Please Note This walk is graded 'moderate' (click footprint icon to see grades) and can be hard going underfoot, especially after wet weather. It requires some navigational skills. A 1:25 000 scale map and a compass or GPS are strongly recommended. 

Scotland - Northeast Scotland - Perth and Kinross - Loch Tay

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Lake/Loch, Moor, Mountains, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
16/09/2007 - Julie Law

Completed the walk yesterday (13.7 miles) 'a grand day out' no other walkers seen. I would comment that the later stages on the 'General Wade Military Road' don't seem to have been walked much and the track is difficult to follow in parts. Only other point is the small body of water at NN831351, as this part of the walk is now part of the 'Rob Roy Way' a more obvious path has become established to the West side of the water than that of the East (as shown on walk map). Thanks to James Dunn for such an interesting and 'quiet' walk.

18/08/2006 - James Dunn

I found this part heavy going too and a reasonable degree of fitness is required. Peat bogs, mist, rain etc go with walking, especially in this territory. However to overcome any problems... at Corrymuckloch... Waypoint 10 (GR 893 346) you are about 100 yards from the main A822 road. Just follow the A822 back to the start. Hope this helps.

10/08/2006 - Peter Millar

Although a good walk , the last mile down to the end is a treck through very wet ground. We did this on a good day after a prolonged period of good weather and were up to our ankles in peatbog.