As the days get longer and the schools are closed, there’s nowhere better to stretch the legs and get some summer sun than Perthshire!

Flowers in full bloom, trees in leaf, birds fledging and sun aplenty mean exploring the magnificent towns and countryside of Perthshire are at their most spectacular.

We've pulled together our Top 10 Summer Walks in Perthshire that will provide a perfect outing for families and adventurers.

 

Birnam Oak © PKCT

Birnam Riverside Path

Did you know young Beatrix Potter was inspired to write her famous children’s stories after a childhood summer holiday in a house on the other side of the water from this path? Visit this peaceful, ambling riverside path and take in the sights and sounds of summer that inspired those well-loved tales. You’ll also take in the 500-year-old Birnam Oak of MacBeth fame and Thomas Telford’s Dunkeld Bridge.

Glen Lednock

Glen Lednock

When the weather gets warmer, the Deil’s Cauldron at Glen Lednock provides a refreshing mist. A hollow in a gorge overhung by trees where the River Lednock falls into a wide pool and water swirls about madly as if boiling, this is a sight to behold. Follow the path from the gorge up Dunmore Hill for stunning views of the Ochils, Ben Vorlich, Loch Earn and the huge Loch Lednock dam.

Heather in flower at Pitcarmick

Pitcarmick Loop

This stunning route meanders through varied landscapes of birch and pine woodlands, fields of livestock and heather moorland, the latter of which comes into full bloom over the summer making it quite a sight! Discover historical links this area has with Bronze Age farming and round houses. It is a strenuous route of 3 ½ miles / 5.6 km for which you want to strap on your boots.

Falls of Bruar in summer © PKCT

Falls of Bruar

The Falls of Bruar are some of the most spectacular natural waterfalls in Perthshire and a real must-see! The landscape today is testament to Robert Burns, who inspired the 4th Duke of Atholl to plant the once bare river banks resulting in the beautiful woodlands you see today flanking the falls. There is a circular wooded walk that climbs up through the gorge to two stone bridges that offer fantastic views of the cascading falls.

View of Auchintaple Loch in summer © PKCT

Stage 3 of The Cateran Trail

Summer means vibrant colours across the Cateran Trail, especially between Spittal of Glenshee and Kirkton of Glenisla. This route follows the Shee Water south past the scenic Dalnaglar and Forter Castles into the fertile farmlands of Glen Isla. Off-road tracks lead past Auchintaple Loch, views of which are vivid with flowering heather. Take a short diversion from the Trail to the Loch’s shores to enjoy exceptional views of Mount Blair. This stage is 14 ½ miles / 23.5 km.

Foxglove © Photos by Zoe

Loch Leven Heritage Trail

The shores of Loch Leven come alive in summertime as birds nurture their young. Mallard and tufted ducklings learn to swim and find food in the loch margins, cygnets grow up on the islands, and ospreys fish on the open water. Meanwhile, magnificent and vibrant meadow flowers attract bees and butterflies, and dragonflies hover over wetter areas. www.lochlevenheritagetrail.co.uk

River Ericht © PKCT

The Knockie Walk

The Knockie Walk is a varied circular route which follows the start of the Cateran Trail and climbs Knockie Hill, which offers beautiful views over Blairgowrie and the Sidlaw Hills. It follows the River Ericht upstream allowing you to spot its waterfalls, woodlands and old mills. Don’t forget to stop at Cargill’s Leap where Donald Cargill, a local minister and covenanter, escaped pursuing troops by leaping the falls below. The walk is about 3 miles / 5 km.

Summer concert at Macrosty Park © Friends of Macrosty Park

Macrosty Park

MacRosty Park in Crieff features a range of natural and man-made features, including a Victorian bandstand that hosts concerts in the summer. Before catching a concert, explore paths throughout the park and enjoy trees, Turret Burn and Mill Lade.

View across River Tummel © PKCT

Buchanan Path

This riverside path features the Telford Bridge, the mighty River Tummel and a lovely birch and aspen woodland. Enjoy the summer sun glittering off the water as you stroll along this short and tranquil route, where you can learn about the Tummel hydropower scheme. The path is about 1/3 mile / 500 m with a few steps right at the start.

Dirnanean Gardens © Dirnanean Gardens

Stage 2 of the Cateran Trail

Visiting this stage of the Cateran Trail in the summer comes with an added bonus – Dirnanean Gardens. Only open during this time of year, the garden consists of a Victorian Burn Walk and a designed landscape, including a shrubbery, walled garden, vegetable garden and orchard. It is well worth a short break from the Trail! This stage of the Trail is 8 ½ miles / 13.7 km and also includes the Trail’s highest point with stunning views and Upper Lunch Hut, which Queen Victoria visited in 1865.

For more walking inspiration this summer and throughout the year, check out our interactive map, which highlights the best examples of natural events in Perthshire as they happen. http://map.pkct.org