The £440,000 project to upgrade Phase 3 of the Provost Walk in Auchterarder from a virtually impassable, muddy and uneven track to a modern, multi-user path suitable for walkers, cyclists and wheelchairs will be officially opened next week on Wednesday, 3 July, between 14:00 and 16:00.

We are inviting members of the local community, funders, Perth & Kinross Council staff and elected representatives to celebrate Phase 3 of the overall Provost Walk project, which to date has comprised over £945,000 of path upgrades.

The grand opening event will include a gentle stroll down from the Jubilee Public Park to where the ribbon will be cut and then head west along the 1,100m of newly upgraded path to where it meets the A824.

Our Communities Officer, Bid Strachan, who managed all three phases of the Provost Walk project, said:

It has been a fantastic opportunity to work with the Auchterarder community to deliver their aspirational path upgrade, and the positive feedback so far is most rewarding.  The permission, support and cooperation of landowners Perth and Kinross Council and the Auchterarder Common Good Fund Committee has been invaluable, and we are most grateful for this in enabling the project. 

As with phases 1 and 2, solar lights have been installed along the path to allow the local community to use the path in all weathers and year-round.

We’ve improved the access from the path to the A824, making it easier to get to the train station and the wider path network, upgraded the path beside the cemetery, and installed more benches along this section for people to take a break in the beautiful outdoors.

Sustrans Infrastructure Manager Dave Keane said:

We are pleased to have supported Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust and the Auchterarder community to deliver this new path, making it easier for locals to get to St Margaret’s Hospital, Gleneagles Railway Station and other nearby amenities. The upgraded, all-weather path makes a green and pleasant route available for all to enjoy.

Phase 3 of the Provost Walk upgrade was joint funded by:

Transport Scotland through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links grant programme; Auchterarder Community Sports and Recreation; The Gannochy Trust; Auchterarder & District Community Trust; Auchterarder Community Facilities Fund which comprises the three developers Muir Homes, Stewart Milne Homes and Robertson Homes; the Allan King Charitable Trust; Avondale Environmental as part of the NPL Group through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund; and donations from members of the public. It also receives ongoing support from the Auchterarder Core Paths Working Group.

You can also find the Grand Opening Day on our Events Page