The River Tay at Dunkeld © PKCTView along the mighty River Tay at Dunkeld and Birnam

The River Tay Way – a new long-distance walking and cycling route through Highland Perthshire – has been chosen as a Co-op Cause in Dunkeld to benefit from the Co-op Local Community Fund!

Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT), who are developing the River Tay Way, want to get the community involved in developing the route in Dunkeld and Birnam.

PKCT aspire towards installing signage, develop a leaflet, design interpretation, develop a website, and other promotional activities to promote both routes to local people and visitors, when restrictions ease.

The cycling route follows NCN 77 through the grounds of Dunkeld House Hotel; the walking route follows core paths from Griffin Forest to the Hermitage and on past Birnam Hill.

River Tay Way along NCN 77 at Dunkeld

Improved NCN 77 through Dunkeld House Hotel grounds as part of River Tay Way

Andy Barrie, PKCT’s Strategic Routes Officer, who is leading the development of the River Tay Way, said:

Access to open spaces continues to be extremely important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We want to encourage greater use of the countryside for mental and physical health and wellbeing.

The River Tay Way offers visitors a way to explore to some of Perthshire’s most spectacular sites; it links communities between Kenmore at Loch Tay all the way to Perth; and is creating new and improved cycling infrastructure that will provide better active travel opportunities for work or leisure.

The project ultimately aims to help improve the health of users, create sustainable community links, and will develop tourism income when restrictions are lifted.

Dunkeld Co-op members buying Co-op branded products support all three ongoing community causes, including the River Tay Way, and can choose to specifically support one, by going online to

Find out more about the River Tay Way’ Co-op cause by visiting

Click here to support the River Tay Way Co-op Cause at Dunkeld

£1,002.12 raised so far!

Thank you all Co-op members who have chosen us!

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