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Walking and Cycling

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Perthshire is perfect walking country, with walks to suit all ages and abilities. A day’s expedition or a gentle stroll, a hike on the hills or a ramble through leafy woods, by burns and lochs or bagging a mountain top Munro - in this section we'll give you a few pointers. 

The first thing to do is to let us know the kind of walking you prefer and we’ll ensure that there’s good information available to you in the Abade holiday home you have selected.

Perthshire has hundreds of outstanding walks. If you would like to do some research before you come, you will find details of over seventy walks spread throughout the eight geographical areas of Perthshire: Aberfeldy, Auchterarder, Blairgowrie, Crieff, Dunkeld, Kinross, Perth and Pitlochry. 

Perthshire is known as the Big Tree Country and it has some of the most remarkable trees, woodlands and gardens in Europe. The famous Birnam Oak is reckoned to be the sole survivor of the oak woods mentioned in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. There’s even a move to re-establish the ancient fruit orchards for which the Carse of Gowrie was known in century’s past.

Enjoy a walk in Perthshire at any time of year, what better way to take pleasure in exercise, enjoying some of Scotland’s most magnificent scenery and taking in its extraordinary birdlife, wildlife, flora and fauna.  The Drovers Tryst offers many interesting walks and an annual walking festival in teh Crieff area.

The Forestry Commission can offer many walks throughout Scotland. Check their site for information about the country's forests and walks and what the Forestry Commission is doing to protect and expand them.

CNDo Scotland offer short walking breaks and outdoor skills courses. A 2005 winner of a Gold Award in the VisitScotland Green Tourism Business Scheme, which encourages tourism businesses to operate in an environmentally friendly way.

The Munros and Tops are for the serious walkers and 'Munro baggers' though some are perfectly achievable by the less expert. See the list of Munros along with grid references for each.

Looking for a guide? With advance notice this can usually be arranged.

Walking further afield

For something different, how about a walk across the Forth Road Bridge ? Make sure you have a head for heights! The 2.5km walk will give you great views inland toward the Ochil Hills and the distant Trossachs. To the East admire the world-famous Forth Rail Bridge.

Some useful links for walkers

The Ramblers Associationis the representative body for walkers in Scotland and throughout Great Britain, working to encourage walking and campaigning to protect the rights of walkers and the outdoors.

The Scottish Rights of Way Society contains information about the work of the society, and about Scottish right of way in general.


Cycling in Perthshire

Perthshire has some of the best cycle routes in the UK.With miles of little used routes throughout the area’s 2,000 square miles you can choose between routes over rural south Perthshire, the Fife Millennium cycleways, or take your mountain bike over the rugged Highland tracks and quiet roads in the north and west of the county.

Perthshire is an all-year-round destination, and with the changing seasons cyclists can make the most of the countryside’s changing colours.

Off-roaders will find an extensive selection of little used Highland forestry and other tracks, many of which are close to the main A9 road route north. Good mountian bike centres are at Comrie Croft Bikes  home to eh Hairy Coo Mountain Mike Festival, and Muckmedden near Abernethy, organisers of the Fair City Enduro

If you would like to do some research before you come, you can download copies of eight different leaflets, describing the best on and off road routes in Perthshire: Aberfeldy, Auchterarder, Blairgowrie, Crieff, Dunkeld, Kinross, Perth and Pitlochry.The Forestry Commission has excellent routes and the national cycle route runs through Perthshire, see the website Sustrans

Many Abade holiday home ownersare members of VisitScotland’s Walkers and Cyclists scheme, all will help you with routes and your bicycle storage.

Fantastic Facts about Scotland

  • Mary Queen of Scots played billiards. First recorded order by Louis XI in 1470. After she was executed, her body was wrapped in a billiard cloth
  • 1300s Scottish soldiers noted for ability to march longer than others because they made their own oatcakes
  • Bagpipes imported from Rome 2000 years ago by Roman army
  • Toilet, 5000 Skara Brae reckoned to use drainage system to flush into the sea. Alexander Cummings invented flushing toilet
  • Auld Lang Syne sung for 150 years before Burns sent a copy for print to the Scots Musical Museum that he had taken down from an old man.
  • Lawnmower invented in Scotland
  • Shortbread known from 12C but generally thought to have been refined use and name credited to Mary Queen of Scots 16C. Petticoat tails
  • Black bun fruitcake covered with pastry. Origins Scottish was eaten at Twelfth Night but now associated with Hogmanay
  • Scotland's first. Licensed distillery Glenlivet in 1823
  • Scotland's only 2-star Michelin restaurant, Andrew Fairlie at the Gleneagles Hotel
  • Golf. Modern game reckoned to date from 15C in Scotland. Much debate about an earlier game. The Old Course St Andrews date to per 1574, seen as a place of pilgrimage. Links course. How many people around the world have had their photographs taken on the Swilken Bridge?
  • Ice skating began in Scotland. Primitive ice skates of bone and antler used by Scandinavian hunters as early as300 AD. 1572 first all-iron skates manufactured in Scotland. Speed skating was first form of skating sport. First skate Club in Edinburgh 1742

Distances from Perth

Distances from Perth

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