Dunkeld 5km

A gentle trail that follows the river Tay incorporating a stop off at a folly and a beautiful river beach.

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Total Distance: 5.6km
Total Ascent:
Forest walking paths and a short section of tarmac (part of the hotel drive).
Route Category: Easy
Riding Time: Family with small children 1-1.5hrs, older children or adults 0.75hrs.
Start/Finish: Atholl street (North) car park.
OS Grid Ref: NO026428 / what3words: ///routine.suiting.remembers
Nearest Parking: Atholl street (North) car park, PH8 0AR.
Nearest Railway Station: Dunkeld & Birnam.
Nearest Bike Hire: Progression bikes, Dunkeld https://www.progressionbikesscotland.com
Key Facilities on Route: Toilets can be found in the car park at the start/finish of this route. Cafes/pubs and shops can be found in Dunkeld itself. Coffee stop/lunch/dinner can be had at the hotel on route – The Dunkeld House Hotel.
OS Landranger Map: 52 Pitlochry & Crieff

Points to note: This route is suitable for all but does involve a short down hill tarmac section on the hotel drive, sections with a drop near the river, care, as always, should be taken.

Route Description

Begin at the Atholl Street (North) car park in Dunkeld, follow the path behind the toilet block and bear left towards the Cathedral. Follow this path alongside the Cathedral, then pick up the wooden/green sign to follow the Bishop’s path.

Signposts for the different paths

Once you reach the end of this path turn left and follow the tarmac hotel drive down hill, watch out for traffic and the speed bumps, take it easy. Once the descent starts to level off you will see a green boat planter on your left, turn off here and follow the path to the right. Unless of course you intend to go to the hotel, in that case stay on the hotel tarmac drive.

Cycling along Bishop’s Path

Continue on this lower path past the hotel and fishing hut until you come to a small steep path off to the left (you may wish to leave you bike at the top and walk down), this will take you to the Folly, this belongs to the hotel and on occasion people choose to marry here.

A folly by the banks of the River Tay

From here you can continue further along the path towards the beach. To get down to the beach take the small sign ‘Rock Pool’. This is a sandy and stony beach with a bench, a great lunch spot.

Enjoying a break by the river

The route retraces your steps as far back as that green fishing boat planter. Instead of heading uphill on the tarmac stay on the forest path and around the gate in front of you. Follow this path straight back to the Cathedral and back to where you started in the car park.

Cycling beside the River Tay

If you enjoyed this route, why not try the following?

Taymouth Castle 5km
Murthly 10km