Starting at the Scottish Deli in Dunkeld, the route follows the village square (The Cross) and then passes through a small opening in a wall into the grounds of Dunkeld Cathedral and onto the Fiddler’s Path. Following this well-surfaced walking path the route passes the Cathedral, which was completed in 1501, and then through a great woodland and with large trees.
It continues along the northern bank of the River Tay to Dunkeld House Hotel. Passing through the grounds of the hotel the route follows a rough tarmac road northbound to meet Sustrans NCN 83. It then joins the Atholl Woods Path to climb on a good forest track to about 270 m, with a short downhill towards Mill Dam.
The route continues on the Loch Ordie Path past Rotmell Loch and Dowally Loch to Loch Ordie. Loch Ordie is the half-way point, a classic freshwater hill loch surrounded by wooded hills. The route continues on the southern edge of the loch and joins a well-graded path on the eastern side, which soon turns into a smooth tarmac road, descending along the Buckny Burn to Butterstone.
From Butterstone to route briefly follows the A 923 and then a path on the eastern and southern shores of the Loch of Butterstone, past the Loch of the Lowes and then rejoining a minor road on the southern shore of Loch of the Lowes, which is home to ospreys and red squirrels. A visitor centre, just a small detour, provides another good opportunity to stop and rest. From here the route follows the Loch of the Lowes Path into Dunkeld.
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