At this section of the walk there is a significant route option, potentially offering a days less walking to complete the Way to Pitlochry. This alternative runs from Ardtalnaig via Acharn to Aberfeldy, a distance of 15 miles.
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From the telephone box at
take the single track road
SE climbing up the hill towards Claggan. As you climb the views back
over the Loch and to the Ben Lawers range are worth a look. Continue
on the road till you pass by the farmhouse on the right. At the end of
the first outbuildings turn right then left onto a moorland track.
Road from Ardtalnaig to Claggan
View back from Claggan Farm over Loch Tay
Keep to the left as the track forks and gradually climbs up to
Tullichglass, bearing to the right into Gleann a' Chilleine. This is a
long glen passing between Creagan na Beinne on the left and Ciste
Buide a' Claidheimh on the right.
On the descent into the head of Glen Almond keep to the track
straight ahead, do not veer to the right. This descends to a small
restored cottage at Dunan. You are unlikely to see anything other than
wildlife and sheep. The cottage is renovated for the Grouse shooting
and out of season it is well shuttered and locked.
Track leading through Gleann a' Chilleine
Close to the Head of Glen Almond by Dunan
At the cottage bear to the left and head off towards the sheep
pens and the north side of the river Almond. For the first 200 metres
there is no clear path, then it starts to be pick up on a quad track that
is very rough in parts. The River Almond enters a weir and from here
down to Auchnafree the track steadily improves and is easy to walk.
On the way down
small holdings are passed, some in
ruin and some inhabited. Shortly after Mon there are signs of a small
golf course, certainly not of championship standard. The settlement of
Larichfraskhan is then on the south side of the Almond and Auchnafree
on the left and north.
River Almond flowing along the Glen at Mon
Track juinction at Auchnafree, to the right Glen Almond running
to the West.
The path has a junction here and the route takes to the left
up to Auchnafree farmhouse and steadings. At the farmhouse bear right
them left round the side of the barns. Pass through a gate them climb
steeply up a grass track towards another gate. Through the gate the
track brings you
to a wooden bridge at the junction of Glen Shervie and Glen Lochan.
Glen Shervie heads off to the NW, but after crossing the
Glenshervie Burn turn sharp right on a
poorly defined path before curving left into the steep sided gully
that climbs up to Glen Lochan.
This is a narrow single file walk between Meall nam Fuaran and
Beinn na Gainimh with a small burn running first on the right then
crossing it near to the highest point.
Glen Shervie (L) and Glen Lochan (R)
Glen Lochan now slowly
opens out as the walk bears to the NE. In the first grassy part of the
Glen keep to the faint track on the right of the glen. Then as you
approach the small burn cross and head on the left hand side of the
glen to the NW corner of the now visible Lochan a' Mhuilinn. This is
quite wet ground to traverse before hitting a vehicle
track at the Lochan. Keep to the north side of the Lochan and then
remain on the track as it starts the descent to Loch Freuchie and
The track continues to descend to a small cottage call
immediately onto the Amulree to Kenmore single track road. Take the
road to the right and go east along Glen Quaich to the T junction on
the A822. Turn left and immediately you are in the small community of