ARDTALNAIG to AMULREE

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From the telephone box at Ardtalnaig 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.


Ardtalnaig road

Road from Ardtalnaig to Claggan


West of Claggan Farm

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.


Gleann a' Chilleine

Track leading through Gleann a' Chilleine


River Almond at Dunan

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 Glen Almond 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.


Mon

River Almond flowing along the Glen at Mon


Auchnafree

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.


Glens Shervie & Lochan

Glen Shervie (L) and Glen Lochan (R)


Lochan a'Mhuilinn

Lochan a'Mhuilinn


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 Glen Quaich.


The track continues to descend to a small cottage call Croftmill then 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 Amulree.


Loch Freuchie

Loch Freuchie in Glen Quaich


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