Great Scottish Perthshire Walks – The Pass of Killiecrankie

The Pass of Killiecrankie

Distance: 3 miles/5km +
Approximate Time: 60 minutes +
Further Info: Part of Pitlochry Walks Network – leaflet available from the Visit Scotland Information Centre in Pitlochry.

At one time the Pass of Killiecrankie was notorious amongst travellers as one of the most arduous and dangerous routes in Scotland. Today this impressive wooded gorge is one of Perthshire’s best loved beauty spots and a popular location for walkers and naturalists. There are a number of easily accessible trails by the River Garry through fine oak and deciduous woodland, rich in wildlife. The through route from Pitlochry to Killiecrankie passes close to Loch Faskally and the river bank and is one of the best low level walks in the area. It can be tackled as a simple linear route (3 miles/5km) before catching the bus back. A longer, picturesque circuit is also possible and takes in the beautiful Linn of Tummel with its natural salmon leap. All route options are fully illustrated in the Walks leaflet. The Killiecrankie Visitor Centre (NTS) is located above the gorge and features information on the outstanding beauty of the area and the bloody Jacobite battle fought here in 1689. The centre is open from Easter to October. Gorge and walking trails are accessible all year. Refreshments in Killiecrankie or Pitlochry.