Abernethy Glen Circular Walk

The best route to take in order to appreciate the views on this scenic walk is to begin at Kirk Wynd, to the south east of the Round Tower, and follow the gently sloping road that leads up to Loanhead Quarry. Here there are seats where one can stop and enjoy the view before continuing along the Witches Road. This path, also provided with seats, traverses the wooded hillside with the Ballo Burn down below on the right. The route then passes through a kissing gate and down larch stepping to the edge of the Burn to follow it upstream along a shady and picturesque path that leads to the Glenfoot ? Strathmiglo Road. Following this road down the Glen to the right one comes to a signposted stile on the left which the more energetic walker can cross and then climb up and along the hill towards the Law, guided by waymarkers. (Those wishing a more sedate stroll should continue on their way, down the Abernethy Glen road, ignoring the temptation offered by the Castle Law Fort and View Point direction sign). The path passes the Preaching How, the King's Armchair and under the Witches' Hole, a shallow, flat?bottomed cave hewn out of the rock. There is then a steep climb up to the ruins of the fort on Castle Law. All that now remains of the fort is a mass of rubble and grass?covered embankments but the view from this point is superb, covering lower Strathearn, Moncreiffe Hill, the Braes of Carse with the Grampian mountains beyond and down towards Dundee and the Firth of Tay

Returning to the Glen Road the walk continues downhill passing Bogles Quarry (another reference to the supernatural, Bogle meaning goblin) on the left and Quarrel Knowe, once used for archery practice, on the right. (Quarrel coming from the old French word for diamond shape, as in the head of an arrow). Just off the road a kissing gate by a seat leads into the Rough Glen which was once the old public road. It is marked by large rocks and trees forming a shady avenue back to the Main Street at Abernethy.

This scenic walk covers a variety of ground and takes the walker from shady wooded paths to bare windswept hilltop providing some marvellous views. The walker is reminded, however, that very little land is nowadays left unfarmed in one way or another and that resentment is caused to landowners if he strays carelessly from the path, disturbing livestock or crops. Dogs in particular can be the worst offenders; many may be thought of as well controlled but the call of the wild can be too much, especially for dogs normally confined to town parks. So please exercise every care in your use of the countryside and thus keep it enjoyable for everyone.

Along the Walk

Loanhead Quarry - which nature is gradually claiming hack since it was last worked for road building materials about 50 years ago.
Witches Road -  named in memory of the 22 members of the local coven who were burned on Abernethy Hill.

Castle Law Fort
- all that now remains of this ancient Iron Age fort is a mass of rubble and grass embankments but the view from this point is superb.

Rough Glen
- this was once part of the route from Strathmiglo to Abernethy. Used for the transport of coal & lime. The original stone paving is still in existence beneath the present earth covering.

General Information

Distance - 2 to 4 miles depending on route.

Terrain - Wooded paths and tracks with a few steep slopes & steps. The steepest climb up Castle Law can be omitted.

Ordnance Survey Map -1:50.000 I.andranger Sheet 58 Perth to Alloa .
Public Transport - Bus services 36, phone Traveline tel - 084530 11130.
Parking -At the play park up Kirk Wynd. or in the small public car park off Main Street near the post office
Refreshments -  Crees Inn, Culdees Tearoom  or snacks can be bought at Comer Shop-Post Office- Tower Bakery.

While in Abernethy why not visit the Round Tower or the Museum of Abernethy, both on School Wynd, and find out more about the history & legends associated with this area.   (Check the opening times on the outside of the buildings)                              

Follow The Country Code
Always keep to the path.
Fasten all gates after you
Do not damage hedges or fences.
Keep all dogs on a leash.
Protect the wild life, wild plants and trees.
Respect all water supplies and facilities.
Guard against all risk of fire.
Take all litter home
And go carefully on country roads.
Walkers are requested not to take dogs up the Castle Law path.
We acknowledge with gratitude the considerable assistance rendered to us in organising the Circular Walk by:
Abernethy Community Council.
Dr. M. M. Shepherd, Blairgowrie.
Mr. W. T. Smith, Carpow.
Mr. M. & R. Duff Glenfoot Farm.
Mr, W. J. Morton, Craigden.
The Perth and Kinross Footpaths Improvement Team.
For further details of this area see: Ordnance Survey Maps: 1:50,000 First Series, Perth & Kinross Sheet 58 or One-Inch Map, Perth & Alloa Sheet 55.
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