Well, before you venture off into the woods and up the hills lets have a look at..
Notes on Safety
Please be careful when heading off the beaten track. Some of the walks, particularly the longer ones, go on to steep, rough ground. Have you the necessary experience and are you fit enough?
- Take the ordnance map with you and a compass. Be sure you know how to use them.
- Remember how isolated are many of the tracks. Once you leave the roadside by the loch, you are unlikely to meet anybody to help you, should you lose the way. And mobile telephones no longer work off the road.
- When planning your walk, remember how short the daylight is in autumn, winter and early spring. You might like to carry a torch in winter, just in case…….
- Make sure you are adequately clothed. Wear boots on the hills (trainers or stout shoes will do on lower level walks.) Take waterproofs, hat, scarf, gloves, an extra pullover. Take a flask of coffee or hot soup in winter – or a cold drink in summer. Take some extra food in case you are delayed.
- Leave word with a friend or another member of your party, so that they know where you intend to go. Leave an estimated time of return.
- Particularly at sensitive times (lambing, stalking, etc.) it is always a good idea to have a word with shepherds or keepers. Dogs are not welcome where there are sheep – and there are sheep along most of our side of the loch.
Helpful Links to walks nearby.
More options include..
Paradoxically, these require least description, as they tend to attract experienced walkers and also go into open country with easier route-finding.
If you can arrange to be taken to a remote location, there are several possibilities for a long through walk home to Rannoch – from Glen Lyon by the Lairig Ghallabhaich or from Dalnaspidal by Loch Garry and Duinish. Or leave a car a mile or so east of Rannoch Station, then take the train to Corrour and walk back to the car by way of Corrour Old Lodge.
We assume that those setting off to tackle these hills are already skilled in use of map and compass and are conscious of the various points covered in the personal safety section. There are a number of Munroes, Corbetts and bigger hills in Highland Perthshire. Schiehallion is certainly the best known of the local Munroes. The best known approach is from the car-park at Braes of Foss, but a good alternative for those coming on foot, the western approach from Lassintullich is available. The Carn Mairig group is best approached from Glen Lyon – these four hills rather turn their backs to Rannoch. Another group of 4 hills is that of Scairneach Mhór, Beinn Udlamain, A’Mharconaich, Geal Charn lying just north of Drumochter. A few Munroes are also accessible from the western end of the loch, for example Garbh Mheall, which is more often climbed from Loch an Daimh.
The nearest Corbett is Beinn a’Chuallaich, north-east of the village. Others close by include Beinn Mholach and Beinn Bhoidheach in Craiganour Forest.
To the sheiling: Take the path adjacent to the garage, to the left of the waterfall. It zigzags steeply up to a gate at the top of the trees, then continues to a point where two burns meet. Do not take the obvious track crossing the main stream (Allt mór) but keep left and follow the western branch up to a wall you will see on the skyline. This leads past some “stone men” before starting to slope very steeply down, becoming the western boundary of our estate. (4½ km, steep, say 2-2½ hours)
Annat circular: Start as for the short walk to the deserted village but go on further. Shortly after the farm the surface improves and the moorland track is a joy. It heads north at first, then turns west for a while by a small wood. When you meet another track coming from the south, turn left and head down towards the loch, enjoying superb views as you go. Keep right as you come to Craiganour Lodge and head down to the road at the bridge at Aulich. (NB There are usually cattle at Annat. Do not go on this walk if you are nervous!) (9km from the roadside at Annat, 2½ hours)
Carie: The ‘yellow’ walk is not advised at the moment (late 2003) because of forestry work (now open 2006). However, if you follow the eastern section up by the Carie Burn, you will come after 2-2½ miles to a junction of several forestry tracks. There is a footbridge over the burn and a path leads off, straight ahead for about 200m, then sharp left to go north for 200m, then sharp right and up to another forestry track. This track is a fine belvedere with wide, distant views over the hills to the north. When it eventually begins to slope sharply down, you will come to a ‘z’ bend and, shortly after that, to a bridge over the Carie Burn. Look for a blue way-marker which sets you on the path for the campsite. (11km, 2½-3 hours) Carie, the ‘yellow’ walk: When this becomes available again, it is a fine walk. The ordnance map also shows it joining certain of the tracks leading to the Black Wood. (Now available)
There are several footpaths near the village. From the estate to the village, take the path from the Lochside Apartments (‘The Old Road’) and follow the wall/fence along the back of the fields. This can be quite wet but it will bring you out at the foot of the waterfall, by the side of the garage. Another very short path leads from the club’s office to the bank of the river (near the sluices where the loch runs out into the river) and from there to the north end of the bridge.
The combination of two paths on the eastern outskirts of the village makes a pleasant short stroll. Take the “Hillside Path” from the outdoor centre as you leave on the Pitlochry road. When you get to the other end, by the old roadmens’ depot, cross the road and come back by the “Riverside Path” to the village hall.
An example of a short road walk is the ‘Triangle’ south of the village. Leave the village by the “South Loch Rannoch” road, going out past the war memorial. Then take the first left turn heading for Bunrannoch House and first left again back to the village. On the second leg of this triangle notice the humps in the field on the right, the remains of the original village of Bunrannoch.
However, it is possible to walk along the lochside almost anywhere. Park your car off the road and enjoy a walk with superb views over the water to distant hills.
There are various way-marked walks in the forest at Carie, about 3 miles west of Kinloch Rannoch on the south side of the loch. The ‘red’ walk (less than a mile) and the ‘blue’ one (perhaps 1½ miles) cover the area roughly of the deserted village, now the camp-site.
There is another deserted village at Annat. Walk westwards about a mile along the road from the estate. Look for the green sign that points the way past Annat Farm to Dalnaspidal. Do not go into the farmyard but pass round the right-hand side. This track can be very muddy just after the farm but it is also the start of some superb moorland walking.
From Camghouran on the south side of the loch there is a most enjoyable short walk to Loch Monachan and back. The river is particularly impressive after heavy rain – but do be careful, as the banks slope steeply inward in places.. The Black Wood of Rannoch: This is one to do with map in hand. There are several alternative start-points in the 3km or so west of the old Rannoch School.
Finally, two very enjoyable, easy walks on the outer edges of our area are the Falls of Bruar (well signposted from the House of Bruar) and the Loch Errochty Dam from Trinafour
A new walk has recently been completed which stretches from the Lochside apartments car park, passing through the field towards teh south-east, and finishes at a gate near to the Medical Centre. This new path is a great safety feature, as it keeps pedestrians off of the hazardous bend leading down from the Lochside apartments down to the village. This path is suitable for wheelchairs.