Perth to Almondbank and Pitcairngreen

This leisurely pedal to Almondbank weir is mainly traffic-free and is punctuated by some impressive views. You begin the ride on the North Inch in Perth alongside the River Tay, Scotland’s longest river, and follow it for nearly 2½ miles before turning alongside the River Almond.

The route runs north through North Inch and continues on a multi-use track alongside the River Tay, with a splendid view of Scone Palace, where Scotland’s kings were crowned.

It then follows a track beside the River Almond, passing near Huntingtower Castle, which is worth a detour. The castle is medieval in origin and is a well-maintained and atmospheric time capsule, complete with tales of star-crossed lovers, a Maiden’s Leap and a colony of pipistrelle bats.

The route continues along riverside paths to Almondbank, where the weir makes a pleasant picnic spot. Less than one mile further on is Pitcairngreen. Plans to create an industrial village to rival Manchester failed to materialise, but have resulted in Pitcairngreen being one of the few Scottish villages with a village green. This, together with pubs and shops, make this a pleasant end destination. Return to Perth via the same route. For a longer ride continue following National Route 77 to Dunkeld from where you can return to Perth by train or continue to Pitlochry.

For a longer ride, start at Bridgend Rugby Ground and follow the mainly traffic-free route 885 to the Celtic Trail. The Ogmore Valley trail can also be linked with the traffic-free routes of the Garw Valley Trail and a section of National Cycle Network, Route 4 to Kenfig Hill.

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Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

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