Until the assassination of King James I in the 16th century, Perth was Scotland's capital city. Set between the parklands of North Inch and South Inch, the city occupies a strategic position at the junction of the Highlands and Lowlands.
Heading out of Perth on a traffic-free path alongside the River Tay, the route provides a splendid view of Scone Palace, where Scotland's kings were crowned. The route then follows the River Almond near Huntingtower Castle, through Pitcairngreen and Birnam Wood before joining a dedicated cycle route alongside the A9 through the Pass of Birnam.
The route into Dunkeld takes you over Thomas Telford's bridge over the Tay. Dunkeld was Scotland's first ecclesiastical capital, and its cathedral contains a wealth of Scottish history. If you carry on for few hundred yards through the town and turn left into the grounds of the Hilton Dunkeld House Hotel, you can enjoy a beautiful ride up the approach road to the hotel and then along the wooded banks of the River Tay.
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.