- Start-Finish: Perth to Pitcairngreen
- Distance: 6 miles
- Terrain: Largely traffic-free, easy
- Time needed: 45 mins - 1 hour
- Access: Train station at Perth
The route runs north through North Inch and continues on multi-use track alongside the River Tay, with a splendid view of Scone Palace, where Scotland’s kings were crowned. It then follows 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.
Things to see and do
- River Tay
- River Almond
This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.
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.