Black Watch to Killiecrankie
Black Watch Monument, Castle Menzies, Tummel Bridge, Queen’s View, Linn of Tummel, Killiecrankie Viaduct
Black Watch Monument
Not to be confused with the Black Watch Monument outside Dundee, this one stands close to Wade’s Bridge in Aberfeldy.
Otherwise known as Tay Bridge. The confusion over the name of this bridge is to be expected; General Wade, the builder of the bridge, oversaw the construction of over 30 bridges, so it is not surprising that some of his bridges go by local names.
A 16th Century castle, also home to the official Menzies Clan Society and The Menzies Charitable Trust.
If you are planning a visit, it is advised that you check opening times in advance.
A beautiful spot over the River Tummel and also the site of the Tummel Power station; a must for fans of Scottish engineering.
In 1866, Queen Victoria is said to have visited this spot overlooking Loch Tummel.
Linn of Tummel Trail
Car Park Google Map Coordinates: 56.727907, -3.777726
Before you head to Killiecrankie, stop off at the parking spot just before the bridge over the River Garry. The trails lead up and down the River Garry. The trails are well signposted and the paths are easy going.
Despite what Google Maps says, don’t jump in the car to get round the other side of the river to get to The Linn of Tummel; simply head downstream from the car park. You will come to a bend where the River Tummel meets the River Garry. A glorious spot.
River Garry footbridge
Heading back up the River there is a metal footbridge a few hundred yards past the bridge, where you can get some breathtaking pictures. At this point head back to the car and drive to the next location.
Killiecrankie and Soldier’s Leap
From the car park at the River Garry bridge, take the B road to get to the Killiecrankie Visitor Centre where you can explore Soldier’s Leap and the Killicrankie Viaduct.
The gap at this part of the gorge is 5.5m (18 feet) wide. A redcoat soldier, Donald MacBean, is said to have leapt this gap when escaping from Jacobite clansmen.
You can walk right underneath the viaduct and with any luck, you’ll time it right so a train passes.