Sunday, February 21, 2010

Walk Benachally Perthshire Scotland

Walk Benachally, Perthshire, Scotland.

Lovely, gentle walk today in North Perthshire, Scotland to the hill of Benachally. It constantly amazes me that in spite of the numbers of people walking in Perthshire, it's still possible to have a full days walking without meeting anyone!

Benachally and the surrounding area over to Deuchary Hill and Loch Ordie have a network of paths that could allow you to wander for weeks on end. Todays walk to Benachally takes in modern as well as ancient farming practices, from Hut circles and Field Systems to a horse powered Mill. Throw in a myriad of wildlife, some healthy exercise, topped with a bit of sunshine and you have the perfect day out!

Our walk today started from the small village of Butterstone. It's possible to park at the village hall, on the road to the New School at Butterstone. Follow a good road along the Buckny Burn until a right turn takes you past Riechip to Craigend. We climbed from here to the magnificent Monument just before the summit of the hill. It really is a fantastic viewpoint! Glenshee and Mount Blair, round to my home hills the Sidlaws, South to Birnam Hill, round to Schiehallion and back up to Ben Vrackie and Beinn a' Ghlo!

We took the return route using the small path heading South from near Craigend, past the Hut Circles and Field Systems, Leduckie farm and on to Butterstone. The perfect end to the day came when ten roe deer avoided us in single file with the youngster bringing up the rear! That really made me smile!

Field System near Benachally, Perthshire.

Empty Cottage on way to Benachally.

It's a pity that some cottages sit empty, particularly with the view from this one and the situation being perfect to attract the sunshine.

Deuchary Hill and Loch Ordie from Benachally.

Track to Benachally, North Perthshire.

Loch of Butterstone, and Loch of Lowes, Perthshire.

Map by Bing Maps.

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