5 excursions to do in Perthshire: 2) Kinloch Rannoch
Kinloch Rannoch was my first excursion once in Pitlochry and it’s situated on the banks of river Tummel, 18 miles west of the resort town in the heart of Highland Perthshire.
This charming and remote village is the ideal place for short or long hiking and climbing (maybe up to the Schiehallion to enjoy then the amazing panorama of the glen from the top of it).
Besides that, I firstly looked for Craigh Na Dun, the hill with the stones that appears in the tv series Outlander. Actually it wasn’t so easy to find because it’s in a private estate and so that I had to spend two nights to figure out the right location. It took me almost two hours to reach it from the centre of the village. You have to go south-east, outpassing Innerhadden, Tempar and Lassintullich. Then, at the end of Tay Forest watch out on your left and you’ll spot the fairy hill of Craigh Na Dun. You won’t see the stones becase the ones used in the series are fakes. It looks like that Diana Gabaldon was inspired by the ones from Clava Cairns or Callanish.
Back to Kinloch Rannoch, I followed part of the trail headed to Craig Varr, a craggy bluff overlooking the village from north. One of the highlights of the walk was undoubtedly the magnificent waterfall Allt Mor. Then I just had to continue up through the woodland until the gate. As I didn’t have enough time to reach the top of Craig Varr I stopped there and I enjoyed the amazing view of Kinloch Rannoch and the hills around.
While descending to the village I turned right following the sign for Loch Rannoch. On its shores I had a nice rest while waiting for the bus to Pitlochry.
How to get to Kinloch Rannoch
Kinloch Rannoch is situated 20 miles west of Pitlochry and you can get here even by bus. Indeed, the service n. 20 operated by Elizabeth Yule links the small village to Pitlochry in approximately one hour.