Walk: Scone 200
|[View over Scone from McDuff's Monument]|
In 1805 the Earl of Mansfield became uncomfortable at the village clustering round Scone Palace's gates. And so he ordered the relocation of the entire settlement, including the church which was moved stone by stone, a mile uphill to the southeast. Two hundred years later, this circular walk was created by Perth and Kinross Council to commemorate the founding of the modern village, beginning at the old kirk and visiting two prominent monuments on Murrayshall Hill. A few places in the village serve food, so this could be a good post-lunch / pub walk - though you'll need your wits about you (and a map) to avoid navigation errors.
|[Good views across rolling farmland on the return to Scone]|
Name: Walk: Scone 200 ★★★☆☆
Length: 9 km / 6 miles
Ascent: 250 metres
Main summits: Murrayshall Hill (279 metres)
Points of interest: McDuff's Monument; Lynedoch Obelisk
Start / finish: The car park at Scone Old Church on Burnside makes symbolic sense, G.R.: NO 132256 / loads bits remain
Route: Car park - Den of Scone - Balcraig - McDuff's Monument - Murrayshall Hill - Murrayshall Hotel - Balgarvie - start. Leaflet here, although the burn can be followed through Murrayshall golf course instead of the track below Twomile House. Navigation quite complex for a recently created walk.
Terrain: Variety of good paths, occasionally steep; a reasonable amount of road walking in between various sections, but all on minor roads.
Wildlife today: Rabbits.
Weather today: Brightening up nicely after morning fog; chilly but dry.
|[Looking through Pitroddie Den towards the upper Firth of Tay]|
Route credit: Perth & Kinross Council