Walk: Slippery, Deuchary, loch
You know those days where you feel like going for a decent long walk but, for whatever reason, the highest hills are out of bounds? Deuchary Hill might provide a good alternative with a mix of forest and moorland surrounding it, not far from Dunkeld and the A9. This circular walk heads out to Loch Ordie and several other smaller lochs, with a steep out-and-back detour to the summit itself, from which the view can be fantastic. There are obvious opportunities to shorten the route if time is limited.
|[Mill Dam under thick ice and snow]|
Name: Walk: Slippery, Deuchary, loch ★★★☆☆
Length: 24 km / 15 miles
Ascent: 560 metres
Main summits: Deuchary Hill (511 metres, sub-2000')
Points of interest: Various lochs, of which Loch Ordie is the largest
Start / finish: Car park off A923 near Cally Loch, just north of Dunkeld, G.R.: NO 023437 ///hikes.revolts.backed
Route: Car park - Mill Dam - Leddown Burn - Deuchary Hill - Leddown Burn - Loch Ordie - Dowally Loch - Rotmell Loch - Lunan Burn - River Tay viewpoint above Ledpetty Lodge - Polney Loch - start
Terrain: Mostly decent forest tracks; steep, narrow path for ascent / descent of Deuchary Hill's south side; short road section before Polney Loch. Deceptively deep snow with intermittent crust particularly on Deuchary Hill made for tough going.
Wildlife today: Swans keeping a small section of water ice-free at Mill Dam; deer in the forest near King's Pass.
Weather today: Blue skies and sunshine, but near freezing with a brisk wind at the summit.
Anything else? Access to the car park is along a rutted track which may be impassable especially in snow / ice.
|[The track along Dowally and Rotmell Lochs passes just inches above water level]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands