Walk: Bogged down around Loch Tay

Stirling | Killin | Short walk | ★★

[Loch Tay]

This figure-of-eight circuit pays a visit to one of Killin's easily-forgotten features: Loch Tay, which is found about a mile east of the village centre. A sandy beach in miniature boasts an outlook down much of the 15 mile-long water body, with Ben Lawers peering over the brow of the Tarmachan Ridge - which is itself well seen from other parts of the walk. The route also takes in a castle ruin and the beguiling rivers Dochart and Lochay. There is one serious quagmire on the southern loop; if this is likely to be a problem, you can omit this loop altogether.

[Finlarig Castle]

📌 Walk: Bogged down around Loch Tay ★★
▶ 4 km / 2 miles | ▲ 20 metres
Features: Killin; River Dochart; River Lochay; Loch Tay; Finlarig Castle
Start / finish: Car park off Lyon Road, 5-min walk northeast of Killin village centre, G.R.: NN 574333 ///connected.carrots.royal

Route: Car park - follow railway line south to River Dochart - River Dochart north bank - River Lochay south bank - cross River Lochay - River Lochay north bank - Loch Tay - path alongside Pier Road - Finlarig Castle - start
Terrain: Mostly level paths and tracks, occasional mud. The southernmost of the two loops is fainter and boggy in places (one serious spot which could be impassable if the River Lochay is high).
Wildlife today: Ducks, sheep.
Weather today: Unbroken sunshine after morning fog burnt off. 20°C, light winds.

>> Finlarig Castle ★★
>> Killin ★★

[The route follows both banks of the River Lochay]

Route map


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

Chronological photo guide

[Bridge over the River Dochart near the start]

[Large parts of the walk have good views of the Tarmachan Ridge]

[River Dochart]

[River Lochay south bank]

[This seriously boggy patch mars the southern loop]

[Looking upstream towards Creag Bhuidhe]

[River Lochay north bank]

[Paths are mostly flat, but with some muddy sections]

[Loch Tay]

[Following the western shore of Loch Tay]

[Path alongside Pier Road]

[Finlarig Castle]

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