Walk: Squirrels & salmon at the Linn of Tummel

Perth & Kinross | Killiecrankie | Short walk | ★★★

[Linn of Tummel]

This short walk along the banks of the rivers Garry and Tummel has all the scenic delights typical of Perthshire and the heart of Scotland: majestic forests populated by red squirrels, grand rivers and waterfalls, fleeting mountain vistas and stunning leaf colours in autumn. Detour from the main path for a view of the serene confluence between the two rivers, then follow the Tummel upstream to the constrastingly foamy falls; the cascades are popular with kayakers but less so with salmon, which use the Edwardian fish ladder alongside. The return is less scenically interesting but the quieter surroundings offer better scope for red squirrel sightings.

[Red squirrel]

📌 Walk: Squirrels & salmon at the Linn of Tummel ★★★
Start / finish at car park on B8019 immediately west of Garry Bridge, 1 mi south of Killiecrankie, G.R.: NN 913610 ///rave.riverboat.fats

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 70 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Linn of Tummel
Terrain: Paths and tracks throughout, partly waymarked. The return is briefly muddy and has some narrower sections. Informal, rougher paths enable access to the river banks.

Route & map

Car park - Linn of Tummel by River Garry riverside path - Coronation Bridge - return to path junction a few hundred metres to east - start via inland path


Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Red squirrel on the return leg, grey wagtails by the river.
Weather: Occasional sunshine following an earlier rain shower, temperatures in mid teens.

Also on this walk

📌 Linn of Tummel ★★★
On the River Tummel, 2 mi south of Killiecrankie, G.R.: NN 910600 ///fills.safari.albums
Always open | Free

💬 If not doing the full walk, you can park on the south bank of the River Tummel at G.R. NN 910599 ///waggled.polar.letter. Cross the minor road and follow the path a short distance down to the falls. River levels are controlled by a dam further upstream.

Chronological photo guide

[View downstream from Garry Bridge]

[National Trust for Scotland sign]

[Garry Bridge]

[Woodland paths on the outward route]

[River Garry]

[Path along the River Garry]

[Confluence of the Garry and Tummel]

[Thistle]

[Linn of Tummel]

[Linn of Tummel]

[Linn of Tummel]

[Rapids further upstream]

[River Tummel from Coronation Bridge]

[Coronation Bridge]

[Return path]

[Red squirrel]

[Tiny waterfall on the return]

[Meall Uaine from the return]

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