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General Wade's Military Road, Crieff to Aberfeldy
General Wade's Military Road, Crieff to Aberfeldy

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Coffin Road to Killin

Start location: Railway underpass north of Glen Lyon (NG 397 426)
End location: Hotel at end of River Lochay (NN 569 343)
Geographical area: Perth, Kinross and Stirling (part), Lochaber
Path Type: Coffin Road, Drove Road
Path distance: 31.8km
Accessibility info: Suitable for Bikes, Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

We have no full survey as such but have been told that the route is completely accessible and is a surfaced track now and so is cyclable.

OS Landranger sheet 51 (Loch Tay)

Heritage Information

This is quite a long coffin road that would have been used by people living in the remote glens to carry their dead to the consecrated ground in Killin. 

As this route is a very long distance it is likely that there would have been set places where funeral parties would have set the coffin down and rested.  These places can be marked by flattened cairns or flat rocks, anything to rest the coffin on so that the carriers can take a break and perhaps a dram but they may also simply have been significant points on the route like prominent stones that would be visible above the snow line.  These sites are often very difficult to find unless local knowledge of them has survived and in this case, we're unaware of any resting places.

 

 



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