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

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Ardeonaig to Comrie Drove Road

Start location: Loch Tay at Ardeonaig (NN 666 362)
End location: just south of Coishavachan (NN 743 273)
Geographical area: Perth, Kinross and Stirling (part)
Path Type: Drove Road
Path distance: 14.5km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

Newsflash: in October 2015, this old route features as one of the Crieff & Strathearn Drovers' Tryst walks. Other historic routes promoted during the festival (10-17 October) include the Coffin Road to Balquhidder and the Kirkmichael to Ballinluig Drove Road, General Wade's Military Road from Crieff to Aberfeldy, the Balquhidder Road and the Comrie to Callander Hill Track.

Our route description runs from south to north. A quiet public road runs from Comrie up Glen Lednock. Just before Coishavachan, take the left fork which after 1km crosses the bridge over the River Lednock (NN732279). Continue by the tarred road on the south side of the reservoir, then go around its head across the river and climb north-east up grassy slopes for almost 1/2 km to reach the old indistinct track which climbs north-west up the hillside. Careful route-finding is necessary as there are many sheep tracks over the south-west shoulder of Creag Uchdag, and the col that you are aiming for between Ruadh Mheall and Creag Uchdag is rather featureless. Beyond it go NNW down the grassy glen, with barely any trace of a path, to the site of old shielings at the head of the Finglen Burn. Below there a path appears and leads down the right bank of the burn to Ardeonaig.

OS Landranger 51 (Loch Tay)

Heritage Information

According to ARB Haldane's 1962 book New Ways Through The Glens, in 1807 Lord Breadalbane and others proposed a road from Ardeonaig to Comrie in order to improve communication and to effect Improvement. It was stated that there existed only "unformed Tracks, and accessible only to Horses or the lightest Country Carts with very small loads". By 1811 Thomas Telford refers to it as the "new Road through Glen Lednaig" in the Fifth report of the Commissioners for Highland Roads and Bridges, but despite his approval, the new road was never constructed. However, the route was already established as a link between Loch Tay and Comrie, for Haldane's earlier book The Drove Roads Of Scotland (1951) indicates that the route was well used for cattle droving in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

 



 

 

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