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Invergowrie Coffin Road

Start location: B958 (NO 349 301)
End location: Dargie Church (NO 351 301)
Geographical area: Perth, Kinross and Stirling (part)
Path Type: Coffin Road
Path distance: 4km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

From the B958 at NO327290, the route describes a loop, first north to Pilmore Farm, then east and south to the western edge of the Scottish Crop Research Institute's ground. From there a rough stony tractor track leads east to a cross roads of similar tracks at NO338298, marked by a new sign. From one field before the Institute's buildings broad tarred roads lead through and past the buildings. At the crossroads at NO343299 there are new signs and the pedestrian access lane to the Institute runs east to Errol Road (New Society sign, NO346300) and from there to the route's eastern terminus at a minor road beside the old cemetery, at NO350301. This part of the route falls into three distinct sections: (i) a short 'cut-through' from a gap in the wall at the side of Errol Road into an area of housing immediately beyond the wall, (ii) a street, running through these houses and parallel to the north edge of a small area of parkland, and (iii) a pedestrian-width path leading beside a burn to a minor street at the old cemetery near the eastern end of the village.

OS Landranger 54 (Dundee & Montrose)

Heritage Information

This old coffin road originally came from at least as far away as Pilmore but it seems to have been truncated in recent years although getting round the Scottish Crop Research Centre should still be possible.

People must have travelled this way frequently carrying the dead to be buried in the consecrated ground of the old church in Invergowrie.  Although the section we know of is very small, people must have travelled from very far away to be buried there.





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