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

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Muchty Road

Start location: Glen Road, Abernethy (NO 188 139)
End location: Auchtermuchty (NO 235 121)
Geographical area: Perth, Kinross and Stirling (part), Fife
Path Type: Drove Road
Path distance: 5.5km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians, Suitable for Bikes, Suitable for horses

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Route Description

The route starts at NO 236 121 as a minor road north from Auchtermuchty via Newhill and Reediehill.  It becomes a forestry road soon after Reediehill with a gravel surface.  The route joins the minor road through Abernethy Glen between Glenfoot and Strathmiglo but you can continue on more modern tracks through the forest to Abernethy itself.

OS Landranger 58 (Perth & Alloa, Auchterarder)

Heritage Information

This path is an old drove road that would have been used by people taking cattle and later sheep to market, possibly to the big Trysts at Crieff and then Falkirk.  As one of the few drove roads so far identified in Fife, it must have seen a great deal of traffic along it.

As the route crosses the border at NO 203 137 there are the remains of a 'howf' or Thirl Stane, a large boulder with a hollow in the centre of its top surface. This is said to be where there would have been a pole and weighing device, presumably for wool sacks or produce for the markets.
 

 



 

 

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