Invergowrie Coffin Road
Start location: James Hutton Institute (NO 342 299)
End location: Dargie Church (NO 351 301)
Geographical area: Perth, Kinross and Stirling (part)
Path Type: Coffin Road
Path distance: 1km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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Although the Heritage Paths project only maps the section of the Invergowrie Coffin Road which lies between the James Hutton Institute and Dargie Church, our surveyor walked a longer route which perhaps picks up a further section of its former line. His description follows:
From the road along the Firth of Tay at NO327290, the route heads first north to West Pilmore Farm, then generally eastward via East Pilmore towards the James Hutton Institute's ground. From there a rough stony tractor track leads east to a cross roads of similar tracks at NO338298, marked by an Invergowrie Paths network sign. From one field before the Institute's buildings, broad tarred roads lead through and past these. At the crossroads at NO343299 there are more signs and the pedestrian access lane to the Institute runs east to Errol Road (another sign here, NO346300). From there, the last part of the route follows Johnston Avenue, and then Dargie Road, at the end of which a pedestrian-width path continues east leading beside a burn to a minor street at the old St Peter's cemetery near the eastern end of the village.
OS Landranger 54 (Dundee & Montrose)
This old coffin road originally came from at least as far away as Pilmore but may have been truncated in recent years. Getting round the James Hutton Institute's Invergowrie campus should still be possible though as Perth & Kinross Council have a good network of core paths.
People must have travelled this way frequently carrying the dead to be buried in the consecrated ground of this old church in Invergowrie. Although the section we know of is very small, people may have travelled from very far away to be buried there.