Lady Mary’s Walk
It’s one of Perthshire’s most popular walking spots, and it’s one of our Top 10 Things We Love – Lady Mary’s Walk.
The four-mile track starts at MacRosty Park, where you’ll find plenty of parking. Cross the Turret Burn bridge then you’re onto the Lady’s walk. There are two paths to choose from, the original track which is slightly rugged underfoot, or the upgraded path which is suitable for wheels of any size whether wheelchairs, bikes or buggies.
The walk’s got everything you could possibly want from a wander. A river to walk alongside, an old railway line to walk under, and a sandy little beach area too. There are lots of extra touches to look out for – benches with poems carved into them about the surrounding nature and if you keep your eyes peeled you’ll spot the fairy door in the ancient trees.
You’ll be surrounded by oak, beech, lime and sweet chestnut trees, some of which are over 150 years old. There’s plenty of wildlife to be spotted there, with herons, kingfishers, grey wagtails, oystercatchers and otters all calling the walk home.
Because it’s mainly a flat walk, you can enjoy Lady Mary’s whatever the weather. The surrounding nature and River Earn backdrop make it a beautiful landscape at any time of year.
When it comes to the end of Lady Mary’s Walk, you probably won’t want to leave. But don’t worry, you can extend it by taking the path up to Laggan Hill, which will take you through mixed woodland and opens up to awesome views of the countryside. Or if you want to add a bit of a challenge, you can finish the walk with a trip to Baird’s Monument.
There are lots of seats and viewpoints along the way, so you definitely don’t have to be the fittest of fiddles to enjoy the lady’s walk.