Atholl Woods are situated a short distance from Dunkeld, on the Atholl Estate in Perthshire, and include a diverse range of trees and wildlife.
Atholl Woods stretch over many acres of hill country to the north of Dunkeld with many walks around the vast conifer plantations.
The trees are regularly harvested and the cleared areas provide wonderful views from the forest tracks. The lochs of Craiglush, Lowes and Butterstone can clearly seen to the south west, while to the north, the valley of the River Tay stretches out, framed by high mountains.
The walk through Atholl Woods, which forms part of the Dunkeld and Birnam path network, passes along the banks of two small but attractive lochs. Mill Dam always has large numbers of wildfowl, including widgeon, mallard and tufted ducks. Polney Loch, (also known as the Goat's Pool), lies beneath the imposing cliffs of Craig a' Barns. Close to the edge of the lochs, stealthy grey herons can often be seen waiting motionless to spear an unsuspecting fish or frog.
Getting there by railway:- Regular train service between Perth and Birnam. Walk or taxi from station to reach Atholl Woods.
Getting there by aeroplane:- From Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports head north to the city of Perth. Then take the A9 northbound for 14 miles/22 km to reach Dunkeld. Drive through the village and then take the A923 for approx ½ mile to reach the well signed turn off for the Atholl Woods walk
Getting there by ferry:- From the port of Rosyth head north on the M90 to reach Perth. Then take the A9 northbound for 14 miles/22km to reach Dunkeld. Drive through the village and then take the A923 for approx ½ mile to reach the well signed turn off for the Atholl Woods walk.
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