aberfeldy And Glenlyon To Dunkeld And Scone

From Coast to Coast

Route length: 34 miles

A church or sacred site

Destination hub

Perth Congregational Church

This building was built in 1897-99 to designs by HBW Steele and Balfour

St Mary Magdalene’s Roman Catholic Church, Craigie, Perth

The former St Leonard’s Church, Perth

The former St Paul’s Parish Church, Perth

Glasite Meeting House, Perth

St Matthew’s Parish Church, Perth

St Leonard’s-in-the-Fields and Trinity Parish Church, Perth

The Roman Catholic Church of St John the Baptist, Perth

Scottish Episcopal Church of St John the Baptist, Perth

North Parish Church, Perth

St Ninian’s Scottish Episcopal Cathedral, Perth

St John’s Kirk, Perth

Kinnoull Parish Church, Perth

Scone New Parish Church

Scone Old Parish Church

St David’s Church, Stormontfield

Cargill Parish Church

Kinclaven Parish Church

Caputh and Clunie Parish Church, Caputh

St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church, Birnam

Little Dunkeld Parish Church

Dunkeld Cathedral (Monument)

Dunkeld Parish Church (formerly Dunkeld Cathedral)

St Anne’s Parish Church, Dowally

Moulin Parish Church and Churchyard

Pitlochry Baptist Church

Pitlochry Parish Church

Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church, Pitlochry

St Mary’s Church, Grandtully

By Road

Take the A826 South from Aberfeldy, turning left onto the A822 along Strath Braan to Dunkeld.

From Dunkeld follow the A9 to Perth, crossing over the Tay there to turn north on the A93 and follow signs for Scone.

By Cycle

Follow NCN 7 & 77, coming into Dunkeld through the trees along the riverside.

From Dunkeld continue south on NCN 77 to reach Perth. A cycle/pedestrian crossing of the Tay is planned to reach Scone. Until then cyclists will have to use the main road.

By Foot

From Dunkeld there is a riverside walk of 2 miles using NCN 77.

By Public Transport

There are railway stations at Pitlochry, Dunkeld and Perth.

A bus can be taken from Aberfeldy to Perth, and from Perth to Old Scone.

Public transport information can be found on the Traveline website.

Scotland's ancient kingdom was formed around these places. Picts and Scots were symbolically united by moving Columba's relics at Dunkeld, after the Viking onslaught on Iona.We have followed the spread of Scots influence with Adomnan through Glenlyon. The journey to Dunkeld traverses a landscape saturated with the legends of Finn and Ossian, which are celebrated at the Hermitage in Strathbraan. Dunkeld Cathedral sits in a beautiful bend of the River Tay amidst gracious parks and woodland. It seems perfectly in place and its scale reminds us of its importance as the capital of Christianity in the southern Highlands. The attractive village spills down from the former Cathedral Close to the bridge over the Tay. Birnam, a little downriver, is also very attractive and associated with Shakespeare’s Macbeth (‘Till Birnam Wood will come to Dunsinane’) and Beatrix Potter, creator of Peter Rabbit.

At the Mound or Moot of Scone, the Kings of Scots were inaugurated upon the Stone of Destiny, which was reputed to have been Jacob’s pillow, coming from Palestine to Argyll by way of Ireland, and finally to Scone when the Picts and Scots united. The Abbey here was ransacked during the Scottish Reformation, and absorbed into an aristocratic estate of what is now called Scone Palace.

The remains of Scone Abbey are in the grounds of Scone Palace, but the plain stone reputed to be the ancient coronation stone is in Edinburgh Castle having been returned after a seven hundred year sojourn under the coronation chair in Westminster Abbey in London. Some say that the original stone is still buried where the monks concealed it in Perthshire, as Edward I’s troops came to seaize Scotland’s precious symbol of nationhood.

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