Walking from the Cally car park, above Dunkeld, for a real taste of the Big Tree Country. Although this isn’t a walk of very great ascent, there is a long gradual climb to see Loch Ordie.
As we walked up the track a very great many small frogs crossed our path. You have to be careful where you step!
After the first long slope we descended to the lochan known as Mill Dam, very picturesque with swans and lots of ducks. Beyond here we entered wilder country, with fewer trees, rocky hillside spurs and lots of long heather slopes – at its best when we did the walk.
A little distance brought us to the Rotmell Loch, particularly pretty with a huge cloud of water lilies in one section. Then to the slightly more secluded Dowally Loch, surrounded by trees. Just beyond is Raor Lodge, a tiny smallholding with hens and guinea fowl outside.
Here we picked up the Dowally Burn, a very attractive water, by a lovely old stone bridge. We stayed close to it all the way to Loch Ordie – bigger than I was expecting with some wilder moorland on its far side. Lochordie Lodge is an old fishing lodge. From there we took a contouring path back to the Mill Dam Loch – a very attractive path through woods and heather moorland, skirting the bounds of Deuchary Hill.
From this track there are some splendid views over the Perthshire hills, right across to the great height of Schiehallion. A very attractive path indeed.
From the Mill Dam Loch we returned back along our outward track.
We had set out early and not seen many people. By the time of our return, the tracks were busier, both with walkers and mountain bikers.
A very lovely walk indeed. About 12 miles the way we did it. The heather and the rowans were at their best.