Nature Walk along Loch Earn Railway Path – St Fillans to Comrie

Length: Half day for a standard walk or full day with additional stops off-piste

Best time of year: All year round  

Best time of day: Morning

Possible species*: Osprey (S), Red kite, Buzzard, Golden eagle, Peregrine, Sparrowhawk, Raven, Great-spotted woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Cuckoo (S), Jay, Spotted flycatcher (S), Wood warbler (S), Redstart (S), Willow warbler (S), Chiffchaff (S), Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Siskin, Redpoll, Blackcap (S), Garden warbler (S), Dipper, Grey wagtail, Common sandpiper (S), Goosander, Kingfisher, Swift (S), Swallow (S), House martin (S), Sand martin, Grey heron, Bullfinch, common garden birds, Redwing (W), Fieldfare (W). Also commonly seen: wildflowers, Red squirrel, Red and Roe deer, frogs and toads (S), butterflies and dragonflies (S).

Description: The first leg of this walk follows the Loch Earn Railway Path from St Fillans to Dalchonzie, which is now a multi-user path and is a wonderful route to walk taking in the wildlife and scenery along the way.

Leaving the St Fillans village, we make our way through the sheep pasture where there are great views over to Dundurn and Am Bioran with Glen Artney beyond. Looking over in that direction there is a great chance of seeing soaring raptors, Red deer and the local Feral goats (depending on time of year). The sunny banks here are also great for butterflies and wildflowers in the Summer. Reaching the railway bridge over the River Earn, we can look for Dippers and Red squirrels in the wood beyond. We get more great scenic views as we pass through farmland, with the option to walk around an ancient Chambered Cairn. Next, we go through a cutting with great floristic interest and views over to the “Golden Eagle ridge”. Stopping along here we will watch the ridge for soaring eagles.

At Dalchonzie we join the Back Road to Comrie for the second leg of the walk, where nesting Ospreys can be seen during the Summer and where roosting Red kites gather in the Winter. There are also plenty of signs of Beaver to look at along the way along, with the option of sitting in wait for Red squirrels in a peaceful mature mixed woodland. We continue to Comrie to pick up our return transport.

 

* S=Spring/Summer

  W=Autumn/Winter

itinerary Itinerary
  • Collection from accommodation (within a 30-mile radius of St Fillans) in the morning or meet at Station Road, St Fillans
  • Aim to start walk at 8.30am (Summer) or 10.30am (Winter)
  • Mid-morning snack (Summer) or packed lunch (Winter) (provided) at the halfway point
  • Arrive in Comrie around lunchtime or mid-afternoon – can have lunch in Comrie if preferred
  • Drop off back at accommodation/agreed location
What to Bring What to Bring
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Binoculars (available to borrow)
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water
  • Sensible shoes/boots
  • Medication (as needed)
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