Baird’s Monument is an obelisk shaped monument erected on top of Tom Na Chastille above Trowan Farm in honour of General Sir David Baird ( 1757 to 1829 ). Whilst you could drive to Trowan Farm and walk up to the monument from there what on earth would you do for the rest of the day? This walk starts in Crieff at James Square and includes Lady Mary’s Walk and Laggan Hill as one enjoyable though fairly long circuit.
Distance = 12km, Ascent = 250 metres, Time Taken = 2 to 3 hours.
Start from the fountain in James Square Crieff, walking down West High Street, turning right into Comrie Street and taking the next left descending the slightly downhill Milnab Street, to MacRosty Park car park. (You can quite easily drive down to MacRosty Park where there is good ample car parking available if you chose to.)
Here you can cross the stone bridge over the Turret Burn stopping of course to peer into the clear water to see if you can spot any wildlife.
Just over the bridge there is a good small track signposted with Lady Mary’s Walk. You may take this track if you are nimble and light footed and don’t mind getting your feet slightly wet if the burn is in spate. Instead continue on for a few yards and turn left into Laggan Road. After approximately 300 metres, avoiding traffic of course, you will chance upon a sign and the main track into Lady Mary’s Walk.
Take this left turn from the road and enter a beautiful path alongside the River Earn. Marvel at the stunning tree lined avenue barely an arm’s length from the raging waters of the River Earn, unless of course it is a calm summer’s day in which you can marvel just the same.
Continue along to the end of Lady Mary’s Walk whereupon you emerge at the other side of the railway cutting where there is a signpost and a ruined building. Take a left onto the track passing the ruined building on your right and continue walking on a much narrower track skirting the woodland for 300 metres or so. Continue on the good track which later joins the tarmac road for approximately 1km to the road junction passing Trowan Farm on the way. If you have driven to this point then there is ample space to park at the side of the road for a short meander up to Baird’s Monument and back.
Take a right at the sign post and after a further 10 metres or so take another right onto the track slightly uphill heading across the wooded hillside. The track meanders along the way uphill for approximately 500 metres with some fallen trees to negotiate. The track, which is slippy when wet, then doubles back on itself for 200 metres to the wooden staircase leading to the top of the hill and Baird’s Monument.
The monument although showing its age with moss, cracks and flaking concrete is quite impressive. General Sir David Baird was quite a war hero for the British Empire in India. Click Here to read all about him. There is a large steel gated fence around the monument with the gate seemingly open for access but the fence was probably erected to stop visitors climbing on the plinths at the base of Baird’s Monument so it may be best not to get to close. There are lots of bluetits flying around the trees looking for small insects I expect and bluebells would be in abundance were this late spring but alas with this being deepest winter the vegetation is a bit sparse. If you are lucky during this walk you may spot some pheasant, roe deer, squirrels, rabbits and possibly even a fox or two. The surrounding leafless trees still do their best to obscure the views of the surrounding countryside though so after a short rest and some well earned snacks it’s time to move on.
Do not descend the wooden staircase but instead follow the obvious path leaving the monument heading in a westerly direction. This small slightly overgrown track bends north round to south then doubles back on itself and after a few hundred metres descends to another footpath. There is a small fallen down fence at this point where we turn right heading north east. After a short while the track forks and we take the right fork. The track is well worn and due to the rain it’s running like a river on this occasion. After a further 350 metres or so the track forks again and we again take the right fork.
The track now takes us along past Puddock Pond (puddock meaning frog) and soon after joins our Laggan Hill route at the kissing gate which we do not pass through on this occasion. Continue along the track up onto Laggan Hill and past the steel bench at the top stopping for a rest if one is needed.
Now descend the hillside on the track passing another fork and again taking the right hand track down past the wooden hut, past the cottages and rejoin Laggan Road at the junction with Lady Mary’s Walk. Turn left and retrace your steps back to James Square.
Baird’s Monument Walk Route GPX File Download
Click the image to download a .gpx track for this walk here.