Laggan Hill is a small hill just to the west of Crieff. It makes for a lovely walk in all weathers although can be a bit boggy underfoot after the rain.
Distance = 7km, Ascent = 150m, Time taken = 1.5 to 2.5 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 so you choose 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.
Leave the bridge walking slightly uphill and turn left into Laggan Road. After about 100 metres you will pass Highland Crescent on your left. The road narrows slightly as you continue walking. Shortly after you will arrive at a crossroads. Left takes you onto Lady Mary’s Walk, right takes you to Laggan Hill but on this occasion we are walking a clockwise circuit so the road to our right will be our return route as we continue on our way in a westerly direction.
We are leaving Crieff behind as the track narrows into an avenue of trees. Passing through two kissing gates, one being held conveniently open on this occasion, and passing a poor hare that was at the side of the track having just been snaffled by a stoat or weasel. The offending creature had been disturbed by another walker before it had time to take its lunch but I fear that the poor hare’s last days have arrived. You will be amazed at the range of wildlife in the woods and hills around Crieff so always be on the lookout. Laggan Hill can clearly be seen on your right as you progress.
The track meanders for approximately 1.5km before we arrive at a sign indicating our path on the right through a kissing gate onto the path up Laggan Hill. The track now meanders gently upwards turning back on itself but it is clearly marked. Passing through another kissing gate the path continues upwards. If you are feeling a little tired now then you are in luck because there is a nice wooden bench seat to rest your weary limbs.
After a short rest continue upwards and you arrive at a kissing gate and a signposted junction. Take a right and continue on your way. After the last small climb the track levels off and you are at the top of Laggan Hill. There is a rusty old seat here to rest again should you feel the need.
It’s all downhill from here now as the good path descends for approximately 1km back to the main track. Occasionally as I found out today there will be fallen branches blocking the path. It’s normally easy enough to overcome such obstacles but let care be your watch word. Pass the green hut and stay to the right at the fork passing the dwellings and descend to the main track.
Take a left here and retrace your steps along Laggan Road and back to MacRosty Park and finally climb the hilly Milnab Street back to James Square.
Mind you, you could always drive the car down to Macrosty car park and walk the Laggan Hill route from there.
Laggan Hill walk Route GPX file Download
Click the image to download a .gpx track for this walk here.