Lovers Walk is a good but short walk from the A85 just outside Crieff town centre, through a small wood alongside the Turret Burn to the Glenturret Distillery and back. This walk route combines Lovers Walk with a walk through MacRosty Park.
Distance = 5km, Ascent = 40 metres, Time Taken = 1 to 2 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.)
Walk into MacRosty Park heading over to the path which runs alongside Turret Burn. MacRosty Park in Crieff consists of an amalgamation of four parks. Mungall Park, Taylor Park, Recreation Park and MacRosty Park collectively known as MacRosty Park. The park is home to a fine collection of trees including Douglas Fir, Spruce, Pine, Cedar and Oak. Take your time to look around and peer into the depths of Turret Burn to see how much wildlife you can spot.
Follow the path crossing the burn by the two wooden bridges if you like but remember to return to this side before you come to the weir. The good path turns back on itself and you are presented by yet another wooden bridge. Cross the bridge turning right for 50 metres or so then turn sharply left and climb concrete steps turning left at the top and onwards to the wooden staircase. Continue on the path as it descends and climbs slightly to a gated entrance to the road. There is a steel bench here where you can have a rest if you like.
Pass through the gate and turn left onto the pavement running alongside the A85 which is the main road through crieff. Take good care here because this is a busy road. Continue downhill as the road bends sharply then on for another 50 metres to reach a bridge over the Turret Burn. Without crossing the bridge, carefully cross the road and enter Lovers Walk, a small pathway running alongside the river. There is a signpost here indicating the route. This is a delightful walk which climbs and descends and meanders alongside the Turret Burn.
Enjoy the woodland scenery and listen to the burn as it cascades its way over the rocky undulating river bed. Look out for squirrels along the way and listen for birds amongst the trees. There is a wooden bench where you can rest along the way should you choose. After approximately 800 metres you will reach a fork in the track. Again there is a signpost here indicating the route so take the left track for Glenturret Distillery. This track descends and turns back on itself to arrive at a rather splendid bridge leading to Crieff’s Glenturret Distillery which is the home of The Famous Grouse Experience. Continue through the car park arriving at the main road.
You could rest in the distillery cafe/restaurant and partake in a fine choice of good whiskies should you choose to do so.
You have a choice now. Return by way of the route you walked in on or turn left and follow the road all the way back to the A85. Carefully cross the road, head uphill and re-enter MacRosty Park by the gateway through which you left it. You can now meander through MacRosty Park at your leisure making your way back to the car park, up Milnab Street and back to James Square.
Lovers Walk Route GPX File Download
Click the image to download a .gpx track for this walk here.