The Hosh Circuit

The Hosh Circuit is an out and back walk over tarmac roads and tracks through the woods between Crieff Hydro and Glenturret Distillery. The walks takes the walker passed the Knock of Crieff, down to The Hosh, around Glenturret Distillery and back again. This is a walk for all weathers but be prepared if it has been raining because the forest tracks will be muddy underfoot.

Distance = 7km, Ascent = 200m, Time Taken = 2 hrs (It might be faster or slower depending upon your fitness, number of stops and the weather.)

You can drive up to the car park above Crieff Hydro to walk The Hosh Circuit but this walk assumes you are starting from James Square, Crieff and returning to the same.

Leave James Square and cross the road turning into Hill Street walking past Cafe Rhubarb. You will notice a good sign above the cafe on the wall which reads “to the Knock”. Continue up the hill past the Tuckie, an apt name for the school tuck shop, and onto Ferntower Road passing Crieff’s Morrison’s Academy on your left. After a short while turn left into Victoria Terrace and you will see Knock Road on the right. Now continue on Knock Road as it ascends straight as a die, slightly uphill for approximately 500 metres.

Continue straight ahead, as the road bends to the left into Ancaster Road, onto a cinder track leaving the tarmac behind. After another 50 metres or so you arrive at a crossroads. Continue in the direction of travel passing through a kissing gate. The track steepens at this point as you walk over protruding tree roots on the rough track and marvel at the beautiful horses that always graze in the fields to your left. After a further 50 metres you pass through another kissing gate onto a tarmac road running alongside some rather splendid holiday apartments. Take a left and shortly after cross the road to be confronted by a large sign displaying the routes for both The Hosh Circuit and The Knock of Crieff walks.

There is a small car park here and as I said above you have the option of driving from Crieff town centre to park your vehicle prior to embarking on this excellent walk. Mind you you would find it very difficult to drive through the kissing gates so driving to the end of Ferntower Road then up past the stables would be in order if driving to this start point is your bag.

Ok, so now we continue to head in a northish direction along the windy tarmac road. After another 100 metres or so we take the left fork in the road. The right hand fork leads to another small car park. There is a seat here where you can take a well earned rest with a lovely view over the fields and distant hills. Continue to follow the tarmac road for another 200 metres or so as it descends to Culcrieff passing various signs along the way. There are a number of trails through the forest for mountain bikers and others laid out by The Crieff Hydro and I think that is what the blue, red and black signs indicate but the walker can ignore them on this occasion. You will also spot various apparatus in the woods and fields as you descend which belong to the Crieff Hydro

At this point the road bends to the left but the walker continues onwards onto a cinder track past the Crieff Hydro Golf and Activity Centre. The winding track now descends for approximately 200 metres to reach a ford across the Shaggie burn. If the burn is in spate and you don’t have your wellies with you then don’t despair because there is a fine bridge here which will enable you to keep your feet dry as you cross the raging torrent. Continue on the winding track as it comes to an end back onto the tarmac road at The Hosh. Hosh Farmhouse is across the road but the route turns left onto the road, crosses a stone bridge and continues past Glenturret Distillery storage hangers and into the distillery car park. You could stop her for a wee dram and something to eat in the fine restaurant should you choose to do so but you still have a fair bit of walking to do so don’t overdo the spirits.

Go to the rear of the car park just past the distillery outbuildings and you will find an excellent bridge which will take you across Turret Burn. The path turns left for a short spell then doubles back on itself as it climbs up to a path junction. Again there is a seat on the path to ease your weary limbs should you choose to do so. You now turn right onto Lovers Walk signposted to Comrie Road.

This is a lovely walk in its own right as the path winds back and forth and descends slightly following the path of the Turret Burn. After approximately 600 metres another junction appears and this time you take a left sign posted for The Hosh Walk. The path ascends snaking left and right for 100 metres or so passing another of the mountain bike signs and emerging onto yet another tarmac road.

Surprisingly there is no sign here indicating The Hosh Walk but we now turn left and walk into a small residential area. The Hydro golf course is on the right and you pass a sign indicating a track onto the 3rd Tee, continuing on to a small road turning right just passed another bench seat. Take another rest if you like but most of the hard work is done now.

Continuing on the way you pass the upper track into the Hydro golf course and for the next 500 metres you remain on the path that you are travelling. There are a number of smaller paths into the various Crieff Hydro activities in the woods but you do not follow them on this route. There are some great views over Crieff and out to the Turret hills and beyond to Ben Vorlich on the way not to mention more horses in the adjacent fields.

In no time at all you will have arrived at the lower kissing gate at the top of Knock Road and it’s merely a turn onto Knock Road, descend to Ferntower Road and down Hill street back to James Square. If you drove up and parked in the car park above then simply ascend the rough tree root scarred path up and through the upper kissing gate and back to your car.

 

 

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The Hosh GPX Route

Click the image to download a .gpx track for this walk here.