Delve into the past at Allean
Heritage is written into the landscape at Allean. Before the conifers were planted, this was home to generations of farmers. You can discover a restored 18th century homestead above the car park, or travel back another thousand years at the remains of an ancient Pictish fort overlooking Loch Tummel.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try our permanent orienteering course: check the activities tab for details.
Find out more about Allean and the surrounding area with our guide to the Forest Park.
Please note, timber operations are currently taking place, and should be complete by the end of March 2017. Please follow all diversions and obey all signage.
Stop for a rest
The closest town is Pitlochry, which has a good selection of places to eat and drink, as well as shopping, a railway station and a Visitor Information Centre (01796 472215).
Climb steadily through varied forest to discover a 300-year old farming settlement and some superb views across the Tummel Valley.
Mostly wide, firm gravel surface. Uneven grassy section with some muddy patches. Includes some fairly steep slopes. Look out for vehicles along well-used forest roads.
1 ¾ miles / 3.0 km Allow 1 hour
The trail leads uphill to the Clachan, a ruined farming settlement abandoned in the 1800s, where you can step inside one of the simple cottages. Continue through the woods, listening out for goldcrests, siskins and Scottish crossbills in the canopy overhead, to reach two breath-taking viewpoints over the Tummel Valley.
Ring Fort Trail
Stretch your legs a little more and travel further back in time at an ancient Pictish ring fort.
Firm gravel surface throughout, with some uneven and slightly grassed over sections. One long steep slope. Includes a section along a well-used forest road.
2 ½ miles / 4.0 km Allow 1½ hours
The ruined ring fort served as a homestead and lookout point for the Pictish people who lived here over a thousand years ago. Absorb the atmosphere and savour the stunning view before continuing through peaceful larch and pine woods.
Mountain biking trails
Hunt for checkpoints
The fixed orienteering course at Allean is a great way to try this popular sport, in which you hunt for check points using a detailed map. If you’d like to have a go, get in touch for our orienteering map of Allean, grab a compass and head for the trees...
You can really 'go green' at Allean. The toilets here are not connected to the sewers: instead they process the waste by making compost.
There are several sites across Scotland where we use this system: it's clean, efficient and very convenient for remote areas without mains drainage.
Explore the Iron Age
Highland Perthshire is composed of exciting and dramatic landscapes steeped in history – and none more so than the mountains and glens around Loch Rannoch, Loch Tummel and Loch Tay. Here you can find once mighty hillforts, still commanding fine views over their ancient dominions. Explore further and you can find evidence of many smaller ringforts, duns and crannogs, the fortified homesteads of Iron Age farmers and their kin. For more information download our Explore The Iron Age leaflet.
How to get here
From Pitlochry, follow signs for Tummel Bridge and Kinloch Rannoch west along the B8019. Allean Forest is about 7 miles (11.25 km) from the town and just 430 yards (400 metres) beyond the Queen’s View visitor centre. The car park is at grid reference NN 857 600.
PH16 5RH is the nearest postcode.
You can catch a bus to Queen’s View from Pitlochry, which takes about half an hour. Check Traveline Scotland for times and fares.
Don’t miss the popular Queen’s View Visitor Centre, with its stunning viewpoint overlooking Loch Tummel – one of Queen Victoria’s favourites. You’re also not far from Faskally, just outside Pitlochry, where two gentle trails wind through colourful mixed woodland and beside tranquil Loch Dunmore.
There’s a whole network of other trails to explore around Pitlochry, covering 42 miles (65km) of Highland Perthshire’s Big Tree Country. Contact the Pitlochry Visitor Information Centre (01796 472215) for more information.
If you’re looking for mountain bike action, the Where to Ride guide has details of trails for all levels in the woods and countryside of Highland Perthshire.
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