Spittal of Glenshee via Loch Beanie to Kirkton of Glenisla
14.25 miles / 22.8 kilometres
Starting altitude - 1137 Ft / Highest point - 1447 Ft / End altitude - 824 Ft

This complete section of the Trail has seen significant change over the life of the walk. The website details the main route as now adopted and waymarked passing by Dalnaglar and Forter Castles and this further routing via Loch Beanie and Glen Beanie.
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Resume the walk at the Spittal of Glenshee Hotel and following the minor road north and then north east as it crosses the Shee Water. Then on the left are the attractive Kirk and a few houses before the trail reaches the A93 road junction. Cross to the east side and then picking up on a farm track that runs alongside the Shee Water on the opposite side of the river to the main road and traffic. Remain on the waymarked route until it passes through the small farm steading at Westerton of Runavey and starts towards the Glenshee Lodge Outdoor Centre.

Glenshee from a point above Westerton of Runavey At the side of a ruined cottage some 300 metres from the farm steading at a track crossing the waymarked trail or a further 200 metres along the waymarked trail, the Loch Beanie trail heads east and starts to ascend between Craig of Runavey and Creag na Bruaich.
This is now onto a non waymarked walk for the next 5.5 miles, some of it over rough heather and moss terrain before regaining the line of the waymarked route at Little Forter.

Walking Support has surveyed this section and strongly recommends it, provided the walker is well prepared for rougher terrain, wet and sometimes boggy tracks, and is comfortable with map reading. Walking Support offers a complete directional guide for all the Trail with this option included. This is based on O/S grid references and can be purchased on-line and delivered electronically for a nominal fee of 2.90.

Moorland on the way to Loch Beanie
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The starting point that we recommend for ease of identification is the grid point NO13495 68531 which is next to a waymarker sign adjacent to a well defined track crossing from a gate at the rear of the Outdoor centre complex. At this point take the track as it ascends in a NE direction. The start is a fairly steep ascent till the track reaches a set of deer gates. Pass through and ahead is a more gradual climb across heathered moors.
The view back into Glen Shee is defined by the picture above left, the view ahead by the picture to the right.

Bridge across the Allt Mor Burn On this section of the walk there is a track off to the left that should be ignored, there are also signs relating to stalking on the surrounding countryside. By staying on the defined paths there should be no difficulty for the walker.

Before long Loch Beanie can be seen to the SE and before reaching the Allt Mor Burn the track takes a turn to the right and heads south. Once across the burn it is a short walk to reach the SW corner of Loch Beanie.

Loch Beanie from the south shore. The Loch is also know as Loch Shechernich although this does not appear on the current O/S maps. In the loch is a small artifical island that was said to be the laird's island home several hundreds of years back when it was thought the water levels were lower than presently.
The path goes beside the little hut then along the south side of the loch.

Gravestone beside Loch Beanie

Set back from the hut and the shore is an interesting and relatively new memorial cairn. This is in memory of Heather Halhead (1956 - 2001) whom we believe to have been a resident of the Blairgowrie area and clearly loved this secluded Perthshire Loch.

The Loch at the eastern end has a small sandy beach and this is the point that the walker needs to reach before heading off over un-defined terrain.

Looking back to Loch Beanie from the shoulder crossing point From the middle of the small sandy beach the next 1 mile of walking is over a totally un-defined path, the walker needs to determine their own route over the heather and moss undergrowth. Care needs to be taken for hidden holes and water courses however if the route selected is always to the eastern side of the shoulder point the walk will be easier. The point to head for is the lowest point on the saddle/shoulder between Creagan Caise and Mealna Letter.

Looking SE down Glen Beanie

From the high point the view back is to Loch Beanie, the view forward to Glen Beanie and into the upper reaches of Glen Isla.
The way into the glen is still undefined and there is the Glen Beanie Burn to cross. The advice on this section prior to reaching a track is to head for the fence line on the east side of the glen, and knowing that as you descend towards the conifer forest a vague path then quad bike track will emerge.

Forest track leading down to Dalvanie As the walker moves further into the glen the single ill defined grass path starts to become more destinct, picks up a rough quad bike track then arrives onto a rough vehicle track. Still further down and alongside the forest there are high gates then the track becomes well defined and easy walking.
The track then veers to the left before reaching another set of high gates and the narrow Glen Isla road that leads to the head of the Glen. At the road turn right and follow this to Little Forter and the humpback bridge over the River Isla. At this point this route rejoins the main waymarked route that has come from Glenshee via Dalnaglar and Forter Castles.
To continue with a description of the route to Kirkton of Glenisla click here.

Blairgowrie to Kirkmichael via Bridge of Cally |  Kirkmichael to Spittal of Glenshee |  Spittal to Kirkton of Glenisla |  Spittal to Kirkton of Glenisla via Loch Beanie |  Kirkton to Alyth |  Alyth to Blairgowrie via Bridge of Cally |  Alyth to Blairgowrie via Drimmie Woods

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