This is the longest distance to be covered on the route at 15 miles (24 km) and it should take between 6 and 7 hours to complete the walk from Artalnaig to Aberfeldy. However, it is one of the most scenic sections and your long walk will be rewarded with impressive views over the mountains and lochs and interesting and impressive things to look at on the way. This route takes you on minor roads, woodland and open countryside. It’s a hilly, but very enjoyable walk.
Take the road towards Aberfeldy along the minor road and through some woodland until you reach Acharn. Here follow the sign for the Falls of Acharn, which were visited by William Wordsworth and Robert Burns. Go past some cottages and from here you can see Loch Tay behind you. You can see the falls by going into the Hermits Cave, which was built in the 1760s. Keep to the left passageway and go through the archway to a balcony, and watch the water cascade down the 20 metre drop.
Leave the cave by the upper exit and continue uphill to a bridge, which crosses a ravine. Continue the uphill climb across the mountain, following the Queens Drive. From here you will get views of Ben Lawers and the Peak of Shiehallion, which is a 3553 feet (1083 metre) Munro. Carry on in an Easterly direction where you will see the village of Kenmore and the hills between the Tay and Loch Tummel.
Now you will begin to climb a number of high stiles as you cross the forestry land towards the single track road between Kenmore and Amulree. At Tombuie you will pass a distinctive stone cottage and from here you take the track in a north easterly direction and walk through the woods. When you reach the clearing you will see the Taymouth Castle below you. The original castle was built in 1550 and was called Balloch Castle, but it was demolished by the Campbells of Breadablane, to make way for the construction of Taymouth castle.
Once the castle is behind you, you will see Aberfeldy in the distance and you will also have views of Castle Menzies which was built in the 15th century and is now a museum. You will come to a footbridge across the river with views of the Falls of Moness and the great Gorge below.
The road now starts to go downhill towards Aberfeldy, through the gorge of the Birks of Aberfeldy, about which Robert Burns wrote a song. You can sit on the stone ledge that is known as the Burns Seat, after Robert Burns, and admire the waters of the Urlar Burn. Carry on until you reach the wooden bridge which crosses the burn and leads you into the village of Aberfeldy.
Aberfeldy is an attractive market town on the banks of Loch Tay where you can visit Castle Menzies, Ben Lowers Nature Reserve and the Scottish Chocolate Centre.