This path starts at the Hermitage and has it all, smooth paths, fire road, singletrack and plenty wildlife!
Start in the Hermitage car park (parking charge) and head under the stone arch (railway underpass) along the river banks, the path divides between a smoother path on the right and a rougher one on the left, it doesn’t matter which one you take. At the second fork the path heads right but you can detour left to see a beautiful stone bridge and Ossian’s hall. Keep to the main path heading slightly uphill and bear right at the next fork. This brings you out onto a fire road, go straight across and continue along keeping right until you come to a green signpost pointing left. Follow this trail through the woods, watching out for low branches. This trail suddenly drops down steeply and becomes very rough, most suitable for intermediate/advanced mountain bikers but can easily be walked. Once at the bottom head right through the gate and cross the road onto the Fiddlers path. If you stick to the left you can cycle down next to the steps, the path then goes into a very narrow, dark tunnel then up some steps. The trail follows the river until it branches right and then go over the wooden bridge that crosses the Braan. Turn right and and right again into Inver, head along the road to join a small path next to the A9. Arrive back into the Hermitage car park.
The Hermitage, originally built as a wild garden for the 2nd Duke of Atholl in 1758, contains the folly known as Ossian’s Hall – a fabulous viewing point to watch salmon leap at the Black Linn waterfall. A totem pole carved from an Hermitage Douglas fir by a Canadian carver from the Squamish Nation can also be found here!
In both Craigvinean Forest and Inver Wood, there is an abundance of wildlife to look out for – red squirrel, capercaillie, pine marten, Goosander duck and noisy Oystercatcher.