GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Loch Ericht

11 miles (17 km)

This large freshwater loch is located on the border betweenPerth and Kinrossand theHighlands. There's nice walking and cycling trails along the loch with views across the water to several significant mountains including Ben Alder.
This walk takes you along the western side of the loch and past the Ericht Forest. The walk starts from Dalwhinnie train station at the northern end of the loch. From here you can pick up footpaths heading south through the Ben Alder estate along the lochside path. The route finishes at the Ben Alder Lodge though you could continue along the path if you wish. You could also head to the west and visit the nearby Loch Pattack and enjoy a climb to the excellent viewpoint at Ben Alder. There's great views back down to the loch from this elevated position.
At the southern end of the loch you can link up with the River Ericht and see the dam. The river can then be followed south to visit the nearby Loch Rannoch.

Postcode

PH19 1AD - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Loch Ericht OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Loch Ericht Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head west and there's more splendid lochside walking in the Highlands to enjoy at Loch Arkaig, Loch Oich, Loch Garry and Loch Lochy. You can also pick up the epic Great Glen Way and the Caledonian Canal in this area.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Scottish Highlands Walks page.

Photos

Loch Ericht and Ben Alder - geograph.org.uk - 208834

Loch Ericht and Ben Alder, near to Dalwhinnie, Highland. A view along Loch Ericht towards Ben Alder. Loch Ericht is some 15 miles long and Ben Alder (centre) is about 11 miles from the camera position.

Gatehouse to Ben Alder estate - geograph.org.uk - 113867

Gatehouse to Ben Alder estate. Called The Shieling on the OS map, this new building spans the track to Glen Ben Lodge. A path to the right of the building allows access for walkers and cyclists.

The Loch Ericht track - geograph.org.uk - 463550

The Loch Ericht track. The broom in bloom; the house An Tochailt in the distance.

Loch Ericht Forest - geograph.org.uk - 114045

Loch Ericht Forest. Looking south west along the Ben Alder track where it runs through dense coniferous forest.

The Banks Of Loch Ericht - geograph.org.uk - 231830

The Banks Of Loch Ericht

Ben Alder Lodge - geograph.org.uk - 114077

Ben Alder Lodge. The lodge, with its many associated buildings, was rebuilt recently. Its newness and remarkable tidyness gives it a Disneyesque appearance.

Old Track by Loch Ericht - geograph.org.uk - 113850

Old Track by Loch Ericht. Looking north-east along the loch (towards Dalwhinnie) from an old stretch of track. The present track climbs higher up the hillside at this point.

Afternoon light on Loch Ericht - geograph.org.uk - 113954

Afternoon light on Loch Ericht

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Loch Ericht.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Share>Save to Files')

Memory Map Route

Loch Ericht.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)