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David Douglas character with local school children

David Douglas Memorial

The Sitka spruce, introduced by David Douglas, grows prolifically in Scotland as a timber tree.

Pass of Killiecrankie

The name Killiecrankie is derived from the Gaelic for ‘Wood of the Aspen’, although only a few aspen are left today.


Linn of Tummel from Garry Bridge

The Pass of Killiecrankie was at one time one of the most dangerous and difficult passes in Scotland. Today it forms a riverside walk through a steep gorge with predominantly oak, beech and birch woodland and abundant wildlife.

Best known for the Soldier’s Leap where Donald MacBean is said to have leapt to escape pursuing Highlanders following the Battle of Killiecrankie. Vigorous debates as to the authenticity of this tale begin in the car park, where there is a stone walled rotunda measuring the gap he had to leap.

A visitor centre provides information on Killiecrankie’s natural history, as well as the battle fought here in 1689. On learning of the ferocity of the Highlanders in that fight, many choose to reassess MacBean’s feat. He was jumping for his life, after all … not a medal.

Soldier's Leap is a short 600 m / 1,965 ft walk from the visitor centre, and, if you continue for 1 mile / 1.5 km to the southern end of the Pass you will find a green footbridge across the River Garry. Views from the bridge are stunning and are one of the most photographed in Perthshire, particularly in the autumn.

Killiecrankie is also on the Pitlochry footpath network and can be visited on the 'Bealach' and 'Killiecrankie' walks. A copy of the leaflet is available from the visitor centre.

Moderate walk of 2 miles / 3 km.

For more information, check out the National Trust for Scotland's Killiecrankie Visitor Centre.


3 miles / 5 km north of Pitlochry, on the B8079 – accessed east from the A9.
The pass extends along the banks of the River Garry, from the village of Killiecrankie in the north to the Garry Bridge in the south.


Car parking is extensive with a visitor centre, toilets and refreshments provided during its open season.
Off season these facilities are available in nearby Pitlochry.

Opening Times

Visit any time of year.
Visitor centre open daily from 10am to 5.30pm from 1 April to 1 November.

Public Transport

Take the bus from Pitlochry.

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