Old Road to Macduff's Cross
Start location: A913 at Carpow Gate (NO 207 173)
End location: Whinnybank (NO 228 167)
Geographical area: Perth, Kinross and Stirling (part), Fife
Path Type: Medieval Road
Path distance: 2.3km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians
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Newsflash: 20th June 2020 sees a guided walk using the Old Road to Macduff's Cross as part of the Walks Programme arranged by ScotWays for its members; for 2020 the walks celebrate ScotWays' 175th Anniversary. Other historic routes featured include the Herring Road, the Stoneymollan Road, the Cauldstane Slap, the Thieves Road (Feshiebridge) and the Spout of Ballochleam. If you're not yet a ScotWays member, please consider joining up as membership helps support the Heritage Paths project and it'd be great to see you on the walks!
This old right of way commences at a point on the A913 between Newburgh and Abernethy. It proceeds in a south-easterly direction over the railway line from Hilton Junction to Ladybank, past a house known as Woodcliffe House to a point where the route intersects with the road or track leading in a northerly direction from the route to the farm buildings known as Wester Clunie Farm. From this point the route continues on a south-easterly direction to a point where it is opposite Bloomfield. It then continues further in a south-easterly direction to a point where the route intersects with a road running in a north-easterly direction to Easter Clunie Farm, and then to a point opposite Ninewells Farm. It then follows a south-easterly direction to a point which is the intersection of the route with the Q52 public road, and finally continues to an undesignated public road leading from Easter Lumbennie to Newburgh at a point opposite a building known as Whinnybank.
OS Landranger 58 (Perth & Alloa, Auchterarder)
This right of way is a very old carriage road that must have seen a great deal of traffic over the centuries. It is thought to have formed part of the Coronation Road between Scone and Falkland. To the north-west, this route linked with the ferry over the River Earn at Carpow. It is now a core path with very fine views over the Tay.
ScotWays has long been involved in the efforts to protect this right of way. As a result of court action, this old route is a vindicated right of way for pedestrians. It has also been designated as a core path by both Perth & Kinross and Fife Councils, and as such it is available to cyclists and equestrians. Eventually, in summer 2015, the right of way was fenced off from the garden that had previously been extended over it.