The beautiful wildflower meadow of Keltneyburn attracts a kaleidoscope of butterflies, including common blue and small pearl-bordered fritillary. Many plants flourish in the meadow but the reserve is particularly notable for eight species of orchid, including fragrant orchid.

Dragonflies and damselflies can also be seen darting across the pond during the summer.

Red deer © Michael Davison

Why visit?

  • Wildflowers
  • Orchids
  • Butterflies
  • Dragonflies

Best time to visit?

  • May to Aug for dragonflies
  • Jun to Aug for orchids
  • Jun to Aug for butterflies

Visit for:

  • Scenery
  • Wildflowers
  • Grasslands


The Keltneyburn reserve lies 5 miles west of Aberfeldy, beside a minor road off the B846. Balchroich Meadow can be reached from the public road at Keltneyburn village, up a steep track next to General Stewart's statue.

Getting onto the reserve

Follow the steep track up to the reserve. There is a rough waymarked trail within the meadow; please stay on this trail as this will prevent wild orchids being trampled.

Getting round this reserve

The gorge is steep and inaccessible. Cars can be left in Keltneyburn at the bottom of the steep access track to the reserve. There is also a small car park at the top of the reserve track. Both cattle and sheep graze the reserve in early spring and late summer.


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