Balnaguard Glen

Important notice

Please note that a landslide has significantly affected access to this reserve.

Balnaguard Glen follows a steep-sided gorge cut by the Balnaguard Burn and offers spectacular views across rolling Perthshire hills. It is notable for its juniper woodland. The reserve is home to a variety of butterflies, and red squirrel and deer sightings are also possible.

Why visit?

Highlights include:

  • Juniper woodland
  • Butterflies
  • Spectacular views

Best time to visit?

  • May – Aug for native plants
  • May – Aug for butterflies
  • Anytime for woodland walks

Visit for:

  • birdwatching
  • woodlands
  • wildflowers
  • scenery

Other information

Help protect Perthshire’s juniper trees

Please help protect our juniper trees by wearing clean boots on site, especially if you have visited other juniper areas, as plant diseases are often spread by mud and soil.

Due to recent weather the footpath is currently very muddy. Wellingtons or very stout footwear is advised.


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How to get there


From the A9 (northbound), take the B898 just after Dunkeld. Follow this road right through Balnaguard village. Take the next left and then immediately turn right, along a track parallel to the B898. After a short distance you will arrive at the car park.

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Getting onto the reserve

Enter the reserve through a gate from the car park.

Note: Please make sure you shut the gates on entry and exit from this reserve.

Access restrictions

The footpath is steep and very rough in places, with stiles at various points along the route. Please keep to the footpaths as landslips are possible in other areas. Path conditions can be very rough and wet, so stout waterproof footwear is strongly recommended.

Nearest town
Pitlochry (7 mi / 11.3 km)
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About Balnaguard Glen

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