Core Paths around Stanley

supported and funded by our partners

PKC, PKCT,Quality of Life Trust, Aviva,Talk Talk  , TACTRAN and CECF.

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In 2018 we plan to continue maintenance work on Sheilhill Path and developing a cycle path to Luncarty.

Please  contact if you would like to volunteer or support our paths in any way.

On Saturday 5th May from 10am on Shiel Hill path we are planning to start getting the new tools out to use, show folks how the strimmer works, try out the choppers on some of the hawthorn and brambles growing ever closer to the path, also clearing out the cross drains again, last time we did it, it was not too difficult. We also have some new fence posts for the wobbly fence up the steep slope to put in position. There are a variety of jobs for a mixture of abilities so all are welcome, short notice but we have a good weather forecast if you are free, please let us know you can join us so we know how many biscuits to bring, or just turn up.

On Sunday 6th May from 10am James and Munro are planning to lay the cobbles around the cairn at the top of Shiel Hill. They would appreciate a few helpers to move and carry things and to help mix cement. No previous experience needed.

On Saturday 19th May from 10am we will do some general maintenance on Sheilhill path using the new tools again

Thanks for your help

on Wednesday 16th May 7pm in Stanley Village Hall, Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels – an illustrated presentation. Stanley Development Trust and Scottish Wildlife Trust invite you to an evening devoted to the red squirrel! Please join us to learn about red squirrel ecology, what the national project is doing to help red squirrels and how you could help!  poster

19th May 2017

Stanley Health walk group went to the Bluebell Wood







The mountain bike trail in Five Mile Wood has been blocked by fallen trees and is no longer useable 3/2/16

11 April 2016 Update

Forestry works to clear windblown trees is due to start in Five Mile Wood this week lasting about 3 months. This will mean that some of the core paths which are routed along the forest road network will have to be closed. We hope to keep the north eastern road open allowing access out of the forest at the north end over the majority of the works, however there will be occasions as work progresses when folk won’t be able to do this. We hope to keep the disruption to a minimum but visitors would be advised to abide by any operation signage they come across, or perhaps use Taymount Forest instead.


Maps of adopted core paths     Stanley  Kinclaven

There is a popular  Map of Walks around Stanley called “Paths and Places Around Stanley” also available from local businesses.

Medal Route Walks around Stanley  (Medal Route Project)


Come and join others to walk together Around Stanley

Free Health Walks in Stanley –

Meet at the Stanley Store at 10am on Fridays for a local walk (about 45 -60 minutes) around the village
Led by a trained volunteer and finishing with a cup of tea in the Tayside Hotel.

Out and About walks around Stanley

Out and About Around Stanley June 2016

Meet up with other walkers and enjoy a pleasant walk around the Stanley Area

Paths around Stanley – Walking, cycling and volunteering

We have some great paths around Stanley and many of them are being
really well used, even in winter.  Have you tried out the newly maintained
Stanley to Ballathie route yet?  As we look ahead to Spring we are
planning ways to encourage more people to get out walking and cycling as well
as ways to ensure the paths stay clear and enjoyable to use.

The paths group of Stanley Development Trust met and have put together a
workplan for maintaining our local paths and a draft programme of informal
community walks and cycle rides for people to join in with.  Now we need
to hear from people who walk the paths on a regular basis and would be
interested in helping, for example by

– keeping an eye on the condition of the paths and let us know of any issues
like fallen branches/ broken gates?

– picking up general litter; pruning back bushes, keeping vegetation down or
helping to spring clean the routes

– leading an informal walk on a path you know well to share the route with

We would also be interested to know which routes you are regularly using around
Stanley?  If you don’t often use them what type and length of organised
walk/ cycle would you be interested in?

Please reply to Fiona Lough on 827952 or


The Trust has now developed the route from Stanley to Ballathie Path.

Five Mile Wood

Volunteers worked very hard  to create some informal mountain bike trails in Five Mile Wood.   Unfortunately the mountain bike trail will be closed for the foreseeable future because of fallen trees and Forestry Commission Operations.

Here are some photos of the opening event held on Sunday 30 September 2012


Have a look at what they were like in this video  Trail

Shiel Hill Walk


The historic Perthshire mill village of Stanley has got its first ever official village walk.

Work began in October 2010 to create the £30,000 path which is to be called the Shiel Hill Walk.

The circular track will start on the Linn Road just down from Shielhill Farm, and end on Mill Street near it junction with King Street.

It is described as a “pleasant 20 to 30 minute stroll” with a beautiful viewpoint over the River Tay.

The need for a village walk was identified in a survey of local peoples’ wishes conducted for the SDT, and from that a Community Action Plan was formulated to deliver them.

The Shiel Hill Walk will be constructed thanks to a £4,000 grant awarded to the SDT from the Quality of Life Trust and secured support of £25,000 from the Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust.

Stanley resident, Gordon Lammie, a director of the SDT said: “We are very grateful not only to the Quality of Life Trust and Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust for funding the walk, but to the landowners and their tenant farmer for giving permission to allow the project to go ahead.

“The Shiel Hill walk will be a great asset for the village to be enjoyed, not only by locals, but by visitors. It is also going to be the only circular walk the village has ever had.

“It shouldn’t be taxing for the young or the elderly, although those who might find the  slope at the Mill Street end could start at Linn Road so that the slope is downhill for them at the end of their walk.

Judith Lowes, former chairperson of the SDT, which is a registered charity, said: “We are delighted to give Stanley villagers something many people have wanted to see for a long time.”