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Invergowrie and Longforgan - routes

Invergowrie walks network 
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Established walks network.  Look out for sign posts with names of individual walks.
Description
In 1998 a walks network was established in Invergowrie based on the farmland managed by the Scottish Crop Research Institute. The Living Field garden can be easily accessed from the walks network. The paths are mostly wide, surfaced and largely level, but there are several rougher sections. However, most of the paths are suitable for wheelchair, disabled and pushchair access.
Distance
Various depending on which paths you take.
Parking In village.  Please take care not to block drives and access.
Local sites of interest Living Field Garden - Description
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This network contains a path where Macintosh Patrick painted a well known picture called 'The Lane, Mylnefield' owned by Perth Museum and Art Gallery.  Click here to see picture 1 and picture 2 as it is today.

Special precautions

The well-established 'Invergowrie Walks Network' is around the land managed by SCRI and the Institute is happy for the public to use it.  You are requested keep to the paths, keep dogs on a lead and not venture on to land used for experiments.  The removal of any material from the fields is strictly forbidden and people are reminded that the area is monitored by CCTV.

Invergowrie to Kingoodie shore walk 
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Type A route largely on quiet tracks and a minor public road.
Description

A scenic and historically interesting walk exists along the banks of the Tay from Invergowrie Railway Station to Kingoodie.  Although this route is partly on a public road, it is fairly quiet and has the advantage that it links up with the walks network at SCRI highlighted above and will eventually link with our new projects, see our projects page.  This is an excellent walk for bird watching in Kingoodie bay.

The path is wide, surfaced and level, apart from one short section near the footbridge over the railway at the eastern end of the path, and a narrow section of road near the railway bridge over the Low Carse Road into Kingoodie.  For these reasons the route is unsuitable for wheelchair and disabled access.

Distance 1.25 miles
Parking In village.  Please take care not to block drives and access.
Local sites of interest

Dargie Church (now in ruins, is a site of an ancient place of Christian worship and is associated with the old Celtic Church. One story is that it was founded by a priest named St Boniface around the year 715. Dargie Church fell into disuse in the 18th century meaning that the site would have been a place of Christian worship for about 1000 years.

The water filled quarries where stone was last extracted 100 years ago and shipped out from the neighbouring harbour.  The old harbours at Kingoodie served other quarries that now form an attractive wildlife sanctuary which can be accessed via the path under the railway at the end of Falkland Place and link with the walks network round SCRI. Did you know that the Bell Lighthouse and the London Embankment are built with stone from these quarries?

The old boat house on the promontory at Kingoodie makes an excellent site for bird watching.  

The Living Field Garden is nearby within the grounds managed by SCRI.  Details of this can be found in the Invergowrie Walks Network.

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Special precautions Take care crossing the Low Carse road at the bridge over the railway near Kingoodie, it is difficult to see oncoming traffic.

Longforgan Bogle Burn Trail

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Type Established path.  Look out for sign posts like this on route.
Description

The Bogle Burn Trail was recently established round Longforgan following an initiative by the Longforgan Primary School.  They won the first prize of £2000 in the 'It's Our Future' schools competition. Click here to read more about their success story.  Much of the path is along field margins and is probably unsuitable for wheelchair and disabled access due to the sometimes muddy nature of the route.

Distance 2.5 miles
Parking In village.  Please take care not to block drives and access.
Local sites of interest

The Woodland Trust Huntly wood just north of Longforgan is well worth visiting.  See below for full details. 

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There is an information board about the trail outside Longforgan Primary School and another near Castle Huntly on whose grounds part of the path is located.

Special precautions Some parts of the trail are low lying and may be muddy in wet weather.

Huntly Wood by Longforgan

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Huntly Wood is approximately 7.5km west of Dundee, and 0.5km to the north of the village of Longforgan.

Type

Huntly Wood is owned and managed by the ‘Woodland Trust’ and access is is open to the public without charge.  There are various paths through the woodland area and it is popular with local dog walkers.

Description

The ‘Woodland Trust’ Huntly Wood comprises approximately 13 Ha of  diverse woodland that includes both mixed broadleaved and conifer plantings.  There are good views from the edge of the wood north over the surrounding countryside.

See the Woodland Trust website for further details.

Distance Various depending on route taken.
Parking There is a small car park by the entrance to the wood.
Local sites of interest  
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Special precautions The wood is only suitable for walkers.