ROUTES

Around Loch Tay. On road

1/2 day ride. On / Off road

Day Route Glen Lyon. On / Off road

Day Route. Glen Almond. On / Off road

Drummond hill. Off road. Forestry.

DAY ROUTE AROUND LOCH TAY.

Map. Landranger 51.

ROUTE.

KENMORE - ARDTALNAIG - ARDEONAIG - KILLIN - LAWERS -FEARNAN - KENMORE.

HEIGHT CLIMBED. 500 MTRS.

DISTANCE. 34 MILES. 54 KILOMETERS.

The route around the Loch is self explanatory. Here are a few notes.

Doing the journey around the Loch in a clockwise direction gets the hilly sections done first ! The sharp ups and downs are on the South side of the Loch. the climbs are then more gradual on the way back on the North side.

The prevailing wind is from the South West. You are sheltered from it on the South side and it is of great assistance having it up your rear ! on the return journey along the North side.

DANGER. On the first descent down to Ardtalnaig. At the bottom of the hill there is a narrow bridge, slow right down for this as you cannot see traffic approaching from the opposite direction. There have been 2 previous accidents here involving cycles!!.

WATERING HOLES.

Ardeonaig Hotel, Food, coffee, Beer.

Killin. Lots of everything + Bike / outdoor shop. ( Kate & Trevor )

Morenish Hotel. Food , coffee, Beer.

Lawers Inn. Food, coffee, Beer.

Fearnan. Hotel. Village shop.

ALTERNATIVE.

DISTANCE ADDED ON TO ABOVE. 11 MILES. 16.5 KILOMETERS.

EXTRA HEIGHT CLIMBED. 360 MTRS.

ROUTE. KILLIN - LAWERS VISITOR CENTRE - BRIDGE OF BALGIE - GLEN LYON - KENMORE.

Leave Killin on the A827 Kenmore road and turn Left onto the road sign posted to Ben Lawers visitor centre. Follow this road uphill past the visitor centre to the dam on Lochan Na Larige. Continue until the head of the Loch then downhill to Bridge Of Balgie. At Bridge Of Balgie there is a shop that does very good coffee and scones.

BE CAREFUL. THE ROAD FROM THE A827 TO BRIDGE OF BALGIE GOES UP TO 550 MTRS AND CAN BE VERY COLD IF THE WEATHER IS INCLEMENT.

BE ALERT ON THE DESCENT AS THE ROAD IS SINGLE TRACK AND STEEP, TOURISTS DRIVING UP IT TEND TO BE LOOKING AT THE SCENERY NOT AT YOU! .

ESCAPE ROUTES GIVEN SOMEBODY DRIVING BY BRAIL, AT BEST INVOLVE HEATHER; AT WORST INVOLVE A LOT OF AIR TIME THEN HEATHER !!

Continue down Glen Lyon to Invervar. On the left hand side of the road here there is an old lint mill. well worth a visit and then on to Macgregors leap. (just below the L of leap on the map)You can find this spot by the presence of 2 very large Larch trees one at either side of the road . Below these trees is Macgregors leap. At this site Gregor Roy, chief of the Clan Macgregor leapt across the river to escape the bloodhounds of sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy, the Laird of Breadalbane. An acrobat tried the jump in 1890; he failed ! Continue on to the T junction at the end of the Glen.

When you reach the T junction turn Right for Fearnan and then take the A827 back to Kenmore.

1/2 DAY RIDE.

Map. Landranger 51.

ROUTE. KENMORE - FORTINGALL- FEARNAN - KENMORE.

HEIGHT CLIMBED. NEGLIGIBLE.

DISTANCE. 12 MILES. 19 KILOMETERS.

From Perthshire Mountain Bikes head towards the camp site. Once across the bridge turn right and follow the track that goes downstream alongside the river Tay. Follow this track until you meet the road.

Turn Right. Follow the road to Comrie bridge. Turn left before crossing the bridge and follow the single track road alongside of the River Lyon for two and three quarter miles to Duneaves.

Take the second right, (the first is a private drive), go down the unsurfaced track which is a right of way, for about 150 Mtrs. Just before the house there is a gate on the Right go through this into a field. You should now be able to see on your left the suspension bridge that crosses the river Lyon.

Once across the river follow the track up to the road. Turn Left and follow the road to Fortingall hotel. (Bar meals - cream teas - coffee etc.) Just to the right of the hotel is Fortingall Church and inside of the Church grounds is the famous yew tree which is estimated to be 3000 years old and the oldest piece of vegetation in Europe.

From here there are 3 route alternatives.

1. You can return east along the road to Keltneyburn. here on your Right you will find a blacksmiths where there is a display area of metal artworks for sale.

Continue along the road to the Coshieville Hotel and turn Right towards Aberfeldy. After about a mile turn right at Comrie bridge for Kenmore.

2. Continue along the road towards Fearnan until you reach the first T junction. Here if you wish you can add about 2 miles to your journey by turning right and following the road into the gorge at the start of Glen Lyon.

Return to the T junction turn Right . Follow the road to Fearnan.

As soon as you reach Fearnan take the first turn to the Left. After about 50 Mtrs there is a pottery on the left, continue along this road to the main road and follow the main road back to Kenmore.

3. This route adds 3/4 mile or 1.25 Kilometers + 250 Mtrs of climbing to the route. Just before Easter Auchtar there is a forestry commission entry road on the Left. Go through the gate and up the hill to another gate, go through this and then after 60 Mtrs turn Right.

This track goes up and around Drummond Hill until you are overlooking Loch Tay.

Continue along the track ignoring any turns to the left until you reach the Black Rock view point (great views of Kenmore and Loch Tay ). Continue along the track to the next track junction and turn Right. Go steeply and carefully downhill (there will be people walking up ) Keeping Left until you reach the road. Turn Right then Left past the caravan sight and return to Kenmore.

DAY ROUTE. GLEN LYON

Map. Landranger 51

ROUTE. KENMORE - FEARNAN - INVERVAR - BRIDGE OF BALGIE - BALNAHANAID - INVERINAIN - INVERVAR - KENMORE

HEIGHT CLIMBED. 140 METER'S

DISTANCE .34 MILES. 54 KILOMETERS.

Leaving Kenmore follow the A827 along the loch side to Fearnan. Just before Fearnan take the road that goes uphill to the Right, follow this to a T junction and turn Right again.

Follow this road to the Glen Lyon junction then turn Left . Go through the narrow pass and into the Glen. Just beyond the pass there are 2 very large Larch trees one at either side of the road . Below these trees is Macgregors leap.(just below the L of leap on the map) At this site Gregor Roy, chief of the Clan Macgregor leapt across the river to escape the bloodhounds of sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy, the Laird of Breadalbane. An acrobat tried the jump in 1890; he failed !

Follow the road to Invervar. At Invervar there is an old lint mill (it is just off the road on the right hand side and is sign posted) it is well worth a visit .

Continue on along the road to Bridge of Balgie. Just before the bridge on the right there is the Post Office shop that does coffee and scones

Cross the river Lyon at the Bridge of Balgie. then turn left onto the LanRover track that goes to Balnahanaid. ( just before Balnahanaid there is a bridge across the river Lyon if you wish to return to the road ) Continue along the track to Inverinain and then to the bridge that crosses the river Lyon to Invervar.

From Invervar follow the road back down the Glen to the T junction.

At the T junction either take the road back to Fearnan then Kenmore or alternatively go left to Fortingall (Hotel cream teas, coffee, beer ) and then to Keltneyburn.

Just past Keltneyburn there is a Smiddy that has a bothy to display its welded artworks. Just past this there is the Coshieville Hotel. Turn right at the junction follow the road to Comrie bridge and turn right to Kenmore.

DAY ROUTE GLEN ALMOND

MAP. LANDRANGER 51&52.

ROUTE. KENMORE - ARDTALNAIG - CLAGGAN - DUNAN - NEWTON BRIDGE - AMULREE - KENMORE.

HEIGHT CLIMBED. 700 MTRS

DISTANCE. 35 MILES. 56 KILOMETERS.

From Kenmore follow the road along the South side of Loch Tay passing through Acharn to Ardtalnaig.

Dist 6 miles. 9.5 Kilometers. Ht climbed 90 mtrs. Time approx 45 mins.

DANGER. On the first descent down to Ardtalnaig. At the bottom of the hill there is a narrow bridge, slow right down for this as you cannot see traffic approaching from the opposite direction. There have been 2 previous accidents here involving cycles!!.

Get to the phone box in Ardtalnaig and turn Left ( right of way sign post to Newton Bridge)and go steeply uphill to Claggan. Follow the track through the farm. (please shut the gates) Continue along the track until you reach the bridge crossing the stream.

Dist 1.5 miles. 2.5 kilometers. Ht climbed 190 mtrs. Time approx 30 mins

Follow the track through Gleann A Chilleine to the disused building called Dunan (about 3/4 of a mile before Dunan there is a track that goes off to the right and looks like the main track do not take it !)

Dist 3.5 miles. 6 kilometers. Ht climbed 90 mtrs Time approx 40 mins.

From Dunan follow the river Almond downstream keeping the fence to your left ( there is a track of sorts ) until the fence / wall comes very close to the river. You will now find a track on the other side of the fence, follow this until you reach the small hydro dam and a much improved track. Follow the track through Glen Almond to Newton bridge.

NB. Do not be tempted to go from Auchnafree through Glen Lochan to Glen Quaich. It may look quicker than going to Newton Bridge and Amulree it is NOT.

Dist 10 miles. 17 kilometers Ht climbed. nil. Time approx 1.5 hrs.

Turn Left and follow the A822 to Amulree (shop and hotel ). From Amulree follow the road sign posted to Kenmore up Glen Quaich to Garrow. Follow the road very steeply up and

across the hill to Kenmore.(Be careful going down the hill from the lochan as the hill is very steep with a lot of blind hairpin bends!

Dist 14 miles. 21 kilometers Ht climbed 240 mtrs Time approx 2.5 hrs TOTAL TIME. 5 hrs 55 mins ALLOW 6.5 hrs

Drummond Hill

Map. Landranger 51.

Distance. 10 miles. 16 Kilometers.

Height Gain. 498 ft. 152 mtrs

From Kenmore head towards the camp site. Go past the camp site on the main road and turn right. 200 mtrs further on turn left onto the forestry track sign posted for forest walks.

Follow the track up the hill turning right at the first junction. Continue climbing to the next junction the turn left and carry on to the Black Rock view point. From the view point continue climbing keeping right at the next junction then after 200 mtrs turn left.

Continue along the face of the hill with fine views west down Loch Tay. At the end of Drummond Hill descend down and around the hill following the main track through a left then immediately right hairpin bend. Follow this track around then along the north side of the hill until another junction of tracks, follow the main track uphill to the right for 400 mtrs to another junction of tracks. Turn left, follow the track down and around the hill until more track junctions . Keep left at all of these until you reach the road.

Turn right at the road junction and follow the road either back to Kenmore or turn left after 300 mtrs (opposite a house) onto a track. Keep trending to the right and follow the track alongside of the river back to Kenmore.



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