Mountains and Lochs Long Distance Route

Cycle Routes


    This long distance route runs through Glasgow, West Highland, Perthshire/Angus and Deeside tourist areas.

    Route Description

    Much of the cycling here is on specially built cycle paths the remainder being mainly quiet back roads. The route consists of eight circular day rides which can be linked up to form a week long tour. The cycling is in four tourist areas, Glasgow, the West Highlands, Perthshire/Angus and Deeside.

    This area includes plenty of mountain scenery and also some of the most famous lochs in Scotland. You'll not be surprised to hear it also has some busy roads. You won't be seeing much of them though because our route uses a mixture of specially built cycle paths and quiet back roads.

    The prevailing wind is from the west so if you are doing the whole thing it might be sensible to start from Aberfoyle or Glasgow rather than Stonehaven. There are train stations at Glasgow, Pitlochry and Stonehaven.

    The early part of the route between Aberfoyle and Callander takes in lovely Loch Katrine and much of it is on the water board road (no cars). Between Loch Katrine and Callander the greater part of the route is on cycle path.

    Between Callander and Killin the route uses part of the National Cycle Network Route 7. This is a specially built cycle path. It follows the route of an old railway line, going over an impressive viaduct in Glen Ogle. The descent to Killin is through Acharn Forest with fine views of Loch Tay.

    Between Killin and Pitlochry the route uses roads on the south side of the lochs, too narrow for the tourist coaches but ideal for cycling. Side trips are also possible taking in lovely Glen Lyon and quiet Loch Rannoch with its native pine forests.

    Between Pitlochry and Kirkmichael there is a big hill then the scenery changes. Quiet glens run deep into the Grampian Mountains. The towns of Alyth, Kirriemuir and Stonehaven are interesting with small stone built closes and people with time to talk.

    Most of the towns and villages on the route are well served by B&Bs, hotels, youth hostels and bunk houses so there are plenty of places to stay. There's also lots of historic interest. If you cycle round Loch Katrine you'll pass Glengyle, the birth place of Rob Roy McGregor, Scotland's own Robin Hood. You can hear about him in Callander at the Rob Roy Centre but you need a bike to get to see his house.

    Kirriemuir is the birth place of James Barrie, creator of Peter Pan. Even if you've only seen the Disney version you should make an effort to see where he lived and the outside wash house that was his first theatre. Spectacular Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven is an appropriate place to end your tour.

    There are plenty of circular day rides in the detailed maps. These would be a good basis for a car supported tour. If you are using the train to start or finish reserve a place for your bike as bike spaces are limited.

    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Difficulty

    • Varied

    Environment

    • Rural

    Type of Ride

    • Road Cycling

    Distance

    • Miles 182

    Surface

    • Tarmac

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