Black Wood of Rannoch 22k

This is a stunning and remote feeling route with a fair climb to start. If you would prefer a longer warm up – reverse the route to go along the road first then up the hill! The first section is up a walkers path beside the river/gorge, then it is mainly stony fire roads, a bit of grassy track and a quiet loch side road.

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Total Distance: 21.8 km
Total Ascent:
293 m
Terrain:
Off road tracks including fire roads, muddy and grassy tracks plus a section of quiet road.
Route Category: Straightforward
Riding Time: 2 – 3 hrs
Start/Finish: South Loch Rannoch Forest car park, Carie
OS Grid Ref: NN617571 / what3words: ///behalf.solving.engages
Nearest Parking: South Loch Rannoch Forest car park, Carie
Nearest Railway Station: Pitlochry/Blair Atholl
Nearest Bike Hire: Highland Safaris, Dull, PH15 2JQ https://www.highlandsafaris.net/activities/bike-hire/
Key Facilities on Route: No toilets or café at start/finish/parking or on route. Nearest café facilities are in Kinloch Rannoch or at Rannoch Station Tearooms which also has publicly available toilets located on the station.
OS Landranger Map: 51 Loch Tay & Glen Dochart

Points to note: There are picnic benches at the carpark – which may get busy in summer holidays.

Causeway beside an unnamed manmade loch

Route Description

Park at the South Rannoch Forest park. Take the single track off the right hand corner of the carpark (if looking at the picnic benches) At the top of this track you will meet a 1m wide track on the left (you will also see a steep rocky track ahead of you – don’t go on this!)

Heading up from the carpark alongside the Allt na Bogair

Turn left and follow that track all the way up the gorge for 3.6km. This is steep at times and almost continuous uphill – but it gets most of the climbing over and done with! Once you meet a fire road turn right and follow this for 3.4km, passing a loch on the way.

At the top of a rise the view opens up onto clear felled forest. At this point the track bears left – turn onto the grassy track on the right. Follow this track for 500m, over a small bridge until you join another fire road which you turn left onto. This track is muddy and a little rough.

Grassy tracks heading back down to the loch side road

Follow this track for 4.5km when the track will take a sharp turn to the left and you will see a grassy track that goes straight on. Take this grassy track and follow it downhill for 500m to a gate followed by a bridge that opens out into grassland.

Cycling beside Allt Camghouran

Follow the grass track right after the bridge, to meet the river and continue keeping the river on your right. The track goes through another gate and becomes a driveway and eventually – 3.5km after the bridge – comes to the Rannoch Loch road. Turn right on the road and follow it for 8.5km back to the carpark.

Loch Rannoch road

If you enjoyed this route, why not try the following?

Calliachar 12km
Griffin 2 Lochs Loop 13km
Blackcraig Forest 15km
Blair Castle 17km
Calliacher & Griffin 25km – simply add the two above routes to create a fun longer ride.