Calliachar Forest 12km

Forest roads with sections amongst the dense pine tree plantation. Beautiful snack stop admiring the windmills at Loch Hoil.  Feels remote in the dense forest.  Easy to navigate, part of the core path network.

You can also add this loop to the Griffin 13km route to create a fun 25km.

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Total Distance: 12.2km
Total Ascent:
Forest roads and tracks, a mix of well surfaced and maintained road with others very rocky and bumpy.
Route Category: Straightforward
Riding Time: Family with small children – 3hrs, older children or adults 2hrs.
Start/Finish: SSE Calliachar car park.
OS Grid Ref: NN885450 / what3words:  ///duration.patrolled.query
Nearest Parking: SSE Calliachar car park (on the A826 out of Aberfeldy towards Amulree/Dunkeld).
Nearest Railway Station: Pitlochry.
Nearest Bike Hire: Progression bikes, Dunkeld
Key Facilities on Route: There are no facilities on this route but Aberfeldy has shops, pubs/cafes and public toilets.
OS Landranger Map: 52 Pitlochry &Crieff

Points to note: This route is only suitable May – October due to lying snow. At time of writing (March 2021) this route contains a stile to pass a locked deer gate.  This will be very difficult with a heavy bike such as an ebike.  Please take care when using this stile with children. We have confirmation that a new self closing gate will be installed by the council in the coming months.

Be careful in winter months – this route can be very snowy!

Route Description

The steady climb up to the loch

This route follows the main dirt road on a steady uphill to reach Loch Hoil. 

At the loch approximately 4.7km in follow the core path network arrows to the right and use the stile to pass the deer gate. (This stile is being replaced imminently by P&K council with a new self closing gate)

The gate you need to take is on the right of this photo.

This is where you delve into the dense forest, which can be a bit damp at times, but beautiful and feels like a true adventure.

Continue to follow this track until you reach a junction, take the right hand track and follow this uphill, the forest begins to feel more open, the track levels off and begins to descend.

Once you reach the bottom of the descent take a left and you’ll be back at your car in 1.2km.

This route also works well in reverse.

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

Griffin 2 Lochs Loop 13km
Blackcraig Forest 15km
Blair Castle 17km
Black Wood of Rannoch 22km
Calliacher & Griffin 25km – simply add the two above routes to create a fun longer ride.