The Highland Perthshire Drovers Trail is a circular multi-day bikepacking route which offers an enjoyable off-road journey steeped in history through a wide variety of Scottish landscapes and small market towns and villages. Starting and finishing in Pitlochry it features the remote and scenic glens in the Cairngorms National Park, the Tay, Scotland’s longest river, Scotland’s smallest and oldest distillery, the last surviving oak tree from the wood that inspired Shakespeare’s Macbeth, waterfalls that heartened Robert Burns, Wade’s Military Roads, drove roads and some of the best gravel paths that the Highlands have to offer. The route should be ridden anti-clockwise, starting and finishing in Pitlochry.
Distance: 331 km
Ascent: 6,060 m
Terrain: A mixture of roads, small roads, forest tracks, singletrack, hike-a-bike section, walking paths, cycling paths, landrover tracks
Difficulty: Expert, includes hike-a-bike sections, remote terrain, steps to carry the bike up, (at time) busy road sections
Alternative starting points when arriving by train with your own bike
Dunkeld and Blair Atholl are good alternative starting points. Bike spaces on trains need to be reserved well in advance and space is very limited, especially in summer. Alternative starting points are Comrie and Crieff. Both are about ca. 30 km away from Dunblane, a small town serviced by regular commuter trains from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Bike spaces on those trains are more readily available without prior reservation.
Bike shops and bike hire along the route
Escape Route (Pitlochry)
Comrie Croft Bikes (Comrie/Crieff)
Progression Bikes (Dunkeld)
Highland Safaris (Dull, near Aberfeldy, bike hire only)