With great views over the valleys of the River Tummel and River Tay, this is a remote and challenging weekend gravel ride through woodlands and open Highland scenery.
Heavy articulated dump trucks, which fully loaded weigh up to 75t, are operating on part of the route during weekdays. Please do not cycle this route on weekdays and take extra care on weekends.
Total Distance: 32.9 km
Total Ascent: 720 m
Terrain: Mixture of roads, cyclepaths, paths and smooth gravel roads
Route Category: Challenging
Riding Time: 3 – 4 hrs
Start/Finish: Escape Route Cafe
OS Grid Ref: NN 94188 57982
Nearest Parking: Atholl Road Car Park, 26 Atholl Rd, Pitlochry 0.1 km
Nearest Railway Station: Pitlochry, 0.8 km
Key Facilities on Route: Pitlochry (shops, food, theatre), no facilities on route
OS Landranger Map: 52, 43
Starting at Escape Route the route follows Atholl Road (A 924), which crosses underneath the railway line and turns into Perth Road. The route then follows Sustrans NCN 7 crossing the River Tummel, continuing on the cycle route.
Dunfallandy Stone, only a short detour from the route, provides an opportunity to stop and to get a rare insight into Pictish life. The red sandstone is one of the finest surviving Pictish cross-slabs, entry to the site is free.
Shortly afterwards the route leaves the tarmac road and climbs steeply across farmland into Logierait Wood. The route is marked with signs (blue bike on white sign). The track first climbs and then descends gradually, passing a small loch on the right. Before reaching a car park it climbs on a double track steeply to join the newly constructed Duntanlich Mine Road.
This is a newly-built and very wide service road for the Duntanlich Mine. Some of the climbs are steep, and the whole area is very exposed. Please be aware that cycling here is only recommended on weekends, as the road is busy with big trucks during the week.
The route follows the gravel road, passing through the Ballechin Wood across Dunfallandy Hill, and then trough open moorland to its highest point at 570 m. After a descent with breathtaking views towards Farragon Hill, the route leaves the mine road and follows a rough track through heather and woodland to Netherton on the eastern side of Loch Tummel.
From Netherton an undulating tarmac road follows the south bank of the river in the south to the Linn of Tummel. This picturesque combination of water and woodland is also home to a rich variety of wildlife. The route continues on minor roads and tarmac paths along Loch Faskally back to Pitlochry, passing the Festival Theatre and crossing the Tummel on a suspension bridge.
If you enjoyed this route, why not try the following?
Aberfeldy Grand Tour