Intro & Family Friendly Rides

Highland Perthshire Cycling, who manage Perthshire Gravel, were awarded grant funding by Nature.Scot to develop the website to include a collection of introduction and family friendly routes.

Kat Brown

Kat Brown of Cycling Solutions Scotland – a mum, cycle leader and coach and Rosie Baxendine – a gravel and bikepacking guide specializing in introduction to adventure trips – were tasked with this. Both local cyclists, their experience of leading younger or less experienced riders enabled them to create suitable routes for all abilities.

Rosie Baxendine and Kat Brown

Kat and Rosie created 10 routes – from a 5km flat route round Taymouth castle suitable for even the littlest of legs, to a 22km into the hills above Loch Rannoch – perfect for an introduction to more remote gravel riding.

These routes are all predominantly on well surfaced tracks or fire roads and are ridable on any hybrids designed for off road use or mountain bikes.

Rosie Baxendine and Kat Brown

A collection with all routes and an overview map are available on Komoot here. Information on distance, ascent, terrain, route category, riding time, start and finish, parking, public transport, key facilities and which maps to use can be found on the individual route pages.

An overview of all intro and family friendly gravel trails

Intro & Family Friendly Rides sorted by difficulty:

Easy (Route Categories)

Taymouth Castle 5km
Dunkeld 5km
Murthly 10km
Freuchie Loch 12km
Murthly 15km

Straightforward (Route Categories)

Calliachar 12km
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.

Rosie Baxendine