Blair Atholl Gravel Adventure
Home > Routes

Blair Atholl Gravel Adventure

Download GPX


23 km
2 -3 hrs
Total Ascent
313 m

Route Details

Services: Blair Atholl
OS Grid Ref: NN 87438 66268
OS Landranger Map: 43
Terrain: A mixture of landrover tracks, forest tracks and quiet roads
Facilities: House of Bruar (food), Wasted Degrees Brewery (food, taproom), Blair Atholl (shop, food, museum)
Route Architect

Route Description

The mountains of Atholl Forest from the track through the rifle range
The mountains of Atholl Forest from the track through the rifle range

The route starts at the Old Bridge of Tilt car park. From here the route gently climbs on a well-maintained landrover track alongside the River Tilt to Gilberts Bridge. After the bridge the gradient gets steeper, as the route passes through a rifle range. Please check for rifle range activity dates/times on the Atholl Estates website ( before setting off. If the range is in operation, an alternative route is to carry on without crossing the bridge, and then taking the grassy track after Auchgobhal to Fenderbridge and back to Old Bridge of Tilt.

The view across Glen Tilt at the top of the range is breathtaking, before the track climbs gently through the forest. At the edge of the forest the route continues over open farmland. This section can get very muddy, and it’s not recommended for cycling in wet conditions. The track improves as it enters the forest again. A beautiful stone bridge leads over the Banvie Burn in the Whim Plantation. From here the route climbs gradually on a smooth landrover track, first through the forest, and then through the open moorland of Glen Banvie, with views towards Meall Dubh. The route enters the forest again close to the highest point of the route at 390 m.

Through native woodlands of the Whim Plantation
Through native woodlands of the Whim Plantation

A double track descends south through Banvie Wood alongside the Water of Bruar. This can get boggy in wet conditions, but the track is well sheltered from wind and rain. Before meeting another forest track the descend gets steeper and loose, extra care is needed here. Shortly afterwards a viewpoint offers great views to the Falls of Bruar. The falls have been a tourist attraction since the 18th century and were immortalized in a poem by Robert Burns, The Humble Petition of Bruar Water to the Noble Duke of Atholl.

From the lookout the route continues to Balnacroft, where it crosses the railway line and joins the B 8079. The House of Bruar is only a short detour from here, it is a very popular stop with travellers, and offers plenty of opportunities to eat. The shop offers local delicacies.

The route continues on the B 8079 on Sustrans NCN 7 to stone arch and a lodge on the western edge of the Blair Castle grounds. Passing through an iron gate (please respect the residents privacy) and across a small bridge, the route continues on a smooth gravel track along the grounds of the castle, passing a small loch on the left. It then joins a small tarmac road to Old Blair and back to the car park.

Climbing through Glen Banvie with Ben Vrackie looming in the background
Climbing through Glen Banvie with Ben Vrackie looming in the background

Route Map

Local Services

Discover and support local businesses along the route.

Bike Services & Rentals

If you're in need of some extra supplies, a hand with some quick bike repairs or looking to hire something new, you can rely on our trusted friends below.

Bike Services

Subscribe for the dirt!

Subscribe to get all the latest dirt on new gravel biking routes.

* indicates required

Please select all the ways you would like to hear from Highland Perthshire Cycling:

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. For information about our privacy practices, please visit our website.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.