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Route description by Stuart
Distance Covered: 43.43 miles
Total climb: 2755.9 ft
Height Lost: 2681.9 ft
Just a wee note to say a massive thank you for the support on Saturday – we arrived at Mhor84 (Jason had all our bikes ready) to do the loop down to Callander – over the hills to Comrie and back to Lochearnhead and finally up to Mhor 84 – a full days cycling with a little trekking with the bikes as the passage over the hills between Callander and Comrie is not all pathways.
We left just after 9am joining National Cycle Route 7 which passes in front of Mhor84 and stopped in Callander for a bacon roll and coffee then set up the climb which is on the road that takes you past Callander Golf Club – up the hill for almost and hour to the reservoir then cross that and head straight up the hill past the old bothy and continue straight on until you hit the road in about 4 miles – continue on the road for just over a mile and at Dalchruin Farm take a left and cross the river and head right along to Comrie – there is one area that is boggy so wet feet to be expected.
We hit Comrie just after 2pm so the Royal stopped serving food so picked up lunch at Hansens Deli. Headed along to St Fillans by taking a left over the Ross bridge at the end of Comrie and turn immediately right and followed the River Earn – there is a path at the end of that road on your left just before the main road that keeps you off road up to St Fillans and round the south side of the Loch Earn. You meet the main road that takes you up to Mhor84 with the option of using the cycle path or staying on the main road as a pint is awaiting you in 3 miles.
It was a spectacular day and Jason said he was always on standby in case we needed any support – luckily we didn’t but always good to know that you can call someone with local knowledge in case. Jason met us back at the hotel and picked the bikes up – from our side it was hassle free and exactly the service we were looking for.
We will use Jason again and will be back next year to do the loop.