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Distance: 13 miles (one way)
Approximate time: 2-3 hours (again one way)
Leaving The Old Church of Strathyre Bike Hire, head back down to the main road. Take care crossing as it can be very busy, particularly in the summer months.
Turn right following National Cycle Route 7 along the tarmac path alongside the fields of animals and wild flowers to the minor road that leads to Mhor 84 on the right under the bridge or left to Rob Roys Grave and Church, Kirkton Glen and Inverlochlarig.
The track immediately crosses this minor road where the terrain and landscape changes. The track is excellent, weaving in and out and undulating slightly through some lovely woodland, passing the nearby Corbetts (Meall an t-Seallaidh and Creag Mac Ranaich). It's alot of fun.
The track passes the Golden Larches restaurant at Balquhidder Station, where it also meets the Old Road that linked the small villages. Turn left here passing a large house and continue to weave in and out before coming alongside the A84 for a very short distance. It starts to cut around the back of Lochearnhead via a lovely viaduct which was replaced using funds raised in memory of Nigel Hester who was tragically killed on the A9, not far from here.
Shortly after this viaduct you will see a bridge. Just before this, the path forks off to the right - this leads to the village of Lochearnhead. Otherwise continue straight on under the railway bridge where you will be faced with a series of steep zig-zags, where many cyclists may wish to get off and push until the top is reached. The view from here down Loch Earn is lovely on a good day. On the return trip, the views towards Ben Vorlich and Stuc a Chroin are fantastic.
The track is pretty much level with several cattle rids all the way to the top of Glen Ogle, which is a really interesting part of the route. Can you imagine the train heading along this same route in 1870?
At the top of Glen Ogle is Lochan Lairig Cheile on the left hand side. It's surrounded by forest, so not an ideal place to stop, but pretty non-the-less.
Take great care crossing the main road here!
It's just 4 miles to the Falls of Dochart and Killin. The cycle route takes you through a small car park onto a forestry track, past a memorial to two RAF pilots who died nearby.
The track forks again - take the left hand one to Killin. Be carfeul - the incline is steep and it's not unusual to meet walkers here, or cyclists pushing their way back. This section is so much fun! The path changes to a smooth surface before returning to forest track. At the junction turn left, then a short distance afterwards, National Cycle Route 7 turns right.
The last section is lovely through woodland on a large forest track, very slightly descending to Killin. It comes out on the road just before the Falls of Dochart, which is a great place to have a picnic on a nice day or there are a number of lovely places to eat, both in and out.
The return journey might be somewhat off-putting, but remember once you are back at the top of Glen Ogle, it's downhill all the way past Lochearnhead and the view back down towards Loch Earn and the surrounding hills, again is gorgeous on a good day!
We hope you enjoy the route as much as we did!