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Walking and Cylcling

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We are right on the Rob Roy Walking trail and there are numerous self-guided walks in the area with easy walks adjacent to the park and more challanging close by. For safety we advise all walkers and hikers to let us know where you intend to walk and when you intend to return.

In Balquhidder Glen we have Creag an Tuirc: an easy 1-2 hour walk with spectacular views despite it's short distance. This walk starts behind Balquhidder church and initially follows the track signed to Kirkton Glen over a stile to and through the woods to where the track forks near some enclosed buildings. Taking the right fork after about 400M a sign on the right points to a narrow path leading through a dike and onwards to the summit where you'll find a cairn to the memory of the clan McLaren. A stunning view with the whole of Balquhidder Glen exposed beyond Loch Voil and little Loch Doine awaits. Rob Roy's first married home ( Monachyle Taurach ) is on the south shore at the narrows between the two lochs.

More walks of varying difficulty can be found on the National Park website's walking section.

 

Cycling & moutain biking

We are right on Cycle Route 7, offering scenic, safe cycling along the old railway line. Bike hire is available locally through Comrie Croft Bikes and you can see a virtual tour of the route from the park to Killin below.

The national park cycling and mounting biking pages list many options; from short hour-long rides to long distance touring; on-road, off-road or on dedicated cycle track.

Forest Enterprise has way marked many cycle routes in its woodlands. For more information on these routes please use the details below:

  • Loch Ard Forest, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park - Tel: +44(0)1877 382383
  • Achray Forest, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park - Tel: +44(0)1877382383
  • Ardgartan Visitor Centre , near Arrochar, Argyll Forest Park - Tel: +44(0)1877382383
  • Lochs and Glens (North), part of National Cycle Network Route 7, passes through the national park - see Sustrans

National Cycle Network Route 7 The route (215 miles/347km approx 60 miles/97km in Perthshire) uses forest tracks, traffic-free trails and minor roads and is regarded as one of the highlights of the National Cycle Network and runs between Drymen in the south and Killin in the northeast, via Glen Ogle, Lochearnhead, Strathyre, Callander, Aberfoyle and Gartmore.

See Sustrans for more information and to purchase the official route map (£5.99). Maps are also available from Tourist Information Centres in Perth, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry.

Legend Sailing (www.legendsailing.co.uk) offer a fantastic mountain bike trip.  They take you up to the top of Glen Ogle pass, and then you have a scenic downhill cycle on the old railwayline.  They also offer archery, canoeing etc at Loch Earn. Killin outdoor centre www.killinoutdoor.co.uk: Mountain bike hire (delivery to the holiday park by arrangement). Also canoe and kayak hire with buoyancy aid, paddles and route map.

 

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