Biking and Bagging -- A biking and hiking tour through Scotland

From Aug 24 - Sept 21, 2007 Mike and I joined Alan and Jan on a biking and hiking adventure in Scotland. We rode though some of the Western Isles and Highlands.

Our route

Monday, October 8, 2007

Sept 16 - 18, 2007: Loch Tay and the Trossachs

We spent the evening of the 17th in the town of Pitlochry. I am sorry that I didn't get to see more of the town, because it really looked like a pleasant spot. The day started out wet, and after visiting the Co-op to stock up, we headed out on the small road to Loch Tummel. We decided to ride along the river Tummel and Loch Tummel, taking us down to the Fortingall Yew (oldest living thing in Europe). From here we headed into Kenmore, couldn't find a B&B, so rode along the south side of Loch Tay into Killin.

This Loch Tummel - Loch Tay area has some stunning riding -- the south side of Loch Tay is beautiful, if a bit hilly, and Glengoulandie (south of Foss) makes for a fun ride too.

Killin to Callander was an easy day on an abandoned railway grade. Fine views, quiet riding, a lunch stop in Strathyre at a hotel with floor to ceiling scotch bottles, and a good B&B in Callander made for a fine day of riding. Our hostess put out wine glasses and plates and we had a celebratory picnic dinner in the dining room. Alan and I became quite addicted to Callander slab -- a fudge/toffee candy made in the town. Alan was a hit with the salesgirl -- prompting her to say "I love you"! as we left the store.

The 18th started off quite chilly, it threatened rain, but held off until later in the day. Once again it was off on quiet forest tracks around Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie (hey -- I'm not making that one up). We rolled past highland cattle, mountains peaking out of the clouds, and views over the lochs. We came out of the hills down a steep hill into Aberfoyle.

The rain started in Aberfoyle and was with us for the last part of the day. This was a ride up and over a high ridge and then down into the Loch Lomond area. Jan and Alan had a place booked at the town of Balmaha, on the shores of Loch Lomond. Mike and I wanted to head further up the Loch to Rowardennan, but the hostel was full. So, we decided to try our luck in Balmaha too. Our luck held and we ended the day with tea and cookies in front of a roaring fire at Passfoot B&B on the shores of Loch Lomond.


Route and pictures:
Pictures from Loch Tay and the Trossachs.
Our bike route in the area

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