Suitable for all, not too far, flat terrain
Suitable for all, same as level 1 but a bit further
Add a few short, low gradient hills
At least one big climb, a bit of effort will be needed
More than one long and/or very steep climb. Good fitness or cycling experience needed
Not for the faint hearted, its 5/5 for a reason! However, those who brave it will be rewarded with some of Perthshire and Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. The ride will start at a relaxed pace as we pedal towards Aberfeldy via Taymouth Castle. We’ll stop for a short wander and a look at Wade’s Bridge and the Black Watch memorial. Then it's onward and upwards, with a long climb out of town, past Griffin forest and Loch no Creige. Ahead of us is thousands of acres of forest and moors. Once at Amulree we’ll head up Glen Quaich, listen out for the sound of calling curlews. Then it’s the biggest climb in the area up towards Kenmore hill. There is no shame in having to push your bike up the particularly fierce switchback section! Once at the top however it will all have been worth it, with views across to Schiehallion and the Lawers range. You may be lucky enough to spot a mountain hare or red grouse. Then it’s a free wheel all the way back down into Kenmore.
We depart the paper boat and head down the south side of Loch Tay. Our first stop is in the village of Acharn, where, ability permitting, we will take a short walk up to the falls of Acharn. As we ride along quiet country lanes you will be rewarded with spectacular views along the Loch towards Ben More and across to the Ben Lawers range. The halfway point is the village of Killin, where will stop for lunch and a chance to explore the village and see the majestic Falls of Dochart. After lunch we will stop in at the ruins of Finlarig castle, the stronghold of Black Duncan Campbell. Then we will ride back to Kenmore along the north side of the loch, stopping at several points of interest en route.
A shorter tour that covers a circuit around the base of Drummond Hill. We will pass through the villages of Fearnan, with incredible views west along Loch Tay and visit Fortingall, with its pretty thatched cottages and the Fortingall Yew; the oldest tree in Europe. The return route will wind along the River Lyon back to Kenmore.
Coffee and cake are included in this tour, with a refuel at 'pete's pool' a beautiful tranquil hidden spot on the River Lyon.
This Tour is a great option if you are worried about fitness levels, or are short of time and can't manage a full day tour.
BRIDGE OF BALGIE - RETURN
Experience Scotland’s longest, loneliest and loveliest glen; Glen Lyon. We’ll first ride to the beautiful village of Fortingall where Europe’s oldest tree grows, the Fortingall Yew, along with picture perfect thatched cottages. Then it’s on to Glen Lyon, as we pedal along, we’ll pass roaring river rapids and ancient woodland before the glen opens before us in a stunning vista. Our halfway point is the tiny village of Bridge of Balgie, where the excellent tea room can replenish our energy, whilst looking out over the river Lyon. There is time for a wee explore around the area, before we head back down the glen. Once we’ve left Glen Lyon behind us we’ll return to Kenmore on a slightly different route.
GLEN LYON AND LAWERS PASS
For those who want to experience Glen Lyon with a bit more of a challenge. Once we reach Bridge of Balgie, we’ll stop for a spot of lunch. Then, instead of turning, we’ll carry on, across the River Lyon and start the long climb over the Lawers pass. Remember to turn up your pedal assist! We’ll pass forests and burns, hopefully seeing some highland coos. The scenery is bleak yet spectacular as we pedal towards the hydro-electric dam, with Ben Lawers sloping up to the left and the Tarmachan ridge towering on the right. We’ll stop to take a well-earned rest and take in the view then, it’s all downhill from there! We’ll zoom down the hill with Loch Tay ahead of us and finish the day with an easy ride along the north side of the loch.
A flat ride along quiet country lanes with plenty of stops to enjoy the scenery. We will follow the course of the River Tay from its beginning in Kenmore at the east end of Loch Tay, down to the rapids at Grandtully.
We will stop off at Cluny House Gardens and enjoy a walk around the beautiful grounds, with a very high chance of seeing Red Squirrels along with some of the largest trees in the UK. Once at Grandtully we will stop off for a delicious hot chocolate at the Highland Chocolatier to refuel for the ride back the Kenmore along the railway path.
Plenty of beautiful photo opportunities along the way, as well as a yummy packed lunch provided by The Paper Boat.