Pitlochry and Eagagach Loop

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    This route involves around 40km of distance and 1600m of climbing so is not to be undertaken lightly.

    There are two climbs so I would recommend starting from Strathtay to get the first climb out of the way while still fresh. There is a laybay for parking just past the Post office at Grid Ref: NN 908532.

    Start by heading west on the minor road until you see a road going uphill to the right at Grid Ref: NN 884517. Follow signs for Brae of Cluny. Take the track which skirts the forest and head for Loch Derculich. The surface is a good land rover track and gains height gradually.

    Once adjacent to the Loch the track becomes more loose and considerably steeper. It is possible to cycle to the Bealach but you will need to be very fit. Mere mortals will need to push a bit.

    The descent from the bealach to the banks of the Tummel is simply awesome. It’s a land drover track so there are always more than one line choice. You will however reach some impressive speeds so make sure your brakes are good.

    Once on the banks of the Tummel, head east on a minor road until you reach a foot bridge at Grid Ref: NN 903601. Now starts some really enjoyable singletrack along the river bank. There are plenty of fun deviations which eventually bring you to the Garry Bridge. There is bungee jumping from the underside so you may see someone leaping off.

    Continue under the road bridge a short distance north to the footbridge over the Garry. Then pick up the singletrack to take you south towards Pitlochry. Pass Faskcally house and enter the woodland on your right. Singletrack options abound and eventually spit you out at the footbridge at Grid Ref: NN 927586.

    Cross the bridge and follow the marked cycleway to the dam at Pitlochry and the Festival Theatre.

    The cycleway continues past the theatre and then turns right uphill to a crossing with the A9. This is signed Clunie Path to Strathtay. It is steep and fairly unrelenting so choose an easy gear and try to spin it out. The effort is rewarded in spades as the descent from the Stone Circle to Strathtay is simply brilliant. Fast and swoopy singletrack with perhaps too many gates to reach terminal velocity. Just enjoy as you are almost back to your vehicle.


    Good write up Philip. Do you want me to feature this on the site?

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    @Admin wrote:

    Good write up Philip. Do you want me to feature this on the site?

    Sent from my HTC Desire using Tapatalk

    No problem Jonny. 🙂




    Now over on the main site including the gpx file



    This is a good ride – last time I did it I extedned it a bit by climbing up above Pitlochry instead of heading back down to the town from the Garry Bridge area. The climb goes up to a bealach beneath Ben Vrackie – it’s a long one but the reward is a very good descent down to Pitlochry.


    Did this loop on Sunday



    Interesting descent off Eagagach on the Zaskar, it’s er fast, very fast, and bumpy, getting my right foot trapped between pedal and top of rut at 20kmh wasn’t exactly fun…

    Selected Photos:

    You can see a fair whack of the climb to Beinn Eagagach here

    Cracking view

    Steep and loose, So… 36 tooth cassettes?

    Plummet to Tummel

    Plummet to Tummel

    Nae ta


    Did this run today with Beckypumps and a few pals. Really enjoyed the descents but boy is the first climb a slog….


    @climbingcragrat wrote:

    Did this run today with Beckypumps and a few pals. Really enjoyed the descents but boy is the first climb a slog….

    A good day out and fine weather for a change. As well as recovering today I fixed the slow rear puncture, replaced the broken spokes and fitted new rear brake pads. 😀 I would like to add that on the second descents some of the single track is overgrown so maybe err on the side of caution.



    Just done this trail on a glorious August day, and what a challenge. Must admit to walking a few metres near the end of the climb. I started at Pitlochry also, and would suggest this is better, as the Rob Roy Way climb out of the town is not long but a steepy to take on after horsing around the singletrack at Garry Bridge. Finding the trail into Edradynate estate is not the easiest for us who map read like a woman as there are several T junctions and options to go wrong. As you hit the dirt after the tarmac climb make sure you see a sign warning of estate shooting rules and you’re on the right road (I took a wrong turn the week before and still don’t know where I was). Another wee safety warning is to look out for the cattle grid at the first gate in the shooting estate. I turned to catch the gate closing behind me and my foot slipped right between the bars, which could have been a nasty one. All in all, a great ride (will take around 3 hours) but you need to be pretty fit or it’s a LONG walk, and make sure your brakes are in good order cos it’s steep and rocket ship fast……….Geebs


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