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Pitlochry and Eagagach Loop

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.

Submitted By TrailScotland MemberĀ Phillip Taylor

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