looking for a bit of trail advice...
I am going to a wedding in Pitlochry next month and I thought that i could take my bike and get a few hours riding in during the day, before going to the reception in the evening.
I have never ridden in that part of the country before, so could anyone offer any advice on where to go? Laggan is about an hour past Pitlochry for me, so thats possible. As is Comrie Croft, but they are trail centres and i havent done muct trail centre riding before, so dont really know if I will like them (it's not that i dislike trail centres, just that i havent really done much riding there).
On the other side of the coin, if i go to epic, I will be spent and maybe not enjoy the reception.
So, can anyone recommend 2-4 hrs of riding in the Pilochry area, that wont leave me wrecked in the evening? Hopefully it wont be to wet (aye right),
Don't know Pitlochry mtbing trails myself, but will point out that Dunkeld / Birnam is only 20 minutes south and has plenty of varied stuff.
There are gentle trails with scenic shiz to take in at the Hermitage where you can cruise up the side of The Braan to the falls and then up further to Rumbling Bridge and back round to Inchewan Burn in Birnam Glen.
And if you're more adventurous there are also the multitude of enduro style trails to choose from. They can be a little tricky in the wet over the numerous roots and rocks, so depending on your ability and desire to remain upright and injury free for the reception in the evening is a judgment call you'll have to make.
Park at the train station at Dunkeld ... Go through the underpass and head up left following the river and stay on it climbing all the way up Birnam hill. Pink Floyd and Rake and ruin start from near the top. Easier than the trails at the mast across the road but the roots on Pink Floyd can be slippy. As above have a look at Trailforks for the area. As for a XC route from Pitlochry there is the short and steep Ben Vrackie or for a longer outing there is the much longer and harder Edradynate estate loop starting up the Rob Roy way from Pitlochry. It heads up high on the Eastern side of Farragon hill and descends a long doubletrack then road back to Pitlochry.