Perthshire's best bike trails

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Perthshire's best bike trails

Cycling is undoubtedly one of the top things to do in Perthshire, especially now, when summer is around the corner.

It’s excellent for adventures and you don’t even need to bring your bike – there are plenty of bicycle hire options available near Taymouth Marina, including Loch Tay Boating.

Now, let’s see which are Perthshire’s best bike trails.


Kilvrecht (Rannoch Forest)

For starters, here’s a bike trail perfect for families. Kilvrecht is a circular route located close to Kinloch Rannoch. The trail is very peaceful as it passes through a tranquil forest path. Only 1.2km long and with negligible height gained, it’s suitable even for those with little children. In addition, there are amenities at the beginning.

Birnam to the Hermitage

This off-road trail near Dunkeld is excellent for beginners and family rides – almost completely flat but with an abundance of spectacular scenery! Within 8km you’ll be able to see the Birnam Oak (mentioned in William Shakespeare's play), the revolutionary Telford’s Bridge on River Tay, the lovely seaboard village of Inver, the breath-taking Hermitage (National Trust for Scotland-preserved site), the Hermitage Douglas Fir (Britain’s tallest tree), and a lot more. Definitely worth the ride!


A route around Birnam

A route around Birnam is another of Perthshire’s best bike trails. It is mainly off-road with a short stretch of road. The trail passes close to the River Tay and the famous Birnam Oak. And it offers a great opportunity to explore the gorgeous Dunkeld and Birnam.

There’s a continuous climb through Birnam Glen initially and a progressive downhill after that. The trail’s quite short with a length of 5.4km, whereas the height gained is 130m.  Its difficulty is between easy and moderate which makes it suitable both for beginners and intermediate bikers.

Glen Tilt

Glen Tilt, near Blair Atholl, is a circular off-road route with the River Tilt alongside. It’s a stunning glen with great views to open hillside. You’ll see plenty of wild flowers and butterflies in the area. So, don’t forget your camera, there’s a lot to capture!

It’s a 13km journey and the overall height gained is some 150m, which makes it ideal for intermediate bikers. However, if you are more experienced, you can continue up the glen. Otherwise, just return to Blair Atholl, once you reach Gilbert’s Bridge.  


The Glassie Circuit

One of Perthshire’s advanced bike trails is the Glassie Circuit. It is located near Aberfeldy (just a stone’s throw from Taymouth Marina) and follows River Tay. It’s a 15km long journey with 330m gained in height. This circular route features challenging terrain and is a great adrenaline pumper. There’s a short road section at the start, followed by a long upward slope. There’s a wide diversity of stunning panoramic views that make the tough upward journey worth the effort.

Perth to Dundee

And finally, something fairly lengthy for those who aren’t into off-road bike trails or are looking for a full day activity. This circular route takes approximately five-and-a-half hours at 90km long and is suitable for quite advanced bikers. With Perth’s Tay Street Bridge as a start and end location, the journey will take you to some of the most picturesque places in Perthshire and beyond. It’s ideal for a nice and sunny summer day to explore the area.

All of these Perthshire cycle trails are easily accessible from Taymouth Marina, with a maximum car journey of 45 mins to the starting points.

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