Callander to Killin

This challenging route through the Trossachs National Park is simply spectacular, taking you past waterfalls, glens, lochs and heather-clad mountains. Starting from the pretty town of Callander, known as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands’, there are some steep climbs before a final descent through Acharn Forest to Killin.

From Callander head north following the River Garbh Uisge upstream on a track that follows the line of the old Callander and Oban Railway. Cross open countryside to Kilmahog before climbing up the narrow wooded Pass of Leny, perhaps taking a break to do the short walk to the gushing waters of the Falls of Leny.

The Pass of Leny is an ancient entrance to the Highlands. You will then cycle along the shores of Loch Lubnaig. The landscape starts to open out beautifully near the northern end of the loch, where there is a short, steep zig-zag climb from the old railway to the forest road, and then a descent from Keip Farm into Strathyre village, where you can take a well-deserved break for refreshments.

Three miles along a minor road from here is the village of Balquhidder, where you can visit Rob Roy’s grave. Onwards from here to Kingshouse and then through the spectacular Glen Ogle (please take care as there are a couple of steep sections), and your surroundings change to heather-clad mountains. This is the most dramatic part of the ride, crossing two magnificent viaducts.

Cross the A85 at the top of Glen Ogle and the final, exciting descent is through a short section of Acharn Forest to Killin, where you can take a long and well-earned rest at the Falls of Dochart, where the water rages after a downpour and where there are wonderful views over the Tarmachan ridge and Ben Lawers range.

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

To make sure everyone gets the most out of their time by the water, please ensure you follow the Towpath Code.

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