Callander - Killin

Route Details

  • From - To: Callander to Killin (Central Scotland)
  • Distance: 24 miles (approx time needed: 2-4 hours)
  • Terrain: Challenging route with mixed surfaces
  • Access: Various
  • National Cycle Network: National Route 7

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Route Description

The pretty town of Callander, known as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands', is the starting point and from here there are some steep climbs before a final descent through Acharn Forest to Killin.

From Callander head north following the River Garbh Uisge upstream through the forest of Strathyre and past 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.

Please note that half way along there is a short section of zigzag slopes and rough surfaces.

After leaving the loch’s shores, you can take a well deserved break at Strathyre. As well as shops and restaurants, there is also a Forest Centre here, which provides toilets and a picnic area.

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.

Cross the A85 at the top of Glen Ogle and the final 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, surrounded by magnificent scenery.

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This challenging route showcases Scotland’s natural beauty, taking you past waterfalls, glens, lochs and heather clad mountains.

24 miles