Balquhidder Loop

Route Distance: 7.5 miles


Approx Time: 1-2 hours

 

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Leaving Strathyre Bike Hire with your trusty mountain bike, head back down to the main road. It can be very busy, so take care crossing! It's always safer to get off your bike and push it across.

On the right is National Cycle Route 7 signposted for Killin and Lochearnhead.  Follow this for approximately 2 miles alongside fields of sheep and horses.  The track is lined with gorgeous wild flowers surrounded by lovely scenery.

At the junction, leave the safety of the Cycle Route and turn left onto the single track road following it for almost 2 miles past the Macgregor Murray mausoleum and beautiful properties and gardens to The Old Kirk and Rob Roys Grave at Balquhidder.  There are some interesting features here and it's here that my son and I met the friendliest Robin!

At the back of the Church is a path up through the forest that leads to Kirkton Glen if you want to enjoy a stroll.

It was time for us to return to Strathyre and instead of going back the way we came, we turned right out of the graveyard and in a number of yards is a turning on the left which is signposted for National Cycle Route 7.  It passes the top of Loch Voil, then over a lovely old bridge  across the River Balvaig.

It's a further 4 miles, or thereabouts, back to Strathyre, of which the last 2 are a bit undulating.  We know that going up means going down though and it's fantastic fun rolling down the road with the woodland hurtling past.  Just watch out for the odd car!

The road brings you back to where you started after crossing the hump-back bridge back over the River Balvaig.

Again, take care crossing the road back to the Bike Hire Base at The Old Church.

We hope you enjoyed your bike ride!

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