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Towering mountain peaks, shimmering lochs and romantic glens mark this route. There are forest walks and nature trails, castles and other ancient monuments. The fast flowing River Tay is a frequent companion beginning in Perth and continuing through Dunkeld and Aberfeldy to the beautiful scenery of Killin and Loch Tay. Visit historic Dunkeld, with its preserved square and ancient Cathedral and the peaceful lochside towns of Kenmore, Killin, Lochearnhead and St Fillans. A rest day at Killin is included to allow time to visit the Falls of Dochart or cycle into beautiful Glen Lochay and Glen Lyon. So much to see, but the moderate cycling distances allows ample time for exploring
Perhaps time to stroll to the shops, walk by the River Tay or climb Kinnoull Hill for a magnificent view of Perth and the Tay Valley. Evening: collect cycles and equipment, route briefing.
Cycle two miles from Perth to visit Scone Palace, a treasure house of furniture, ivories, fine porcelain, needlework and the unique Vernis Martin. From there you cycle north through the rolling farmland of Perthshire to the historic Cathedral town of Dunkeld, situated on the banks of the River Tay. It has a peaceful character and charmingly restored eighteenth century houses forming a small Square. Cathedral Street leads from there to the partly restored Cathedral construction of which began in 1318.
You are never far from the swift flowing River Tay. Leave Dunkeld passing the Cathedral and follow the path along its north bank: join the quiet road northward to cross the river by an old railway bridge at Logierait. From there to Strathtay, a popular spot with canoeists and river rafters. Continue by the river to the small village of Weem. Only a short distance now to cross General Wade’s Bridge into Aberfeldy. Visit the Distillery, the Water Mill or explore the beautiful walks in the “Birks of Aberfeldy”.
Leave Aberfeldy by General Wade’s Bridge and stop to visit Castle Menzies, the seat of the Chiefs of Clan Menzies, currently being restored. Past Drummond Forest to the conservation village of Kenmore at the eastern end of Loch Tay. Visit the Crannog Exhibition, which illustrates life on the Loch in the Bronze Age. By taking the south shore road you can enjoy to the full the unrivalled beauty of the Lochs and Bens on the way to Killin.
Visit the Falls of Dochart; walk in the quiet countryside or up Ben Lawers, a 6mile cycle to Ben Lawers and then climb Ben Lawers, Perthshires highest mountain or cycle to scenic Glen Lochay and Glen Lyon 35mi./53km round trip.
A choice of routes, either a climb and scenic ride through Glen Lochy and Glen Lyon or take the shorter easy way along the north shore of Loch Tay. Your destination is the village of Fortingall with its picturesque thatched cottages and 3,000 year old Yew Tree.
A moderate climb over the hills to Loch Tummel but you are rewarded with magnificent views and a level ride by the quiet south shore road. Perhaps pause to cross River Tummel and visit the Queen’s View Visitor Centre. From there it is a short distance to the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry nestling in the shadow of the mountain Schiehallion. There are plenty of things to see including Blair Castle, the Dam and Fish Ladder, two distilleries and the Festival Theatre.
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