Callander to Killin –
This is a fascinating, largely traffic-free day’s cycling taking in wonderful scenery, fascinating history, spectacular waterfalls and a viaduct.
Start from Callander Meadows car park in the centre of Callander where a level, family friendly cycle path follows the River Leny northwards. The path narrows and dips through trees where it passes the impressive Falls of Leny. Loch Lubnaig comes into view with Ben Ledi and Ben Vane of the left.
There are a couple of small hills before you reach the outskirts of village of Strathyre. This is a good end point for families with younger children.
From here continue through Strathyre Forest to drop down to the River Balvaig and a fine run to the end of Loch Voil. A humpback bridge gives fantastic views up the loch. Just round the corner, the Old Kirk is worth a visit to see the grave of Rob Roy MacGregor, the infamous folk hero. Look out for our Mhor Library Tea Room on the left hand side of the road which offers homemade lemonade and cakes.
Follow the route through Balquhidder where it eventually joins a dedicated cycle path. Route 7 now broadly follows a disused railway line and a very pleasant cycle.
As you pass the western end of Loch Earn, you will come to a very steep section which follows a prolonged incline up Glen Ogle and across the Glen Ogle Viaduct – one of the best-known sections of Route 7. From the top, enjoy the views of Lochan Lairig Cheile and, further on, the Tarmachan Ridge. The route continues easily on forest tracks all the way downhill to Killin and the Falls of Dochart – magnificent after a spell of rain.
[edited extract from a’phàirc Issue 8]