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No. of Trails: 3
Facilities:
Car Park
Toilets
Cafe
Location:-
Just off the A9 north of Perth

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Description:-
A small town with a wealth of quality mountain biking nearby. Routes possible vary from gentle scenic rides along the banks of the Tay to serious cross country trails over high moorlands. Keen Downhillers should head to Craig Vinean Hill - it's the location for one of the fiercest SDA downhill courses on the circuit.
The town itself has a wide range of accommodation, pubs, cafes and shops and is a great centre for the outdoors enthusiast - good kayaking, rock climbing and hillwalking are all close by.



Trails at Dunkeld

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Trail TitleLength (Miles)Ascent (Mtrs)Time (Hrs)Tech GradeFitness Grade
The Queens Road20.15626.5 Moderate Hard
Hermitage and Glen Garr15.74783 Moderate Moderate
Loch Benachally21.46366.5 Hard Hard

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Nice route! Unfortunately the last few times I've tried it, there has been a locked gate (and no stile) to the east of Lochan Oisseanach, just after waypoint 4.
tsmith0809 gave this trail 5 stars about 2 years ago
harky gave this trail 5 stars about 2 years ago
bandey gave this trail 4 stars about 7 years ago
This is a good day out. I prefer turning left at way point 6, round Lochan a'Chait to the 'Lairds House' before up and down a steep descent to Riemore Farm. Return to trail at WP 9 via the path on sou... read whole comment...
bandey commented about 7 years ago
Great route for cross country enthusiasts!!
wnc gave this trail 5 stars about 7 years ago

The Queens Road


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Length: 20.1 Miles
Ascent: 562 m
Time: 6.5 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Hard
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Description:-
This trail goes north from Dunkeld to Loch Ordie and Loch Oisinneach.

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Was round bits of this last night, we stuck more to the Enduro route and Birnam Hill, so much potential in this area, the Enduro descent off the top of Kings Seat is well worth a look.
sab6247 gave this trail 4 stars about 4 years ago
Tried this yesterday afternoon, had been raining in the morning so rather wet after 30 minutes. But worth it! Nice long run fun through the Birnham woods. Then zip down to Inver and great fun through ... read whole comment...
koala77 gave this trail 4 stars about 5 years ago
I cycled this route the other weekend, on a really bright, sunny Saturday and it was fantastic! I also altered the route by going over the top of the busy Birnam Hill, where the view from the top was ... read whole comment...
williamh242 gave this trail 5 stars about 6 years ago

Hermitage and Glen Garr


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Length: 15.7 Miles
Ascent: 478 m
Time: 3 hrs
Tech Grade: Moderate
Fitness Grade: Moderate
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Description:-
This is a local favorite cross country route and has featured in a few magazine articles. Well worth doing if you’re in the Dunkeld/Perth area.
I’ve described it starting from Bankfoot but it can easily be started from the Hermitage (Tag 11- car park off the A9 or the A822), or Dunkeld Railway Station at Birnam (T8).
Park at south end of Bankfoot (T1) - pub and shop - and leave village up Cairneyhill Road, heading north. After Coltrannie the trail leads through Gellyburn woods via farm tracks and single track (take R fork at T2) to Kingswood. Turn left and head west on private, then minor public, road to exit onto the old A9 at tag 4. Turn right, head downhill a few yards then left into Rohallion woods forestry track (tag5) and follow this past the loch to T6, where track swings round to right. At this point head left across to the footpath coming down from Birnam Hill. Follow this, past the quarry car park (T7) and round the bottom of the hill on a rocky path and onto a small road with some big houses.
Down a wee hill and left through gates into cool and leafy Birnam Glen. Follow burn upstream until possible to cross by footbridge (T9) then through forest to exit onto A 822 (T10). Across road and down into car park then follow path up to the Hermitage and cross the River Braan by rustic stone bridge to ‘Ossians Hall’ (T11). NB this path has been closed recently due to landslip – if still closed by-pass this section by diverting through Inver.
Enjoy the scenery here and then leave by heading up the banks of the Braan first by single track then track across fields and minor road to Rumbling Bridge (T12)- worth a look over the parapet. After crossing bridge cut hard left into trees and follow a rooty path until arriving on A822 again (T13), opposite Balhomish Farm access. Across road and up track to top of hill (T14) where there is a gate on the right. Through the gate and along grassy/muddy track until the single track across the moor is gained. Over moor to the head of Glen Garr (T15), a lovely wee glen and a good spot for a bite to eat. A quick, flowing, single track descent down the left side of glen to the bottom and then lift bike over fence and into field (T16) -don’t worry it’s a right of way. Carry on down through fields and track to farm. Through farm then onto the minor road which is followed back to start.


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Loch Benachally


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Length: 21.4 Miles
Ascent: 636 m
Time: 6.5 hrs
Tech Grade: Hard
Fitness Grade: Hard
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This trail is a variation to 'The Queens Road' Trail.

Follow the Queens Road route as far as waypoint 6 and turn left through a ford and along a track, round Lochan a'Chait to the 'Lairds House' near Loch Benachally. Up over slabby rocks to a high bealach before rattling down a steep descent to Riemore Farm. This is a loose stoney/bouldery descent. Return to the Queens Road trail at WP 9 via the path on south side of Deuchary Hill. Note that descent to Riemore is technically harder than anything else on the route.

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This is a good day out. I prefer turning left at way point 6, round Lochan a'Chait to the 'Lairds House' before up and down a steep descent to Riemore Farm. Return to trail at WP 9 via the path on sou... read whole comment...
bandey commented about 7 years ago

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