Routes & Areas

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Route Categories

To help you choose the right route, Perthshire Gravel developed four different categories, which are explained below, along with details of the routes and loops which fall under each category.

The categories are based on this grid here.

The Komoot Singletrack Scale can be found here.

 

Easy

These routes are suitable for all fitness and skills levels. They can be finished in less than two hours, are not longer than 20 km in length and contain no more than 400 m of ascent. They include no steep sections, both on and off-road, and are a maximum distance of 5 km away from the nearest public road. The distance between services, to stock up on food and water, is no more than 10 km. They might contain short sections of singletrack up to level S1, comprising mostly compacted gravel or solid earth with some flat roots and smaller rocks. The surface may become loose at times and periods of stand-up riding may be required to overcome obstacles. They include no sections without an obvious path and will not exceed an altitude of more than 300 m above sea level. They can contain gates along the route.

 

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Route Description

Starting at the Scottish Deli in Dunkeld, the route passes some of the historical houses in the village square and Cathedral Street. The route takes a path towards the River Tay and follows the river briefly. It crosses under the Telford bridge, and then ascends on a ramp on the east side of the bridge onto it to cross to the other side of the river. 

Following the river westbound on a well-surfaced track, the route then passes on tarmac paths and a quiet road through Inver, heading towards the carpark at the entrance to The Hermitage. The route passes on a wheelchair-accessible path through this stretch of magical Perthshire forest under giant Douglas firs, amongst the tallest trees in the UK. 

A small detour to Ossian’s Hall of Mirrors is a great option. This is an impressive building which looks like a small circular temple, with paintings on the inside. If lucky, this is a good place to spot salmon jumping up the Black Linn falls of the River Braan. 

Leaving the woodland the route follows a small tarmac road to which crosses the river and then joins the A 822 at Rumbling Bridge. A well surfaced gravel path leads from the road to Balhomish, then following the Inchewan Path through a dense woodland to Dunkeld and Birnam Station, where the route continues on a quiet tarmac road through Birnam Glen. A path leads to the banks of the Tay, and follows the river westbound past the Birnam Oak back to the Telford Bridge and to finish in Dunkeld. 


Key Information

  • Total Distance: 12.0 km
  • Total Ascent: 180 m
  • Terrain: Quiet roads, cycle paths and well-maintained paths
  • Route Category: Easy
  • Riding Time: 1 – 2 hrs
  • Start/Finish: The Scottish Deli
  • OS Grid Ref: NO 02658 42649
  • Nearest Parking: North Car Park, Atholl St, Dunkeld, 0.3 km
  • Nearest Railway Station: Dunkeld & Birnam, 1.2 km – (please note that the station has low platforms)
  • Key Facilities on Route: Dunkeld (shops, food, cathedral, historic houses), Birnam (shops, food, arts centre)
  • OS Landranger Map: 52

Information and photos courtesy of Perthshire Gravel.