Loch Rannoch is a stunning route to cycle your bike, whether you are a serious road bike enthusiast or just like to ride along at your leisure taking in the many of the picturesque view points and choosing a fantastic location for a packed lunch pit stop.
The area makes up a major part of the Etape Calendona Cycle route, therefore is ideally used a training ground in preparation for the big race itself.
There are other off roading routes and old drovers trails that can be used if you prefer to be off the beaten track.
Two new exciting off road routes have emerged recently that have permissions over lands chek them out below. Both come past our door!
The Badgers Divide - is an exciting new off road 200 mile cycle route from Inverness to Glasgow. Click on the link below for the full infomation.
The Great North Trail - is a 800 mile ride connecting the Pennine Brideway with the Northern tips of Scotland. Click on the link below for the full information.
There is only one place locally to hire bikes but as with the others pre-booking is easier and they can sometimes arrange delivery & collection from the guesthouse.
Escape Pitlochry Tel +44 1796 473859
Blair Atholl Bike Hire Tel + 44 1796 481 500
Web : blairathollbikehire.co.uk
Events - Every May Etape Caledonia
Web : etapecaledonia.co.uk
Walks and Cycling in Rannoch
The area of Loch Rannoch is surrounded with stunning scenery all waiting to be explored and discovered and what better way to do this is to get your walking shoes on and go and seek out the hidden streams, lochans, ancient forests and settlements.
There are so many walks of all levels it is hard to write about all of them, so below are just a few to whet your appetite with some links for further information.
A good map is always helpful and we have a few maps at the guesthouse that can be borrowed and some pre printed maps for you to use. We can also help with routes and terrain information
OS Explorer Map 385 or OS Landranger Map 42
Rannoch Lodge to Loch Ericht & Ben Alder Bothy (approx 13km)
Bridge of Gaur to Garbh Mheall (approx 8km) or Camhouran round (approx 12km)
You can take the train from Rannoch Station to Corrour then walk back on the old drovers trail (approx 14km). You can also walk around Loch Ossian and take catch the train back to Rannoch.
Bridge of Gaur Loop an easy walk from the guesthouse
Carie - three measured walks at Carie & the Blackwood Forest along with parking,picnic area & toilets. Check out the forestry website for all the information on this walk and a few others.
Schiehallion if you fancy bagging a Munro, one of the easist and accessible Munro's to climb. Please check out our page on Munro's, Corbets & Grahams for information regarding these near the guesthouse.
They are also walks in the village of Kinloh Rannoch please check out www.rannochscotland.co.uk for information on these plus some of the walks outlined above.
The most important thing about walking is to ensure that you are wearing the right clothes for the conditions, tell someone where you are going. The weather can be interchangable in a moments notice so please esure you are prepared.