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Escape Route – Pitlochry’s first class cycling and outdoors shop

Escape Route has been a leading retailer of cycling and outdoor equipment and clothing on Pitlochry’s main street for over 15 years. An extensive stock of mountain bikes, road bikes, outdoor clothing, equipment and accessories means loads of choice and a great chance of finding what you need.

Escape Route’s staff are very knowledgeable on stock and can provide excellent advice on cycling and walking routes around Highland Perthshire. The mechanics are first rate and will get you back on the road in no time at all.

If you are coming to Pitlochry without a bike, Escape Route can hire you one from their fleet. Good bikes at great value and always the latest models. Mountain bike hire Pitlochry.

Highland Perthshire is rammed full of great on-road and off-road cycling opportunities. Make sure you make the most of it when you visit Torrdarach House and make a trip to Escape Route.

Check out their Pitlochry cycling website for more information – Escape Route website

Also, check out our cycling in Pitlochry blog posts on Skinny Tyres and Etape Caledonia.

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Skinny Tyres – cycle tours and guiding

Highland Perthshire is rammed full of great on-road and off-road cycling opportunities. What better way to make the most of these opportunities than have a professional guide showing you the best routes.

Skinny Tyres is an award winning Highland Perthshire based cycle guiding company. Set up in 2009 by experienced cycle coach and trail leader Scot Tares, Skinny Tyres offers products specifically aimed at helping cyclists gain the most out of their cycling experiences in the Scottish Highlands.

Skinny Tyres offers bespoke guided road rides and tours, mountain bike rides, and on/off road skills and training sessions. They cater for individuals, groups and families and there are packages available for all skill levels. Bike and equipment hire can also be arranged.

What a great way to spend a few hours (or more) while staying at Torrdarach House. As Scot says – ‘Get out and ride!’

Check out their Pitlochry cycling website for more information – Skinny Tyres website 

Also,check out our cycling in Pitlochry blog posts on Escape Route and Etape Caledonia.

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The Hermitage by Dunkeld

Ossian’s Hall overlooking the Black Linn Pool in The Hermitage

The Hermitage is apparently one of Scotland’s oldest tourist attractions. It was originally part of the grounds of Dunkeld House and for several hundred years the Dukes of Atholl have been planting trees to enhance the landscape. Most of the trees you see today are less than 200 years old but due to the good soil and sheltered conditions they have grown very tall indeed.

There are a number of short walks between 2km and 8km available at The Hermitage. The shortest walk takes you from the car park (just off the A9 by Dunkeld) through a grove of huge Douglas-firs by the River Braan to the bridge over the Black Linn Pool at Ossian’s Hall. This 18th century hall was once the centre of a wild garden and the balcony gives a great view of the waterfall.

You will find The Big Tree Cafe in the car park at the Hermitage. Excellent home made food – good coffee, soup, cakes and the amazing Stewart Tower Dairy Ice Cream. The Big Tree Cafe is a good enough reason for a visit to The Hermitage on its own!

A lovely short walk to a waterfall through a stunning grove of huge trees. Definitely recommended.

Why not check out Dunkeld and it’s cathedral and Loch of the Lowes nearby.

The waterfall at Ossian’s Hall in The Hermitage

The fabulous Big Tree Cafe in The Hermitage

The waterfall at Ossian’s Hall in The Hermitage

The bridge over the Black Linn Pool at Ossian’s Hall in The Hermitage

Groves of huge trees in The Hermitage

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Carn Liath, Beinn a’Ghlo – above Blair Atholl

Carn Liath from the walk in

Carn Liath is one of our favourite mountains in Highland Perthshire. It’s a 975m Munro and is one of the three peaks that make up the Beinn a’Ghlo range. Although not the highest in the range, Carn Liath is the most prominent and can be clearly seen from the A9 (see Blair Castle shot below).

The walk in starts from a car park near Loch Moraig and can be a bit boggy, crossing a stream several times. The hill itself is a pretty steep climb up on a well worn path, but on a clear day the view from the top is well worth the effort.

The other two peaks can be picked off on the same trip but this vastly extends the walk.

An excellent detailed walk description at Walkhighlands.

Carn Liath on the right above Blair Castle

Carn Liath – view from the summit down to Blair Atholl

View from the summit of the other Beinn a’Ghlo peaks

Carn Liath – heading down the ridge

The walk out

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Linn of Tummel – Pitlochry

Signpost under the Garry Bridge

The Linn of Tummel is the collection of pools and rolling waterfalls that exist at the confluence of the River Tummel and the Garry. Situated in between Killiecrankie and Pitlochry, the path to the Linn is accessed from the car park at the Garry Bridge. Head down the steps and under the bridge passed the bungee jumpers and you can walk along the banks of the Garry toward the Linn. Continue up the Tummel a few hundred meters and you will get to Coronation Bridge. Round trip to Coronation Bridge is about 4km.

This is classic Highland Perthshire river scenery. These photos were taken in early May before the trees gained much colour but you can get a feel for what the area looks like. This is our favourite low level short walk in the area.

View North to Killiecrankie from the Garry Bridge

View South to Pitlochry from the Garry Bridge

The walk down by the River Garry

The walk down by the River Garry

The Linn of Tummel

The Linn of Tummel

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Soldier’s Leap at Killiecrankie, near Pitlochry

Killiecrankie Visitors’ Centre

Killicrankie Gorge is a National Trust site a couple of miles north of Pitlochry. The River Garry runs through a stunning deep gorge here on its way to join the River Tummel at the Linn of Tummel and before continuing down to Pitlochry.

The strategically important Killiecrankie Pass is famous for being the site of the first battle of the Jacobite uprising of 1689. 4000 Government loyal troops led by General Mackay were ultimately beaten in a bloody battle by 2000 Jacobite troops led by John Graham of Claverhouse who was himself killed during the battle. In the aftermath, as the Goverment troops fled, Donald MacBean made a spectacular escape by leaping 5.5m across the River Garry at the narrowest point of the gorge.

Today there is a visitors’ centre at Killiecrankie with displays detailing the events of the battle and the history surrounding it. There is a short walk from the visitors’ centre down into the gorge where you can see the now famous Soldier’s Leap. Don’t fancy trying it myself!

The visitors’ centre is also home to Highland Fling Bungee Jumping. If you fancy jumping off the 40m Garry Bridge then this is the place to sign up for action.

The River Garry path can be reached from here giving access to the larger Pitlochry paths network.

Lunch at the 2AA rosette Killiecrankie House Hotel is a must if you can fit it in – not advisable before a bungee jump though!

Soldier’s Leap at Killiecrankie – don’t do it Kenny!

Killiecrankie Visitors’ Centre

The shop and Bunjee Jump office at Killiecrankie Visitors’ Centre

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Loch Dunmore near Pitlochry

Thistles on the bank of Loch Dunmore

Loch Dunmore is a small loch a short distance from Pitlochry. It is situated in Faskally Woods and can be reached by a short walk from Pitlochry via Loch Faskally or by car.

There is a excellent all-abilities path around the loch and toilet facilities are available in the car park. The Forestry Commission have done an great job with this place and it is well worth a visit at anytime of the year. The Ponticum that lines the banks in spring looks amazing and the loch itself is covered in lilies for most of the summer.

Faskally Woods and Loch Dunmore are home to The Enchanted Forest during October.

The photos below were taken in early Autumn which is not the most colourful time of year in Faskally Woods, but they will give you a feel for the place.

Map of the Dunmore Trail

The bridge on the Dunmore Trail

Hector and Hamish at one of the fishing platforms

Loch Dunmore

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Loch Faskally and the Pitlochry Boating Station

The pontoon at the Boating Station Cafe on Loch Faskally

Loch Faskally was created in the 50′s by the damming of the River Tummel for the hydro-electric network. It is a lovely little loch and has some great short paths around the shores.

One of our favourite spots on the loch is the Pitlochry Boating Station. Here you can hire a wee boat and fishing tackle and try your hand with a rod, or just take out one of the rowing boats for a pootle about the loch. The Boating Station Cafe is also an excellent spot for lunch or just a cup of tea and a cream-cake. Great food and excellent value.

There are a number of walks that start from the Boating Station including a riverside walk a few kilometers up river to Killiecrankie and a shorter walk to an all abilities path at Loch Dunmore. Loch Dunmore is a stunning little spot and plays host to The Enchanted Forest during October.

The Boating Station on Loch Faskally

The Boating Station on Loch Faskally

The tackle shop at the Boating Station

Cream cakes at the Pitlochry Boating Station Cafe

Loch Faskally at the start of Autumn

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Craigower Hill, Pitlochry

If a hike up Ben Vrackie seems a bit much, a similar collection of great views can be had from only 200m above Pitlochry at the summit of Craigower Hill. Up and down from Torrdarach House in well under 2 hours on foot, this route can also be cycled via Killiecrankie.

Great views down to Pitlochry and on a clear day you can see Lochs Tummel and Rannoch with the mountains of Glen Coe in the distance. The photos below were taken with an iphone on a less than clear summer evening but you can get a feel for the views on offer.  A walk up Craigower Hill is right at the top of our favourite Pitlochry walks, ideally combined with a pint at the Pitlochry Golf Club on the way back down.

View of Pitlochry from Craigower Hill

View of Lochs Tummel and Rannoch with Glen Coe in the distance

View over the Cuilc to Craigower Hill

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Ben Vrackie – the Corbett above Pitlochry

Ben Vrackie is the mountain that sits above Pitlochry. Not quite a Munro at 841m, but it’s a sizeable Corbett. The total climb from the car park is about 700m and the return trip can be made in about 4 hours. The walk in feels lengthy and the top section is quite steep but the path is excellent. Views from the top are incredible on a clear day – the mountains of Glen Coe to the West, the Cairngorms to the North and the Beinn a Glho range sitting above Blair Atholl. Well worth it.

For an excellent and detailed walk description have a look at this page – walkhighlands.

If Ben Vrackie looks like too much of a hike then a walk up Craigower Hill above the Pitlochry Golf Course also provides some spectacular views.

Ben Vrackie above Pitlochry

Ben Vrackie above Pitlochry

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