A Short Adventure in Scotland – part 2 – The Glen Ogle Cycle Track…

The following morning I had planned a return to the hills above Killin and Loch Tay, to climb Meall nan Tarmachan and follow the Tarmachan Ridge route back to the non existent visitor centre but I awoke to the rain beating on the roof of my Berlingo Camper and such plans gradually evaporated as the weather failed to clear. The Tarmachan Ridge is apparently not difficult but is exciting with some scrambles and is more of an undertaking than simply following a wide path as I had done to Ben Lawers. I figured that being able to at least see the route ahead would be an advantage here! A plan to head up Ben Lui was likewise put on hold til the next time. Besides, boots and socks had not dried out from yesterday’s venture and while I had spare clothes I didn’t have a spare pair of boots.

Loch Earnhead from the Glen Ogle Path

Loch Earn from the Glen Ogle track above the steep section

Instead, during a lull in the weather, I got on my bike and headed to the old railway track that heads through Glen Ogle in the direction of Killin. It’s a track I’ve done before and is one of my favourite rides anywhere. Here’s a full account of the Glen Ogle Cycle Path with photos from my last visit but I have added a video of the ride below.

The track itself is part of the National Cycle Network Route 7 aka the northern half of the Lochs and Glens Route from Glasgow to Inverness. The section north from Lochearnhead through Glen Ogle over the old railway viaducts is one of the highlights of that route and from Strathyre to Lochearnhead isn’t

Lochan Lairig Cheile Glen Ogle Trail

Lochan Lairig Cheile near the highest point of the trail

bad either all being off road with some nice forest trails around Balquhidder. Incidentally, the ride south from Strathyre is also highly recommended; the first night here I rode down along the shore of Loch Lubnaig as far as the Falls of Leny (close to Callander) but failed to take a camera so you’ll have to take my word for it. In all the whole way from Callander to Killin is on traffic free paths and would make a fine day out – well it would in better weather.

On this trip I stayed at the Immervoulin campsite at Strathyre which I can highly recommend – facilities are excellent and it’s a big open field with plenty of room to camp – I’ll be back soon. Finally here are the videos from the trip – I’ve overcome the difficulties of filming from a moving bike without falling off but we’re still working on getting the sound better for all weather filming – probably need to invest in a decent mic for starters… In case you missed it, here’s part 1 of this trip…

  >>>heading up Ben Lawers through the nature reserve>>>

About Pete Buckley

Hi I'm Pete and I'm a UK based outdoor enthusiast, part time writer and photographer. My work includes action adventure novel The Colonel of Krasnoyarsk as well as a couple of travel stories recounting firstly a campervan adventure around New Zealand and then a week on foot in the Swiss Alps, hiking from the Eiger to the Matterhorn. The subject of these pages is predominantly hiking in the English Lake District (which is near where I live), North Wales and the Scottish Highlands as well as cycling; from rides with the kids to trail riding in the Highlands of Scotland and other wonderful places... Thanks for visiting.
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2 Responses to A Short Adventure in Scotland – part 2 – The Glen Ogle Cycle Track…

  1. Pete, wonderful. Thank you for sharing, the next time we get held up by an accident in this area, going to Glencoe we won’t drive round by Callendar we will head to all these places xxxxxxxx

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    • Pete Buckley says:

      I usually head up via Glencoe to the Fort William area but the Killin area is just a bit nearer driving up from Blackburn! Need to head back anyeay as the Tarmachan Ridge beckons… Thanks for being in touch xxx

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