Cycle Routes Scotland: Atholl Estates
With some of the most scenic (and at times challenging) cycle routes in Scotland, Atholl Estates is an ideal destination to visit for anyone who wants to experience the wildness and beauty of the Scottish countryside at first hand.
The rugged nature of the Highland landscape, combined with its panoramic vistas, make Atholl Estates’ tracks some of the most rewarding cycle routes in Scotland. With such a wide range of tracks available, there are enjoyable rides for cyclists of all abilities.
Atholl Estates Cycle Routes
Scotland is a Mecca for cyclists and mountain bikers, and Atholl Estates provides several high-quality cycle routes for considerate and responsible riders.
We produce a leaflet for cyclists, Cycle Routes from Blair Atholl, showing the network of tracks suitable for cycling on the estate, together with gradient and terrain information. It also outlines four cycle routes to try:
- Struan Circuit - 12 miles - easy terrain.
The second half of this route is no longer accessible, as the bridge over the River Garry at West Lodge has been washed out.
- Glen Tilt - moderate terrain.
Gilbert's Bridge: 3 miles, Forest Lodge: 7 miles, Falls of Tarf: 13 miles (all distances are one way only).
- Banvie Circuit - 10 miles - moderate terrain.
- Bothy Circuit - 15 miles - difficult terrain.
As well as our leaflet, we also have some downloadable route maps from the Highland Perthshire Paths website. Please click on the particular cycling route you're interested in to open the route map:
- The River Tay at Dunkeld & Birnam
- Atholl Woods & Loch Ordie
- The Banvie Circuit
- The Falls of Bruar from Blair Castle
- Glen Tilt
- Killiechangie, by Logierait
Many miles of extremely scenic off-road cycling is also available at the Dunkeld end of the estate on good and rough cycle routes. A trail leaflet is available.
At Logierait Woods, half a mile north of Logierait on the Dunfallandy road, there is a short waymarked cycle route through the woods:
- Killiechangie Cycle Route - 3 miles one way.
An easy off-road cycle route through the woods bringing you out just a bit south of Pitlochry. Make it a circuit by cycling back to the car park on the scenic back road.
Blair Atholl is on the Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 7, linking Glasgow to Inverness. Bikes can be carried on local Scotrail trains, though advance booking is required.