Clyde to Cape Wrath – day 2

Day two of the Clyde to Cape Wrath trail, off-road bike route  There are a number of routes linking Callandar with Aberfoyle and onward to Killin, my next overnight stop. The Duke’s Pass is well known amongst those cycling on the road, but my chosen route followed the off-road Sustrans route 7 steeply out of Aberfoyle, northwards through Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, traversing forest roads and lochans, before heading east alongside Loch Venachar. A delightful section, rewarded with plenty of good downhill speed. My chain had been skipping gears but fortunately I found Scottish Cycling Centre and a quick fix, plus plenty of Callander shortbread and pots of tea. A great place, friendly and helpful.

Pointing north from Callander the good cycle track alongside Loch Lubnaig leads to one of the best feed and drink stations on the whole trip The Broch Cafe at Strathyre. Suitably replenished, the journey leads on to Lochearnhead and then follows the old railway route, steeply at first and then more easily, ascending Glen Ogle to the A85 road pass, before descending into Killin and the Falls of Dochart. The reward was a cosy night at Lochleven B&B A really good day with minimal traffic on the small amount of side roads used at times.