Cycling Tours From Ravenswood Guest House.
7 different cycling tours for 7 days starting off from and returning to Ravenswood Guest House. Hills, Lochs, Sheep, Tartan, Sea and Coffee Cycling Trips In Central Scotland:
DAY 1 – A CASTLE AND SOME TARTAN AT CALLANDER – 40 MILES, APPROXIMATELY 64 KM
You head out for a low mileage day (approx 40) over to the picturesque country town of Callander. Passing through Bridge of Allan, Doune (stop here for a look round the Castle. Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed here in 1974) and Thornhill with some climbs to get the legs going and nice descents to catch your breath. On reaching Callander, spend some time in the numerous tartan shops and cafes before heading back to Stirling.
DAY 2 – PERTHSHIRE AND POSH GLENEAGLES – 55 MILES, APPROXIMATELY 88,50 KM
This route takes you into farmlands of Perthshire, passing by the world famous Gleneagles hotel and golf courses. After passing through Auchterarder (lots of opportunities for a coffee stop) and on to Dunning, you start a hill climb up through Dunning Glen with a nice descent down to Yetts of Muckhart and onto the villages and small towns which nestle at the foot of the Ochil hills back to Stirling.
DAY 3 – BIG DAY EXPLORING PERTHSHIRE – 115 MILES, APPROXIMATELY 185 KM
Ask me for a big breakfast today. You will need it. Quite a few steady and steep climbs, nice descents and rolling hills.
Leaving the house, again following part of the route you did yesterday. Up to Braco, Comrie Moor, Comrie, Lochearnhead, Glen Ogle, Killin, following the rolling road following the shores of Loch Tay, Kenmore (good lunch option here – Courtyard Restuarant), Aberfeldy, up the Sma’ (Small) Glen and dropping down to Crieff (ice cream stop), back to Braco, through Dunblane and back to Stirling.
DAY 4 – WANT ANOTHER BIG ONE? – 80 MILES, APPROXIMATELY 129 KM
After yesterday’s great efforts, today you will explore part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, with lots of forests and lochs to see.
Going out of Stirling, on to a farm road (watch out for the pot holes and muddy bits), up to Thornhill, passing the Lake of Menteith (which has frozen over the past few winters, enabling people to skate and play curling on the ice) over to Aberfoyle (coffee stop), passing through Kinlochard and up to the far end of Loch Katrine and the very small village of Stronachlachar (There is an option to drop down to Loch Lomond, but you will have to cycle back up as it’s a dead end) (only one coffee stop option here, if its open!), then onto the private road round Loch Katrine. As you get closer to the other end of Loch Katrine, look out for walkers, cyclists and golf buggies which people have hired from the Loch Katrine Pier. Decision time, take a right for rolling roads to Callander, passing Loch Achray and Loch Venachar or take a left and go up, up and up and over the Duke’s Pass back to Aberfoyle (note: both options have coffee stops, you can see I like my coffee stops!), both options then take you to Thornhill and back to Stirling.
DAY 5 – I WANT A DAY OFF, BUT MAY CYCLE LATER! – 22 MILES, APPROXIMATELY 35,50 KM
Use today to explore Stirling, visit Stirling Castle, National Wallace Monument, churches, museum, ghost walks, shops, other attractions and numerous coffee shops.
If you come back to the house and really feel the need to turn your legs, then a short sharp one up Sheriffmuir will do the trick, leave the house and go past the university and take a right and start a very demanding climb up the Sheriffmuir road (it doesn’t have a sign to say how steep it is, but it is!), once you have successfully climbed up, the road starts rolling along the open moorland with nice views of the valley below and the surrounding hills (watch out for the sheep on the road) and keep on going past the Sheriffmuir Inn (you could stop here for a quick non-alcoholic drink), the road then descends down to the A9 near Blackford, I don’t advise crossing this busy road, but simply do a U turn and head back to Stirling.
DAY 6 – LOCHEARNHEAD LOOP – 75 MILES, APPROXIMATELY 121 KM
Through Bridge of Allan, up to Dunblane, through Braco and then onto a steady climb up Comrie Moor, very exposed, desolate moor land up here, with sheep again and no coffee shops ! Come in to Comrie and at the cross roads, take a left and head towards St Fillans and then follow the banks of Loch Earn, with rolling roads to lochearnhead. Take a left onto a steady climb for a mile or two and head back to Stirling which is 20 odd miles away, passing through Strathyre and Kilmahog and the banks of Loch Lubnaig. At Callander, you have a couple of options in order to get back to Stirling.
DAY 7 – ST ANDREWS FOR ICE CREAM AND GOLF – 115 MILES, APPROXIMATELY 185 KM
A day of steady climbs rolling hills, nice descents, a beach and ice cream. This route takes you into the heart of Fife and over to the east coast of Scotland for some sea air, with the option to take in some more seaside villages and back through Fife to Stirling
Head out of Stirling and through the “Hillfoots” villages, up to Milnathort, Loch Leven, Scotland Well, leslie, Kettlebridge, Cupar Muir and onto St Andrews, stop here for a wander through this famous university town with historic buildings and the home of Golf.
Coming back, head down the coast to Crail, Anstruther, Pittenweem, then back inland to Cupar, Milnathort, Yetts o’ Muckhart and back through the Hillfoots villages.
- The above routes are a suggestion of a week’s cycling from Ravenswood Guest House in Stirling and are my favourites. You should cycle approximately 500 miles (800 kilometres) if you complete the suggested routes. Please contact me if you want some suggestions of shorter routes and days. Alternatively, leave the bike at the guest house and have day trips by train to Edinburgh and Glasgow or a one day mini coach tour to Glen Coe, Loch Ness and Inverness.