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Achray Forest
Scenic off-road mountain biking in the Trossachs
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Distance: Green 13.5 miles, western red 7 miles, others 3 or 4 miles.
Difficulty: Moderate, difficult on the steep sections if taken quickly.
Average Time: Green three hours, red two, others one.
How to get there: Train to Stirling, then cycle via minor roads. Aberfoyle is a one hour drive from Glasgow, an hour and a half from Edinburgh. The National Cycle Network, Route 7 (Glasgow to Inverness) passes through Aberfoyle.
Riding conditions: Generally forest roads, can be dusty in dry conditions, part of the green route is a forest drive.
Directions: (O.S. Landranger Map 57).

For the green route start just east of Aberfoyle, at the Braeval car park, on the A81 (grid ref 543 006).

Alternatively start at the Forest Visitor Centre off the A821 (grid ref 520 014). A long steep climb takes you to the top of the pass, from where there is a fast descent to Loch Drunkie (toilets).

After this there is a further descent to east of Loch Achray, here you can turn right to use the linking bike route to get to Callander or continue on the green to eventually link up with other routes, return on the A821, or go to the Byre Restaurant (red square on map).

The north end of the western red route starts behind the Loch Achray Hotel (grid ref 502 063), for all the other routes refer to the map.

You might like to note that there are more mountain bike routes to the south in Loch Ard Forest, and just north of Callander by Loch Lubnaig, National Cycle Network route 7 passes both of these.
Where to stay: Lots of B&Bs and hotels in Aberfoyle and Callander. An excellent independent hostel at the east end of Loch Vennachar: Trossachs Backpackers (Wheels), Invertrossachs Road, Callander. (01877-331200). Book B&Bs through tourist information Aberfoyle (01877-382352.
Where to eat & drink: There's lots of pubs in Aberfoyle and Callander serving the tourist trade, generally they vary between boring and dire. Most of the tea rooms are excellent though and the one in Aberfoyle at the B829/A821 junction has great scones.

There's a good tea room at Brig o' Turk, and just west of this the Byre Restaurant (licensed, red rectangle on map) is recommended. Most of the larger hotels concentrate on serving coach parties and should be avoided.
Bike Shops: Bike hire at Trossachs Pier by Loch Katrine, (they've lots of bikes no need to book) and at Trossachs Holiday Park on the A81 to Glasgow (01877-382614) Bike Hire also at Wheels by Callander (see accommodation).
Further Information: No Further Information Available
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