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Angus Glen
A challenging mountain bike route in Glen Isla and Glen Prosen
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Distance: 31 miles.
Difficulty: Off-road cycling is moderate in Glen Finlet, but difficult otherwise. Road cycling sections are mostly on back roads that are hilly at times.
Average Time: Five Hours
How to get there: No public transport that carries bikes. If driving head for Blairgowrie then Alyth then follow signs for Glen Isla. There is a small car park at the start just after Highland Adventure Outdoor Centre signed Glenmarkie Farm Riding Centre (grid ref 224 607).
Riding conditions: The route in the forest is quite easy though there is an initial steep climb. If you have children it might be best to just explore locally there. At the head of Glen Finlet a short section in trees needs to be walked. After climbing over the col between Glen Finlet and Glen Prosen it's possible to start riding again depending on how brave and skilled you are! The section through Glen Uig and Glen Quharity is quite tricky.
Directions: (O.S. Landranger Maps 44 and 53).

Follow the track beside the car park and climb past Loch Shandra, open hillside to the left. As the climb steepens you approach a white cottage then enter the forest again. You meet a crossroads - keep straight on.

The route descends to a small concrete bridge. Immediately after the bridge turn sharp left up Glen Finlet.

Keep right on to the end of the track in Glen Finlet, passing an end of trail sign. It ends in a small glade with a burn running through.

Push or carry your bike, following the burn to the edge of the forest. You will need to cross the burn at several points but this is easy. Climb over the stile to heather covered hillside.

At the sign by the Scottish Rights of Way Society turn right and push your bike uphill, keeping by deer fence. After a bit bear left; climb over the col to descend to Glen Prosen.

Go straight down the hill to Prosen Water. At the river follow the right bank downstream. Eventually you encounter a big steel gate, go through this to a forest road.

Continue down to the public road keeping to the right bank of the river. A left turn over a bridge leads to Prosen Village (tea room). Keep on the west bank of the river, following signs for Lednathie and Pearsie.

After Glen Prosen Village there is a steep uphill, followed by a short descent. At a sharp left bend in the public road, turn right for Glen Uig, signed Wester Lednathie.

After a hilly section the road becomes a track. Shortly after take the left fork and descend to the burn, the pass can be seen ahead. There is a crow cage at the top of the pass. Turn left here to a grassy track passing through a wooden gate. Ignore the other path which climbs steeply up a hill. After a few miles and a splash across a burn the track meets a minor road. Turn right and keep on going south until you meet the B951 just north of the Loch of Lintrathen.

Turn right for Glen Isla. At the next crossroads keep straight on to return to the start.
Where to stay: B&B at the Glen Isla Hotel costs #33, see Pubs etc. Hostel type accommodation is available at Highland Adventure Outdoor Centre near the start (01575-582238).
Where to eat & drink: The Glen Isla Hotel at Kirkton of Glen Isla (01575-582223) (just off map north of Freuchies Farm) does good bar lunches. There are pubs, hotels and shops in Alyth, the Singing Kettle Tea Room is recommended. There is also a tea room in Glen Prosen Village but no shop. There is another tea room at Peel Farm near the Loch of Lintrathen (junctions nearby are signposted).
Bike Shops: There is no bike shop close to the route. Highland Adventure above do mountain bike hire, aluminium Giants mostly.
Further Information: No Further Information Available
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