Trossachs cycle from Dunblane
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The Trossachs is a bit different from your typical Scottish scenery. Instead of barren boggy hills the area is mostly tree lined and there are great views going over the famous Dukes pass.
After our departure from Dunblane we will head to the small town of Doune (Doune castle features in the Outlander TV program). We then head west to Callander and cucle into the Trossachs area. A short detour could take us to Loch Katrine which is a popular tourist spot (main picture above). The main climb of the day then takes us over the Dukes pass to Aberfoyle. From here it's a 28Km cycle back east to Dunblane.
There are plenty of places to stop along the way for refreshments.
The route : https://www.strava.com/routes/16052007
What to bring
Bike: a road bike
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Sun cream: take care, even on overcast days
Bike lights: be seen and safe
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
This is a fairly long day so you should have a couple of water bottles and a few snacks.
There will be places to refill your supplies along the way.
We will find somewhere to stop and buy lunch so no need to pack one unless you wish to do so. Some folk prefer to "graze" along a ride and have a coffee at lunch and some prefer to have a big meal. It's up to you!