Winter gravel ride through the forests of Aberfoyle

Off Road (Trail) Biking
Jan 14

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January weather isn't always the best, and the days are short. Trails are of varying quality and it will be a bit hilly.

👀 Join us for a gravel cycle through the forest of Aberfoyle - the tourist board is trying to call this area Gravelfoyle, a bit of a clunky pun, but gives you an idea of the options available!  This route is from a great book on gravel rides around Scotland and is in two loops, so we can do one or both, depending on weather and legs!  The first loop is around 40km, undulating but not too hilly.  The second loop has a big climb at the start and is about another 20km.

↔️ The first loop is in Loch Ard forest, west of Aberfoyle.  We head south west for the first part, then loop round towards Loch Chon and then Loch Ard to then return to Aberfoyle.  The second loop follows the Dukes Pass north, then loops around Loch Drunkie and Loch Achray, before descending back to Aberfoyle.

The routes through the forest are mainly used for logging, so whilst they tend to be fairly wide and well maintained, there is always the risk of them becoming quite muddy and lumpy at points, so a decent off-road bike with good tyres and brakes is needed.

🚲 There are a number of bike hire places, for example

There are lots of options for food and snacks in Aberfoyle itself, but nothing out on the trails so you will need to be self sufficient.


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