Cycling Perthshire August 2016

 

 

In no particular order here are some photos from our cycling holiday this year. We were very fortunate with the weather: forecast to be bad, we didn't get rained upon at all! However, it was a little windy at times. (Grading via cyclac)

 

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We set out from home on a mild but overcast day (35miles with 2130ft accent, grade hard-B)

 

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As ever, we choose our routes to minimise traffic

 

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At the end of the first day the sun finally came out

 

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Our second day takes us through Dunkeld, along the River Tay (26miles with 1580ft accent, grade mild-B)

 

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We arrive at our second night's accommodation at Aberfeldy just as the clouds come down.

 

Day-3: 34miles with 2390ft accent, grade hard-B, from Aberfeldy to Rannoch Station.

 

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Dull, but clearly not without a sense of humour!

 

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The heather was in full bloom, and the aroma was fabulous!

 

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Loch Rannoch in sunshine

 

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As our third day approaches the end we are bathed in sunshine, but it is windy!

 

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One of the most remote hotels in Scotland: Moor of Rannoch hotel, Rannoch Station.

 

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Rannoch railway station is both a working station and a museum

 

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Our next day is from Rannoch Station to Pitlochry: 37miles with 1920ft accent, grade hard-B.

 

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Overcast and a little cold, we need to wrap-up for the cycling

 

At Pitlochry we spent the night at our favourite hotel Knockendarroch.

 

Next day, day-5, we cycle from Pitlochry to Spittle of Glenshee: 27miles with 2370ft accent, grade av-B(66W+0)

 

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Leaving Pitlochry in fabulous weather!

 

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Not a cloud in the sky, just vapour trails and the moon

 

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Blue sky, heather moorland and quiet roads, what more could you want!

 

We spent the night at Dalmunzie 'Castle' Hotel: staff were good, but the 'castle' was most disappointing; we'll not be back

 

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The weather turned cool again on our cycling day to Alyth: 28miles with 1825ft accent, grade average-B.

 

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The Lands of Loyal Hotel did not disappoint: the contrast with the previous night could not be more pointed.

On a price -v- quality basis, Lands of Loyal is very hard to beat

 

From Alyth we cycled to Ines' where we spent the night: 29miles with 1960ft accent, grade average-B.

 

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Our last day's cycling was an easy 25-miles taking us along the 'Silvery Tay'

 

After spending the night at our friends house, the last day was an easy 20miles with 1500ft accent, grade hard-A

 

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And finally home: another great holiday on two wheels:

237-miles with 15670ft of ascent.

 

 

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