Leaving the hotel I cycled to the end of the village of Killin and then followed minor roads six miles west up Glen Lochay. The weather was increasingly showery and as the country got more exposed at the valley head the heavens opened. At this point there is a tarmaced but very rough road which climbs steeply up the valley side heading north. This road was built as an access to the Loch Lyon Hydro- electric scheme. Its a bit of a secret as its not even marked on some maps. After an hour long pull up to the summit of the pass the reward was that the rain stopped and there were fine views down to Loch Lyon and the top of Glen Lyon and the start of a twenty mile downhill down the Glen
The top of Glen Lyon is wild and beautiful with remnants of Caledonian Pine forest and lots of wildlife. Five or six miles down the valley I reached Bridge of Balgie where I had a delicious bowl of home made soup at a roadside tea room. Freewheeling on I eventually got down to Fortingall
where I stopped to look at the Fortingall Yew, possibly the oldest living thing in Europe.
Leaving Fortingall I soon had to say goodbye to freewheelin Glen Lyon and start another long ascent over to Loch Tummel. By this time the weather had brightened up nicely and I had fine views over to the shapely mountain of Schiehallion. Passing Loch Kinlochay a fast and easy descent brought me down to Tummel Bridge. The final few miles to the Loch Tummel Inn were hillier than I had expected but I was of course tiring at the end of a long but very fine day
I'm the wrong side of fifty and carrying a bit of weight. I live and work in a beautiful part of Wales but have an ambition to cycle around as much of the UK and beyond. I interested in wildlife and the countryside and the history that has made it. I am also trying to learn Welsh - Dwy'n dysgu Cymraeg - so some entries may be in Welsh. ... full info