A Perthshire Pedal

I had some business in Perth and decided to take Carol and our bikes up the A9 for a ride to Loch Tummel.

Carol had not done any riding since our return from France and I had not exercised since my L marathon on the preceding Sunday so it was with some trepidation that we got on our bikes and set off along the B8019 towards Queen’s View and our first stop. 

We stopped for a cuppa and a home made scone, the day had dulled over but it was dry with very little wind and the odd glimpse of blue sky.  We had been climbing for a while and now had a great wee descent followed again by another climb of course.  But we were out in the fresh air on our bikes in Scotland in October with shorts on!!  The sun had appeared again and gave us a chance to take some pics of Errochty Power Station a great looking building more like a Victorian workhouse or Asylum rather than a Power Station.

We continued past the power station to our turnaround point at Tummel Bridge a small village dominated by a large holiday park.  After using the facilities we headed back the way we had come seeing the amazing views from the opposite direction.  

The day had really brightened up now with a headwind to boot.  The descents and ascents were now the opposite way but we knew what to expect and it was not long before we were turning into the car park.

Stats: 20.5 miles, 1500ft climbed in 2h 11m.

Bike Tour de Fer 20


Author: Jim Taylor

I am a 60 year old Scottish cyclist. I run, bike, walk and do the odd race. I have taken outdoor qualifications and coach others. I am the owner of and guide for Scottish bike touring.

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