You can enjoy cycling a range of mountain bike and road bike routes through the stunning natural beauty of the Glenisla landscape.

As well as loops, there are individual sites to visit, many of which are of historic interest and suitable for all the family.

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Points to visit

Along the way you will find these points of interest:

  • Kirkton of Glenisla to Kilry Loop

    A stiff climb with rewarding views. You will need a mountain bike for this route. Follow Cateran Trail over the Brackny Bridge and stiff climb up to Whitehills Wood, past the cairn. Option is to cycle down the B951 towards Kirriemuir for 1 mile then...

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  • Folda/Forter Loop

    Spectacular scenery with deep views. You will need a road bike for this route. Follow the road down the glen, past Folda Farm and Balnamenoch farm and turn right at the T-junction and across the River Isla, then back up the glen past The Doonies,...

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  • Glenmarkie Forest Loop

    A family friendly itinerary. You will need a mountain bike for this route. Take the track to the left, past Shandra (options to go across the weir and onto the Cateran Trail where you pass Auchentaple Loch, then follow the Cateran Trail road down to...

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  • Backwater Dam

    A beautiful stretch of open water. This reservoir holds the main supply of water for Angus and Dundee, Coupar Angus and Blairgowrie. From here it is piped to the treatment works at Lintrathen and then onwards to the final destinations. Built in the...

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  • Druim Dearg or Bell Cairn

    A prehistoric monument. The remains of a kerb cairn, a stony mound containing or concealing deliberately deposited human remains, was recorded on the north shoulder of Druim Dearg by the Ordinance Survey in 1967. It consists of large stones set...

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  • Brackny Bridge

    The oldest known bridge of its type in Scotland. Built in 1824 by engineer John Justice of Dundee as a prototype for a larger version at the Haughs of Drimmie, this bridge has a span of 19 metres and a sheep gate at one end. It is the oldest known...

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  • Glenisla Kirk

    A popular wedding venue. The present church was built in 1821 replacing an older church known as The Blessed Virgin.This medieval church or chapel was located on the same site now occupied by the present church. It was known at various times as The...

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  • The Kirkton of Glenisla Lady Well

    Site of an ancient well. The adjacent church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, implying a very feminine presence on this site, including this well. In Celtic times, wells, particularly those for the goddess Bridhe, would have played an important part...

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  • Kirkton of Glenisla

    The heart of Glenisla. Kirkton of Glenisla is an ancient farming community and little has changed over centuries in the way the land has been managed. The remains of Bronze Age and Pictish sites, small farms, shielings, and meal mills can still be...

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