This is a family-friendly itinerary that involves no public roads, offering various side options to extend the route.
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You can download our booklet, From Deep Time To Our Time, Cycling Across The Cateran Ecomuseum here.
Suitable for: Gravel bikes
Total Distance: 12.1 km
Total Ascent: 180 m
Terrain: A mixture of gravel tracks
Access: No gates
Route Category: Straightforward
Riding Time: 1.5 - 2 hrs
Start/Finish: Freuchies Car Park
OS Grid Ref: NO 22424 60801
Nearest Parking: At the start
Key Facilities on Route: None, but Kirkton of Glenisla nearby
OS Landranger Map: 44 (or custom Cateran Ecomuseum map)
The route starts at the Freuchies car park close to Kirkton of Glenisla. From the car park the route follows the track to the left, passing Loch Shandra. The route follows the gravel track up the hill past the Tulloch cottage and flattens out, passing Craigie Hill on the right. Here are various other tracks to explore as well, but the route continues straight over the crossroads down to Glenmarkie Lodge. The track to the right takes you past the lodge and over the Glenmarkie track back to Freuchies.
Find out more about some of the key Points of Interest below.
Points to visit
Along the way you will find these points of interest:
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...Read more
A popular fishing loch. This man-made loch, formed by the damming of the burn that runs down the glen, offers flyfishing for wild brown and rainbow trout. The name possibly means ‘Old farmtoun, settlement from the Scottish Gaelic name for this...Read more
A classic example of a Forest grown for timber. Glenisla is a highly productive forest and has a proven record of growing quality timber. Planting began here in the 1949 with Sitka Spruce being the main species grown because it grows quickly and...Read more
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 dedicated to the Blessed...Read more
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...Read more