13 miles
Distance
1,885 ft
Climb
-1,871 ft
Descent
1,975 ft
High Point

An awesome loop with an adventurous mountain crossing. The route features three beautiful glens and a big climb into the upper reaches of Glen Kendrum, followed by a sweeping descent of Gleann Dubh into Glen Dochart. This is wild mountain biking at its best.

At a glance
Description: clockwise
Distance: 21 km /13 miles
Ascent: 500m
Type: mountain bike circuit
Signage: partial signing with National Cycle Network 7 (NCN7)
Route description
From the car park at the top of Glen Ogle (OS Grid Ref. NN558 284), follow route NCN7 south for an easy downhill cruise through the stunning Glen Ogle with its spectacular viaduct, crags and forests. After 6.2km the track splits at Craggan – follow the Right branch, pass 3 metal gates until a small rail bridge. Take the Right turn immediately after the bridge, and head into Glen Kendrum.

The next 5km involves a big climb into the atmospheric upper sanctum and although never really steep or technical it’s tough going – keep spinning and enjoy the stunning scenery.

After passing under the dark and brooding crags of Creag Mac Rànaich (809m), the track enters a high summit col – a great place to refuel and psych-up for the descent. Buckle-up as the track now takes a fast and sinuous route for 4.6km down the valley, pick your line and watch out for the occasional stray boulder or rough section. After a picturesque river crossing, continue downhill to the derelict train bridge. Turn Right on the restored track and after 1km a Right fork – follow this track for 4km back to Lochan Lairig Cheilè and the car park.

Points of interest
Glen Ogle viaduct
Loch Earn
Glen Ogle, Glen Kendrum, Glen Dochart and Gleann Dubh
Facilities
Refreshments and accommodation are available in Crianlarich, Killin and Lochearnhead.

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Details

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  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Red
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat, Gravel
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Three Glens Route mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    613 ft
  • Altitude start
    948 ft
  • Altitude end
    962 ft
  • Grade
    0.021%
  • Grade max
    -22.838%
  • Grade min
    21.49%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    5 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
Avg: 5 (1 votes)
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