Edradynate Circular Walk is a 33.0 kilometer loop trail located near Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, Scotland that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 33.0 km Elevation Gain: 1,212 m Route Type: Loop

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A very attractive route for fit and experienced mountain bikers with demanding climbs, possibly the best views in Highland Perthshire and stonking downhills. This route initially follows the Core Path/Rob Roy Way south out of Pitlochry through Cluniemore (on the Mast Route-see EveryTrail) and over to Strathtay. Lock out your suspension, turn right along the main road and head west  on the north side of the Tay for almost two miles. Cross the Edradynate Burn and then turn right at the next cottage on your right to head up the tarmac road.  You'll be climbing for some time but the views are worth it.  Crank your way up the hill on the road.  At the main T junction (NN 874525) turn left, south-west, (it is signed Farragon) don't turn right towards Lurgan.  Bear right at the junction after the buildings and right again at the next junction, passing a large shed and entering the forest through the gate.  Bear left when you meet the estate road.  You eventually burst out of the forest and onto the moor.  Shortly after, bear right, north, and when you encounter the estate road near to Loch Derculich, bear left, north-west.  Around here is a good place for rest and refuelling, because now the real climbing starts! To gain the ridge, the best views in Perthshire of the southern Cairngorms  and the second major downhill of the day, you have to climb a series of sections that vary from very steep to sadistic.  It's all rideable. Pace yourself and catch your breath/eat Haribos at the top of each one. Switching on your rear suspension may give you more traction.  Switching off any self doubt will definitely help too. The earthworkings that you puff past are associated with the early days of the Barytes mine development nearby.  Probably best not to drink or swim in the blue pools. Eventually, after invoking your Mother, Googling the nearest defibrillator site and sucking your Camelback reservoir into an object infinitely small and now apparently possessing the same physical properties as a black hole, you will find that you have done it and that view with that downhill lie in front of you. Savour the location, you're over 2000' up and the panorama is reckoned to be the best in Highland Perthshire. Now check brakes, close zips, tighten straps, switch your forks and shock to full travel and let gravity take you the three and a half miles down to Loch Tummel! Steep, loose, fast, occasional ruts, the odd puddle, patches of bedrock and sharp corners: then you are spat out at the site of the former house at Netherton, opposite Ailean House, on Loch Tummel.  You'll have that grin and those near miss stories to provide enough adrenaline for powering you back to Pitlochry past Clunie Dam (unhelpfully, no official access across) along the Foss road (turn right and head east when you hit the road at Loch Tummel). A singletrack return to Pitlochry is available from the Coronation Bridge over the River Tummel through NTS Linn of Tummel via the River Garry and Loch Faskally.  Otherwise, stay on the south bank, cycle past that bridge, down the beautiful River Tummel, passing Clunie Power Station, look across to Faskally House and cross Loch Faskally on the metal bridge upstream of the A9 bridge.  Turn right to the Boating Station and head up to the main street in Pitlochry.  You'll still have a grin on your face!

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