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Killin - Lochan Breaclaich

Length
27.3 Kms
Elevation gain
755.9 m
Max elevation
568.6 m
Difficulty
***
Rating
***
Type
Loop
Route id
553
Main road
0.2 Kms
Country road
20.3 Kms
Dirt road
4.8 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
2 Kms
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Directions to start point
Well this is an interesting route that is on just about every type of surface at various points. The first part of the run gives you hill and some more hill before a sharp descent then an undulating return to the start. The return along the lochside road does take away from this route somewhat. That part is nice but after the hill it is perhaps a bit too long a return. Anyway lets talk about this route.
From the car park in Killin head across the main road and take the small road heading left with the St Fillans church on your right. This is Lyon road and keep on this as it curves round to the right. After about
0.2 Kms
you will see the entrance onto the old railway line which is a dirt road and signposted for Falls of Dochart. Follow this to the bridge across the river and once across join the slightly larger road heading to the right and Falls of Dochart.
When you meet the main road you will see the pub on the left which you go past before turning left up the small country road. Before heading up that road it is worth taking the opportunity to take in the Falls of Dochart across the road from the bridge.
The country road has very few cars on it but do take care. This has a gradual climb, but after
2.8 Kms
the route crosses a small bridge and then heads up to the right on the sign posted Rob Roy route. The signpost is on the left of the road and can be easily missed. The road you are taking is also tarred and you are on the main part of the day's climbing. This is one of those tough inclines that is never too steep, but just keeps coming at you. The views are nice if not spectacular and you eventually arrive at the reservoir and close to the highest point of the run. Just after the reservoir the road changes to a dirt road and after a short distance the descent starts.
The first part of the descent in nice and you are really out in the open with some lovely countryside. A large water pipe appears by the side of the path and this is where the route has a sudden change. At the point where the pipe turns right up the hill, you turn left leaving the path and crossing the ditch. This is sign posted again for the Rob Roy way.
This part is marked with signpost markers across the open fields. Staying on the path if there is actually one is difficult. The map shows how we went and we did enter several really boggy sections. This is all downhill and is really enjoyable, but this is where you are glad you didn't go for pure road trainers. A gate after a small burn gets you onto a dirt road near to the farm. The road becomes tarred near to the activity centre and from that point all the way back to Killin.
Getting to the bottom of the hill brings you onto the small loch side road which you turn left onto and all the way back to Killin. After the hill this is a bit dull, though nice enough in it's own right. This is very undulating and can take it out of your already tired legs. You eventually meet up with the route you came out on. Once back at the Dochart Falls Inn pub follow your steps back to the car park.
Interestingly the park behind the car park is used as the start and finish for the wonderful Killin 10K that takes place each year around August.
Route directions
Kms
1
Start from the car park

0
2
Cross the main road and take the small road directly opposite

0
3
Follow Lyon Road as it curves round

0.1
4
Take the smaller single dirt road on your left. Old railway line.

0.3
5
After the bridge turn right along the single track road towards the Falls of Dochart

0.7
6
At the main road keep to the pavement past the pub and take the first road on the left

0.9
7
Turn left at the road and under the railway bridge. Single country road

1
8
Just after a dip in the road and over a small bridge turn right heading up the hill on a single tarred road

2.5
9
Go through the gate to the left of the reservoir

6.3
10
Tarred road ends and now on dirt road

7.2
11
As high as it gets on this route

9
12
At the turn point of the large water pipe turn left and follow the markers across the open boggy grassland

11.1
13
Best of luck on this section, you are going to get wet feet.

11.1
14
A small farm road appears

12.9
15
Past the outdoor centre and the road returns to single track tarred

13.9
16
At the junction with the main road turn left back towards Killin. Small country road with few cars

15.2
17
Your are now on part of the road you ran out on

24.8
18
At the main road turn right

26.3
19
Head left up the small hill towards the bridge

26.6
20
Back towards the car park

27.2
21
And finish. Plenty of places in Killin to eat

27.3
Car park area
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Free car park
Car park area
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Killin car park information sign
Short old railway section
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Sign post for Falls of Dochart
Short old railway section
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Information sign for old railway bridge
Short old railway section
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View from the bridge
Falls of Dochart
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The falls are a big tourist attraction
Falls of Dochart
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Early morning in January and no tourists yet
Falls of Dochart
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Just follow the road
Small road
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Few cars on the route
Small road
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Getting close to the turn
Start of uphill
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The open countryside
Start of uphill
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Just after the small bridge take the road on the right uphill
Start of uphill
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Gradually gets steeper
Start of uphill
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The Rob Roy way marker on the main road pointing the way
Views opening up
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Looking back downhill
Views opening up
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Always worth looking back to see the view
Good quality small road
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Relentless uphill
Out into the open
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Through the gate and into the open
Out into the open
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Past the gate and another marker
Out into the open
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More views
Getting near the reservoir
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Isolation
Getting near the reservoir
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This part did feel like the middle of nowhere
Around the reservoir
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The views towards Glen Lyon
Around the reservoir
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Looking back down the road
Around the reservoir
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Lochan Breaclaich
Around the reservoir
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There is always sheep
The descent
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A misty morning
The descent
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The descent is never too steep
The descent
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On a better days the views will be great
The descent
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Open countryside
Across the boggy section
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The water pipe marking the start of the boggy section
Across the boggy section
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The entrance to the boggy section. Just cross the small ditch at the marker post
Across the boggy section
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Sometimes you can see a bit of a path
Across the boggy section
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Marker pole to aim for in the distance
Across the boggy section
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Your are going to get dirty on this bit
Across the boggy section
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Rob Roy Way marker up close
Route starts to improve
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Soon to turn into a tarred road
A hairy coo
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Standing close by to the road
Loch Tay
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Looking north up the loch
Roadside grasses
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This was us trying to be artistic. Getting near the end of the run.
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