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Killin - Lochan Breaclaich

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