Another route from the pen of Ian McGregor.
OS map 51
The complete route is on tarmac , starting and finishing near Killin but taking steep climbs and descents into and out of Glen Lyon.
Park as near to the Glen Lochay Hotel as is practical and head up Glen Lochay to Kenknock. In 1997 the proprietors of the Hotel have got shirty with people parking in the Hotel car park to go for a walk or whatever - find an alternative.
A steep pull will take you up the road beside the Innis Raneath burn to the coll, followed by a swoop down into Glen Lyon. Go down Glen Lyon to Bridge of Balgie and turn right up the steep road to the Lawers visitor centre.
The drop down from the Visitor Centre to the A827 is exhilarating , but beware of sheep trying to commit Hari Kiri under your wheels. Turn right to head back to your starting point, this is the least exciting part of the day but it is over quickly.
Select whichever direction you fancy to get you down to St Fillans, the more easterly track has an uphill section which may not be appealing at this stage.
On the first attempt at this route we failed to pay sufficient heed to the start of the route and followed a landrover track rather than the minor road to the dam, this is I assure you the least exacting of the navigational features of this route. Map and compass are essential.
ian mcgregor, clackmannan