Mountain Biking Highlight (Segment)
Planned by komoot
This is something of a local classic. It's a big ride, requiring plenty of leg power, but it's not especially technical. The primary drivers for riding this loop are the wonderful views, although that's not to say that the riding itself has no appeal – it's hugely fun – and it doesn't require some carbon fully suspended hyper-bike to get the most out of it, either.
Following a stiff climb up to the Great Trossachs Path, the route carries on as the Path descends to the road, and instead runs along the now less travelled trail through the woods to join the Glen Finglas road just past the dam.
The route then uses the track to climb up last the reservoir, although the climbing doesn't really start until it passes the Tom a' Phearsaid as you wind up the Gleann nam Meann. Still, the height gain is pretty leisurely for quite a distance, until the valley narrows along with the river, and the only way to go is up.
It's still an easy track, though, as you grind up beneath Càrn Dubh, but it's Noel as you start to drop down onto Glen Finglas itself that the true majesty of your position becomes apparent. The views as you drop down the valley really are breathtaking - as is the speed it's possible to pick up on the way down.
After a while, you'll reach the start go Finglas Water, as the trail heads under the woods at the reservoir's head and you rejoin the trail back to the start.
This Tour is possible in both directions; common consensus seems to favour the anticlockwise direction, though – the descent is more fun.
There's ample marking at Brig o' Turk, a pub, post office, chap and pretty much everything you might need before you head off, and indeed after.