Etape Caledonia Blog


We have created five training rides local to Highland Perthshire so you can prepare for the Marie Curie Etape Caledonia, take in the breath-taking views and experience the warmth and hospitality of the local people.

As well as the official event route, there are numerous other great training rides to try out which will give you a completely different perspective of the cycling mecca that is Highland Perthshire. Here are some training rides for you to get stuck in to…


Dunkeld and Aberfeldy 

Dunkeld, PH8 0AH

Approx. length:
36 miles

This fantastic route follows the River Tay Northbound along the edge of Tay Forest Park past Logierait and Strathtay into Aberfeldy. We’d suggest you take a break here and treat yourself to a coffee and cake in one of the numerous café’s or pubs before heading southbound back to the picturesque town of Dunkeld. Some of this route is on A roads so be sure to pay special attention to other vehicles on the roads. There may be traffic but the road conditions are great in this area!

15th February 2016

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Aberfeldy, Pitlochry and Foss 

Aberfeldy, PH15 2DD

Approx. length:
37 miles

We suggest you fuel up in Aberfeldy before heading on to the B856 towards Pitlochry. The start of this ride follows the final sections of the Etape Caledonia route so you’ll know what to expect on the event day. Take a pit stop in Pitlochry and then follow the Foss Road along the south edge of beautiful Loch Tummel before heading through Foss and Keltneyburn and returning to Aberfeldy.

Kinloch Rannoch and Pitlochry 

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Approx. length:
44 miles

Start off in the square in Kinnloch Rannoch and head south through Innerhadden before practice your ‘King of the Mountain’ charge up Schiehallion. You will then follow a loop around Loch Tummel and Pitlochry where you can check out the bike shop and the official Start and Finish areas of Etape Caledonia. Take in the views of the Loch from the northern bank as you head back to Kinnloch Rannoch where you’ve got the option to stay the night at one of the lovely B&B’s before taking on a different route the next day!

Kenmore, Bridge of Balgie and Loch Tay 

Kenmore, PH15 2HH

Approx. length:
47 miles

This route really does have it all. The area also boasts the amazing Loch Tay which is packed full of non-cycling activities if you need a break from the saddle. Head north out of Kenmore and follow the River Lyon to the Bridge of Balgie. You’ll then go south towards Loch Tay which is lined with great café’s, pubs and guesthouses for you to enjoy. Enjoy a breath-taking ride back to Kenmore along the south bank of the Loch taking in some of the best views the area has to offer.

Blair Atholl, Tummel Bridge and Killiecrankie 

Blair Atholl, PH18 5SR

Approx. length:
30 miles

Start off in Blair Atholl – a lovely town nestled in the midst of the Gramplan Mountains - head along the B8079 through Calvine and Trinafour before dropping into Tummel Bridge. Here your hard work can be rewarded with a well-earned lunch. Follow the bank of glorious Loch Tummel before going North through Killiecrankie and returning to Blair Atholl.