Highland Perthshire Cycling

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Highland Perthshire is a beautiful place to cycle because of its mountains, lochs and valleys, however when trying to cycle up some of our hills it can sometimes seem less beautiful.  So, here are a few tips to get the most out of cycling up and down our landscape.

Tyre pressure

Even if you are cycling along the flat having your tyres at the correct pressure will help.  Written on the side of your tyres will be the ideal pressure to pump the tyres to.  To check if your pressure is correct you can use the guage on a pump or, as a guide, use your thumb and index finger to squeeze the side of the tyre, it should be firm and without indenting very much at all.  This will be a perfect pressure for general cycling to the shops, round town, along a cycle path, etc.  If you are heading out on a long cycle on tarmac roads pump the tyre so that they feel firm.  If you are going to do some mountain biking it may be better to have the tyres a little softer to help grip on the off road surface.


Seat height

It’s important to get your saddle the correct height for you, this will ensure you are using the whole of your thigh muscle making cycling much easier.  As a rough guide, adjust your saddle to hip height then pull your brakes on and sit on your bike with your heel on the pedal at the bottom.  In this position your knee should be slightly bent, locked straight means your saddle is too high, a large bend in your knee means your saddle is too low.



Most bikes have gears so put them into action.  If you know your route you will know where the hills are, plan and look ahead.  To keep the flow of cycling going you’ll need to begin changing down gear as you start the incline. Try to match the gears to your legs, changing down as it becomes more difficult.  As you change gear ease off on your pedals slightly to stop crunching and changing harshly, your bike will thank you.

The gears on the left side of your handle bars work the front cogs, the right works the rear cogs.  I like to use numbers to refer to gears as a lot of people have numbered gear shifters on their handle bars but there are different methods.  The front small cog is number one on shifter, this is the easiest, middle cog is number two and largest number three.  Try to use these in sequence with the rear gears, i.e. number one on the front set of cogs (left hand shifter on your handle bars) works best with numbers 1 to 3 on the rear cogs (right hand gear shifter on your handle bars), number two on the front works best with 3 to 6 on the rear and number 3 works best with 6 to 8/9 on the rear.

By following this sequence your gears will work better for you when riding and won’t wear out as quickly as the chain will be kept in a straight line.



When cycling uphill try to stay sitting down, using an easy gear and slowly winding your way up the hill.  If it is a short very steep section you can stand up but by standing you will tire quickly.  When going down hill, if you are a little nervous or are off road it’s best to stand up, with your weight back and your pedals level to provide a stable platform.


All information is a guide only and will not replace experience and learned skills.  In all cases if you are not sure you can get expert advice from any local coach or skills company, such as Skinny Tyres, Progression Bikes, etc.

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Highland Perthshire has a wealth of trails to suit different levels of rider from flat gentle riverside paths (green level), longer routes into the hills or more technical red and black level trails.  Together with some amazing scenery, great towns/villages and being close to everywhere, Highland Perthshire is a really great place to ride.
Many of the trails here are either created or tweaked and maintained by enthusiastic and creative local riders who have worked very hard to develop good, sustainable relationships with the local landowners.  If you encounter any problems with the trails or wish to lend a hand on maintenance days or indeed have any suggestions of new trails that could be created then please get in touch.
For route and trail information, including directions (none of the trails are marked) ask in the local bike shop (Progression Bikes - Dunkeld, Escape Route - Pitlochry), take a look at the 'Routes' section of our website or you could try the Trailforks app and website.

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Route cards

Highland Perthshire boasts an amazing network of paths and rights of way, for cycling and mountain biking.  The classic mountain bike route through Glen Tilt can be found in the Blair Atholl section.  Every area has a 'classic' route, explore your own or ask at the local bike shop. Enjoy our fantastic countryside responsibly by following this sensible advice.

Use the drop down menu above to find a wealth of routes in the area for all abilities.



We love riding these routes and to keep our good relationship with local landowners and other path users we ask you to follow the advice below:
• Let other path users know you are coming as early as possible.  
• Please watch your speed especially on blind corners and dips.
• Please take extra care near wildlife and leave the environment as you find it.
• Help land managers and others to work safely and effectively.
• The route description and quality of path may change over time so please remain flexible with your plans and be ready to use alternative routes.
• Check the weather forecast and ensure you have all the equipment you need for your route.


Test out your knowledge with the 'Do the ride thing' game.

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There are several groups or clubs cycling in Highland Perthshire


For children's clubs try the Tay Titans, currently running in Perth and most schools also run after school clubs.


There are several groups of informal adult mountain biking groups that go out socially in various locations across Highland Perthshire.


If you can’t find something in your area why not get in touch and we’ll see how we can help.

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Welcome to Highland Perthshire:

A great place to cycle

Highland Perthshire Cycling is a registered Scottish Charity set up to promote and enable more people to cycle more often in communities around Highland Perthshire for locals and visitors.  We work alongside many different local groups, schools and businesses, running workshops, clubs, activities and events to achieve this. 

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