Saturday Cycling at the AOG – Gleneagles

Seven of us on a motley selection of bikes (3 electric and 4 ‘manual’) assembled at the appointed time and tried to find the back way out of the Stirling University campus, to avoid a busy roundabout.  After a thorough tour of the campus, we gave up!  The roundabout turned out not to be anything like as bad on a Saturday as it was during the week.

After that, the first third of our route was mainly on dedicated cycle track along a railway line, and flat.  That took us to Dollar.  Sadly, there was no sign that said ‘Dollar, Stirlingshire’.  But there was coffee and cake.  Needed, because from here the route was mainly uphill, to the top of Glen Devon.  Then a glorious freewheel down Glen Eagles (possibly Gleann na h-Eaglaise in Gàidhlig, valley of the church) to the eponymous village and its humungous and very posh hotel.  We had a picnic lunch on some mown grass at a road junction – we know our status in life!  Anyway, golf clubs are not handy to carry on a bike.

Rolling countryside then took us to Dunblane and on to the tea shops of Bridge of Allan.  We felt very much ‘at home’ there with the welcoming tea pots, and there was more cake.  Just a short ride back to the University from there.

Our ride took us through three Scottish administrative districts – Stirlingshire, Clackmannanshire (Scotland’s Rutland -  it’s tiny) and Perth and Kinross.  Total distance around 45 miles and 700 metres of ascent, moving for four hours.

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