Crispin’s Guide to Stirling Cycling – Off Road


Off-Road Bike Riding in Stirling

Stirling offers an excellent choice of areas to ride an MTB off-road.


Local mountain biking hot spots include:

Cambusbarron woods and quarry (OS Landranger 57, 768917)

(The red ring is positioned where SBC meet-up)

Ranging from challenging single-track to open paths through the woods, with enough options for me to still get dazed and confused.

If in doubt, climb until you reach the burnt-out tree on Gilies Hill for a stunning view and a breather.

This can be easily linked to North Third, by descending into the quarry and continuing south.


North Third (OS Landranger 57, 761888)

As featured in MBUK.

Not for the timid as your wheels are just inches from a 200ft vertical drop.

Pick up one of the paths at 770906 or follow the farm-track/ fire-road to 764899.

Opinion seems to be that the cliffs are best ridden to the north. The trig-point at 761888 offers stunning views.


Dumyat (OS Landranger 57, 836977)

Can be ridden in a leisurely two-three hours from Stirling.

The hill can be tackled from the carpark at 813908. Best route is the high one.

It’s possible (so Douglas says) to ride almost all the way. It’s also possible to push all the way.

Descending through Craigs Wood is not encouraged as there are “No Biking” signs.

The University Woods are also popular riding areas and can be used to access Dumyat.

(A Stirling Bike Club trip report)


Plean Country Park (OS Landranger 57, 828869)

Offers some fun technical trails.


Mine Woods (OS Landranger 57, 790981)

Local jumping area with some technical descents. Climb up to Pendreich, past the riding school (799 980) and down. Pack a parachute if you ride the bombholes (790 981).


In addition, I have written the following trip reports and root guides describing recent Stirling Bike Club rides.

Photos from many of these routes can also be seen on my Fotopic site.


Stirling Area

Ben Cleuch - Highest hill in the Ochils, near Tillicoultry.

Club Ride April 2003

Club ride May 2002 (Now with GPS route info)


Blackford – Tillicoultry via Andrew Gannel Hill

An excellent route across the Ochils.


And going the other way….

Glendevon (2002) and again in 2004
(Both contain description and photographs of rides from Tillicoultry to Blackford via Ben Cleuch)

Going this way allows more riding but misses the descent of Andrew Gannel


(Description, photographs, GPS waypoints and contour map of ride taking in Ben Cleuch and Glensherup to Glen Dollar)


Ochils Traverse
(Description and photographs of traverse of Ochil hills from Sherrifmuir to Glenquay, Dollar)


Ochils Traverse
(Description, photographs, GPS waypoints and contour map of traverse of Ochil hills from Sherrifmuir to Kingseat, Dollar)


Glen Ample
(Description, photographs,GPS waypoints, and contour map of club ride from Callander to Loch Earn and back)


Glen Artney
(Description and photographs of club ride along Glen Artney, between Callander and Comrie)


Glen Finglas

(Description, photographs, GPS waypoints and tracklog of club ride of Glen Finglas, from Callander to Balquhidder, returning via Glen Ample)


Meikle Bin
(Description and photographs of club ride in Carron Valley area)


Menteith Hills
(Description, photographs, and GPS waypoints of club ride in Callander/ Aberfoyle area)


Touch Hills
(Description, photographs, GPS waypoints, and contour map of ride from Stirling to Carleatheran Cairn and back via Fintry / Gargunnock)


Touch / Gargunnock Hills

(Description and photographs of ride from Stirling to Gargunnock via Touch reservoir)


And outwith the Stirling area...


(Photographs from the red route at Glentress, near Peebles)



(Photographs from a snowy ride at Innerleithen)


Beinn A'Ghlo
(Description, photographs, GPS waypoints and contour map from a ride in the Blair Atholl area)

The route here is shown going  clockwise.  In retrospect I think anti-clockwise works best.

Try and them both and let me know what you think!


Mt Keen/ Fungle Road
(Description, photographs, GPS waypoints and contour map from a ride in the Tarfside area)


Glen Kinglas

(Description, photographs, GPS waypoints and contour map of a ride from Bridge of Orchy to Loch Etive)


Devil's Staircase
(Description, photographs from a club ride in the Glencoe/ Kinlochleven area)


Aviemore Weekend 2002

(Photographs and description of Aviemore MTB race circuit and ride to Loch Einort)


Aviemore Weekend 2003

(Photographs and description of Burma Road route and Aviemore MTB race circuit)



(Photographs and description of a ride in the Inverclyde / Greenock area)



(Photographs of a ride in the Dunoon area)


Stirling Bike Club organise several off-road rides every week throughout the year.

Joining these rides is great fun and an excellent way of learning new routes and improving skills.

I know because I do it!

If you want more information than is provided here, check the SBC Root Gyde or post a question on their Bulletin Board.


Finally, a review on GPS and mountain biking on Offroad Adventures - Online


Happy riding !


© Crispin Bennett, 2001-2005


Crispin’s Guide to Stirling Cycling – Off Road