Glenconglass/Glen Brown (Trail 1)
This route is very varied and enjoyable with interesting off-road sections and attractive views. Surface conditions are generally hard, but the track through Glen Brown can be wet, muddy, rough and rutted in places. The public road sections are generally quiet with mostly local traffic, but please take care on the busier A939 section at the Bridge of Brown. Care should also be taken on the steep descent along the section of the Speyside Way from the Croughly road to Campdalmore car park at the end of the route.
From Campdalmore Car Park in the north of Tomintoul, follow the farm track uphill past Gaffney Viewpoint to Campdalmore Farm. Continue past the farm following the route of the Old Military Road downhill (W) along a grassy track to rejoin the public road at the Bridge of Avon. Turn along the A939 (N), crossing the new road bridge, before turning left (SW) after 100m to join the road that leads to Kylnadrochit Lodge (where a Scottish Rights of Way signpost marks the public path to Dorback). Take the right fork at the entrance to the Lodge and continue SW, keeping left at the next fork in the forest road. Continue through a metal deer gate, alongside a re-planted area to eventually reach a gate where the track emerges from the forest. Just beyond the forest gate, turn right (N) and follow the grassy track, steeply uphill. At the top of the short brae, continue for 100m (N) alongside the edge of the wood, through a gap in the stock fence. Then take the left fork along a muddy track in the heather.
Follow this track downhill (NE), overlooking Glen Brown and continue through the fields past the ruined cottages of Tombreck, then along the rough, muddy farm track that continues (N) through a forest shelter belt, before emerging at the hair pin bends on the A939 near the Bridge of Brown. Turn right (E) at the bends and head steeply uphill along the public road, to reach the entrance of a forest road on the left, just at the break of slope at the top of the hill. Cross the stile at the gate and join the forest road, then continue for approx 200m to a T-Junction. Turn right (N) and follow the undulating forest road through the trees, keeping to the main track and past a small disused quarry before bearing right, where a fast descent leads to a turning circle, then a short section of un-metalled track to join the unclassified Strathavon public road.
Turn right (SE) along the public road to reach the suspension bridge across the River Avon near Achlichnie Farm. Cross the river at the bridge and head downstream along the field fence for 100m then turn right uphill (E) through the field. You may need to walk to join the main B9136 Strathavon road at a small gate in the fence alongside the road. Turn left (N) then after 50m turn right (SE) along the public road that is signposted to Croughly, heading uphill past Tomachlaggan. Stay on the public road (SE), then past Croughly Farm (S) towards Tomintoul to eventually reach a sharp left hand bend, overlooking the village. Here the Tomintoul Spur of the Speyside Way Long Distance Path descends from the road to a footbridge over the Conglass Water. Join Speyside Way following the steep downhill track, cross the stiles and the bridge then follow the footpath until joining a rough track to return to the start point at Campdalmore. This last section can be by-passed by following the public roads to Tomintoul, through the village to return to the start point.
17km (10 miles) – 70% off-road
A combination of farm tracks and paths, forest roads, hill tracks and public roads. Some sections can be muddy and wet at times. Bikes may need to be carried over stiles or walked along certain parts of the route. Livestock may be present on some sections.
Recommended start point:
Campdalmore Car Park, Tomintoul (GR 164 194)
Other car parks:
White Bridge (GR 133 209), Glenconglass Farm (GR 172 223)
Places of interest:
Old Military Road, Bridge of Avon, Victor Gaffney Viewpoint.
Location and map
Set in the stunning eastern Highlands of Scotland, there’s so much waiting to be discovered.
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