Glenconglass/Strathavon (Trail 2)

From Glenconglass car park follow the farm track and forest road (N) past the farms of Ellick and Inverchor. Head straight on (N) at all the road junctions, keeping parallel to the Chabet Water on the right. Continue to where the road reaches the edge of the plantation marked by a gate. Leave the woods and follow the hill track (NW) then go past the ruins of Ardgeith (N) and downhill through birchwoods to join the main Strathavon road at Ballenleish. This section passes through several enclosed fields where deer are kept. Please keep to the track and ensure gates are left closed and securely fastened. At Ballenleish turn right (N) along road for 100m, then left (W) across the road bridge over the River Avon to Balcorach car park. A detour to visit the Knock Earth House can be made from here.

From Balcorach follow the public road (SW) on the west bank of the Avon, through Inverlochy Farm, up river as far as the footbridge near Achlichnie Farm. Cross the footbridge over the River Avon and follow directions for Route 1 as far as Tomaclaggan. Continue along the public road beyond Tomaclaggan for 400m then turn left (NE) to join the forest road into Carn Meilich. Follow the forest road uphill (NE) keeping to the left at both junctions of the loop road on the right. This loop can also be followed if you want to extend the ride (see map). Follow the track downhill until you reach the T-junction on the outward route overlooking the Chabet Water where a right turn will lead you back to the car park.

Total Distance:
15km (9 miles) – 50% off-road

Approximate Duration:
2-3 hours

Trail Information:
An interesting combination of forest road, hill tracks and quiet country roads – with great views. Surface conditions are generally hard, but the hill track past Ardgeith can be muddy and rough in places. Livestock are also present on this section and there are several gates and stiles.

Recommended start point:
Glenconglass Farm (GR 172 223)

Other Car Parks:
Balcorach (GR154 265)

Places of interest:
Detour to Knock Earth House from Balcorach Car Park

Shades or sou'wester?

  • Thursday 13 °C
  • Friday 15 °C
  • Saturday 14 °C
  • Sunday 14 °C
  • Monday 16 °C

Location and map

Set in the stunning eastern Highlands of Scotland, there’s so much waiting to be discovered.