Outdoor Activities in Breadalbane

Breadalbane is a superb outdoor activities destination.  Popular activities include:

Hill / Low-level Walking; Cycling; Canoeing / Kayaking; Fishing; Golf

Walking

For the many summer and winter walking possibilities see our Walk Breadalbane page.

 

Cycling

The Breadalbane area has many lovely cycling routes, including National Cycle Route 7 (Lochs and Glens North), which runs through the area from Callander to Aberfeldy and includes an off-road section along the route of the former railway line between Balquidder and Killin.

There are also two cycling circuits which lie entirely within Breadalbane.  The Road Cycle Ring is 100 miles of pure cycling heaven through the very best of Scotland's High Ground. Completed in one day, it's an achievement to be crossed off the bucket list.

The 5-Lochs Trail Cycle Ring is an epic 121-mile 6-day ride alongside lochs and through mountain valleys.  The mix of track and tarmac takes you off the road and into the heart of the High Ground of Scotland.

Bicycles can be hired at a number of places within Breadalbane:

Comrie - Comrie Croft Bikes. Comrie Croft also has family-oriented mountain bike trails and a skills park.

Kenmore - Perthshire Mountain Bikes

Killin - Killin Outdoor Centre & Mountain Shop

Canoeing & Kayaking

The lower part of the River Lochay and the head of Loch Tay provide a most beautiful wild environment for canoeing and kayaking.

Canoes and kayaks can be hired in Killin at the Killin Outdoor Centre & Mountain Shop and in Kenmore from the Loch Tay Boating Centre.

For a really different on-the-water experience, rent a dugout canoe from the Scottish Crannog Centre and paddle the east end of Loch Tay as Iron Age lake dwellers did 2,000 years ago.

On Loch Earn water skiing, kayaking and boating are available.

Fishing

River Tay System.

Loch Tay is noted for its salmon and trout fishing and more recently for its pike fishing.

The salmon fishing season on the Tay system is the earliest to open in Scotland, on 15th January.  Grant Tigwell of Loch Tay Fish 'n' Trips provides a boat and acts as your ghillie for the day. 

The west end of Loch Tay at Killin is becoming increasingly well known for pike fishing, with several pike over 30lbs being caught in the past few years.  You can fish for pike throughout the winter, the only closed month being April.

In order to fish anywhere on the River Tay system, a permit is required.  From west to east, brown trout fishing is administered by:

Crianlarich Angling Association - rivers Dochart, Connonish & Fillan; lochs Dochart & Iubhair.  Permits from The Mace Store, Crianlarich or Portnellan.

Killin Breadalbane Angling Club - rivers Dochart & Lochay; West & Central Loch Tay; lochans Na Lairige & Breachlaich.  Permits from News First, Killin.

East Loch Tay Angling Club - Central and East Loch Tay.  Permits from Kenmore Post Office.

Taymouth Angling Club - River Tay downstream from Kenmore Bridge. Permits from Kenmore Post Office.

River Earn System.

Loch Earn has both bank and boat fishing for brwon trout and rainbow trout.  Permits can be obtained from the Village Store and Post Office in Lochearnhead, Drummond Trout Farm on the north shore of the loch, and the village shop in St Fillans.

Comrie Angling Club issues permits for fishing on the rivers Earn and Ruchill in the vicinity of Comrie.

River Forth System.

The lochs and rivers in the southwest part of Breadalbane drain into the River Forth.  Permits for lochs Doine, Voil and Lubnaig and the River Balvag can be obtained from the Strathyre Village Shop or James Bayne Fishing Tackle Shop, 76 Main Street, Callander.

You can download more information about angling in Breadalbane (including contact details) here.

Golf

The Killin Golf Club runs a delightful nine-hole course with one of the most scenic par-five holes in Scotland.  While the Killin golf course is a true highland course, with a number of hills and blind shots, you can also play a gently undulating moorland nine-hole course at Mains of Taymouth Golf Club at Kenmore.

The present Killin golf course opened for play in June 1914, an inauspicious year as it turned out, but St Fillans Golf Club plays on an older nine-hole parkland course designed by St. Andrews' professional and Open Champion Willie Auchterlonie, and opened in 1903.  As in the case of the Kenmore course, it is very much a level course.

The oldest golf club in the area is Comrie Golf Club, founded in 1891.  It is a slightly hilly nine-hole heathland course.

In all, there are four 18-hole and five 9-hole courses in the Breadalbane area, plus a 9-hole par-3 course. All of these beautiful courses enjoy spectacular settings and scenery and lie on the "Ring of Breadalbane" circular tourist route.