Leaving Killin in the rain and dressed for it we crossed the bridge and looked at The Falls of Dochart on one side and the ancient MacNab Clan island burial site on the other.

The Falls of Dochart
Ancient MacNab clan burial site.

The route took us along quiet elevated lanes which looked down across Loch Tay. In the rain it was sometimes visible and sometimes obscured by low misty clouds.

Misty Loch Tay

The route today had lots of short sharp climbs which made the going tough especially as the rain was settling in for the day.

Half way along Loch Tay we entered Perth and Kinross.

Soon after this we did actually have a red squirrel welcome us before it ran off over a bank. The first one we have seen on the adventure .

In the heavy rain on a steep section we suddenly lost power and saw that the back chain had broken!

Chain repair in the rain!

Towards the end of Loch Tay we passed The Crannog Centre. Crannogs were man made islands built 2,500 years ago, over water on timber piles. The smell of “prehistoric “ cooking filled the air as we rode by!

We arrived in touristy Kenmore after following Loch Tay for it’s entire length of 15 miles.

Boats on Loch Tay at Kenmore.

The rain eased slightly as we rode passed “Rustic Lodge” a former gatehouse to Taymouth Castle.

The rain got heavier just when we needed to stop for lunch, with no shelter in sight we put our capes on and lunched by the river!

But we stayed dry!

On quite fast roads we laughed as we rode through a village called “Dull”. The rain was not going to stop us having fun!

Set back from the road in Weem stands Castle Menzies, a restored 16th century Scottish castle.

Castle Menzies.

Leaving the busy road we had some more steep climbs through farmland and forest lanes before arriving in Pitlochry at our B&B for the night.

The wet weather of today’s ride actually enhanced and added atmosphere to the views and we stayed dry (apart from our faces!) under our wet weather gear.

Total distance today 39 miles

Total Hill Climbs 2,041 ft