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National Cycle Networks Route 765

It hasn’t quite got that Route 66 vibe, but we certainly get our kicks on route 765. National Cycle Networks Route 765 is highly recommended.

100 yards from Casa Roots, is the start (or end, depending) of route 765. We are lucky that our shop is in such a unique biking location. Whether you are an MTBer, or a roadie, the choices are endless. Doune is the Gateway to the Trossachs and a world of fun awaits for all bike enthusiasts.

Stirling

From Stirling, the heart of Scotland’s central belt, you can head to Doune on the 765. For cyclists, it’s mainly traffic free, the views are spectacular, and the terrain varied. For historians, it’s even better.

Created as a Royal Burgh in 1124, Stirling and the surrounding area, has been the site of Scotland’s most famous and infamous events. Picking up the route at Stirling station, you head to Stirling Bridge and over the Forth. It’s important to take a moment to stop and contemplate the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Fought during the First War of Scottish Independence (and we’re still at it), Andrew Moray and William Wallace defeated the English.

As you move away from Stirling, look left to Stirling Castle, and right to the National Wallace Monument. The castle witnessed another Scottish victory in 1314, as Robert the Bruce defeated Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn. The Wallace Monument was completed in 1869 and commemorates Wallace, a Scottish hero.

Bridge of Allan

Leaving 13th and 14th century Scottish history behind, your route heads through the suburbs of Stirling to Bridge of Allan. A famous spa town in the 19th century, Bofa offers cafes, fish n’chips, and WoodWinters, if you like your wine! It’s time to head up hill to the Glen Road. Small detours take you to Minewood (great for mountain biking), site of a 17th century copper mine, and Bridge of Allan Golf Club, designed by the one and only, Old Tom Morris.

Dunblane

On the Glen Road, the C listed, Wharry Bridge passes over the Wharry Burn. The Wharry Burn represents the boundary between the parishes of Dunblane and Leocropt (Perthshire) and Logie (Stirlingshire). From the bridge, it is a climb, before heading down to the Fourways roundabout. Look left for the Dunblane Sports Club, where tennis is the game of choice, and the budding Murrays compete. Speaking of Andy, the gold post box, celebrating Andy’s Olympic Gold in 2012, sits at the top of the High Street. With two great butchers to choose from, it’s time for a pie.

Skirting the cathedral, which dates to the 11th century, under the railway and over the Allan Water takes you out of Dunblane. Having cycled over the A9, the first glimpses of Ben Lomond, Ben Ledi, Ben Vorlich, and Stuc a Chroin appear on the horizon. It is quite a sight. If heading in the opposite direction, the Ochils and Dumyat, come into view.

Although not an arduous ride, you’ll be pleased to see a disused railway, allowing for beautifully flat and tarmacked terrain. The railway used to head from Dunblane to Callander, but it was closed in the 1960s. The popular path is ideal to either pick up the pace or stop for a snack. The Doune Motocross Park is a fun watch on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Doune

Doune beckons. Don’t forget to use the Roots sponsored bike maintenance stand in Moray Park. There is plenty to keep you occupied in Doune. The Deanston Distilery has a terrific visitor’s centre, and Doune Castle is the highlight, location of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Outlander and Game of Thrones.

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The National Cycle Networks Route 765 – 11 miles and you can make it as long or as short as you wish. Pop in for a chat before or after your ride. We’d love to hear how it went and where you are heading to next.

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