Glen Tilt

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Milfred Cubicle
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Glen Tilt

Postby Milfred Cubicle » 28 Nov 2009, 6:04pm

Has anyone ever ridden the route from Blair Athol to Braemar, via Glen Tilt? I've ridden to the Falls of Tarf, about half way, and wonder if anyone knows whether the rest of the glen is rideable.

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Re: Glen Tilt

Postby thekelticfringe » 29 Nov 2009, 12:35pm

I don't know, but you could maybe try MTBScotland.net or UK-mtb.com
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Re: Glen Tilt

Postby pq » 1 Dec 2009, 1:41am

I rode it on my tourer a few years back. Above the falls is a stretch of singletrack which is rideable if you're brave - there's a big drop to the right. I walked it. Further on there's a burn to ford which I had no problem with, but it can be very difficult after rain so I've heard.

It's a great place to ride. I loved it.

I also continued north to Tomintoul which was also very scenic and almost entirely rideable.
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Re: Glen Tilt

Postby glueman » 1 Dec 2009, 11:11am

It sounds a glorious route.

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Re: Glen Tilt

Postby Milfred Cubicle » 1 Dec 2009, 9:24pm

Thanks for the replies.

I've spoken to someone who's ridden it, and his photo's look superb! As for crossing the burn, I'm going to wait until after the spring thaw. Last time we crossed a river, my mate tripped and dropped a very expensive pair of sunglasses. Given that I'm an eternal tightfist, I jumped in after them. COLD!!!!!

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Re: Glen Tilt

Postby irc » 2 Dec 2009, 11:03pm

I've gone down Glen Tilt twice. It's a great ride. IMO better N-S as you get a long mostly downhill section of single track followed by the long downhill in Glen Tilt. A nice 2 day tour is from Pitlochry go via Glen Shee to Braemar then down the Tilt the next day back to Pitlochry.

The sections of singletrack shown are all between the Geldie Burn (pictured) and the falls of Tark. One time I met a guy on a 60s 3 speed who had come up the Tilt. So it's doable on anything just a question of how much you'll walk between the Falls of
Tarf and the Geldie Burn.

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Geldie Burn


Another advantage of the N-S way - if there has been much rain and the Geldie Burn can't be forded you have only a few miles downhill back to Braemar. If you reached the Geldie after going north through Glen Tilt your options are not as good.
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Re: Glen Tilt

Postby thekelticfringe » 3 Dec 2009, 7:56pm

OOoooo look really nice! Think I need to get the mountain bike up there! Let me know if there's a party venturing up in the spring and I'd love to tag along.
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Re: Glen Tilt

Postby eileithyia » 16 Dec 2009, 7:18pm

Many years since i rode that, I remeber wading the Geldie burn then camping on the other side. That very narrow track we walked and I still managed to slide down to the left with loaded bike above me!
It is a glorious route.
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Re: Glen Tilt

Postby Milfred Cubicle » 24 Dec 2009, 4:48pm

Thanks for the replies, and the photos - very inspirational.
Anybody who would like to share a lift up there in April, I'm based in the North East, and am more than willing to drive up. I'm planning the route mentioned. Pitlochry-Braemar (45 miles) one day, on the road, but stunning scenery. Back via the Glen the following day. Cheap bunkhouse in Braemar.

thekelticfringe
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Re: Glen Tilt

Postby thekelticfringe » 24 Dec 2009, 5:52pm

I'm more local (Nr Edinburgh) but post up again nearer the time and I'd be happy to chum you along the route.
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Re: Glen Tilt

Postby bodach » 24 Dec 2009, 7:55pm

Milfred Cubicle do you mean Aberdeen or Caithness?

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Re: Glen Tilt

Postby irc » 26 Dec 2009, 6:16pm

I it's a group outing in April I may also be interested. Glasgow - Blair Atholl train for me most likely.
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Re: Glen Tilt

Postby thekelticfringe » 6 Jun 2010, 9:26pm

BUMP - Milf, are you still thinking of this route? If so lets get a date in the book! :)
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