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Glen Tilt

Posted: 28 Nov 2009, 6:04pm
by Milfred Cubicle
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.

Re: Glen Tilt

Posted: 29 Nov 2009, 12:35pm
by thekelticfringe
I don't know, but you could maybe try MTBScotland.net or UK-mtb.com

Re: Glen Tilt

Posted: 1 Dec 2009, 1:41am
by pq
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.

Re: Glen Tilt

Posted: 1 Dec 2009, 11:11am
by glueman
It sounds a glorious route.

Re: Glen Tilt

Posted: 1 Dec 2009, 9:24pm
by Milfred Cubicle
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!!!!!

Re: Glen Tilt

Posted: 2 Dec 2009, 11:03pm
by irc
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.

Re: Glen Tilt

Posted: 3 Dec 2009, 7:56pm
by thekelticfringe
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.

Re: Glen Tilt

Posted: 16 Dec 2009, 7:18pm
by eileithyia
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.

Re: Glen Tilt

Posted: 24 Dec 2009, 4:48pm
by Milfred Cubicle
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.

Re: Glen Tilt

Posted: 24 Dec 2009, 5:52pm
by thekelticfringe
I'm more local (Nr Edinburgh) but post up again nearer the time and I'd be happy to chum you along the route.

Re: Glen Tilt

Posted: 24 Dec 2009, 7:55pm
by bodach
Milfred Cubicle do you mean Aberdeen or Caithness?

Re: Glen Tilt

Posted: 26 Dec 2009, 6:16pm
by irc
I it's a group outing in April I may also be interested. Glasgow - Blair Atholl train for me most likely.

Re: Glen Tilt

Posted: 6 Jun 2010, 9:26pm
by thekelticfringe
BUMP - Milf, are you still thinking of this route? If so lets get a date in the book! :)