The Drovers Trail is a new 331-km-long gravel bikepacking route in Scotland that follows ancient drove roads, an important part of Scottish history, inspiring Scotland's greatest writers like Burns and Scott.
Filmed by round the world singlespeed cyclist Markus Stitz, Drovers follows his adventure on the route, retracing the 300 year old footsteps of the cattle drovers on their journey from the Cairngorms through the Tay Valley to Crieff, which became Scotland's most important cattle market in the end of the 17th century.
The new gravel bikepacking route is part of eleven different itineraries, which are now available to download for free by hitting the button below. The lengths of the individual routes range from 12 km to 120 km, starting in the Highland Perthshire towns and villages of Dunkeld, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, Aberfeldy and Comrie, as well as the remote Rannoch Station.
The different routes are designed as day journeys for different ages and abilities, but can also be combined or shortened by using quiet roads or cycle paths. They are graded as easy, straightforward, challenging or expert. While the routes have been designed for bikes with tyres 35 mm and wider, they will also appeal to mountain bikers and make great day trips for touring cyclists.
As Markus comments:
“Designing the various routes made me aware of not only the rich history of Highland Perthshire and the Tay Valley, but also of the huge variety of landscapes that can be found across the area. I sought to use the story of the cattle drovers to draw parallels with the adventurous spirit of bikepacking nowadays, while showcasing the immense beauty of the area, not just for cyclists. I hope the new film and the route network will encourage more people to explore this area.”