“ Access & Vehicle Uplift.”
When Thomas Telford built the bridge into Dunkeld in 1809 had he known of the potential of Craig Vinean what kind bike track could an engineer of his stature have built, and would it more importantly have met the standards of the SDA.
Dunkeld has been an annual venue for the Scottish series since its development by the SDA in their early days of racing and a great favourite of the riders. The start, original surrounded by saplings dwarfed by the slightest of juvenile riders are now matured and surround the start drop off into the single track that is no longer yielding to a clipped bar end. The trees open out into some rocky turns and another straight before testing your line choices into the first chute. Weave a few more turns and with little time to relax your on the second chute, safe and slow or fast and furious, a split second to decide and its on to some tight switchbacks before crossing the fire road and into the middle section.
Your now into the fully mature trees with an off camber traverse tuning down into the fall line with drop offs and wide alternative route options to the second fire road and the bottom section. Still no peace as one of the many rock gardens appears filling the frame of your goggles, technical with rocks left right and centre navigation can be risky. Safely through and it turns steep again, a few more turns and jumps with the finish straight looming one last sprint and you’ve nailed it.
Each year the track is amended enough to remove the familiarity and give the riders fresh and differing challenges.
The venue is situated in Craigvenan Forest 1 mile north of Dunkeld on the A9. Access is via the Hermitage Car Park.
Dunkeld. For further information on rail travel in Scotland and throughout GB see www.nationalrail.co.uk. The site also has general information about taking your bike on trains in Britain.
From the South:
From Perth head up the A9 (Signposted Inverness) Go past the turn off for Dunkeld / Birnam and approximately 1 mile you will see the Tourist sign (Brown) for the Hermitage. Turn left off the A9 and in to the first car park on your right. You will notice a gravel track leading up the right of the Car Park, follow that to the top and the camping field is through the gates on your first left. Please watch your speed as the entrance to the field can be quite tight and motorhomes and caravans should exercise care. Please do not park on the gravel track leading to the camping field as this track will be used by emergency vehicles and uplift lorries all weekend.
From the North:
Follow the A9 down towards Dunkeld. Turn right at the Hermitage sign post before Inver Mill Caravan Park and follow the instructions listed above.
Access – Vehicle Uplift.
Technical upper section with smaller trees and steep drops and narrow paths leading to a faster lower section with jumps and larger trees, fast flowing track enjoyed by all.
Camping is permitted at the venue but facilities are limited and you will need to be self sufficient. Toilets are available and there is no camping charge. Please make sure that all valuables are secured as bikes have been stolen in the past. Toilets are available but there are no washing facilities. Other accommodation is available in the area and Dunkeld is only 1 mile away. Full catering facilities will be available all weekend.
The Police Station
Telephone 01738 621141
Perth Royal Infirmary
Telephone 01738 623311