“ Access & Push up.”
In the 1950’s Scottish engineering captured the mountain streams of Glenlyon, Glenlochay and Glendochart, harnessing it for hydro power into the pipeline which drops down the hill beside the Killin track. If only the expertise and experience of this Scottish workforce could be applied to building bike tracks.
Well! Killin was discovered, developed and built early in 2009 by Peter Pollock. These hydro skills and workers do survive!
On private farmland, following lambing we have access to the hill where the course is reformed each year cutting back the bracken to introduce new and unknown lines giving an ultimate test to the rider in course assessment, with no chance to practice out with the event. At the start at the boundary of National Trust Land you get the chance to take in the stunning views over Loch Tay and Killin before you hit the pedals. The start straight leads you across the the top of the hill turning sharp left down into steeper terrain with rock outcrop drop offs crossing wildlife and access paths.
Decide on the big rock jump or chicken run and turn left through the dry stone wall and traverse to the switchback and an old landrover track. Don’t relax for to long as a sharp left turn takes you into a steep narrow off camber traverse with a tight fully committed drop off leading you into the lower sections of the track. Gather speed for the ditch crossing and clear the rocks for the turns and weaves into the finish area.
Killin like Pitfichie is a simple push up. The SDA seek and introduce these tracks for variety to the riders and the series in Scotland. Killin gives a great variety of terrain and while is is a great track for introduction to Downhill it is also demanding and hosted the Scottish Championships in 2011.
From the South: Take the A74(M) to Glasgow and then head on the M80 passing Stirling and then head towards Dunblane, before you reach Dunblane take the A84 to Callander and head North until the road merges with the A85 at Lochearnhead. Continue on the A85 until you reach Lix Toll and turn right onto the A827 signposted for Killin. Continue through Killin (heading for Aberfeldy) and the venue is located on the left hand side past the Caravan Club Camp site at Maragowan but before High Cregan Caravan Site. Please watch your speed as the entrance to the field can be quite tight and motorhomes and caravans should exercise care.
Follow the A9 down past Pitlochry and turn on to the A827 for Aberfeldy, continue through Aberfeldy heading for Killin and the venue will be on your right hand side just after passing High Cregan Caravan Site but before you reach Killin.
Make your way to Perth and head for Crieff on the A85. Drive through Crieff and on to Lochearnhead where you should turn right heading for Crianlarich. At Lix Toll turn right on the A827 for Killin/Aberfeldy and follow the instructions as mentioned above (South). From the West: Follow the A83 until it joins the A85, head for Crieff and at Lix Toll turn left on to the A827 for Killin/Aberfeldy. Follow the instructions as mentioned above (South).
The venue is situated between two caravan parks at FK21 8TX and FK21 8TN.
Crianlarich. 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.
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 Killin is only 2 miles away.
Callander Police Station
South Church Street
Telephone 01786 456000
Stirling Royal Infirmary
Telephone 01786 434000
Nearest garage is at Lix Toll.
Address: Lix Toll, Killin, Perthshire FK21 8RB
Phone: 01567 820280