MOUNTAIN BIKING in East Scotland
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Orange Route: 12kms approx
This route comprises a mixture of quiet country roads and forestry tracks, with some excellent views south to the River Tay and north across the Stathmore valley towards the Angus glens, from the top of Lundie Craig.
Parking is at the roadside car park for Hallyburton community woodland, off the Dundee to Coupar Angus road. There is another car park on the north side of Drumsuldry Wood, just off the minor road between Rosebank and Baldowrie.
Moderate - some steep gradients.
The route passes Tullybaccart farm and through the recently-felled plantation woodland of Pitcur Wood. At the top of the incline the top of Lundie Craigs, with its spectacular views, can be visited by passing through the gate and making the short climb up the steep landrover track. Returning to the main track, there is a long downhill stretch through Drumsuldry Wood, before meeting the minor road at Leys. Turning left, the main A923 is encountered after a minute or so. A left turn is needed at the crossroads, and then a right turn off the main road again almost immediately, then past the farmyard at Pitcur with the remains of a small castle. A left turn at the end of the track takes you up the steep slope on a minor road, and a left turn off the road takes you into the pine woods of Northballo Hill. Travelling over the shoulder of the hill brings you to the beautiful, tranquil setting of Laird's loch, with its mature scots pine trees fringing the water on the north bank - an excellent place to stop to take in the scenery. Another couple of minutes of cycling brings you back to the car park.
The track to Redmyre Loch from North Ballo is not far away (to the south east), offering opportunities for extending this route, possibly taking in Piperdam Loch and country park too.
Ledcrieff loch and Laird's loch are thronged with dragonflies and bright blue damseflies in early summer, and the damp valley at the foot of Lundie Craigs is home to several species of rare butterflies in June and July.