The Ring of Breadalbane Explorer is a “hop-on hop-off” mini bus service for local residents and visitors. It takes passengers through the stunning highland scenery of Breadalbane, passes through beautiful towns and villages, and calls at major visitor attractions along the route.
The service connects Crieff, Comrie, St Fillans, Lochearnhead, Killin, Kenmore, Acharn and Aberfeldy on a circular route, providing easy access to the area’s top tourist attractions including the Birks Cinema, Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery, the Scottish Crannog Centre and Highland Safaris.
Running both clockwise and anti-clockwise four-times daily to a scheduled timetable, the bus offers visitors and residents the means to have a perfect day out in Breadalbane, accommodating child buggies and well behaved dogs at no extra cost. With their bike trailers and passing by many popular walk locations, the two Explorer mini buses open up the area to linear walks and cycle routes which otherwise can only be undertaken using two cars.
There are innumerable amazing days out you can have using the Explorer – here are a dozen to give you some ideas.
1 WALK (EASY): For a gentle half-day walk along riverbanks, past castles Menzies and Taymouth, try Day 2 of the Tay Ring from Kenmore to Aberfeldy. It is 14.4km (9 miles) with negligible ascent; allow 4-5 hours so you have time to appreciate the wildflowers and birdlife.
2 WALK (HILL): For a more challenging day’s walk across land fought over by the clans MacNab and Neish, tackle Day 5 of the Clan Ring from Killin to St Fillans, crossing the wild, high ground between Loch Tay and Loch Earn. It is 21km (13 miles) with 560m (1840ft) ascent so allow 7-8 hours to take a break by some of the hauntingly lonely ruined shielings.
3 TRAIL CYCLE: For a scenic, family friendly ride suitable for trail or mountain bikes, get off the bus at St Fillans and cycle back to Crieff following Section 2 of the Trail Cycling Ring downstream beside the River Earn. It is 21km (13 miles) with negligible ascent; allow 2-3 hours or more if you stop for refreshments in Comrie.
4 ROAD CYCLE: To complete the 100-mile Road Cycling Ring in one day ride requires the fitness and stamina of a serious cyclist, but you can tackle as much or as little as you fancy using the Explorer. The most dramatic section, from Killin to Aberfeldy, rises over a 565m (1,855ft) mountain pass between Loch Tay and Glen Lyon.
5 MOUNTAIN BIKE: For the best downhill mountain biking in the area disembark at Comrie Croft, where you can use your own bike or hire one from Comrie Croft Bikes to whizz down their fantastic range of courses. There is biking for all ages and abilities, from a skills training area to a black run, as well as a Tearoom for refreshments.
6 FISH: You can also use the bus service to reach angling sites on Breadalbane’s Angling Trail. For instance, get off the bus at Killin where Loch Tay Fish ‘n’ Trips, can provide a boat and ghillie for a day’s salmon fishing.
7 GOLF: If you want to relax in the clubhouse after your round and not worry about drinking and driving, use the Explorer to visit any of the courses on the Golf Trail. There are four 18-hole and five 9-hole courses in Breadalbane area, plus a 9-hole par-3 course.
8 WATER SPORTS: Breadalbane lochs offer a picturesque environment for canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and boating, with several places offering hire. For instance, hop off in Kenmore and a few paces away you’ll find Loch Tay Boating Centre.
9 THRILLS: For an hour’s excitement or an incredible day of fun, take the Explorer to Crieff Hydro's Action Glen, where you can test yourself on the Aloft treetop ropes course, go quad biking or try a wide range of other activities to suit all the family.
10 WHISKY: Have no concerns about being breathalysed after sampling the amber nectar by taking the Explorer to your tour of Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery.
11 HERITAGE: The Explorer bus route passes many historical sites, including the astoundingly well preserved Cultybraggan Camp, which was used to house German prisoners of war in WWII and subsequently as a military training camp. It is now owned by the community and Comrie Development Trust have created a heritage centre and self-guided trail to help visitors to explore the site.
12 CINEMA: If you live in or are staying in Crieff or Killin, you can use the Explorer to catch the early evening screening at the Birks Cinema before returning on the last bus of the day. (Remember to go early enough to take advantage of the Birks Cafe
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If you are planning to stay in one of our self-catering holiday cottages over the summer months why not consider using the Ring of Breadalbane Explorer to see some of our local scenery and visit some of the visitor attractions here in the area.