Where can I hire a bike for the event?

Bike hire will be available and participants should email (kat@highlandperthshirecycling.com) in advance of the event with how many bikes are required and the height of everyone wanting a hire bike.  

Can I get food/drink at the venue?

You are welcome to bring a picnic or make use of the Tullibardine restaurant on-site at Blair Castle.

What if I get a puncture?

If you have them, please bring a puncture repair kit and pump. We will have emergency support if required.

Are there first aiders along the route?

Yes, there will be first aiders along the route and at the start/finish area.

Are there toilets available at the start/finish or along the route?

Yes, porta-loos will be available on-site.

How do I leave the event village?

Follow all directional signage for car parking entry/exit.

Do I need to train? If so, how much training?

No training is required for this event although you must be able to cycle. Children can be carried in a bike trailer or bike seat.

What is the route?

The route is 5km and is a short and easy but very beautiful loop of the Atholl Estate grounds.

Are there hills? Are they steep?

There is one main hill which may present a challenge for some but it is on tarmac and would be described as a rolling hill through farmland. A great place to do some wildlife spotting.

Are there cars on the route?

The route is largely traffic-free but it does pass a house or two so there may be a very small amount of very slow speed movement. The road section will be marshalled.

Will I share space with pedestrians?

Yes, you may encounter the occasional walker.

Emergency access along the route

Emergency vehicles have full access to the route if required.

Public transport information

There is a train station in Blair Atholl which is not far from the castle entrance.

Is entry to Blair Atholl grounds free?

Yes, it's free as a part of the event. However, a payment might be required to enter the inside of the castle.

What is Pedal for Scotland?

Pedal events are non-competitive, inclusive and free bike ride aimed at beginners, families, and people keen to get back into cycling.  Free to enter, inclusive and non-competitive, these events are for anyone looking to build their confidence cycling in a safe and fun environment including beginners and children. Each event is funded by Pedal for Scotland and organised by a local organisation.

Will I get a medal?

Yes, all participants will receive a medal on completion of the route.

How long will it take me to complete the route?

For some it could be completed in less than half an hour, but we'd recommend taking some photos and enjoying the scenery.  You are also welcome to ride the route several times over the morning.

How do I get to/from the start/finish?

The start location is Blair Castle, Blair Atholl in Highland Perthshire. Full directions will be sent out in an email prior to the event taking place.

What type of bicycle can I use?

You are welcome to use any type of bike or ebike for this event and the route is suitable for adapted bikes. It would be possible for small children to use a balance bike although in reality it is quite far for them and they would have a better time in a seat or trailer. You are welcome to take the balance bike with you and the child may wish to complete some of the route under their own steam.

Do I need a helmet?

We strongly recommend you wear a helmet for this event.

What is the minimum age to participate?

In all cases, it is the responsibility of the child’s parent or guardian to determine the ability of their child to take part. The route is aimed at families with children as young as 5 riding their own bikes. There are a couple of short slopes where pushing might be easier, but the majority of the course is flat and scenic. Children under 16 can take part independently on their own bike, in a tag-along or in a trailer if accompanied by a parent or carer. Persons with additional support needs are welcomed with their carers.