Balmashanner Hill and Forfar Loch

Route Key

TR Turn Right SO Straight On T T Junction RBT Roundabout SP Sign Post TL Turn Left Y Y Junction X Crossroads TFL Traffic Lights

Route Description

Starting at the Forfar Loch car park, follow the Dundee Loan Road (A926) turning right onto the Dundee Road (A932). Follow this for 1km and turn left at the footpath up the hill opposite Westfield Loan. Pass the quarry on your left and at the top turn left and follow the main path up to the war memorial at the top of Balmashanner Hill. Continue on this path until you reach the shelter where the path turns left downhill. Keep your eyes out for the singletrack at this point which leads you down onto Lour Road. At this point, turn right up the hill and take the next minor road on your right.

At the bend in the road, go through the gate and onto the track which goes behind the War Memorial. This takes you back to the top of the quarry. Turn left and follow the main footpath until it turns right steeply downhill. At this point take the path straight ahead through the wall and follow the path skirting the perimeter of the fields and finally down to the Dundee Road. Turn right, taking care crossing the road, and then turn immediately left onto the track. At the bridge which crosses the A92, turn right and follow the track adjacent to the motorway which descends down through a copse of trees and finally through a farm. At the roundabout for the A92 turn right, heading back to Forfar. Behind the Angus Council offices at Orchardbank, turn left onto the footpath. Follow this down to Forfar Loch, turning left and making your way round the path and road back to your starting point.

Route Specific Information:

  • Popular route for walkers.
  • Part of this route borders agricultural land and cropped fields. Please respect and obey all signs and instructions from land managers.

Starting Point

Forfar Loch car park, Craig O’ Loch Road, Forfar

Trail Type

Mountain Bike

Length

11.5km

Height

170m

Grade

Intermediate (Blue)

Route Map

Forfar map