Macaroni cheese and Mountain Bikes

Glen Tilt, Blair Atholl and House of Bruar

The reason for the day out was (secretly) a visit to House of Bruar for a portion of their amazing macaroni cheese; the excuse for going was to get some exercise in the form of a mountain bike trip up Glen Tilt!

I started at the car park at Old Bridge of Tilt, pedalled up the Landrover tracks, went passed the turn off to Gilberts bridge to continue further into the glen, then made a quick stop for a bite to eat. A speedy descent back along the track drew attention to the steepness of the route in, which fully justified the forthcoming carbohydrate overload. A left turn sent me back along and on the other side of the river, over Gilberts Bridge.

The autumn colours were outstanding, the river stunning and the weather perfectly crisp. The macaroni cheese was, as ever, magnificent and tasted all the better for the fresh air and exercise.

A brilliant day out both mentally and physically – the change of scene was much needed during these tricky times. The Ordnance survey map illustrates a variety of longer routes for exploring this Glen further, which I will definitely be investigating. In addition, the Gardens at Blair Castle looked beautiful and will most certainly form part of a future visit, as will another pit stop for my favourite dish on the way home (obviously)!