The urban dictionary defines ‘shindig’ as a social, low key party or gathering that doesn’t quite reach full scale …Welcome to the Shindig.
On the weekend of Sep 13th/14th The Shindig is taking place north of the border. It’s a relaxed bikepacking event with the emphasis on a sociable ride through some beautiful scenery and singletrack without having to turn yourself inside out (unless you really want to !). There are multiple route options so you can pick and choose how hard or easy you want it to be although you do need to be capable of riding 80 miles off road over two days. The route will start in Milngavie and pass through the Loch Lomond National Park before heading east to Aberfoyle with the option of a northern loop taking in Glen Ample and Stank Glen before turning back to Glasgow via either the Rob Roy and West Highland way or the cycle path to Buchlyvie then Killearn and in via Strathblane.
|Luckily not all Lochs have monsters.|
We will provide GPX files as a suggested route. Broadly speaking the route will follow the West Highland Way till Inversnaid. Some of this is quite technical singletrack so you may feel that you want to bypass Conich Hill or some of the bays between Balmaha and Inversnaid – we’re cool with this – it’s up to you to pick your route. After Rowardennan we go North to Inversnaid Hotel and then pick up the road past Inversnaid Bunkhouse before picking up forestry track and fire road to Abefoyle. Here you have the option of either doing a 50 mile loop through Callander, Glen Ample and Stank Glen before returning to Aberfoyle along some of the Rob Roy Way or heading south to Milngavie again. There’s good cycle path to Buchlyvie (flat) or forest road along the Rob Roy Way (hilly) back to Drymen. If you take the path to Buchlyvie then there’ll be some road between there and Killearn before going off-road again to Strathblane.
Details of local amenities will sent out along with the gpx files … we wouldn’t want you going hungry.
|Them’s proper mountains in the background.|
There’s no entry fee but there will be a maximum of 50 riders given the nature of the route.
If you’d like to come along, then simply send an email to Bryan and express your interest. Remember, the emphasis is on fun and everyone’s welcome.