The Black Route - 92 miles / 148 Km

The Black route is 92 miles long and has a total ascent of 5774 feet
(or in metric terms, 148 km and 1760 m)

 

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Just like the Red route this route heads east from Kinross and then heads north and through the village of Glenfarg before turning right at Arngask. It then follows minor roads through the Ochils before reaching the historic town of Falkland. On leaving Falkland a long rolling section lays ahead until you reach the first feed station at Newburgh. Then its on through Bridge of Earn, Forgandenny and Forteviot before reaching the town of Dunning with its 12th. Century church of St. Serf and the monument to Maggie Wall who was burnt here as witch in 1657. Legend also has it that St. Serf slayed a dragon here who was bothering the locals.
Here at Dunning and after the second feed station you deviate from the combined Red / Black course for a 34 km loop where you can slay your own monsters with the ascent of the feared but aptly named Dragon Hill. A further climb at the Path of Condie and you are descending to Glenfarg. After departing Glenfarg there is the undulating road over Rosie Ochil and back to Dunning to pick up the combined Blue / Red / Black route.
With tales of dragons and witches burnt its time to make a hasty retreat up the hill climb of Dunning Common. Its over the top and down to the Yetts of Muckhart before returning to Kinross through the Crook of Devon.