After failing last week to find Edinchip chambered cairn I did my research properly and came back today, parking in Strathyre.
I cycled up the main street and turned off over the River Balvag onto the (very) minor road that twists and climbs its way to Balquhidder. Approaching the village there was a moody-looking view of Loch Voil, with the sun doing its best to shine through the clouds.
I cycled through Balquhidder and round towards the main road, joining the cycle track where the main road passes over the road to the village. After a short cycle I was back at the point where the track cuts through the embankment for the old Callander and Oban railway, turning up onto the embankment and going through the gate.
My mistake last week had been to not go far enough along before looking for the cairn. I cycled along to the cattle-feeding troughs and climbed over the gates into the wood behind them. I turned right towards the burn and saw a suspicious-looking mound in front of me. Climbing the mound it was apparent that there were a lot of stones under the grass suggesting cairn material, and when I got to the top I was presented with the unmistakable sight of the large capstone.
Although difficult to see in the dense undergrowth, and obviously damaged over the thousands of years since it was built, this is still a very impressive site. The large capstone in particular is a highlight, still propped up on its supporting stones after all these years.
After spending a considerable amount of time wandering around in awe of this fantastic ancient site, I made my way back to my bike, cycled back along the embankment and down to the cycle track for a short distance before joining the main A84 road back to Strathyre.