The majority of people, but by no means all, will join the Heart 200 route by travelling north to join at some point on the circuit.
Here are a few tips to help you join Heart 200 depending on your mode of transport.
Heart 200 is a circular route that can be travelled in either direction (clockwise or anti-clockwise), so those planning to travel by car from the south should join the circuit at Stirling after driving up the M6 and M74 motorways and then come in from the Glasgow direction on the M73 and M80. For those approaching from the eastern side of the country, make your way to the Queensferry Crossing (bridge) over the River Forth and drive up the M90 motorway. You can then join the Heart 200 route at Kinross or Perth. For anyone travelling south down the A9, you will join the route at the House of Bruar and anyone arriving on the A85 from the west, you will join at Lix Toll near Killin. Use the AA Route Planner to plan your journey to a point on the Heart 200 route.
For those travelling by rail to reach the Heart 200, the main stations to aim for are Stirling or Perth. It is also possible to join the route at a number of smaller stations on the route, such as Bridge of Allan, Dunblane, Gleneagles, Dunkeld and Birnam, Pitlochry or Blair Atholl. Use the National Rail Enquiries website to plan your rail journey to a point on the Heart 200 route.
The nearest international airports to the Heart 200 route are Edinburgh and Glasgow. Please use the car or rail guidelines above to plan your onward journey after arriving in one of these airports.
Scotland has a fantastic network of small roads and dedicated cycle paths, so if you are planning to cycle to the start of your Heart 200 adventure, we hope you have fun planning your own bespoke route. One particular great way in from the south is over the Cleish Hills to the south west of Kinross, but that’s just one of many such routes. If you plan to bring your bikes by train, then here is some useful information from ScotRail.