What is the Crieff Cloverleaf?
The four routes loop out to the north, south, east and west of Crieff, bringing you a variety of beautiful Scottish landscapes and some amazing biking roads.
As far as possible, the routes avoid built-up areas, motorways and boring larger A roads. They’re designed especially with motorcycling in mind, following gloriously swoopy A roads, wiggly B roads and some cracking little minor roads and single-tracks.
Is the Crieff Cloverleaf some kind of guided tour or package?
No, it’s a set of touring routes on public roads – just like the North Coast 500. We provide a free online map of our routes, plus free downloads of GPX files or suggested waypoints for your SatNav.
We do hope to offer tours and/or a guide-for-hire service soon, for those riders that prefer to explore with a guide – but the route information will always be free.
How long does it take to ride the Crieff Cloverleaf?
Each of the four Crieff Cloverleaf routes involves around six hours of saddle time for the average rider, so we strongly suggest taking a full day for each one.
Each route is divided into four shorter legs, so you can easily include a morning and afternoon refreshment/comfort stop and a lunch break. We suggest you allow at least eight hours to complete each day’s ride, including breaks.
Bear in mind that six hours’ riding on a Crieff Cloverleaf route is very different from six hours’ riding on the M6! The routes are exhilarating but do require a high level of sustained concentration, due to all the fabulous bends and single-track sections. Don’t be surprised if you feel a bit knackered at the end of each day – it’s normal!
Do I need a particular kind of bike to ride the Crieff Cloverleaf?
No – we’ve had visitors enjoy the routes on everything from Harleys to Husqvarnas!
We simply recommend you come on a bike that’s comfortable for you to ride all day, and on which you feel confident to tackle steep or narrow roads with tight bends.
Does the Crieff Cloverleaf include dirt roads or off-road riding?
No, it’s all on “proper” public paved roads. However, on the minor roads and single-track sections you can expect to encounter stretches of poor road surface and the odd pothole, plus a bit of surface gravel, grit and farm mud.
A good set of touring tyres is recommended (they’ll be more suitable than pure sports tyres), but you don’t need off-road style knobblies.
What is the Little Leaf?
The Little Leaf is a series of four shorter routes, also centered on Crieff, and designed with bikers in mind. These routes each involve around three hours of saddle time, so they’re ideal if you prefer shorter days on the bike.
The Little Leaf routes AREN’T just cut-down versions of the main Crieff Cloverleaf routes. They use different roads wherever possible, and they include delicious biking treats like the Duke’s Pass that aren’t part of the main routes.
How can I find biker-friendly accommodation with good parking in Crieff?
You can use our completely free RoomLink enquiry service to tell us your requirements. We’ll then have one of our trusted accommodation partners send you an offer, which will be at the same price as if you’d contacted them directly. (This is part of our agreement with our hosts!)
We only work with properties that enjoy hosting bikers, that know how to look after you, and who can provide off-street private parking for your bikes.
Perks for our RoomLink users include a Crieff Cloverleaf welcome pack including complimentary goodies, and a 20% discount on all products in our Gear Shop.
What’s in it for us? We receive some commission from our hosts for RoomLink bookings, which helps us cover the running costs of the Crieff Cloverleaf – so with RoomLink, we’re helping you and you’re helping us too. Thanks!
Who created the Crieff Cloverleaf, and why?
The Crieff Cloverleaf was created by Kona Andrews Macphee, a Crieff-based maker-of-things, digital media geek and fanatical motorcyclist, supported by her long-suffering husband and fellow biker Patrick Andrews Macphee.
Kona’s aims for the Crieff Cloverleaf are:
- For bikers: To introduce some really fabulous motorcycling routes to riders visiting from all around the world – because a joy shared is a joy doubled!
- For locals: To support our very important tourism economies in Crieff, in Perthshire and in Scotland, and to assist with ongoing economic recovery after Covid-19.
- For us, the Coo Crew: To meet loads of visiting motorcyclists, and enjoy much biker chat!