Take in the stunning Loch Lomond on two wheels with these routes
Get ready for some of the best mountain bike routes Scotland has to offer. Below you’ll find 10 hand picked routes for the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park.
1. Aberfoyle to Callander – (moderate to difficult)
It may only be 13 miles long but expect a challenging uphill climb to start with, followed by an exhilarating descent. Take your time to sample the views as you cycle along Loch Venachar’s shore. Find out more about the local area at Trossachs.co.uk.
The route can be downloaded from: http://www.trossachs.co.uk/PDF/NCR-7-aberfoyle.pdf
2. Tour of the Trossachs – (moderately difficult)
With several points of interest along the way, there’s plenty to see on this 31 mile route. Sample the views across Loch Katrine, Loch Ard, Loch Arklet and Loch Con; stop off at Go Ape in Queen Elizabeth Forest for some tree-top fun, or enjoy a relaxing bite to eat in one of the dedicated picnic areas.
3. Aberfoyle Mountain Bike Trail – (moderately difficult)
For the more experienced mountain bike riders, this cycle route offers a great mixture of technical and easy cycling with challenging sections along the way. Explore these scenic Trossachs trails either on your own or in a group.
4. Cat Craig Loop – (easy to moderate)
Taking its name from the Scottish wildcat that was famed for roaming the forests, the Cat Craig Loop winds along five miles of forest path before opening up to reveal stunning views over Loch Long. On a clear day, you’ll even see Ben Lomond. The return rewards you with spectacular views over Glen Croe and the Cobbler.
The route can be downloaded from: http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/argyll-forest-park/ardgartan
5. Loch Lomond Circular – (for experienced cyclists)
Challenge yourself to a more strenuous cycle route with this 54 mile circular loop from Craigendoran. With awe-inspiring views of Glen Douglas and Glen Fruin along the way, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Allow yourself around five hours to complete this route, and take water and snacks to break up the journey.
6. Glasgow to Loch Lomond – (moderately difficult)
For those visiting Glasgow, why not cycle the 21 mile route to Loch Lomond and spend the day surrounded by nature? Part of the Glasgow to Inverness route, this cycleway runs parallel to the River Clyde and travels along the former Lanarkshire Dunbartonshire railway line. You’ll cycle close to the railway line for the majority of this route so if it becomes too strenuous, you can always hop on the train for part of the journey.
7. West Loch Lomond Cycle Path – (for all abilities)
Beginners or those cycling with children will find the West Loch Lomond Cycle Path ideal. Completely flat and almost all traffic-free, it’s a great starter route to explore Loch Lomond and its surrounding areas. You’ll also find a selection of restaurants and bars in Balloch at the start of the trail, and in Tarbet at the end – convenient if you want a relaxing bite to eat after all that cycling.
8. Glen Finglas Loop – (for experienced cyclists)
If you’re up for a challenge, try the Glen Finglas Loop. With rough terrain, steep climbs and exhilarating descents, it’s not one for the faint hearted. You’ll be well rewarded for your efforts with stunning views of the Loch. You can also add a further testing two miles to this route if you’re looking for something really strenuous.
9. Ben Lomond Loop – (for experienced cyclists)
For the really adventurous, why not try this strenuous 55 mile loop around Ben Lomond? Boasting a real out-in-the-wild feel, you’ll be right at the heart of the action on narrow country roads and dirt tracks. There’s even the chance to cycle through the shore of Loch Lomond. With plenty of opportunity for refreshment along the way, you can easily make a full day of it.
10. Loch Katrine – (for all abilities)
Forgotten your bike? That’s easily fixed with cycle hire for the whole family at Loch Katrine. Whether you need a bike for a couple of hours or a full day, it’s the ideal base from which to explore Loch Lomond and its surrounding areas. A straightforward route is to start at the Trossachs Pier complex and follow the track anti-clockwise around the loch along the east and north shoreline until it reaches the pier at Stronachlachar. The area is a hot spot for seeing exciting wildlife including deer, eagles and even the rare wildcat.
There you have it. If you’re looking to explore new and exciting trails on two wheels then get on your bike and explore the best that Loch Lomond & The Trossachs has to offer.