Cycling in Loch Lomond
There are some good options for cycling in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs,with paths along loch sides as well as the National No.7 cycle route that runs through the park from Balloch to Killin. In this guide we also cover mountain biking and list bike rental shops.
No 7 National Cycle Route
This covers the cycling route between Glasgow and Inverness and passes through both of Scotland's National Parks.
We're interested of course in the section that covers Loch Lomond & The Trossachs. It's Balloch at Loch Lomond shores where you get your first glimpse of the loch. Then it's onto to the villages of Croftamie and Drymen, at the latter there are lots of places to eat and drink. The route then takes you through Gartmore and onto Aberfoyle.
Heading north trough some Forestry Commission paths it's on to Callander, passing by Loch Drunkie and Loch Venachar. From Callander, you cycle on on what was the old railway line, passing Loch Lubnaig and then crossing the Glen Ogle Viaduct towards Loch Earn, arriving eventually in Killin, close to the boundary of the National Park.
West Lomond Cycle Path
Linking Balloch in the south with Tarbet in the north the West Lomond Cycle path is often the meat in the sandwich of the A82 and the western shores of Loch Lomond. You do though get some good views of the loch and the route is mainly flat. At Tarbet where the path ends you can either turn around and head back or take your bike on a water bus or train.
There are excellent cycling conditions alongside Loch Katrine, thanks to a restricted traffic tarmac road the runs between Trossachs Pier and Stronachlachar. Combing a one way cycle trip on the SS Sir Walter Scott Steamship is very popular. Bike hire is available at Trossachs Pier and there is a cafe at Stronachlachar.
There is a recently introduced Mountain Bike Park in Aberfoyle. There are also many good mountain bike routes around the National Park.