Cycle Path in Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park in Scotland

With a distance of around sixteen miles (27.5 km), cyclists and walkers can choose to do the complete journey from Balloch to Tarbet and they then have the option of returning by train from the railway station at either end. Some families prefer to spend only an hour or two cycling part of the way before returning.<br />
Whichever option cyclists and walkers choose, this is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to explore this area of natural beauty. Most of the way, the cycle path is traffic-free apart from three short stretches where cyclists must use minor roads. In addition to cyclists and walkers, some parts of the route can also be used by wheelchair users and horse riders.<br />
The Cycle Path From Balloch to Luss<br />
The route from Balloch to Luss is around eight and a half miles (14 km). Balloch is a small town which is the southern entrance to the National Park and is usually regarded as the gateway to Loch Lomond. It is a good starting point, with shops, restaurants, bike and canoe hire, and boat trips on the loch. There is also Balloch Castle Country Park and the nearby Loch Lomond Shores shopping complex with plenty of visitor facilities.<br />
On the cycle path from Balloch, travellers will pass along the side of Loch Lomond and Duck Bay Marina, aptly named for the number of ducks in the loch. This stretch eventually takes cyclists to the pretty conservation village of Luss. The 19th century laird built the present row of fairytale-like cottages for his workers. With a sandy beach, pleasant walks around the village and a Visitors Centre, this is an ideal place to rest and stock up on food and drink.<br />
From Luss to Firkin<br />
The next stretch of the cycle path is around eight miles long (13.5 km). From Luss, the route continues along a straight path by the edge of Loch Lomond, passing by Inverbeg, where there is a hotel across from the loch. It is then a pleasant short stretch to Firkin Point.<br />
This is a dramatic part of the loch, with a backdrop of majestic mountains. The now modern cycle path was once an old drover’s road, where cattle would be led to market. Nowadays, the only sign of this is the old tollhouse where the drovers and travellers had to pay a fee, or toll, to use the road.<br />
In addition to the glorious scenery, there are ancient oak woods at this part, and cyclists and walkers should look out for the variety of birds such as woodpeckers and redstarts. As this is Scotland, there may also be the notorious midges at certain times of the year. At Firkin Point, there are picnic areas, woodland walks and toilet facilities.<br />
Cycling From Firkin to Tarbet<br />
The final stretch of the cycle path is around six miles long (9 km). As there is a railway station at Tarbet, travellers could easily do part of the route from this direction. Once again, the path hugs the side of Loch Lomond as it heads towards the end of this particular journey.<br />
Tarbet is a well known beauty spot near Loch Long. There is a visitor information centre, toilet facilities and picnic areas. This is an ideal place from which to take a trip down Loch Lomond on the small cruise ship.<br />
Whether cyclists decide to spend a few hours or a whole day making the journey from Balloch to Tarbet, it is an excellent way to keep fit and save money, while helping the environment. It is also the best way to appreciate the hills, mountains and wildlife around the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.<br />
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