With Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park so close to Knockderry, there are so many activities on our doorstep. The National Park boasts some fantastic cycle routes throughout the park. There are trails for every skill level, ranging from the tricky routes for the experienced mountain bikers to the more relaxed family day out trail.
Lock Eck Loop
The Loch Eck Loop trail is just under 22 miles long and, although it is graded to be a moderate trail, it becomes strenuous and demanding when going through remote terrain – be sure to wear appropriate equipment and clothing! Starting at the Forestry Commission Scotland Centre in Glenbranter, just over an hour’s drive from us here at Knockderry, head clockwise around the route, taking in the beauty of the surrounding landscape. You will get views of Loch Eck, the River Clyde and, when the weather is clear, you can see over to the Isle of Jura and Islay. Beware when crossing the A815 and the remote and narrow single track woodland paths.
West Loch Lomond Cycle Path
The West Loch Lomond Cycle Path is an easy, family friendly route, perfect for a peaceful day out touring Loch Lomond. This route begins at the Balloch VisitScotland Visitor Centre and heads north, finishing up in the little town of Tarbet. It is 17 miles long. The trail will take you through the lovely towns of Luss and Inverbeg, worth a stop to recuperate and stroll around the shops. Along the way you will also pass several beautiful loch-side beaches that are perfect picnic stops too.
If you’re looking for something more difficult but also a little shorter, then the Glen Loin is ideal for you. It is a clockwise circuit made for off-road mountain bikes and is around 11.3 miles starting and finishing at the Argyll and Bute carpark in Arrochar. Expect steep descents through an incredible mountain range filled with tall conifers, bridge passes and single track sections. If you’re looking for some hillwalking while on your travels, the ‘Arrochar Alps’ are an ideal place to stop if you’re passing through this area.
Each cycle route passes through towns in which many facilities can be found including shops and bike hire – for more information, the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park website carries detailed maps of these routes.
For more cycle routes to whet your appetite, read our second cycling blog.