Skip to navigation
Menu
Search

Old Military Road (Inversnaid to Trossachs Pier)

Grading: moderate.

This route takes in the three spectacular lochs of Lomond, Arklet and Katrine with views of Ben Lomond, Ben Venue and the Cobbler. Try combining with a Waterbus journey from Tarbet on Loch Lomond or Trossachs Pier on Loch Katrine.

Old Military Road

Inversnaid to Trossachs Pier

At a glance

  • Grading: Moderate
  • Description: Heading east
  • Distance: 8 km /5 miles
  • Ascent: 250m
  • Type: Hybrids and mountain bikes
  • Signage: Waymarking for the Great Trossachs Forest Path

Route description

This route takes in the three spectacular lochs of Lomond, Arklet and Katrine with views of Ben Lomond, Ben Venue and the Cobbler.

This route has the option of combining cycling with Waterbus journeys for added variety to your day out. The route can be done as a one way / return journey or combined with Waterbus services on Loch Katrine (and bookable transport thereafter) to continue your journey into the National Park.

From Tarbet, use the Waterbus service to cross the iconic Loch Lomond to Inversnaid. A short (but sharp…) 2km climb from Inversnaid leads to the Old Garrison and RSPB Nature Reserve. From the car park turn right through the gates and follow the Old Military Road alongside Loch Arklet for 6.2km to Stronachlachar pier (cafe and waterbus connection).

If you are feeling energetic, continue riding from Stronachlachar on the largely traffic-free shoreline road for 21km around Loch Katrine to the pier. The route has a couple of long uphill hauls, enjoyable sections of freewheeling, and a cornucopia of scenic picnic spots.

Points of interest

  • Waterbus on Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine
  • RSPB Nature Reserve at Inversnaid
  • Remains of Garrison of Inversnaid
  • Sir Walter Scott Steamship cruises
  • Views of Loch Lomond, Loch Arklet, Loch Katrine, Ben Lomond, Ben Venue and the Cobbler along the way.
  • The Great Trossachs Forest Path – Long Distance Route

Facilities

Tarbet, Inversnaid, Stronachlachar and Trossachs Pier all have places to eat and drink. Toilets and bicycle racks at each location.

Download route

Details are current as of October 2015. Whilst the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority and its project partners have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the route card information, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority and its project partners cannot be held responsible in any way for any changes that may take place to the routes, nor for any errors in the route cards, nor for any accidents, injuries or damage sustained whilst following the routes. Cycling is a risk sport and all persons using the cycle routes do so at their own risk, acknowledging and accepting the risk of accident, injury or damage.

Back to top