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West Loch Lomond cycle path

Grading: easy.

A level, linear route linking National Park gateway Balloch and the pretty village of Luss, with spectacular views of Loch Lomond and its famous islands, Conic Hill and the most southerly Munro Ben Lomond. Plenty of opportunities for food and drink at both ends.

At a glance

  • Grading: Easy
  • Distance: 28 km / 17 miles
  • Ascent: 150m
  • Type: suitable for all types of bike
  • Signage: waymarked route

Route description

A level, linear route taking in the pretty village of Luss with spectacular views of Loch Lomond and its famous islands, Conic Hill and the most southerly Munro Ben Lomond (974m). There are many spots to picnic along this route including picturesque loch-side beaches.

The route starts at the Visit Scotland Visitor Centre in Balloch [insert link]. Go through the car park and take the path on the right (A). At the end of the path turn left (B) – this takes you to Loch Lomond Shores (shopping and attractions), past a Bird of Prey Centre and onto the Old Luss Road. Turn right (C) and follow the minor road to Duck Bay, after which the path then runs alongside the A82.

At Arden roundabout there is an option to stay beside the main road or an alternative route via the Carrick Golf Club to rejoin the main route at the impressive Colquhoun family gates. Follow way markers and signs for Luss. The approach to Luss follows a minor road shared with traffic – take care on this section until you reach the village. In Luss, follow signs for Lodge on the Loch, after which the route is off highway with lengthy traffic-free stretches along the shoreline.

The final short section is on the pavement beside the A82 to finish in Tarbet.

Points of interest

  • Scenic loch cruises and Waterbus services
  • on Loch Lomond
  • Loch Lomond Shores for shopping
  • Loch Lomond Sea Life Aquarium
  • Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre
  • Balloch Castle Country Park – walled garden, nature trails and views of Loch Lomond
  • Luss, Inverbeg and Tarbet
  • Numerous loch-side beaches
  • TreeZone – aerial adventure course

Facilities

There are cafes, restaurants, pubs, shops, toilets, cycle hire, and accommodation in Balloch, Luss, Inverbeg and Tarbet. There are cycle racks at Luss, Firkin Point and Tarbet.

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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.

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