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Loch Ard Loop

Grading: easy

Located in a beautiful forest near Aberfoyle, this is an ideal circuit for families wanting to experience off-road cycling in a safe environment. After a short hill at the start, the route passes a lochan, followed by a short descent to Loch Ard and picturesque views across The Narrows. The area is rich in animals, birds, insects and plant life.

At a glance

  • Description: clockwise
  • Distance: 5.6 km / 3.5 miles
  • Ascent: 60m
  • Type: suitable for mountain bikes or hybrids
  • Signage: Forestry Commission Scotland waymarkers – Red Route

Forest path next to Loch Ard

Route description

Start in the Forestry Commission Scotland Milton car park, signposted ‘Loch Ard Forest’ from the B829, 2.4km west of Aberfoyle. From the car park entrance, go straight on (signposted Kinlochard) before a short uphill leads to 2.4km section past Lochan a’ Ghleannain.

Take the right turn after the lochan, head downhill, take the next left to the Loch Ard shoreline and sculptures. From here, turn right and follow the loch side track for 2.4km to Lochend Cottage, turn right and head back to the car park.


Autumn's a great season to visit!

Points of interest


Aberfoyle for cafes, restaurants, pubs, accommodation, shops, toilets, cycle hire and racks.

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Details are current as of November 2019. 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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