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The Banks of Loch Eck

Grading: easy

Starting and finishing at Glenbranter in the Cowal Peninsula, this beautiful family-orientated cycle ride passes along the tranquil beaches and forests of western Loch Eck.

At a glance

  • Description: north to south
  • Distance: 14 km / 9 miles
  • Ascent: 185m
  • Type: mountain bikes or sturdy hybrids
  • Signage: directional Forestry Commission Scotland waymarking

Looking south to Loch Eck from Glenbranter

Route description

From Glenbranter (OS Grid Ref. NS 111 977), follow the track south to Glenshellish Farm, head left towards the River Cur. The forest track heads along the western shore of Lock Eck for 11km to Benmore Botanical Gardens passing through peaceful forest and many tranquil beaches. Just before entering the gardens (cattle grid), turn left, head downhill to the bridge and cross into the car park /cafe.

Points of interest

  • Puck’s Glen
  • Benmore Botanic Gardens
  • Kilmun Arboretum
  • Kilmun Mausoleum
  • Glenbranter Forest


Cafes, Inns, accommodation, toilets and information

Download route card

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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