The National Cycle Network, Route 7 passes through the South and East of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. From the South the track passes through Balloch, Drymen, Gartmore, Aberfoyle, Callander, Strathyre, Balquhidder and in the North, Killin.
Much of this cycle way is on traffic free paths and those that are not traffic free are small quiet back roads where cyclists are safe from the dangers that are on our main roads.
The beauty of this particular part of the cycle-way is simply stunning. There are also many other loops of great interest that a cyclists may choose to take whilst in this area such as cycling round Loch Katrine or into the rugged wilds of Glen Finglas (see
In the East of the
park there are literally thousands of kilometres
of forest tracks suitable for the ardent cyclist or mountain biker. Probably the
best starting point is the Aberfoyle village car park (see our forest walks page
for other car parks). One of the best attractions about cycling in the Aberfoyle
area is that all the main routes are circular in nature, whether you are wanting
a strenuous 36 mile round of Loch Katrine via the gruelling Dukes Pass, or just a
short 12 mile jaunt around Loch Ard coming back via Duchray forest.
Other Good starting points are at:- 1) Lemahamish Car Park (forest car park- no charges) between
Gartmore and Aberfoyle. From Aberfoyle or Port of Menteith, take the
first turning signed for Gartmore. Cross the bridge and proceed up
the hill. After the first steep hill turn right onto a forest track
immediately after a house.
2) Loch Katrine East Car Park. There is a restaurant and bike hire
here and unfortunately a small charge for parking. From Aberfoyle or
From Brig o' Turk follow signs for Loch Katrine.
3) Callander Car Park, again there are charges. Or a little out of Callander the Ben Ledi forest car park (no charges). From Callander, take the North Road signed for Crianlarich. Go through Kilmahog and after a very twisty section for about 2 miles take the turning signed for Forest Cabins, and after the bridge turn right into the car parking area.
4) Strathyre or Balquhidder offer alternatives to park and ride (cycle) both without any charges.