Trossachs Cycling Routes - Paths in Aberfoyle, Callander, Strathyre, etc

Cycle Routes and Paths to Cycle in The Trossachs
Cycling Routes and Route Maps  

Loch Lomond and Trossachs Cycling and mountain biking in Scotland

Mountain Biking and cycling in The Trossachs National Park


See Maps and Details of some great Cycling Routes

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Wherever you go in Scotland , mountain biking and cycling on forest trails, paths or cycle routes is a great way of seeing the best of the scenery. In The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park you can find excellent routes on purpose built cycleways and forest trails. If you're fit enough you can even bike to the top of some serious mountains. Cycling in the Trossachs will suit all tastes and all levels of fitness.

Bikes can be hired on an hourly or daily basis from several cycling centres, two of which are in Callander, and one at Loch Katrine in the heart of the Trossachs.

Although the bike hire centres / shops will be able to help out if you have 'broken' your bike it's worth remembering that many of the cycle routes reach places which are fairly inaccessible by car and often miles from the nearest road.
For this reason you should make sure you have at least a basic repair kit with you in order to avoid a long walk to the nearest road for help.


Trossachs Bike Tours Guided Bike Tours - for family, fitness or just for fun! No bike - no problem, we can do.
At Trossachs Bike Tours our aim is simple: to provide a truly memorable mountain bike experience here in the spectacular, scenic heart of Scotland. Whether you're looking for a gentle pedal with the family around any one of the stunning lochs close to the picturesque villages of Callander and Aberfoyle, or need the adrenalin fix of an epic all mountain ride, our qualified guides will deliver the perfect package for you.
At Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine
Katrinewheelz Cycle Hire
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Hire a bike and off you go - or take your bike on 'Sir Walter Scott' or 'Lady of the Lake' for the morning sail to Stronachlachar, then cycle back.

 Square Wheels
Ancaster Square Lane, Callander
Group Booking discounts

Wheels Cycling Centre
Backpacker's Hostel
Invertrossachs Road, Callander

Kit to consider - perhaps not essential, but nice to have:

  • Spare inner tube - and maybe a cover patch!
  • Puncture repair kit with patches & glue (Solidified?)
  • Multi toolkit
  • High pressure pump.
  • Small plastic bottle of general lube.

 

  • Selection of cable ties - useful for repairs.
  • Your bicycle flask.
  • One or two snacks.
  • A windbreaker and a warm jacket
  • A mobile phone.

The National Park has options for all kinds of cycling; from short hour-long rides to full scale long distance touring; on-road, off-road or on dedicated cycle tracks by Loch, through forests and on mountain tracks.

Waymarked Cycle Routes

Forest Enterprise has way-marked cycle routes in many of it’s woodlands within the park boundary.

  • Loch Ard Forest  Cycling Queen Elizabeth Forest Park (details here in a new window - close to return here)
  • Achray Forest  Queen Elizabeth Forest Park (details here in a new window - close to return here)
  • The Lowland Highland Trail, part of National Cycle Network Route 7, passes through the park. It runs between Killin in the northeast and Drymen in the south, via Glen Ogle, Lochearnhead, Strathyre, Callander, Aberfoyle and Gartmore. The route uses forest tracks, traffic-free trails and minor roads and is regarded as one of the highlights of the National Cycle Network. (details here in a new window - close to return here)

Trossachs Scotland - Cycle Routes

The map shows the three main cycle routes in the Trossachs:

  • The C7 Cycleway - Milngavie to Killin
  • Loch Katrine route - bike and steamer
  • The Glenfinglas route - arduous route
  • Other routes are shown as pink dotted lines. Some are easy and level.others are steep, rough surface and difficult.

Click the circled letters & numbers
for information
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A word of caution

Remember that some routes - noteably the Glenfinglas route - reach considerable altitudes and weather can change unexpectedly. Also remember that some routes will take you some considerable distance from the nearest road.

Be prepared - have suitable waterproofs and spare 'layers'. Take some food, perhaps a flask of soup and have a basic repair and first aid kit with you.

A mobile phone can be useful although a signal may be unavailable in some areas.

Download PDF files for walks

A map showing cycle routes in the Trossachs

Here are more detailed descriptions of some of the Trossachs rides shown above:

  • Callander, Loch Venachar, Loch Achray:
    (Medium easy and undulating - suitable for family and children)
  • Callander to Strathyre by the old railway track:  
    (Easy and level - SUSTRANS7 beside Loch Lubnaig)
  • Ben Ledi forest roads -
    Timber roads leading well up Ben Ledi with great views. Mostly loose surfaces.
  • Loch Katrine.
    Option of Loch Lomond: (Tarmac private road - hilly for first 5 miles. Good safe family cycle route - very little traffic.)
  • Glen Finglas - Very energetic and testing sections.
    About 15 miles round trip from Brig o Turk - Challenging! (Landrover track - mountain bikes only) Some loose surfaces.
  • The Queen Elizabeth Forest Park -
    Duke's Pass forest trail to Loch Drunkie. Mostly loose surfaces. Occasional vehicle hazard when open to cars.
  • Aberfoyle and Lochard Forest -
    A great choice of tracks in the forests by lochans, lochs and hills. Mostly for all abilities. Some loose surfaces. Few vehicles.
  • Callander to Comrie via Glenartney -
    Difficult 30 mile by return route. Tarmac, Gravel and ruts. Not suitable for young families!
  • The Cycleway to Killin -
    21 miles of outstanding views - and most of it flat!
  • Ben Lomond -
    Not your everyday 'easy' ride, some 'portage' on the way up and some 'croppers' on the way down, but great on a fine day if you're up to it. Start at Rowardennan on Loch Lomond. (Sorry I haven't got round to writing it up yet!)

Some downloadable Guides from the National Park Authority

  Activity Title Click!
  Walk or Bike The Great Trossachs Forest Art & Literature Trail
  Walk or Bike Killin Village Path
  Walk or Bike Paths Aberfoyle
  Walk or Bike Park Paths Aberfoyle
  Walk or Bike Queen Elizabeth Forest Park (Forestry Commission)
  Bike Cycling in the National Park (outer pages)
  Bike Cycling in the National Park (inner pages)
  Bike West Loch Lomond Cyle Path

 

 

 


Cycle hire from Wheels Cycling Centre just outside town or Square Wheels in Callander

Trossachs cycle routes


 

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The Trossachs - the place to be! Callander - the place to be in The Trossachs.
Callander in the Trossachs - the place to be in the Loch Lomond National Park

Visit Callander and The Trossachs
Climb Ben Ledi, Ben A'an and Callander Crags
then walk to Bracklinn Falls and the New Bridge