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 all over the park 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.
Kit to consider - perhaps not essential, but nice to have:
See 'wobbly video' of C7 Cycleway at Leny Pass
Cyclemap showing main routes,
At Trossachs Pier, Loch Katrine
Katrinewheelz Cycle Hire - 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.
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 its woodlands within the park boundary.
Trossachs Scotland - Cycle Routes
The map shows the three main cycle routes in the Trossachs:
Click the circled letters & numbers
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.
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