Tour # 13.
Dumbarton- Helensburgh - Arrochar - Tarbet - Luss - Dumbarton.
Approx. total hill climb: 150 meters.
Highest point: The hill 2 km. after Garelochhead 75 meters above sea
Severity Rating: **
Fun rating: *****
How to get to Dumbarton: Train from Glasgow and Edinburgh four
times an hour.
A very enjoyable cycle trip along the Clyde, Loch Long and Loch
Lomond. An ideal first cycle trip of the year. The cycling is never
hard and the speed is high with the minimum of effort. The scenery
is also very good along the whole route. This cycle trip is a classic
The road starts with a small climb out of Dumbarton. The road goes
over a very small hill and rejoins the Clyde coast after three kilometres.
Then the road climbs again over a small hill after Cardross (shops)
before it falls again down to the small town of Helensburgh (shops).
The road follows the seafront of Helensburgh, Rhu and the Faslane
naval base until the road sharply climbs up to the hill above Garelochhead.
The view in all directions is breath taking. The road follow the hill
above Loch Long before it sharply falls down to Loch Long. The brakes
get some severe pounding during this descent. Beware !! The road along
Loch Long is moderate undulating and very funny. The view across Loch
Long towards the mountains is very good. Beware of anglers, rabbits,
foxes, eagles, red deer and sheep. At the end of Loch Long, Arrochar
(shops) is situated. The view towards the Cobbler (a mountain) is
The road goes over a small hill to Tarbet at Loch Lomond. The road
down to Dumbarton is relative flat with only a small hill right after
Tarbet. There is a cycle path from Tarbet to Luss, but it is off a
very poor standard. If you can live with the traffic, I recommend
the road to Luss (shops). This small village is one of the most scenic
villages in Scotland. The view from the pier towards Ben Lomond is
one of the most famous views in Scotland. You find postcards with
this view everywhere in Scotland. From Luss (15 km. from Tarbet),
please follow the well maintained cycle road. The road from Luss to
Dumbarton through Balloch and Alexandria is flat and reasonable interesting.
Train from Dumbarton back to Glasgow four times an hour.