Tour # 6.
Dunoon - Strachur (Loch Fyne) - Rest And Be Thankful - Arrochar -
Loch Lomond - Dumbarton
Approx. total hill climb: 325 meters.
Highest point: Rest and be Thankful: 282 meters above sea.
Severity Rating: **
Fun rating: **
How to get to Dunoon: Train from Glasgow Central Station to
Gourock. Ferry from Gourock to Dunoon.
This cycling trip is not particular interesting, but I have done
it and I therefore have to include it. It is a nice early spring tour
with a serious mountain thrown in for good measure.
The first thirty km. runs along Holy Loch and through a narrow valley.
The road is flat as a pancake. After you have left this lake, a very
small hill brings you over to Strachur at Loch Fyne.
Strachur is the last shop before the steep climbs up to Rest And Be
Thankful. Fill up with soft drinks and food. Approx. ten kilometers
after the flat (and scenic) road along Loch Fyne, you start the climb
up to Rest And Be Thankful. The climb is moderate steep along Loch
Fyne until you meet the road from Inveraray (A83). The first hill
from that crossroad is steep. But it flattens out before the road
sharply takes off up a valley to the right. This steep climb is about
1 kilometres long. Then the road goes along a small lake for some
hundred meters until you are on the top of Rest And Be Thankful.
The view is worth all the sweat and pain. The descent down to Loch
Long is approx. 4 km long. The upper part is very bumpy due to frequent
stone-falls hitting the road. Take care !! The road goes in Loch Long
to Arrochar (shops, WC). An alternative 10 km. longer route is to
take the road along Loch Long to Helensburgh and Dumbarton. The downside
is that it contains three hills, including one major hill just before
Helensburgh (train to Dumbarton/Glasgow/Edinburgh/the rest of the
world). But the road has very moderate traffic and it is very scenic.
The route takes us 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 from 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.