Tour # 7.
Balloch - Drymen- Aberfoyle - Loch Katrine - Callander - Lake of Menteith-
Bucklyvie- Drymen - Balloch
Approx. total hill climb: 500 meters.
Highest point: The Duke 250 meters above sea.
Traffic: Minimal to Moderate.
Severity Rating: ****
Fun rating: *****
How to get to Balloch: Train from Glasgow Queen Street two times
an hour. Situated on the southern shore of Loch Lomond, Balloch have
some excellent B & B's, hotels, campsite and a youth hostel. Balloch
is an excellent base camp for your stay in West of Scotland.
This is a very varied cycle trip with some serious climbs, interrupted
with some scenic light cycling along small country lanes. It is one
of my favourite cycle trips in Scotland.
The trip starts with a moderate one kilometre long climb from Balloch
(shops) over a hill to Drymen. The road down from the top of the hill
to Drymen offers some excellent views towards the mountains surrounding
At the crossroad, take the road to the left towards Drymen (shops).
A one kilometre constant climb through Drymen follows. After three
kilometres, you come to a crossroad between the road to Glasgow, Stirling
and Aberfoyle. Take the road to the left to Aberfoyle. The road down
and over the plains to Aberfoyle is quite bad. Be alert if you want
to avoid punctures and personal injuries. Aberfoyle (shops) the official
gate to the Trossachs. Follow the road signs very carefully when entering
Aberfoyle because the road goes very steep to the right from the main
street in Aberfoyle towards the Duke. The views along this vertical
two kilometres climb is breath taking.
On the top of the Duke, you also have a splendid view over the Trossachs
forest. Be very careful on the descent down from the Duke. Some of
the turns are quite dusty and sharp. At one kilometre at the end of
the descent, you are at the crossroad between Loch Katrine and Callander.
Take the moderate undulating road to the right towards Callander.
The town of Callander has every shop you need, including some cycle
repair shops. After a well deserved break, take the road (A 81) towards
The unnamed hill between Callander and Lake Menteith is on approx
200 meters above sea level. The climb is medium steep. The vertical
drop down from this mountain, will be a severe test of your brakes
and nerves. At the end of the descent, take the road to the right
towards Aberfoyle and Glasgow. After a kilometre, take the road towards
Port Of Menteith and Bucklyvie. This small road is moderate undulating.
After 10 kilometres, you are at the main road between Stirling and
Glasgow/Balloch. The road climbs slowly up to a small hill before
it drops down to the crossroad between Balloch, Aberfoyle and Glasgow.
You are now back at the crossroad where you cycled up to Aberfoyle.
Take the road down past Drymen and over the hill to Balloch. The hill
over to Balloch is on this side very steep and brutal over half a
Train back to Glasgow twice an hour.