Tour # 9.
Stirling - Dumbarton.
Approx. total hill climb: 150 meters.
Highest point: The hill 4 km. after Bucklyvie 100 meters above sea
Severity Rating: *
Fun rating: **
How to get to Stirling: Train from Aberdeen, Perth, Glasgow and
The scenery along this route is impressive, but that is all there
is to this cycle trip. A good spring tour or late autumn tour. The
road is dead flat, with some small climbs through Bucklyvie and before
Follow A 811 just under Stirling Castle towards Balloch. The road
is dead flat for the first 20 kilometres. It starts to climb a bit
before Bucklyvie (shops) and it continues to climb for the best part
of 10 kilometres. But the climb is very gentle and is normally taken
in heavy gears. The view across the valley towards Ben Lomond and
the Trossachs are fantastic. The road climbs slowly up to a small
hill (the highest point on this trip) before it drops down to the
crossroad between Balloch, Aberfoyle and Glasgow. Take the road down
past Drymen (shops) and over the hill to Balloch. The hill over to
Balloch is on this side very steep and brutal over half a kilometre.
Down in Balloch, take the first road to the left through Jamestown
and Bonhill, past the Ballantines distillery and down to Dumbarton.
Train back to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling four times an hour.