West Loch Lomond Cycle Path

West Loch Lomond Cycle Path

West Loch Lomond Cycle Path

The West Loch Lomond Cycle Path is one of the long distance routes which intersects the John Muir Way, and it starts near the train station in Balloch. Then the route follows the west shores of Loch Lomond onto Tarbet. Most of the path is traffic-free and suitable for cycling and walking as well as horse riding. On the way you pass beautiful villages such as Luss with its pretty streets. At Firkin Point you will cycle through ancient oak woods where you can spot some wildlife if you are lucky. As this route starts in Balloch, the National Park’s main gateway, it's very easy to get to the start of the route from Glasgow, Edinburgh or Stirling. The total length of the path is 17 miles (27.2 km)

Points of interest

VisitScotland Information Centre
Scotland's national tourism operator centre.
The Waverley Paddle Steamer
The Waverley is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world. Magnificently restored with towering funnels, timber decks, gleaming varnish and brass.
The Hill House
Managed by the National Trust for Scotland, the finest of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's domestic creations, The Hill House sits high above the Clyde, commanding fine views over the river estuary.
Sweeney's Cruises
Luxury cruise options for exploring Loch Lomond.
ROUTE TERMINUS
The route starts or finishes by the engraved circular stone plinth and seat at the entrance to Helensburgh Pier at the start of the West esplanade.
Maid of the Loch
Loch Lomond's own steam ship experience.
Loch Lomond Shores Retail and Leisure Centre
Retail and leisure centre by Loch Lomond.
Loch Lomond Sea Life Centre
Dive in and let us take you on a fascinating journey from the coastline to the depths of the ocean. Discover a magical underwater world filled with a dazzling array of amazing creatures.
Helensburgh Upper Railway Station
Visit this station if only for the wildflower displays. Planted by local volunteers, the flower collections are designed to attract the maximum number of wildlife species, making a good contribution to creating biodiversity in the area. Helensburgh Upper is part of the West Highland Line.
Helensburgh Town Centre
Helensburgh owes its creation to Sir James Colquhoun of Luss; in 1776 he built spa baths on the site of Ardencaple Castle, and as the town took shape, modelled on the Georgian sensibilities of Edinburgh's New Town, he named it after his wife Helen.
Helensburgh Golf Club
With stunning panoramic views across the Clyde Estuary towards Arran and over Loch Lomond to the Trossachs, our exciting moorland course is a 'Must Play' experience.
Helensburgh Central Railway Station
Duchess Wood Local Nature Reserve
Often known as Bluebell wood, Duchess Wood is a rich and diverse woodland with a variety of different plant and animal species.
Craigendoran Railway Station, Helensburgh
Station south of Helensburgh travelling from Glasgow.
Cameron House Hotel
Luxury hotel, leisure complex with golf course and restaurants for visitors.
Balloch Railway Station
Alexandria Railway Station

Facilities

John Muir Way Baggage Transfer Services
Let someone else share your load and transport your luggage. Tel: 01324 879172
Helensburgh's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
Helensburgh Cycles
Gemini Walks Tour Operators
Provide guiding services along several long distance routes.
Can You Experience Bike Hire
Can You Experience have a large fleet of Scott mountain bikes, together with children's tag-a-longs (for children aged 4-7) and trailers (for children aged 1-4) for hire. Bikes can be hired from 3 hours to a full day or longer.
Balloch's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.

Accommodation

Helensburgh's Hotel and B&B Accommodation
Balloch's Hotel and B&B Accommodation