This section of the route follows a mixture of minor public roads, natural and built paths (the West Highland Way) and farm / forestry tracks.
On the cycle braid there is a relatively long section on minor road between Balloch and Croftamie. There are great views from the West Highland Way between Dumgoyne and Strathblane, though some sections are steep with a loose surface and it's very likely that cyclists will need to push in places. With planning this can be bypassed on public roads.
The walkers route has less distance on the road and also takes in the newly built path over the Kilpatrick Hills. Be aware that the new walkers route commits you to roughly 13km of 'upland' path which is relatively steep and challenging in a few places - walking poles are recommended on this section.
Public toilets are located at Balloch Pier, Balloch bus station, the railway station, in the Co-operative and in Balloch Country Park.
Key things to note about this route section.
Due to forestry operations the walkers route through the Kilpatrick Hills will be temporarily diverted from 30 January 2017. John Muir Way users walking between Balloch and Strathblane should divert along the cyclists braid. The route up to and round Burncrooks reservoir is not affected. A map of the diversion is available here. It is anticipated that the diversion will be in place until 10 April 2017.
Points of interest
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A bit out of the way but tents are welcome.
NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Chalet and camping accommodation for organised groups only: pre-booking required.