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 iCentre, Balloch
Tourist information centre located in the old station building near Balloch train station.
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.
Scottish Submarine Centre
Scotland only submarine museum has a Stickleback sub on show & audio/visual displays.
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.
In Your Element TreeZone
A fun way to get a view of Loch Lomond - from the treetops & 65m zip line. Plus other activities available in the national park.
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
Modelled on Edinburgh's New Town, Helensburgh owes its creation to Sir James Colquhoun of Luss and is named after his wife Helen.
Helensburgh Heroes Centre
(CURRENTLY CLOSED - we will update on re-opening) The Heroes Centre celebrates over 100 local figures from John Logie Baird to actress Deborah Kerr and houses a 50's themed cafe. John Muir Way certificates, maps & guidebooks are available here.
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-east of Helensburgh travelling from Glasgow.
Balloch Railway Station
Alexandria Railway Station

Facilities

Helensburgh's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.
Helensburgh Swimming Pool
You can claim your completer certificate from the swimming pool, located beside the route terminus in Helensburgh. Open 7 days until 8.45pm weekdays/3.45pm at weekends.
Helensburgh Cycles
Bike shop & servicing 50 yards from the route start/finish. Route maps & guidebooks are available here.
Balloch's selection of restaurants, cafes and take-away food.

Accommodation

STONEYMOLLAN LUXURY PODS

01389 752 771

SHEILDAIG FARM

01389 752 459/07711 317966

Helensburgh's Hotel and B&B Accommodation
Cameron Lodges

Self-catering lodges for longer stays

Balloch's Hotel and B&B Accommodation