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.
Kilpatrick Hills diversion – flooding at Auchineden
A section of the John Muir Way walking route between Balloch and Strathblane is currently impassable due to flooding from a blocked water channel and broken bridge. This is at NS517792 in Auchineden Estate, between Edenmill farm shop and Carbeth/A809. We are working with the landowner to address this. In the meantime, this section of the John Muir Way is closed, and all users are diverted via the John Muir Way cycle route for the Balloch to Strathblane section. This leaves the main JMW to the east of Balloch and goes via Croftamie, Gartness and Dumgoyne (partly on the West Highland Way) to re-join the main JMW route at Carbeth. See map here.
Points of interest
01389 750759/07050 354793
01389 752 459/07711 317966
01389 759 631/ 07789 886616
A bit out of the way but tents are welcome.
t: 01360 661379
NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. Chalet and camping accommodation for organised groups only: pre-booking required.