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.
Points of interest
Campsite in the grounds of Ardoch House
01360 771740 / 07488 261730
Bunkhouse with private rooms above Edenmill Farm Shop & Cafe
01389 750759/07050 354793
01389 759 631/ 07789 886616
4 self-contained units including a treehouse
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.
Boutique hotel with camping pitches