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Overview

Key things to note about this route section.

Distance:
18.5 miles, 29.6 km
Average time to complete:
6 hours' walking, 3 hours' cycling

Description

Make your way through Balloch Castle Country Park taking in the fantastic views from the shores of Loch Lomond. The walkers route then takes you over the Kilpatrick Hills giving an upland experience and real sense of wildness. This is the highest point of the whole route and the most remote, so be warned that the weather can often be challenging! The cycling braid takes you along a lower level and easier route, but this is also challenging in places and you may need to get off and push. Look out for the Glengoyne Distillery and Beech Tree Inn if you fancy some refreshments.

Terrain

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.

Getting There

By rail: there are regular trains from Glasgow to Balloch

By bus: First Greater Glasgow service 1B operates between Glasgow and Balloch, while Strathblane is covered by the X10 Glasgow-Stirling route.

By car: there is plentiful free parking at Lomond Shores Retail Park in Balloch and a small car park opposite Strathblane Parish Church.

Points of interest

Glengoyne Distillery

See how the whisky is made and sample it on site.

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Dumgoyne Hill

Iconic hill above the distillery, affording an excellent viewpoint of nearby mountains and lochs.

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Balloch Castle Country Park

Discover scenic walks, a fairy trail, the castle and fantastic views over Loch Lomond.

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The Whangie

Iconic hill walk up to Auchineden summit in the Campsie Fells, giving great hill and moorland vistas.

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