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 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.
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.
18.5 miles, 29.6 km
Average time to complete:
6 hours' walking, 3 hours' cycling
Points of interest
Iconic hill walk up to Auchineden summit in the Campsie Fells, giving great hill and moorland vistas.