Make your way through Balloch Castle Country Park taking in the fantastic views from the shores of Loch Lomond.
The walking 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.
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.
Walking route closure
Felling operations will close the walking route at Merkins forest for 11 weeks from 13th Sept 2021.
Path users are advised to use the alternative waymarked cycle route through Croftamie, Gartness and Dumgoyne.More Information
By rail: there are regular trains from Glasgow to Balloch
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
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