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 route 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.
From Balloch the route follows relatively flat quiet roads, tarmac and stone surfaced paths for about 7.5 miles before it splits. The walking route heads south over the Kilpatrick Hills on often steep, loose stone surfaced path, farm and forest tracks. Be aware that the walking route commits you to roughly 8 miles of remote 'upland' path which is relatively steep and challenging in a few places. The alternative cycling option continues on quiet roads to Croftamie, from where it follows fairly flat and narrow paths leading to a steep section of stony farm track after Dumgoyne (cyclists should be prepared to push here) before reuniting with the walking route for a further short but steep, stony section (most cyclists will need to push briefly) and the descent towards Strathblane.
The main route over the Kilpatrick Hills is fairly hilly but is accessible on foot, mountain/gravel bike or horseback and potentially (with some effort) with an all-terrain wheelchair or buggy. Note that it is the most remote section so planning ahead is advisable. Most of the waymarked cycle alternative is less hilly but still has rough and steep sections and numerous gates, which are not without their challenges for horse riders and wheelchair users.
For detailed information about potential access restrictions along this section, see the Accessibility Storymap.
Felling in Merkins Forest Sept-Dec 2022
During felling operations, the route remains open but access to this part of the trail may be managed. Please follow instructions from personnel and take care in this area as logging lorries will be using the adjoining forest roads.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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