Glen Loin & Loch Lomond Gravel Loop

The route essentials you need to know

Level: Intermediate

Total Distance: 27.3 km, including a 6.1 km ferry journey

Total Ascent: 450 m

Terrain: A mixture of forest tracks, landrover tracks, paths, service roads and short sections on busy roads

Route Category: Challenging

Riding Time: 2 - 3 hrs riding time plus ferry (alternatively return on A82)

Start/Finish: Arrochar and Tarbet Railway Station

OS Grid Ref: NN 31146 04495

Nearest Parking: At the station, also in Tarbet and Arrochar 

Key Facilities on Route: Arrochar (shop, accommodation, food), Inveruglas (ferry), Tarbet (tea room, accomodation)

OS Landranger Map: 56

Glen Loin & Loch Lomond Gravel Loop

Route Description

The route starts at Arrochar and Tarbet railway station. After a short section on the main road it follows the Three Lochs Way on a landrover track towards Arrochar, providing superb views towards Ben Arthur (The Cobbler) and Loch Long on a clear day. Above Arrochar the route crosses through a very narrow tunnel underneath the railway line and descends on a short steep singletrack into the village. After the church the route follows the shore road, passing various places to eat and a shop, and then joins a path through the main park. After a wooden bridge over the river the route crosses the main road, and then follows a small tarmac track into Succoth, before continuing on a short section of road and a landrover track, which leads to another car park at the edge of the forest.

From here the route follows the Glen Loin Loop on a smooth and wide forest track. The track climbs gradually first, with occasional steeper sections in the forest. On a clearing the route offers great views to the mountains and fords a river, where care is needed, and then descends towards a waterfall.

From here the track follows the river and meets a singletrack service road after a bridge. A detour on the road up towards the Loch Sloy dam adds more climbing, but is worth the extra effort. The service road is followed towards the shores of Loch Lomond. Just before the loch the route crosses underneath the railway line and follows a footpath parallel to the main road into Inveruglas. A small set of steps along the path will require getting off the bike, but avoids cycling on a busy main road.

At Inveruglas, ‘An Ceann Mòr’ is the final installation of the first phase of the Scottish Scenic Routes pilot project, a viewing platform with 31 steps offering great views of Loch Lomond. From the jetty a ferry avoids cycling on the busy main road back to Tarbet, but this service only runs twice daily in peak season. The alternative is to cycle back on the main road A82 to Tarbet, following the Loch Lomond shores. From the jetty in Tarbet the finish is just a short ride away.

Following a section of the Glen Loin Loop, this is a great gravel adventure with stunning views towards the Arrochar Alps and Loch Lomond, with an optional detour to the impressive Loch Sloy Dam. Markus Stitz

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