Bike: Leafy Loch Katrine

[For the last mile of the route, only a railing separates tarmac from water]

The nearly car-free road following the northern shore of Loch Katrine is a beautiful ride, and the perfect partner to an outward journey by boat. With gorgeous scenery especially for the first and last few miles, you could rush this in little more than an hour, or actually enjoy it over a few. As you pass the northwestern tip of the loch, the old road across Glengyle is visible as an avenue of trees, the actual track now submerged by water. Later on, the burial ground for the MacGregors (made famous by Rob Roy) juts out into the loch on the right. A few surprisingly brutal little hills follow: although this is essentially a lochside route, it doesn't religiously follow the shore. An off-road alternative misses out one of the climbs about two-thirds of the way along.

[Plenty of views towards higher hills from the middle section of road]

Name: Leafy Loch Katrine ★★★☆
Length: 21 km / 13 miles
Ascent: 180 metres
Location / start: Stronachlachar Pier, B829 12 miles west of Aberfoyle, G.R.: NN 404102 / videos speech shipsN.B. this is not a circular route.
Finish: Trossachs Pier, A821 3 miles west of Brig o' Turk, G.R. NN 495073 / diner riverbank commutes
Transport to start: Park your car at the finish and take the ferry across Loch Katrine to the start (book your tickets in advance to ensure your bike gets a space).

Route: Start - Glengyle - MacGregor burial ground - Strone - Edra - finish
Terrain: Private tarmac road, generally smooth and with few cars; gravel singletrack as an off-road alternative for a mile-long section. Mainly gently undulating but with a couple of short, steep climbs.
Bike hire: Katrinewheelz at Trossachs Pier
Weather today: Often sunny with little wind, temperatures in the low teens.

[Lines of trees mark the now-submerged old road to Glengyle]

Looking for a challenge? Make this a memorable 31-mile circular ride from Trossachs Pier: over Duke's Pass to Aberfoyle, along the B829 to Stronachlachar, then back along Loch Katrine by the route described above.

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