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Cycling

Ride the trails in Loch Lomond & the Trossachs

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Cycling Loch Lomond

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Take in the Views

When you stay with us here at Ballat Smithy Cottage you’re welcome to bring bikes or you can hire them locally at Killearn or Aberfoyle. There is secure storage for 2 bikes next to the cottage, complete with a sink, cold tap and hose for washing down at the end of the day. There’s also a power point here for e-bike charging. Cycling Loch Lomond is a major activity in the area, and there is an abundance of routes and trails.

There are Loch Lomond cycle paths for all abilities in the National Park, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, and Argyll Forest Park. Part of the Sustrans National Cycle Route 7 traverses the area near Ballat Smithy Cottage. This offers easy road biking through magnificent scenery. Gravelfoyle offers superb waymarked routes deep into the Loch Ard forest.

Ballat Smithy Cottage is also right next door to the Lifecycle Trust’s Endura facility. This offers fantastic mountain biking practice routes between April & October in return for a donation.

 Here are our top selection of Loch Lomond bike trails for everything from the casual family ride to harder mountain trails:

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Something for Everyone

Take in the stunning scenery as you cycle our many routes

Loch Lomond family bike rides

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So much adventure

Visiting Loch Lomond and the Trossachs with your family is a great idea, because there’s so much adventure to be had all around you. This is especially true if you are planning to cycle during your holiday. We have mountains, lochs, countryside and city roads all nearby.

When you are holidaying with your family, many Loch Lomond cycle trails are quiet and away from roads. You will, of course, be able to enjoy the scenery of the area, but why not also take in some art?

Everyone is sure to enjoy the BLiSS trail which runs along the Sustrans Route 7. Here you’ll find around 25 works of art along the trail in the four communities there – Balquhidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans.

You can find more family bike rides around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs here.

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Mountain biking

Are you looking for something a bit more rugged? Ready to get mud in your face and wind in your hair? Then there are plenty of mountain bike trails here for you at Loch Lomond.

Take, for example, the Glen Loin Loop. This tough track takes you into the Arrochar Alps. You’ll face a long climb but are rewarded with stunning mountain views. It is 11.3 miles in total, and you will both start and finish in Arrochar.

There’s also the Loch Venachar Circuit. This moderately difficult route consists of both on- and off-road cycling. At 16 miles long, it takes in beautiful views of the loch as well as of the Menteith Hills.

You can find more mountain bike trails here. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to enjoy every second of cycling Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

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And See Ballat Smithy Cottage

Watch our video below and see our gorgeous cottage for yourself. Plus, get a taster of some of the wonderful attractions and activities nearby, including Loch Lomond. We are sure you will love all we have to offer so get booking today and enjoy a relaxing stay with us here at Ballat Smithy Cottage.

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Reviews

‘Anne was a most welcoming host, answering all our many questions with extensive local knowledge, full of handy tips. There is also a jammed packed album full of information for near and far. The facilities were top class, everything you need to make your stay comfortable. The location was handy for the Loch,Luss, local walks, Glasgow, Stirling and many other places of interest. The local pub at Drymen was a good recommendation, good meals, and service
The breakfast pack was appreciated as we arrived on a Bank Holiday.’

– Ballat Smithy Cottage Tripadvisor Review

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