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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 Aberfoyle or Loch Katrine. 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 & the Trossachs is a major activity in the area, and there is an abundance of routes and trails. The cottage is well equipped with maps and route plans for you to borrow.

There are trails and paths for all abilities in the National ParkQueen 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, and hosts the magnificent Dukes Weekender event in September.

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

From the casual family ride to harder mountain trails, there’s something nearby to suit every level.

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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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Explore together

Loch Lomond and the Trossachs is an outstanding choice for a holiday with your family. Bring your bikes, or hire them, and discover mountains, lochs, forests, countryside and quiet roads all nearby.

Aberfoyle, a short drive from the cottage, has its own community bike park where youngsters and the less experienced can ride in safety, practicing for the more challenging trails nearby.

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

‘Ballat Smithy Cottage is just perfect in every way. It’s just like a home away from home. The cottage has everything you could possibly need including a delicious welcome pack of locally made goodies. Ballat Smithy Cottage is perfectly situated for exploring all that Scotland has to offer and Anne provides all sorts of information about things to do and places to visit.’

– Ballat Smithy Cottage Tripadvisor Review

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