Balloch to Tarbet – The West Lomond Cycle Path

Balloch to Tarbet – ‘The West Loch Lomond Cycle Path’

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This 17 mile flat cycle route takes from the centre of Balloch on the south shore of Loch Lomond  north along the west coast of Loch Lomond to Tarbet. The cycle route is nearly all traffic free with just two stretches on the local roads. At Ducks Bay as you approach Luss and then along a disused road just north of Firkin. The surface is tarmac all along the route.

 

Balloch is situated on the south of Loch Lomond just off the A82 and is said to be the southern gateway to the National Park. In Balloch you will find shops, bars and restaurants to explore as well as cruises on Loch Lomond.

Starting in Balloch from The Tullie Inn pub on Balloch Road Turn left out of the car park and cycle along Balloch Road for 50 yards then TURN RIGHT along Pier Road, signposted for the public slipway.

Cycle to the end of Pier Road where you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN LEFT along Ben Lomond Way  signposted ‘all other routes’. As you cycle along you will see Loch Lomond on your right as you pass the sea life centre. After a few hundred yards you come to a roundabout where you go straight on and follow the signs for the main car park. Follow the road as it takes you to the right and  as you enter the car park you TURN LEFT onto the path which takes you left  along the tree lined path.

After 50 yards the path brings you to a  Old Russ Road where you TURN RIGHT . Continue along the tree lined road for half a mile where it brings you to a dedicated cycle path signposted Tarbet and Luss. Cycle along the cycle path and after a quarter of a mile to the end of the section of cycle path.

 

At the end of the path bear right and then left at the small roundabout  and cycle along the round alongside Loch Lomond and the road takes you past Duck Bay Marina and about half a mile past the marina  bear left on to the cycle path (by The Cruin Restaurant). Continue along the cycle path for 6 miles where you come to the conservation village of Luss.

Many of Luss’ cottages have been described as picturesque. The village has a kilt maker and a bagpipe works. Luss became famous as a result of being the main outdoor location of Scottish TV  series ‘Take The High Road’.  In Luss you will find a Visitor Centre, Pilgrimage Centre, and Toilets.

 

Continue along the cycle path north and after 10 miles you come to Tarbet The end of the cycle route. At Tarbet you will find a Visitor Centre, Toilets,  Hotel/food and Loch Cruises.  There is a railway station at Tarbet where you can get the train back to Balloch but remember to check the service before you set out on your ride

 

 

 

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