Stirling to Inversnaid to The Trossachs Trail

Stirling to Inversnaid – The Trossachs Trail

 


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A 40 mile cycle route which takes you from the centre of the Historic city of Stirling out
along The Trossachs Trail following in the footsteps of Scotland’s famous rogue, ‘Rob Roy’. Cycling through some fantastic Scottish countryside, forests and passing several lochs along
the way. Your destination , Inversnaid is a small village of the banks of Loch Lomond where you can catch a ferry (weather permitting) to the other side of Loch Lomond so you can continue in whatever direction you choose. The cycle route is mainly flat and along a mixture of ‘A’ roads, country lanes and roadside cycle paths.
The historic city of Stirling is clustered around a large fortress and medieval old-town beside the River Forth. Historically it was strategically important as the “Gateway to the Highlands”, with its famous castle perched high above the city.

Starting from Stirling Railway Station Cycle to your right along Goosecroft Road B8052 and after 200 yards it runs on to Cowane Street. At the end of Cowane Street TURN RIGHT on to Upper Bridge Street and then IMMEDIATE LEFT along Back O Hill Road. After 100 yards at the end of the road you come to a roundabout. At the roundabout TAKE THE SECOND EXIT along Drip Road A84.

After about 500 yards you come to two large roundabouts. At the roundabouts follow the A84 across the roundabouts heading in the direction of Blairdrummond. 300 yards after the second roundabout you cross over the river, 50 yards after the river TURN LEFT along Chalmerston Road and follow the road as it takes you out in to the countryside and after about one and a half miles it runs on to Rossburn Lane. Cycle for a quarter of a mile to the end of the lane where you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN RIGHT along Kirk Lane B8075.

After a quarter of a mile you come to a ‘T’ junction at the end of Kirk Lane. At the junction TURN LEFT along the A84 and after 100 yards TURN LEFT on to the A873 towards Blairdrummond. Continue through Blairdrummond and cycle along the A873 for 3 miles where you come to Thornhill.

When you reach Thornhill continue along the A873 through the village and head towards the village of Ruskie and Port of Mentieth. As you cycle along this section of the route you will cycle past Flanders Moss on your left which is an important wintering ground for thousands of pink footed geese.

Approximately five and a half miles from Thornhill you come to Port of Mentieth which is situated on The northern side of Lake Mentieth, Scotland’s only lake. Continue to cycle along the road past the lake on your left and after 3 miles you come to Braeval. This is real Rob Roy countryside in this area. At the far end of the village of Braeval you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN RIGHT in to Aberfoyle .

As you cycle through Aberfoyle and at the end of Main Street in the village TURN LEFT on to Lochard Road the B829. Follow Lochard Road out of Aberfoyle along the river bank and after 1 mile the river flows out in to Loch Ard which is popular with for canoeing and water sports .Continue along the road and at the end of the loch the road bears to the right and takes you through Elizabeth Forest Park and after one and a half miles you come to Loch Chan on your left. Continue past the loch and through the forest and 500 yards after you leave the forest you come to a ‘T’ junction.

At the junction TURN LEFT along the country lane which runs alongside Loch Arklet and after cycling alongside the loch for about one and a half miles you come to the small village of Inversnaid. If you continue down the steep hill to the banks of Loch Lomond in front of you will come arrive at Inversnaid Hotel which runs a ferry service to Inveruglas on the other side of Loch Lomand where if you wish you can continue north or south along the banks of Loch Lomand both of which will take you along some glorious flat cycle routes.

Inversnaid is the end of your cycle ride and is a small village on the east bank of Loch Lomond. It has a pier and a hotel, and the West Highland Way passes through the village. A small passenger ferry runs from Inversnaid to Inveruglas on the opposite shore of the loch. Nearby is an alleged hideout of Robert Roy MacGregor called Rob Roy’s Cave. The cave is difficult to access, and is best seen from Loch Lomond, where there is white paint indicating the location of the hideout.

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