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Route Planning

If you are looking for ideas or inspiration for a cycle route for your next bike ride then look no further.

We have put together a great selection of routes for you. You can explore Stirling and its fantastic tourist attractions, visit the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park or discover some fantastic mountain biking routes. In addition, we have compiled some of the best routes for cycling around Stirling.

1. Stirling Castle Loop

Stirling Castle Loop
A short distance route with one big climb up to the castle. It is less than two miles but brings you to one of the most beautiful visitor attractions in Stirling. The steep climb rewards you with amazing views of the surrounding area from the castle and you'll also get to enjoy the downhill ride on your return.
  • Start Point : Stirling Active Travel Hub
  • Finish Point : Stirling Active Travel Hub
  • Approximate Time Taken : 20-30 minutes
  • Terrain / Surface: Mainly quiet and small city centre streets
  • Distance : 1.8 miles / 2.9 km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +213ft -2216ft / +64m -65m
 

2. Wallace Monument Loop

Wallace Monument Loop
Difficulty Rating: EASY. A short route, with one climb up to the monument's visitor centre. During the ride you will cross the beautiful river Forth, can rest on a bench alongside it and some stunning views towards the Ochil Hills. On the way back you will cross the famous cobbled Stirling Bridge.
  • Start Point : Stirling Active Travel Hub
  • Finish Point : Stirling Active Travel Hub
  • Approximate Time Taken : 50 - 60 minutes
  • Terrain / Surface: Quiet roads - mostly on National Cycle Network routes
  • Distance : 4.3 miles / 6.9 km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +183ft - 182ft / +55m -55m
 

3. The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre

The Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre
A short distance route, with mainly flat on road cycling make this an easy route. You will pass by the King’s Park which where you can visit the Peace of Mind Garden. The park makes an excellent picnic stop.
  • Start Point : Stirling Active Travel Hub
  • Finish Point : Stirling Active Travel Hub
  • Approximate Time Taken : 15 - 20 minutes ( one way )
  • Terrain / Surface: On roads partly through quiet residential areas
  • Distance : 3.1 miles / 4.9 km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +169ft - 46ft / +51m -14m
 

4. Round the City Loop

Round the City Loop
A fairly easy ride but you need to make a bit more time for this one. This ride is 10 miles in total and will go past fantastic tourist attractions such the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. It combines parts of the shorter routes into one amazing loop around the City of Stirling. There are two big climbs but they are short and there's always the option to push to the top.
  • Start Point : Stirling Active Travel Hub
  • Finish Point : Stirling Active Travel Hub
  • Approximate Time Taken : 2 hours
  • Terrain / Surface: A mixture between quiet roads and National Cycle Network routes
  • Distance : 10.5 miles / 16.8 km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +528ft -532ft / +160m -162m