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Touring & Road

 

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The Stirling, Forth Valley & the Trossachs waterproof cycle map is available to purchase from the Hub and includes the following routes:

1. Ben Lomond Loop

Ben Lomond Loop
A long distance route, with some steep climbs make this a difficult route. The fact that you could be in the saddle for up to approx. 5-6 hours means it’s for experienced, fit cyclists used to this type of ride.
  • Start Point : Car park for ferry terminal at Tarbet on Loch Lomond
  • Finish Point : Car park for ferry terminal at Tarbet on Loch Lomond
  • Approximate Time Taken : 5 – 6 hours
  • Terrain / Surface: Good quality cycle paths and quiet country roads
  • Distance : 56 miles / 90 km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +3976ft -3920ft / +1212m – 1195m
 

2. Loch Katrine Boat Return

Loch Katrine Boat Return
Good for families in terms of distance and quiet roads but some small climbs. Photo Copyright: VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved. https://www.visitscotland.com
  • Start Point : Loch Katrine Visitor Centre
  • Finish Point : Loch Katrine Visitor Centre
  • Approximate Time Taken : 1.5 hours
  • Terrain / Surface: All on tarmac virtually traffic-free roads with some off road cycle path option.
  • Distance : 13 miles / 21 km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +1385 ft -1401 ft / +422 m -427 m
 

3. Aberfoyle Dukes Pass Loch Katrine Loop

Aberfoyle Dukes Pass Loch Katrine Loop
A challenging climb up the Dukes Pass, with undulating occasional climbs around Loch Katrine and an easy return from Stronachlachar.
  • Start Point : Aberfoyle Visitor Information Centre
  • Finish Point : Aberfoyle Visitor Information Centre
  • Approximate Time Taken : 3.5 hours
  • Terrain / Surface: All on minor tarmac roads with some virtually traffic-free sections and some off road cycle path options around Loch Katrine.
  • Distance : 31 miles / 50 km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +3498 ft -3498 ft / +1066 m -1066 m
 

4. Loch Venachar and Loch Achray Loop

Loch Venachar and Loch Achray Loop
A relatively easy going route combing off-road and on-road with some climbing involved. Not suitable for road bikes.
  • Start Point : Callander
  • Finish Point : Callander
  • Approximate Time Taken : 2 hours
  • Terrain / Surface: Tarmac road, hard pack cycle path and forest road
  • Distance : 19 miles / 30km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +1417 -142ft / +432 -433m
 

5. Top of the World Lake of Menteith Route

Top of the World Lake of Menteith Route
The distance, Kippen Muir climb and some short sections on a busy road make this a more challenging ride.
  • Start Point : Kings Park, Stirling
  • Finish Point : Kings Park, Stirling
  • Approximate Time Taken : 3 hours
  • Terrain / Surface: All on tarmac roads, some short busy sections, with a long steep climb in the middle of the ride
  • Distance : 37 miles / 60 km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +1786 ft -1786 ft / +544 m -544 m
 

6. Crow Road Campsies Loop

Crow Road Campsies Loop
Challenging long first climb followed by undulating terrain.
  • Start Point : Clachan of Campsie Car Park, Campsie Glen
  • Finish Point : Clachan of Campsie Car Park, Campsie Glen
  • Approximate Time Taken : 2 hours
  • Terrain / Surface: All on tarmacced back roads. Some well surfaced, some a little rough. Long but not too steep climb over the Campsies followed by a long and winding descent into Fintry. Undulating terrain otherwise
  • Distance : 25 miles / 40 km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +1886 ft -1889 ft / +575 m -576 m
 

7. Stirling to Doune Loop

Stirling to Doune Loop
Easy riding with one initial long but gentle climb.
  • Start Point : Stirling Active Travel Hub
  • Finish Point : Stirling Active Travel Hub
  • Approximate Time Taken : 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Terrain / Surface: Mainly tarmac with some hard pack tracks suitable for road bikes. Some traffic free and shared use path sections
  • Distance : 22.4 miles / 36 km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +1325 ft -1321 ft / +404m -403m
 

8. Stirling to Blairdrummond Return

Stirling to Blairdrummond Return
Very family friendly with flat and quiet roads.
  • Start Point : Forth Valley College Car Park, Stirling
  • Finish Point : Forth Valley College Car Park, Stirling
  • Approximate Time Taken : 1.5 hours
  • Terrain / Surface: Tarmac roads with low levels of traffic
  • Distance : 13 miles (return) / 21 km (return)
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +89 ft -77 ft / +27 m -23m
 

9. Stirling City Tour

Stirling City Tour
Short, flat and mainly traffic free
  • Start Point : Forth Valley College Car Park, Stirling
  • Finish Point : Forth Valley College Car Park, Stirling
  • Approximate Time Taken : 1.5 hours
  • Terrain / Surface: Tarmac roads with low levels of traffic
  • Distance : 13 miles (return) / 21 km (return)
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +89 ft -77 ft / +27 m -23m
 

10. Bannockburn to Carron Valley Loop

Bannockburn to Carron Valley Loop
Tough long climbs. Photo Copyright VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins, all rights reserved.
  • Start Point : Bannockburn Heritage Centre
  • Finish Point : Bannockburn Heritage Centre
  • Approximate Time Taken : 2 hours
  • Terrain / Surface: Road. Some sections of poor quality road surface
  • Distance : 22miles / 36km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +1990ft -1989ft / +607 -606m
 

11. Ochil Hills Gleneagles Loop

Ochil Hills Gleneagles Loop
Medium distance loop with two gradual climbs.
  • Start Point : Car Park at Logie Kirk
  • Finish Point : Car Park at Logie Kirk
  • Approximate Time Taken : 3-4 Hours
  • Terrain / Surface: Roads
  • Distance : 62.5km / 38 miles
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +548m -563m / +1797ft -1847ft
 

12. Devon Way to Culross Figure of Eight Loop

Devon Way to Culross Figure of Eight Loop
Easy riding except for a couple of short steep climbs and a steep descent into Culross.
  • Start Point : Alloa train station
  • Finish Point : Alloa train station
  • Approximate Time Taken : 2.5 hours
  • Terrain / Surface: Mainly traffic free or minor roads
  • Distance : 32 miles / 51 km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +1688 ft -1688 ft / +515 m -515 m
 

13. Alloa Devon Way Hillfoots Loop

Alloa Devon Way Hillfoots Loop
Easy riding except for one steep climb.
  • Start Point : Alloa train station
  • Finish Point : Alloa train station
  • Approximate Time Taken : 1 hour
  • Terrain / Surface: Mainly traffic free
  • Distance : 12.5 miles / 20 km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +756 ft -756 ft / +230 m -230 m
 

14. Clackmannan to Culross Loop

Clackmannan to Culross Loop
Easy riding except for a couple of steep climbs (towards Culross and then towards Clackmannan) and a steep descent into Culross.
  • Start Point : Clackmannan
  • Finish Point : Clackmannan
  • Approximate Time Taken : 1 hour 45 mins
  • Terrain / Surface: Mostly smooth tarmac cycle paths and minor roads
  • Distance : 16 miles / 25.7 km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +755 ft -752 ft / +230 m – 229m
 

15. Half the Round the Forth Loop

Half the Round the Forth Loop
A very flat route. The only busy section for traffic is Alloa Road to Manor Powis roundabout.
  • Start Point : Stirling Active Travel Hub
  • Finish Point : Stirling Active Travel Hub
  • Approximate Time Taken : 2 hours
  • Terrain / Surface: Mainly quiet road, some traffic free sections.
  • Distance : 27 miles / 45 km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +828 -827 ft / +252 -252m
 

16. Falkirk Helix Cycle Tour

Falkirk Helix Cycle Tour
Short and easy ground with a few short steep climbs. Can be muddy at certain times of the year Photo Copyright VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved
  • Start Point : Car Park at the Falkirk Wheel
  • Finish Point : Car Park at the Falkirk Wheel
  • Approximate Time Taken : 1.5 – 2.5 hours
  • Terrain / Surface: Good quality cycle paths.
  • Distance : 16 miles / 25.5 km
  • Total Climbing And Descent : +751ft -723ft / +228m -220m