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Touring & Road

 

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If your planning on accessing the fantastic trails around Stirling and Trossachs "Know before you go"  with some great advice on how to take responsible access.If your planning on Mountain biking theres a great guide called "Do the Ride thing".

 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. Forth Valley College (Stirling campus) to Briarlands Farm

Forth Valley College (Stirling campus) to Briarlands Farm
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)
  • 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 flat 29 mile route starting at the hub through Alloa and Clackmannan, crossing the Kincardine Bridge and back to Stirling via Cowie. Note - includes a busy section for traffic - Alloa Road to Manor Powis roundabout.
  • Start Point : Stirling Active Travel Hub
  • Finish Point : Stirling Active Travel Hub
  • Approximate Time Taken : 2.5 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