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Walking & Cycling


Take the high road (or the low road) from the western central belt and you're sure to arrive on the shores of Loch Lomond.

Within Scotland's first national park, Loch Lomond is the UK's largest freshwater expanse and one of its most picturesque. The Park extends into the Trossachs where you'll find wild glens, sparkling lochs and the pretty towns of Callander and Aberfoyle, which are useful bases for walkers to this area.

For walkers there are many options and for all abilities. Take a waymarked walk through Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, climb lofty Ben Lomond or Ben Arthur (the Cobbler) or walk sections of Scotland's oldest long distance route, the West Highland Way.



Hill Walking

Ben Lui

This walk climbs one of Scotlands highest and most spectacular mountains.

21 km/13 miles


Meall nan Tarmachan

Meall nan Tarmachan is one of the most commonly climbed hills in the southern Highlands.


Ben Vane from Inveruglas

This walk starts at the tourist car park on the A82 by Sloy Power Station.


Ben Ledi

Ben Ledi is one of the best viewpoints in the area.


Ben Vorlich from Ardlui

This walk ascends one Munro, Ben Vorlich.


The Cobbler (Ben Arthur), Arrochar Alps

Although not a Munro, The Cobbler is a hill not to be missed.

9km/5.6 miles

Ben Lomond

This circular walk climbs Ben Lomond, the most southerly of the Munros.


Ben A'an, Loch Katrine & the Trossachs

This short walk displays breathtaking views out over the Trossachs National Park.


Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin

Ben Vorlich and Stuc a' Chroin sit on the southern edge of the Highlands.


Killin - Sron a' Chlachain - Killin

A lovely short/steep hill walk overlooking the pretty Highland village of Killin

5 km/3.2 miles

Ben Venue (Blue Route)

This Ben Venue walk involves heading west until joining the path at Gleann Riabhach.


Long Distance Routes

West Highland Way

Scotland's original long distance path running from Glasgow to Fort William.

Distance: 152km/95 miles
Duration: 7-10 days

The Rob Roy Way

The Rob Roy Way is a weeks walk from Drymen to the Highland Perthshire town of Pitlochry.

Distance: 148km/92.5 miles
Duration: 7 days
Height Gain: 500 metres/1650 feet

Longer Walks

Drymen to Balmaha

This section of the West Highland Way is an excellent intro to the National Park.


Pass of Leny

A short and in places, strenuous walk high above the Pass of Leny and Falls of Leny.


Callander to Strathyre

A long, but flat walk along a disused railway.


Glen Loin Footpath: Arrochar to Inveruglas

This walk offers stunning views of the surrounding highest peaks.


Inverarnan to Loch Lomond

This walk follows the line of the West Highland Way through woodland.


Moderate Walks

Achray Water Bridge (Green Route)

This forest walk takes you through an area of regenerating native woodland.


West Highland Way Rambler

Here's a walk with a difference along one of the UK's most popular long distance routes.


Conic Hill from Balmaha

A short/steep climb from Balmaha to Conic Hill with wonderful views over Loch Lomond.

3 km/1.8 miles

Pine Ridge (blue route)

This walk is part of the Three Lochs Forest Drive and offers fine views.


Cruach Tairbeirt Walks

An undulating woodland walk which offers excellent views.


Callander Crags & Bracklinn Falls

A dramatic and exhilarating walk starting in the centre of Callander.


Creag an Tuirc, Balquhidder

A short but extremely rewarding walk from secluded Balquidder.


Creag Noran Viewpoint (Red Route)

The walk takes you through a regenerating native woodland.



Firkin Point, West Lomondside

Firkin Point is situated on the west banks of Loch Lomond.


Loch Venachar, near Callander

This walk follows forest tracks high above Loch Venachar with spectacular views.


Loch Achray

This walk is part of The Three Lochs Forest Drive.


Kirkton Glen (Breadalbane)

This high level walk gives great views down to the glen.


Helensburgh Upland Way

A short ramble through woods and along forest tracks with extensive views.


Green Sound Trail (green route)

This walk takes you along the shore of Loch Drunkie.


Glen Ogle, Breadalbane

Glen Ogle is one of the most important passes in and out of the Highlands.


Duncryne Hill, East Lomondside

From the top of the hill the main focal point is no other than the beautiful Loch Lomond.

1km/0.6 miles

West Achray (red route)

Enjoy the diversity of Achray Forest as the trail leads you through native woodland.


Stoneymollan Trail, Balloch

An exhilarating walk from Cardross on the Firth of Clyde to Balloch on Loch Lomondside.


Creag na H-Lolaire

This walk is part of The Three Lochs Forest Drive.


Allt a' Cham-ruidhe (Yellow Route)

A gentle walk, which is part of the Three Lochs Forest Drive.


Red Sound Trail (red route)

A gentle walk, which is part of the Three Lochs Forest Drive.



This region marks the start of the famous Scottish Highlands with the first of the Munros, the mountains higher than the magical figure of 3000ft.

It is also the start of the most spectacular section of the West Coast of Scotland, fractured into hundreds of islands with sea lochs penetrating deep into the coastline. The remoteness of much of Argyll and Bute makes it ideal for tough but very beautiful bike rides. Ferry trips will take you to the rugged islands of Islay, Jura and Mull. The National Cycle Network in the form of the Lochs & Glens Cycle Route threads its way through the region from Glasgow to Killin, offering both traffic-free sections suitable for families and a longer challenge for those on multi-day tours.

For the mountain biker there are plenty of testing forestry routes in Argyll and the Trossachs.

Cycling routes

Isle of Mull, Lismore & Ardnamurchan

Stunning scenery, lots of ferry crossings, steep hills!

The Trossachs

A fairly hilly back road leads eventually to Loch Lomond.

The Trossachs - hilly

An easy cycle for absolute beginners (cycle hire 01877 376284)

Balquhidder & Glen Ogle

The railway path begins a steady climb up Glen Ogle passing over a high viaduct. Beyond Killin the long distance route is in the Perthshire Area

Knapdale: Ardnoe

A signed off-road bike route in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Knapdale: Lochan Buic

A varied off-road bike route in mixed woodland - good views of the lochs and hills.

Loch Glashan and Kilmory

An interesting off-road bike route with good views of the loch. Can be approached from a minor road to the west or the A83.

Bute and the Cowal Peninsula

Despite being near to Glasgow Bute and the Cowal Peninsula are surprisingly quiet.

Mountains & Lochs Long Distance Route

This long distance route runs through Glasgow, West Highland, Perthshire/Angus and Deeside tourist areas

Callander & Loch Lubnaig

A bike path on an old railway line, mainly easy cycling, great scenery.

Fire Tower Trail

The Fire Tower Trail on the outskirts of the Argyll town of Lochgilphead represents yet another example of a locally led, well supported initiative. The result is a handily placed centre with stunning single track trails. There are also spectacular views thrown in for good measure.

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