West Loch Lomond Cycle Path

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West Loch Lomond Cycle Path

West Loch Lomond Cycle Path
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saf7670
Peterborough, UK1,826 contributions
Good for cycling and walking.
Just walked today from Balloch to Tarbet following the path. Some good views, some boring bits, places to picnic.
In some areas overgrown or in disrepair but generally it keeps you from the road.l
Written June 30, 2021
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Neil L
Prestwood, UK11 contributions
Family
Hi,

We travelled quite a long way on the allure of a cycle way along by Loch Lomond, unfortunately about 90% of the cycle way runs along or very close to the A82, which is a very busy and at times scary road carrying heavy traffic, lorries etc.. We were towing a child trailer which only added to the anxiety, but the leaflet ensured us of loch side views after Luss which was only 6 miles away.

The path is not really wide enough for two people to cycle together so you have to cycle single file, this doesn't matter as you can't really chat with your cycle partner as the noise from the A road is deafening!

We took the option of travelling through the golf course as the leaflet said this was an option, it was a big mistake as all sign's stop and your on your own, eventually we found our way down some rocky paths back to the cycle way and the noise of the A road.

The only rest from the A road comes when you enter the town of Luss, its nice for lunch or coffee but it can be difficult to navigate your way back to the cycle way as the signs just stop as you enter the village.

We carried onto Tarbet where the cycle path does run alongside the Loch but only in brief sections and still with the A road right next to you. After a short time the path swings behind a building and back up to the A85, this is where we decided that we'd had enough of the noise and turned around completely disappointed, we retraced our steps back to Balloch.
Written June 25, 2015
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Lisa J
57 contributions
Family
We hired bikes at Loch Lomond Shores from Canyouexperience. £40 for a family of 4 and we did the return ride to Luss via the West Loch Lomond CyclePath. The route was mostly on a path or quiet road. Some of the route runs on a cycle path alongside the A82 which was quite busy. Luss was really quaint and we enjoyed coffe and cake in The Coach House coffee shop before riding back in the pouring rain!
Written October 17, 2016
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Pippin
March, UK128 contributions
Couples
Hired ebikes from Erin of Luss Cycle hire. Fabulous 3 hours spent celebrating our ruby wedding anniversary. The extra scottish cheese picnic for £10 was awesome! Erin met us at a point along the cycle trail where she'd prepared a picnic table complete with tartan cloth, china tea plates and cups for a delicious meal of crackers, cheeses, chutney & fruits, tea/coffee and fabulous shortbread provided by Chrystal. Agreed half hour to enjoy, then Erin returned to clear away whilst we carried on with our cycling time! Highly recommend this experience to all - a brilliant new business idea by Erin! We wish her much success - we think its a hit!
Written June 8, 2021
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j57ana1
Glasgow, UK3 contributions
Solo
This looks like a fantastic run, beside the Loch in view of the Ben for miles and miles with the wonderful town of Tarbet at the end to look forward to with its tea room delights. So you set out pretty keen but this is not a cycle path. It is a pavement with exits and entrances to big houses along the entire way, some of it is old road, some village road, some tarmac and some rubble surfaces at one point an interesting old bridge. This means that you can never get a pace going because the kerbs are not all worn down enough and you need to stop to bump up and down. Not that a pace is ever possible because it is shared by dog walkers, families out strolling along, caravaners who sit on the pavement barbequing and private driveways with steel barriers across that you need to dismount for.
The pavement is two way traffic and often is too narrow for bikes to pass and so you need to slow down for oncoming traffic or to let faster cyclists overtake you. I just ding the bell and they moved aside and said hello.
Travelling from South to North the first thing that annoys you is the incessant traffic ripping along 2 feet away from you if it’s not sitting in the Balloch roundabout traffic jam. The taste of the exhaust fumes reminds you how unhealthy this sport can be. Then the long downhill with the exposed tree roots that protrude and obstruct the enjoyable slope. It’s not too hard to dip down and avoid the overhanging tree branches and if you wear long trousers you can avoid the rogue bramble bushes that overgrow in parts but the bone shaker effect going over the tree roots is a bit scary.
Then you start hitting the pavement kerbs from Duck Bay. If you are on a road bike like me there's a really bad gradient bend into a wall just at the golf course part. This is made even worse in autumn when the leaves cause an additional slip hazard. Careful with kids! Mountain bikers might like it.
Then into Luss itself via the village roads and out again, back on to the best bit. This is custom Bike path. It’s good for road bikes, runs by the loch with nice views and joins the fantastic old Loch Lomond Road. This short section is the best fun. Its gloriously wide (although gets overgrown at the edges) you can cycle and chat- it’s so lovely and quiet away from the mega noise of the A82 the planting is exquisite with ferns and waterfalls, brambles and shade plants. Birdsong everywhere. What a place, beside the beach and boulders with the clear grey water lapping in and out. Why can't this be the Scottish standard for cycle paths? Ah yes of course this section was built for motorists that’s why it’s decent.
But all too soon you pass to the other side and the nightmare continues - on to a rubble pavement, with exits and entrances, kerbs, potholes, rough surface bridge, downhill to the final dangerous kerb at the exit of the coach park in Tarbet where you have to dismount once you notice it coming - and then try to restart your run on the uphill from that kerb.
When you reach Tarbet, dismount and cross the busy intersection it’s great to take a deep breath and think I made it in one piece.
Lots of cyclists use the A82 hard shoulder and if I'm feeling brave enough that’s what I do. It’s a toss-up whether you want to deal with the pissed off motorists, 60mph HGV tailwinds, broken tarmac, sunken drains, and potholes at Inverbeg or the lack of freedom on the West Loch Lomond Cycle Path.
It should be the jewel in the crown for Scotland Cycling, 22 miles of fairly level, tarmac, loch side road up and down. Why don't they think bike?
How much more would it cost;
going south to level the kerbs, coat the surface and make it one way
going north to widen the north hard shoulder by 3 feet and fix the sunken drains and potholes.
Take Care!
Written June 1, 2016
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Fiona G
Glasgow Scotland40 contributions
Family
Often cycle from old Kilpatrick to Balloch and some areas of path are covered in broken glass and dogs not on leads with no owner control.
Written March 18, 2016
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5cruffy
Swindon, UK768 contributions
Family
Parked up in Luss in the large car park and cycled the path on the West Bank of the lockup to Tarbet. It’s 8 miles each way, mostly flat.

Good points - lovely views of the lake, mostly good surface and no riding on the road. The middle section is best, as it is is on the now disused old road and so is wide but right next to the lake. Plenty of small shingle beaches to stop at.

Bad points - you are never out of ear shot of the main road and at times are cycling right next to it. The last 1.5 miles is on a pavement right next to the road with poor surface.
Written July 31, 2018
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Simon W
Glasgow, UK37 contributions
Solo
This cycle path has been designed with tourists and visitors in mind rather than the serious cyclist. With beautiful landscapes around every corner and many secluded beaches & inlets this is a great day out for a walk or a cycle.

Following the old road on the banks of Loch Lomond you intermittently hear the new road traffic as you travel through quiet stretches of trees and loch side beaches. With exit and entry points at several car parks along the route you can enjoy sections at a time rather than experiencing the full route from Balloch to Tarbet.

There are ferry points at Luss and Tarbet throughout the summer months which can take you to the eastern shore of Loch Lomond and allow you to continue your cycle or walk in more beautiful landscapes as you head toward The Trossachs.

As mentioned previously the route from Tarbet to Arrochar and back to Helensburgh includes a section of The Three Lochs Way and is also an amazing day out.
Written July 20, 2017
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RRJ55
Glasgow, UK236 contributions
Couples
This is a welcome cycle track as it gets one off the A 82,Scotland'most dangerous road.
The views of the Loch are of course Would famous with justification.
The pathway follows the old A 82 of yesteryear and as such is very close to the water.The noise from the A 82 does nothing to enhance the experience.
Nevertheless it is s good trip.
At Tarbert you can cycle over to Arricher and then down to Helensburgh.Check it out!
Written June 30, 2017
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Lyndsay M
Paisley, Scotland, United Kingdom42 contributions
Couples
I couldn't write a better review the the previous poster. I agree with everything written. The views are fantasticandits just a pity the ride itself isn't enjoyable. Its impossible to pick up any pace and the paths are in a terrible state. I won't be doing this cycle again, which is such a shame, unless the route is upgraded.
Written July 14, 2016
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