26 June 2022.

Aberfoyle, Cycling & Moun...

On the whole Aberfoyle is a pretty well rounded mountain biking destination. The Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, in which Aberfoyle resides, offers an abundance of forest track and some nice singletrack in places. Many of the trails are family friendly or moderate which makes it ideal for the less athletic mountain biker or touring cyclist. However, there are some pretty long and tough-ish mountain biking trails on offer for those that want it.

Undoubtedly most of the forest trails are best tackled on mountain bikes. However, Route 7 of the National Cycle Network that winds its way on forest tracks through the Achray Forest en route to Callandar could be tackled on a sturdy cross-bike.

Compared with some other mountain biking destinations there is limited singletrack although more singletrack trails are being developed and in time the area may even rival the likes of Glentress. Mountain bikers should keep a keen eye on this one.

Although the roads around Aberfoyle can get clogged with tourist traffic – especially in summer – there is still some great road cycling with long traffic-free sections to be had. The best of these is a 49 kilometre circular route taking in the Dukes Pass, Loch Katrine, Loch Arklet, Loch Chon and Loch Ard. Although more than fifty percent of the route is on busy tourist trails there’s a very pleasant 20 kilometre traffic free stretch along the banks of Loch Katrine to Stronachlachar.

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