Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and Glasgow
This week we spotlight Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and Glasgow. It is the most accessible national park in Scotland with a fantastic combination of lochs, glens, and mountains. With 22 lochs including the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain by surface area, Loch Lomond, 21 Munro's, and 19 corbetts, it truly is a special place.
If you have never experienced the breadth of riding and experiences on offer in the area, we hope this week to be able to inspire you to visit and create your own memories and adventures. We hope you enjoy Scotty's film as it will give you a taste of this stunning area of Scotland.
The sheer breadth and diversity of riding is unrivaled and incredible.
Aberfoyle is a gravel enthusiasts' dream with over 200km of forest roads and trails within just a 12km radius and several loops for all levels of fitness and rider heading out from the town.
Due to the success of developing the gravel scene and offer by the local community group, Bike Trossachs, it's going to be exciting to see how this growing scene keeps on developing.
It is not just gravel riding though with the town sporting a small but fun bike park and several enduro trails - there's awesome riding for all.
The historical home of none other than Rob Roy McGregor, Balquhidder is now home to a unique set of natural trails which have been built and maintained by the community.
Thanks to the Balquhidder Trail Crew there are 5 natural singletrack trails, a 1.7k XC loop with singletrack and B road, and 2 epic hill days out with 16-20k of mountain riding which can be extended or shortened depending on how epic you are feeling.
Cathkin anyone? A legacy to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in 2014, Scotland's largest city got a new venue for riding, Cathkin Braes.
Since the course was built and launched in 2013, the trails haven't stood still with the introduction of a tarmac pump track, jump line, and new sections of trails. Perfect for getting your stoke on!
If you fancy getting your BMX on then Glasgow is an excellent place to be with the race track, with pump track alongside, at Glasgow BMX Centre, a quality skatepark at Kelvingrove Park, and indoor parks at the Loading Bay and Unit 23.
Many of the mountains in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park are ridable and will give you an incredible day out.
Being so accessible to the big population bases in Scotland, the main paths in LLTNP can get really busy. Often it is better to plan your rides on these hills on quieter days and consider sunrise or sunset expeditions to avoid the busy times for both your enjoyment and other users.
At times the paths in LLTNP can seem less remote and wild than some other areas of Scotland however the weather can change quickly, the descents can be rough and challenging. Good preparation can really help you stay safe on the hills.
Highly recommend reading our 'Into the Wild' page to help you prepare for your ride in these types of environments.
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