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Arrochar to Helensburgh 3 Lochs Cycle Loop Cycle Route

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Cycle Route Details
Route NameArrochar to Helensburgh 3 Lochs Cycle Loop
Distance : miles (km)37.48  (60.32)
Posted ByJhanlon01
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Cycle Route Location
County/RegionArgyll and Bute
Start LocationArrochar and Tarbet Station (off A83)
End LocationArrochar and Tarbet Station (off A83)
Cycle Steps
This is a road route, mainly on A and B roads, with a cycle/foot path from Arrochar to Helensburgh.
The route takes you along Loch Lomond, the Gareloch and Loch Long and there are train stations at Helensburgh and Arrochar where you can conveniently start or finish your ride..
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Inverbegg hotel on Loch Lomond and Village Inn at Arrochar make welcome stops.

Your comments?
posted by:Stuart MearsRating : difficult :
Started at the Inverbeg Inn where we were staying for the week end. Good cycle path, which is formed largely from the "old" A82 remnants, and runs well away from the new A82 around Luss. The roundabout onto A818 to Helensburgh has a cycle path after the first 100 or so yards from the roundabout. A wee bit of a climb then the cycle path ends as you enter Helensburgh. Turning right at the bottom of the hill onto the A814, AVOID the so-called cycle path in Helensburgh marked by green hi-grip tarmac. It's heavilly rutted and pot-holed. I inadvertantly bypassed Garelochhead by staying on the A814. Oops! the run from Finnart up to Arrochar is almost dead flat and pretty winding. Very quiet in February but would bear caution come the summer months with more tourist traffic about. After running back over to Tarbert from Arrochar the cycle path starts again between the road and the Loch Lomond shore. Id did seem to lose the "Old" A82 route and ended up on the main road for a couple of miles after work building a new house seemed to block the way, but I picked up the cyle path again by turning to the car park for Firkin Point. All in all a great wee route completed in 3hrs 30 mins (on a Dahon Cadenza 26" wheel folding bike) 2 despite shredding my back tyre passing the Faslane Peace camp and taking having to take it easy for the second half of the route!

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