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Fruin Circular via Blairvadach and Helensburgh Cycle Route

Scotland > Argyll and Bute > Blairvadach
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameFruin Circular via Blairvadach and Helensburgh
Distance : miles (km)18.04  (29.03)
Posted ByD Humphrey
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Cycle Route Location
County/RegionArgyll and Bute
Start LocationSmugglers Way, Blairvadach
End LocationSmugglers Way, Blairvadach
Cycle Steps
This route can be started at the Rhu Marina. Follow the A814 with the loch on your left. Keep heading down for about 3 miles until you see signs for Glen Fruin. Then begin a challenging climb for about twenty minutes and keep heading round with the loch now on your left, with amazing views of loch and rhu. Keep going on reasonable flat road for a while until you begin descent, care to be taken for oncoming traffic. Once at bottom, turn right onto main road and foll back into helensburgh. Challenging ride for a beginner like myself but great sense of achievment on completion.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Rhu Marina, The Fruin

Your comments?
posted by:mark RodgerRating : difficult :
Cycled this route many times and never get tired of it. Although the majority of times it has been in the other direction starting in Helensburgh heading to Glen Fruin which I prefer.

posted by:Peter KnoxRating : difficult :
I live on the route and have cycled it on and off since the 50's. It is really braw. Take a flask and a sandwich and enjoy a break by the River Fruin, very pretty indeed. If you go anti-clockwise the hills are a bit easier, as on the clockwise route climbing into Glen Fruin from the Gareloch requires youth, stamina or a very low gear, preferably all three. It is indeed challenging. A lot of the route is single track, and some of the surface is a little broken in places.

posted by:AdamMathesonRating : difficult :
This is a great wee route. The climb up to the top of the Fruin, which really starts at the Peace Camp on the A814, is challenging & rewarding. The run down the A818 to the edge of town is marred by the terrible road surface Argyle & Bute have bestowed upon us (in 2013), but hopefully that will be remedied in the future. Recommend starting/finishing in Helensburgh toen centre, that way you can get an ice cream from Dino's as a post-ride treat!

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