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NCN 7 Glasgow to Balloch Cycle Route

Scotland > Glasgow > Bells Bridge, Glasgow
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Cycle Route Details
Route NameNCN 7 Glasgow to Balloch
Distance : miles (km)19.42  (31.25)
Posted ByMurray Barnes
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Cycle Route Location
Town/CityBells Bridge, Glasgow
Start LocationBells Bridge, Glasgow
End LocationBalloch Castle Country Park
Cycle Steps
Follows National Cycle Route 7 from Glasgow to Balloch. Map is only approximate, however route is very easy to follow, with plenty of signs and is just fairly obvious where you're meant to go.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
There's a little chef at Milton, which is approximately half way. I tend to bring a picnic and eat it on the shores of Loch Lomond, where there are also pubs, then cycle back.

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Your comments?
posted by:marcmcfRating : difficult :
Iv done this route lots of times, very enjoyable. Its very well sign posted in most bits although i got lost at clydebank and dumbarton the first time i did it. Once you get to clydebank shopping centre its canal path most of the way until dumbarton which takes you on to roads which is where i also got lost. Just keep an eye out for the signs and head for the river in dumbarton then its back onto the canal paths. Enjoy it!

posted by:Glasgow CyclistRating : difficult :
The route is very good once you get past Glasgow whose city council are systematically destroying the route with roadworks which are extremely dangerous - even taking part of it away for a major car dealership. My advice is to start at Clydebank Station and ride up past Balloch to Luss and back which is really beautiful and a good afternoon out.

posted by:LTCRating : difficult :
Once past Glasgow it gets very scenic.

Normally well sign posted :)

I'm away to do this today actually then upto Luss and back home to Glasgow.

I find it is best not to cycle the parts Dumbarton to Glasgow in the evenings as a lot of neds seem to hang around this path later on in the day drinking.

posted by:BMcDeeRating : difficult :
I enjoyed this route - took it in for the first time yesterday. I joined it at the Glasgow Science Centre and went to Bowling and back. On the way back to Glasgow I just took the canal from Bowling to Anniesland then down onto the Clydeside via Crow Road.

On the way to Bowling I got a wee bit confused after the Arnold Clark dealership. Was I supposed to stay on the main road from then on? I couldn't see any alternative. I was on the main road from around BAE Systems all the way to Clydebank where I joined the canal. Did I go wrong somewhere? I really didn't enjoy the main road through Yoker etc - very narrow with lots of parked cars etc. Is there an alternative?

Other than that, the canal path was lovely and the wee bike shop at Bowling Basin was a great find. The wee guy tightened a nut on my saddle without any fuss. Lovely ride if you ignore Yoker etc.

Can anyone assist?


posted by:first time cyclistRating : difficult :
this was my first cycle trip out for a while and thouroughly enjoyed it, started at bells bridge and found the route easy to follow.

Followed signs marked no7, pretty straight forward. stopped at bowling for 20 mins to chill and take in scenery then back on to route.

Still all signposted until got to dumbarton then got lost, took me about 5 mins to get bearings then back on route from there easy to follow, paths along canal all nice to cycle on thankfully and stopped every now and then to watch fishermen. when got to lomond had a nice welcome pint in pub and sandwiches.

Chilled for an hour, then decided to get train back to glasgow. got to glasgow and got lost lol. thouroughly enjoyable day. going to falkirk wheel next so if anyone knows good route to follow please advise.

posted by:slaminbRating : difficult :
The route is just straight forward on a maintained path. Good distance for the kids, and of course the promise of a pub lunch and a play at the Castle Park keeps them pedaling. Great family track with beautiful scenery.

posted by:Andy CatsRating : difficult :
Did this this mourning/afternoon 28/5/11 the full route done.

Once you get past Clydebank it's great and very very nice along the canal and then up in to Dumbarton where i stopped for a roll.

You carry on in to the town over bridge and back on to cycle path..lots of branches dew to storm and one huge Tree Log just by Alexandria...

Great route will do it again on a sunny day.

Got wet few times..but I'm over it

posted by:DerekRating : difficult :
Use the canal from Glasgow to Bowling all off road, cross the road at Bowling into the little grass area, take a left and follow the path which leads to an old railway which is now a path, cross over the next road and re-join the path. A great way to stay off road all the way into Dumbarton, cross the bridge over the river leven and follow the river west bank upstream to Balloch.

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