GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Loch Katrine Walk and Cycle

13 miles (21 km)

This super cycle and walking route takes you on the lochside path around Loch Katrine in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. You start off at the Trossachs Pier and Visitor centre at the south eastern end of the loch where cycle hire is available. You then pick up the excellent tarmac path which starts off fairly flat but does have some climbs along the way. There are great views over the loch and to the surrounding hills and mountains. You'll also pass Glengyle House, the birthplace of Robert Roy MacGregor, theScottishoutlaw and folk hero.
The path runs for about 13 miles through woodland and countryside to Stronachlachar on the western side of the loch. Here you can catch the ferry back to TrossachsPier or if you'd like to extend your outing head to the nearby Loch Arklet or Loch Ard. There's also another great cycling and walking trail along Loch Venachar and Loch Drunkie.
Just to the east you will find Glen Finglas where you can enjoy a waymarked walk to the Glen's rivers, streams, waterfalls and reservoir.
The climb to Ben Venue also starts from the car park at Loch Achray, close to Loch Katrine. It's a popular walk with great views back down to the lochs.

Postcode

FK17 8HZ - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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Loch Katrine OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Loch Katrine Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

To the west there are more nice trails around the adjacent Loch Arklet. Just to the south there's another nice circular trail to follow around the scenic Loch Chon.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Walks and the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

By Letter, Loch Katrine - geograph.org.uk - 219087

By Letter, Loch Katrine. There are a few scattered crofts along the shores of the loch ( a reservoir for Glasgow water). The lochside fields are mainly grass with some bracken. Sheep graze the upper side of the lochside track.

Reflections on Loch Katrine - geograph.org.uk - 173019

Reflections on the loch. Taken just north of the pier.

Loch Katrine from Ben Venue - geograph.org.uk - 8629

Loch Katrine from Ben Venue. The loch is Glasgow's main water supply, linked to the city by an aqueduct. It's a natural loch, but the level has been raised by a sluice at its outflow, below Ben Venue.

Bridge on Cyclepath, Loch Katrine - geograph.org.uk - 2918673

Bridge on the cyclepath over the loch. The loch is the lake in the title of Sir Walter Scott's The Lady of the Lake. It is a freshwater loch roughly 8 miles long by 2/3 of a mile wide, running the length of Strath Gartney.

Waterfall Near Loch Katrine - geograph.org.uk - 687878

A waterfall just above the road around the loch. The river flows down into a deep gorge.

Visitor centre at the Loch Katrine pier - geograph.org.uk - 1720108

Visitor centre at the pier. Located at the east end of the loch.

Sir Walter Scott at Loch Katrine Pier - geograph.org.uk - 1474191

The pleasure steamer Sir Walter Scott waiting to leave on the first trip of the day from the pier.

Strone Burn, Loch Katrine - geograph.org.uk - 219106

Strone Burn. The burn is seen from the track running along the lochside. This track is used by local crofters, the postman, and many cyclists. The burn tumbles over the harder bands of rock. The trees here are deciduous.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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