Training rides

Here are some training rides to get you in the mood and ready for this year's Pedal for Scotland

Week 1: Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycleway

About: Running from the heart of Glasgow to the beauty of Loch Lomond, this almost entirely traffic-free route follows parts of the disused Partick to Yoker railway from Glasgow to Clydebank, the towpath of the Forth and Clyde Canal through to Bowling and again an old railway into Dumbarton.

Week 2: Strathyre, Rob Roy’s grave and the Glen Ogle Viaduct, NCN 7, Stirling

About: This 25 mile section of NCN 7 running between Callander and the spectacular Falls of Dochart at Killin, is a delight to cycle for families and more experienced cyclists. The route is almost entirely traffic-free and offers unrivalled views across Loch Earn and Glen Ogle. Balquhidder is a short signed detour from the route – home to the grave of the celebrated Highland outlaw, Rob Roy. Traverse the spectacular Glen Ogle viaduct and descend through Acharn Forest to Killin.

Sustrans Pocket Map: No 43

Sustrans Discover Map:  Lochs & Glens North

Week 3: Coast and Castles North (Edinburgh to Aberdeen)

About: For people looking for more of a challenge on their bike, this an ideal route. The Coast and Castles North route begins in Edinburgh, crossing the Firth of Forth into the Kingdom of Fife with its beautiful countryside. It then follows the coast north passing through fishing villages and historic sites, such as Dunnottar Castle, on its way to Aberdeen.

Official map

Week 4: Lochwinnoch Loop Line

About: This is a great family-friendly traffic-free route with several train stations along the way making it easy to shorten a journey or take the train back to your starting point. The route starts at Paisley Canal railway station and follows the same route as National Route 75 until Johnstone. From there the railway path continues south-west to Kilbarchan, Lochwinnoch and Kilbirnie.

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