Some cycle paths inWest Dunbartonshire offer spectacular views of the River Clyde and Loch Lomond.
The National Cycle Network 7 (NCN7) cycle path leaves Glasgow following the Clyde and runs throughWest Dunbartonshire via Dumbarton to Balloch and then on to Drymen.
The route then heads to Inverness via Aberfoyle, Callander, Killin, Pitlochry, Kingussie, Aviemore and Carrbridge.
TheWest Loch Lomond path is a 17-mile cycleway and footpath that runs from Balloch toTarbet.
The path is traffic-free for most of the way, with only two short stretches on minor roads. It’s suitable for cyclists, walkers, wheelchair-users and horse-riders.The path begins and ends near railway stations. The are many other routes to which some new ones have been added, including:
• The Helensburgh and Glen Fruin loop (14.7 miles) starts at the pier car park, heading along the A814 West Clyde Street towards Rhu and onto the Faslane straights. Staying on the A814, take a right turn onto the Glen Fruin Road and go under theWest Highland Line and start the climb. Catch your breath at the top and head down into Glen Fruin.
Go over the bridge and up towards Luss Road. At the junction turn right and head back to Helensburgh
• The Dumbarton loop (51.8 miles) begins by heading to Helensburgh, then Garelochead, then along Loch Long to Arrochar, then toTarbet.
There is a cycle path from Tarbet to Balloch along the shore of Loch Lomond which has some bumpy bits. If you want to stick to the road, the A82 is pretty wide. From Balloch join the cycle path again, which runs to Dumbarton.
• The Crow Hill loop (56 miles) has great quiet roads behind Mill of Haldane over to Croftamie and up the Crow Hill.Watch out for stray sheep.
• The Kilpatrick Hills loop (34.7 miles) is ideal for the road cyclist with some average climbs and a fantastic quick downhill road section off the Kilpatrick Hills.
Cyclists are reminded these routes are also used by walkers and riders.
You can also mountain bike in the Kilpatrick Hills and national park. Go to http://www.cycle-route. com/routes/West_ DunbartonshireRoutes-30.html.