Best e-bike trails mapped out for cy­clists

Charg­ers and cafes also pin­pointed

Stirling Observer - - READERS’ PHOTOS - CHRIS MARZELLA

A new map show­ing the top e-bike trails in the Trossachs has been launched.

Loch Lomond and Trossachs Coun­try­side Trust and Forth Val­ley and Lomond Leader launched the free re­source, map­ping out six stun­ning routes, tak­ing in sights such as Loch Lomond, Loch Ka­trine, Duchray Cas­tle, Stronach­lachar Pier and Strathyre For­est.

Ja­son Clark, cy­cling tourism of­fi­cer at Forth Val­ley and Lomond Leader, said: “We cre­ated the map to en­cour­age more peo­ple to get out there and ex­plore the area on two wheels. With e-bikes you can ride for longer and en­joy some of the in­cred­i­ble land­scapes and at­trac­tions the Trossachs is fa­mous for.”

Routes range from the 12.5km Rob Roy Loop, from Strathyre to Balquhid­der, to the 50km Loch Ka­trine Loop, from Aber­foyle to Trossachs Pier and onto Stronach­lachar.

Ja­son added: “It’s no sur­prise that e-bikes are grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity. As well as help­ing cy­clists cover greater dis­tances, they al­low peo­ple with dif­fer­ent lev­els of fit­ness to ride to­gether. There’s no need to worry about be­ing able to keep up with your friends.”

It’s hoped the new trails will also pro­vide a wel­come boost to busi­nesses along the routes, as cy­clists stop while they charge their bike.

Jim Ri­ach of The Loch Lomond and Trossachs Coun­try­side Trust said: “It only takes about 30 min­utes for most peo­ple to ride 10km on an e-bike. You can let the bike do the work and take the st­ing out of those hills,

“As well as pop­u­lar at­trac­tions we’ve marked out some qui­eter routes to avoid busy places, along with great cof­fee and café stops on the map,so you’ll be re­warded for go­ing fur­ther.”

He added: “We’ve also in­stalled new fast charg­ers along the var­i­ous routes. You can now top up your bike in Callander, Strathyre, Aber­foyle, Loch Ka­trine, Loch Ard, Gart­more and Balmaha.”

Balmaha’s St Mocha cof­fee shop and ice cream par­lour is one of the new charg­ing point lo­ca­tions.

Pro­pri­etor Stu­art Fraser said: “We’re thrilled to be a part of this e-bik­ing pro­ject, the fast charg­ers will be a great as­set and I’m sure our cus­tomers will make great use of them. We’ve seen a real in­crease in e-bik­ing re­cently and the tim­ing for this pro­ject is just right.”

For res­i­dents liv­ing in the Trossachs area, The Loch Lomond and Trossachs Coun­try­side Trust can pro­vide a loan of e-bikes to in­di­vid­u­als and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Bikes can also be loaned from Stir­ling Ac­tive at Travel Hub.

As well as help­ing cy­clists cover greater dis­tances, they al­low peo­ple with dif­fer­ent lev­els of fit­ness to ride to­gether. There’s no need to worry about be­ing able to keep up Ja­son Clark

Pic­turesque Tracey Ste­wart ex­plor­ing dra­matic Glen Ogle be­tween Loc­hearn­head and Killin on the Lochs and Glens Way

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