A beautiful ride along Loch Katrine
in the heart of the Trossachs has a lovely little bicycle hire place called KatrineWheelz
with some Trek Soho Hybrids available. With belt drive, hub gears and brakes they are no-maintenance and really clean. They are kitted out with good quality saddles and very comfortable to ride.
We took four of these Trek Soho bicycles on the private road from one end of the loch to the other, just over 13 miles of traffic free undulating road with amazing scenery the whole way. The road weaves up and down along the side of the loch and with each turn a new view opens out, there are some gravel sections but it is mainly quiet road. All along the route there are little white railed bridges crossing highland waterfalls streaming down into the loch below.
The mountains around us were still white topped from the Spring snow, and the hillsides were covered too. There were a range of birds swooping over the icy blue water and we saw classic long horn cattle grazing in the fields we passed.
The hilliest section is in the middle of the ride, with some 10% and 12% slopes, but mainly the road gently rises and falls requiring some effort to climb but rewarding you with long clear descents.
We were blessed with a bright sunny day, and although it was cool it wasn’t cold we wore jumpers and long trousers, and we didn’t need any special cycling equipment. Some of the climbs made us hot, but not for long before we cooled down on another fun descent.
When we reached the far end of Loch Katrine, we stopped for tea and cake at the café by the ferry turning point. During the summer it is possible to do this route one-way and catch the ferry back, but we were too early in the season and knew that the 13 miles return were going to be slightly harder with tired legs.
The coffee and cake were excellent, we argued over who had chosen the best, whether it was the chocolate fudge cake, the rocky road, the carrot and walnut or the victoria sponge. I sneaked a wee dram of Highland Park alongside my coffee as a treat.
The sun was fully out as we followed the route back, and we actually found it much easier due to the slight tailwind. Some of the climbs were tough though, especially the 12% hairpin sections we’d enjoyed on the way out. This was an excellent day out on the bicycles; it took us 5 hours to cover the 27 miles, including the stop for coffee, tea and cake.
Labels: cycling Scotland, KatineWheelz, loch Katrine, Scotland, touring, Trek Soho