National Cycle Network Route 40
This is a 17-mile cycleway and footpath that takes you from Balloch to Tarbet along the western side of Loch Lomond. The path is traffic-free most of the way with two short stretches on minor roads. It is suitable for cyclists, walkers, wheelchair users and horse riders.
The path begins and end near railway stations, so you can travel the whole route and return by train, or travel part of the route and return the way you come.
Balloch (from Gaelic bealach, meaning place of passing) is the southern gateway to the National Park and the gateway to Loch Lomond.
It has a wealth of attractions and facilities including the National Park Gateway Centre, Loch Lomond Shores and Balloch Castle Country Park as well as cycle and canoe hire, shops, restaurants and hotels.
In the 19th century, the local laird rebuilt this ancient village for his workers.
Explore the pretty streets, laze on the beach or walk in the rich woodlands on Luss Village Paths. You'll find out more about the village's history and traditions in the Luss Visitor Centre close to the cycle path or the Pilgrimage Centre by Luss Church.
The old road at Firkin Point is clasped between dramatic mountains.
Look out for the old tollhouse where drovers and other travellers had to pay to use the road.
You'll travel by ancient oakwoods. Listen for woodpeckers and watch redstarts and pied flycatchers feasting on the plentiful insects.
Tarbet is separated from the sea at Loch Long by a strip of land 1.5 miles wide.
Viking raiders dragged their heavy boats across it to plunder the lochside settlements. The Clan MacFarlane met here by the light of the moon before setting off on cattle raids - around here the moon is known as MacFarlane's Lantern.
If you've got time, why not take a cruise on the loch before catching a train to Glasgow, Oban or Fort William.