Cycling Loch Tay

, September 22, 2012

After eyeing up a route around Ben Lawers for over two years, I eventually headed there this weekend with a couple of friends to scope out the loop.

Ben Lawers lies to the north of Loch Tay, one of Scotland’s largest freshwater lochs. Positioned in the southern highlands of Scotland, the Loch lies within a two-hour drive from Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, offering a raft of running, swimming and cycling opportunities. With our aims set on a cycling and running weekend, we headed out for a 50-miles loop up and behind Ben Lawers, then south through Kenmore along the southern shore of the Loch before returning back to our accommodation at Loch Tay Highland Lodges.

Here is the detailed route guide, and a Google Map plotted below.

Details of Ben Lawers and Loch Tay Cycle Loop

  • Departing from Loch Tay Highland Lodges, take a right out of the property, heading 200m to the east along A827.
  • Take a LEFT following signposts to Bridge of Balgie (9) and Ben Lawers (2½ miles).
  • Climb over 5 miles and 1000ft to get to the highest point in the ride.
  • Fast descent 5 miles to Glenlyon, keeping right as you head down the valley in a easterly direction.
  • Continue on a rolling descent over 11 miles to a T-Junction where you take a right to Kenmore.
  • After 3 miles you’ll reach another T-Junction by the Lochside. From here take a left and roll through Kenmore, taking the first right once you are over the bridge, signposted to ‘South Loch Tay’.
  • Continue along the southern shore of the Loch. On the whole the road surface is excellent, though there were some grumpy parts of road at certain sections.
  • On arriving in Killin, the far western point of the route, cycle through the village and out at its northern end to continue to the end of the loop.

Route data

48.4 miles
3,401 ft

Route profile

Cycling Route Profile for Loch Tay