Lochs and Glens North

Route Details

  • Route Details: Inverness to Glasgow via Pitlochry
  • Distance: 214 miles of which 42 are traffic-free
  • National Cycle Network: Route 7

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Route Description

National Route 7 between Inverness and Glasgow is a stunningly beautiful route that passes through two National Parks. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park contains picturesque lochs, forests and bustling tourist towns. The Cairngorms National Park extends over the UK's largest mountain range, with heather clad moors and ancient pine forests.

A traffic free route through the Drumochter Pass (one of Britain's highest transport corridors) is one of the highlights of the whole network. The route then descends into the wooded hillsides and rich farmlands of Perthshire and Stirling - then onward through Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and onto traffic free paths into Glasgow.

Please note that the surface of the cycle path over the Drumochter Pass has suffered deterioration over recent winters. In summer 2011 Transport Scotland resurfaced approximately 2km with tarmac. Other sections of rough surface can be difficult for those on narrow tyred bikes. The only alternative to the path is the A9 trunk road which has good sight lines, but is busy, wth very fast traffic and many heavy goods vehicles.

Update to latest map: We have been advised that the campsite shown at Calvine (north of Blair Atholl) no longer exists. The pub there has also closed. 

Things to see and do

  • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth Country Park
  • Loch Venachar
  • Loch Lubnaig
  • Loch Tay
  • Cairngorms National Park
  • Glenmore Forest Park
  • Aviemore

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This stunningly beautiful part of National Route 7, between Inverness and Glasgow, passes through two fantastic National Parks.

217 miles