Loch Katrine Views

As a child my parents would take me and my brothers pretty much every month to Loch Katrine for a cycle ride. Even now over 20 years later I love going to Loch Katrine for a walk or a cycle ride. The scenery is amazing and it is great for families as it has tarmac around the Loch which is great for cycling on. We headed to Loch Katrine a few weeks back. While I and my mum took the dogs for a 4 mile walk, my dad took the boys with him on a bike ride.

Cycling fun at Loch Katrine
Little K in his rented trailer
Biking at Loch Katrine
Big K on his bike

Loch Katrine – Cycle Ride Fun

What makes Loch Katrine great for a cycle ride is the tarmac car free road. Okay, I say car-free but you do get the odd car driving around. However, while we were there were only passed by one car. So it isn’t exactly busy. The only downside to parking your car in the car park is that you have to pay. I’m pretty much sure as a child it was free. It isn’t cheap either, so make sure you take change with you so you can park all day and enjoy the cycling.

Loch Katrine Views
My Collie at Loch Katrine
Loch Katrine Views
My old man at Loch Katrine

What You Will Find At Loch Katrine

Once you park up you can find toilets, a shop, a cafe, bike hire and also Sir Walter Scott and Lady of the Lake boats. We have never been on board the boats before but it would be a great way to see the Loch and scenery. There are cruises but there is also an option to take the boat (along with your bikes or hire bikes) to Stronachlachar on the other side of the Loch. Once you get off the boat with your bikes you can then cycle all the way back to the car park. It is roughly 13 miles back.

Loch Katrine Views
Loch Katrine Views
SS Sir Walter Scott
SS Sir Walter Scott on Loch Katrine

If you haven’t bought your own bikes along with you, then you can hire bikes from the car park. They do adult bikes, children’s bikes, trailers and child seats. Which is great if you don’t have the option to bring your own along like us. Although we had Big K’s bike with us, the rest of the bikes we hired along with a trailer for Little K.

Cycling Fun

As the boys set off with their grandad, my mum and myself set off with the dogs. We walked to Brenachoile Point and then returned the same way we came which is roughly 4 miles in total. It’s a great walk which is completely pram friendly. A big win in my view!

SS Sir Walter Scott
SS Sir Walter Scott

As we were leaving Brenachoile Point the boys stopped on their way back to the car park. We had a little catch-up and the boys showed me the presents they had collected for me (a few sticks and stones). It was actually a pretty warm day which I don’t think we were expecting. We had far too many layers on! I must remember to wear appropriate layers now that the weather is better.

If you are in the area I would definitely recommend Loch Katrine for a visit. Especially if you love walking or cycling…or even a cruise on the boat. Just beware the car park gets very busy so arrive early to grab a car park space.

Have you ever been to Loch Katrine? Let me know in the comments below.

Scenic views of Loch Katrine on a family fun day out.

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I have always had an interest in travel and now I have My two boys I want them to see more than just the UK. I hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children.

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8 Comments

  1. We absolutely love family cycling like this. And it’s great that you were able to split into hiking and biking groups to make sure that all members of the family (including the dogs) had a great day out. Never been to Loch Katrine; it looks great! Greetings from Luxembourg #AdventureCalling

  2. This looks like a great place to cycle and/or walk. It’s great that you can hire the bike trailers – we’ve been looking into getting one ourselves. Love the video too. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling, I hope you can again tomorrow.

  3. I love places like this, where the whole family can get together and have fun outdoors. Even better that it’s so accessible. I have memories of family bike rides when I was young and I can’t wait to do it with my son-even if our scenery is not quite so beautiful as yours! Thank you for sharing with us at #AdventureCalling

  4. Hi. I was looking to do this ride with my 6 year old son, ideally getting the boat and then cycling back, or alternatively just cycling from the pier end and seeing how far we can get before wanting to turn around. However, I’ve since seen a profile of the route and it looks surprisingly hilly. How did you find that aspect of it? (If you remember – aware I’m commenting on quite an old post!). Many thanks

    1. Hi Norman. It isn’t too bad, although I haven’t cycled it for a good few years now. I use to cycle the route a lot as a child. If you get the boat and cycle back then you do have some short steep hills to get up but you can just get off and push. If you go from the pier then it is like a gradual climb but not steep at all. Then a couple of short steep climbs again. I suppose it depends on your fitness levels and what you are used too.

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