Bike-tastic base for cycling holidays in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park
“This would be an amazing place to stay and train,” said Tour de France-winner, Chris Froome when he stayed at Lochend as a teenager. He’s right: Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National park is a cycler’s paradise, packed with fantastic off-road cycle and mountain-biking routes over mountain passes and lochside forest trails.
Lochend itself has always been a great place for small children to cycle, with a ¼ mile private driveway leading to the lakefront chalets. However, in 2015, Lochend also became a fantastic cycling destination for older children and adults, too, with the completion of our Mountain Bike Trail and Trials Bike Skills Area in a lovely forested area alongside the Goodie Burn.
The Mountain Bike Trail consists of eight trails that snake around the forest on riverside board walks and undulating paths, each one graded either green (beginner), blue (easy) or red (trickier).
The Trials Bike Skills Area consists of a number of trials features in a forest glade amphitheatre next to the Goodie Burn. The features are progressive, meaning that there are easy options for novice riders, as well as increasingly more challenging options for more able riders and Danny Macaskills. Features include:
The Grand Entrance & Trades
Three low wide steps and three narrower steps alongside, both consisting of buried stones and gravel fill.
A jumble of boulders and rocks to test a progressive range of traverses, hops and climbs.
A range of problems built from scrap metal unearthed during construction.
Big Dog’s Log
A great oak trunked felled during construction, with rock options either side.
Rock steps up and around a tree leading to a very high wooden box, with ladder option.
A jumble of rocks surrounding three big old stumps.
A pitched stone cascade with pitched stone steps off the back.