Day 4: Inversnaid to Lasswade

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“Forth Valley”

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The Trossachs at the east end of Loch Katrine.

After the big hills of the Highlands, today is an easier day, following the Forth Valley down to Edinburgh. First though, is a tour of Loch Katrine, along the private road and cycle-way. Then we pass through the Trossachs – the “Highlands in miniature” and skirt the edge of Callander, then heading through Doune and under the M9, into Clackmannanshire, passing beneath the Wallace Monument. The route of the old Alloa to Dunfermline Railway is followed, before passing through the town and climbing up onto the Forth Road Bridge. Then through the heart of Edinburgh, with a final climb out to Lasswade.

Distance: 138km
Climb: 1002m
BRT Time: 8h 20
Max Height: 200m (above Loch Katrine)
Off-road Sections: Loch Katrine Cycleway, Alloa-Dunfirmline Cyclepath
Accommodation: In Lasswade




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Itinerary & Hills

  • 0km: 0900 – Inversnaid
  • 7km: 0920 – Stronachlachar
  • 16km: Loch Katrine climb – 100m in 2km (5%) kotm
  • 28km: 1040 – The Trossachs
  • 42km: 1130 – Callander
  • 55km: 1220 – Doune
  • 64km: 1250 – Bridge of Allan (Stop 1)
  • 64km: 1335 – Bridge of Allan
  • 76km: 1415 – Alloa
  • 90km: Comrie climb – 50m in 5km (1%)
  • 99km: 1530 – Dunfirmline (Stop 2)
  • 99km: 1600 – Dunfirmline
  • 110km: Forth Road Bridge
  • 112km: 1645 – Dalmeny
  • 128km: 1740 – Edinburgh
  • 131km: South Edinburgh – 80m in 3.5km (2%)
  • 138km: 1815 – Lasswade

Contigency
Train from Bridge of Allan to Edinburgh, every half-hour, saving around 64km.

Extras

  • Coastal route through the Dalmeny Estate, between Forth Road Bridge and Edinburgh.
  • Visit Callander instead of bypassing it.
  • Visit Stirling instead of bypassing it.
  • Go through the Innocent Railway tunnel in Edinburgh.

Average July Weather
Edinburgh: Max 18°C. 55% chance of rain.

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