I have been meaning to do this for some time and I had originally planned to do it on a Cyclocross bike but having studied the gradients and contours a Hardtail MTB was chosen instead. The plan was to head to Tarbet from Helensburgh and reverse it instead of cycling the busy road alongside Loch Lomond.
The weather was forecast to be sunny with a few clouds but it actually turned out rather dull and Grey…..still it was dry and just on the right side of breezy.We started at the Hill House (The famous work of Charles and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh.)

ImageThe famous work of Charles and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. Personally…..I think its horrible by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageHelensburgh. Does everyone wear wellies and talk with marbles in their mouths? by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

The climb from Helensurgh.

ImageThe long climb out of Helensurgh by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

The descent into Glen Fruin.
ImageThe descent into Glen Fruin by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

A straightforward and fairly level cycle up Glen Fruin then a climb up to cross the main road sees you high above Faslane.

ImageFaslane by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

I think these are army shelters.

Image20161008_110034_001 by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Image20161008_110555by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

In the distance lies the track we must climb up to after some nice singletrack in the Glen.

Image20161008_111834by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Image20161008_112910by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Image20161008_114242by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

The views start to open up alongside Loch Long with the Cobbler in the distance.

Image20161008_121432by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

This is where the trail really starts to kick in with some short steep climbs and descents.

Image20161008_121806by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Image20161008_121941by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Image20161008_123435by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Image20161008_123452by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Image20161008_123456by Raymond clarke, on Flickr
Image20161008_125029by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Arrochar comes into view.

Image20161008_125418by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageArrochar and Loch Long. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageThe Cobbler and Beinn narnain. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Heading back after touching base at Tarbet.

Image20161008_125839by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Image20161008_130115by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageSome torturous climbs on this section of the TLW by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Image20161008_131907by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Image20161008_134422by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Image20161008_140930by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Lots of military installations round here. Don’t be surprised to see soldiers appearing from the undergrowth.

Image20161008_143518by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

ImageMilitary installation by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Back to Helensburgh.

ImageDescending into Helensburgh. by Raymond clarke, on Flickr

Overall…..Not a bad spin out with enough climbing to let your legs know they have been working but if I do it again I will include the road work along Loch Lomond to Helensburgh just to say I have done the loop.

Mountain biking can be dangerous and is done entirely at your own risk

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