When I woke up in the morning at 7.30am it was cloudy and fresh, but despite the clouds there were patches of
blue in the sky. I went for another short walk, waiting for the shops to open and then went shopping. Till I left the
camping site it was 10.30am but regarding that I first had to make breakfast and then had to pack up my tent and all the
rest that's not to bad anyway.
Considering where to go I had two alternatives: Cycle the road on the west side of Loch Lomond which surely would
be nice or head northeast in the direction of the Trossachs. But as it seemed to be a nice sunday I was afraid that the
traffic on the Loch Lomond route would be more than I would like and so I headed for Loch Katrine. I left Balloch on the
A811 , passed through Drymen and then changed to the A81 and after about an hour I arrived in Aberfoyle.
I had a short break there and talked to a guy on a bicycle who came from the direction I was heading to. He told
me that there were two ways to get to Loch Katrine. One was a small way (he didn't call it a road) that goes around Loch
Ard and Loch Chon to Loch Katrine, the other was the normal road over Duke's Pass down to Loch Katrine. I decided to
take the second alternative, a decision which I regretted only about 15 minutes later. First I had to walk my bike up
the Duke's Pass (I'm not punishing myself with trying to climb every hill on the bicycle) and then it started to rain.
For sure, rain and hills are nothing uncommon in the Scottish Highlands, but it's hard when you just started your
Well, the good thing was that when I arrived at Loch Katrine at about 1.00pm the weather had gotten a little
better and I went for a lunch break in the cafe that's located near that steamship quay (just as I'm writing these words
I wonder if it's a real steamboat). I left my bike with the two guys who were renting mountain bikes to the tourists and
went up to the cafe for a sandwich and a cappucino.
When I left Loch Katrine I first thought of driving to Callander to visit the Rob Roy museum but when I saw all
the tourist attractions they make out of Rob like Rob Roy's Pub or Visit Rob Roy's grave with Rob Roy
Tours I decided not to join this and just stayed out of Callander and rode on north towards Lochearnhead. A couple of
miles from Callander there was a small way for bicycles which ran along on the other side of Loch Lubnaig than the
normal road. It was a really nice ride that afternoon and although it had rained when I left Loch Katrine the rest of
the day was dry and not too cold.
I joined the A84 again in Strathyre where I stopped at a coffee room for a tea and sandwich. After that I cycled
till about 6.00pm, then left the road about 2 miles behind Lochearnhead and stopped for the night in a small forest that
was about 100 yards from the road. It was quite early for stopping but I was really tired after that day and wanted to
sleep early. After cooking dinner I slept at about 8.00pm.