Top cycling routes in Glasgow

Glasgow, Scotland's second largest city, has a wealth of urban pathways, sweeping parks and rugged landscapes to offer the avid cyclist. With a selection of bustling shops, bars and restaurants to choose from, the city centre remains a popular hub in Scotland for locals and tourists alike, and from the nearby lochs to the riverside routes, there’s more than one reason why cyclists love Glasgow too. 

The best for beautiful scenery: Loch Lomond

For some of the most breath-taking vistas in the area, visit Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. As well as shops, cafés and the beautiful lake, there’s a variety of trails and landscapes to suit cyclists of all abilities. Forest tracks, smooth tarmac routes and testing terrains await. You could even choose to ride from the heart of Glasgow to Balloch (a charming village on Loch Lomond) on the 20-mile Clyde and Loch Lomond Cycleway. 

The best for mixed terrains: Cathkin Braes Country Park

The thing about Glasgow is… it rains a lot. If you’d like to escape the weather without having to dismount your bike, head to Velodrome. There’s a range of different sessions to choose from at Scotland’s first indoor velodrome, which, contrary to popular belief, isn’t just open to professional athletes. As well as one-off family rides, there are sessions that contribute to rider accreditation, where you can learn everything from basic to advanced skills.

The best for seeing Bonnie Scotland: Forth & Clyde Canal

With 35 miles of towpath, the traffic and pollution-free Forth & Clyde Canal route is perfect for solo cyclists as well as families riding together. If you’d like a serious trip, you can take this route all the way to Edinburgh Quay. The path is well-maintained, though it does get a little rocky on the outskirts of the capital. 

Bike hire in Glasgow

Hiring a bike can make life easier if you’re staying far from home, or if you don’t have a bike of your own. Most shops will give you the chance to test ride, and you can make the most of helpful staff who have great knowledge of the area, as well as bikes and equipment.

Here are some popular bike rental shops in Glasgow:

Gear Bikes
The Bike Station

There’s also Next Bike, who give you the ability to register and pay online or through their app before renting a bike any time from one of their 24/7 stations. 

As well as all these exciting cycle routes, be sure to keep your eyes out for cycling events during your stay in Glasgow. Bike Events Scotland are a useful resource for finding out about everything from mass bike rides to mountain bike races. 

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