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Ben Bouie loop

Ben Bouie loop

Length
24.6 Kms
Elevation gain
579.4 m
Max elevation
267.6 m
Difficulty
***
Rating
***
Type
Loop
Route id
582
Main road
2.4 Kms
Country road
9.1 Kms
Dirt road
6.5 Kms
Dirt path
0 Kms
Trail
6.6 Kms
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Directions to start point
This route starts from the Kidston Park in Helensburgh. A lovely place for a car park and it offers some great picture opportunities especially during sunrise and sunset.
This route can start just about anywhere in Helensburgh as it is a loop going right through the town. The route we have drawn up makes the most of the journey through Helensburgh, but you can of course keep to the main road along the front which is shorter but rather dull when on the east side of the town. The route leaves the car park and takes the footpath back towards Helensburgh along the side of the River Clyde.
After about
1 Kms
runnning along the wide shore side pavement we headed up Suffolk Street which is marked with a small water treatment plant on Clyde Street. Just before the hotel on the left. This allows us to run up four blocks and right onto West Argyle Street and the blossom trees in April / May time. We then take one more block uphill before heading into the lovely, but small, Hermitage park. Keep to the paths on the right and head towards the eastern exit. You are now on East Montrose Street before a couple of turnings take you round the local cemetery.
After running under the railway bridge a short section of small road in a housing estate leads you to the start of the route proper. This is at about
4.9 Kms
. This one lane road means the start of the climbing and goes quickly from tar to dirt and finally trail. The trail section is short and you are soon out on dirt road again and still heading uphill. You do get some stunning views on this section across the Clyde. You can ignore the main road and keep on the steep trail uphill which gives you a shorter route.
The dirt road leads up and round the side of the hill before descending to the small tarred road of Stoneymollan, also known as the Coffin Road. We have a short section on tar before going back to dirt road at the farm and a long gradual climb. The views change from the Clyde to Loch Lomond and the start of the steepest part within the Spooky woods. Once out of here you can shortly look forward to a lot of downhill.
At about
12.7 Kms
you have a lovely picture opertunity looking over Loch Lomond. Hope for some sunshine. The dirt road decends all the way to the main road, A818. We take the cycle path on the left running alongside the main road before arriving at the entrance to Glen Fruin at
16.6 Kms
. This is a small country road and is just lovely to run on with very few cars and great views. You soon arrive at the signposted trail path back to Helensburgh.
For the first part of the trail section you are out in the open. This section is part of the Three Lochs Way. You reach a downhill section where the running can be a little more technical, but fun. This ends at a tee junction where you head right and through the local woods back to Helensburgh. The journey through the woods ends when you arrive at Rhu Road Higher and a short run heading right then downhill to the left and finally back at the car park.
Route directions
Kms
1
Start at Kidston park

0
2
Turn right on the wide pavement from the car park towards Helensburgh.

0
3
At the water treatment plant turn left up Suffolk St crossing the busy Clyde Street.

1
4
Cross West Princes Street

1.2
5
Cross West King Street

1.3
6
Turn right at West Argyle Street

1.4
7
After 6 blocks turn left up Colquhoun Street

2
8
After one block turn right onto West Montrose Street

2.2
9
Cross the street at the traffic lights and into the Hermitage Park

2.3
10
Follow the paths on the right

2.4
11
Out of the park and onto East Montrose Street

2.5
12
At the bottom of the incline follow the left fork

2.9
13
At the junction of Henry Bell Street, turn left

3.3
14
Cross the road to the left hand side

3.4
15
Turn right at Old Luss Road following the road past the cemetery

3.5
16
Follow the road as it takes a right turn

3.8
17
Turn left under the railway bridge

4
18
Turn right, downhilll at Collins Road

4.5
19
Cross the road and follow the road

4.9
20
Take the dirt road to the left

5.6
21
Follow the path to the right across the small burn

6.3
22
Turn right on meetign the dirt road

6.9
23
Through the gate

8.3
24
Downhill now

8.3
25
Through the gate

8.8
26
On reaching the tarred road turn left - named the Coffin Road

9
27
Straight on

9.2
28
Head to the left at the farm, over the style

9.6
29
Over the style

10.1
30
Keep to the left

10.4
31
Straight on

11
32
Into the Spooky woods and a steep section

11.6
33
At the tee turn left

12.4
34
Keep on the main path

12.5
35
At the main road turn left on the cycle path

15.3
36
Turn right across the main road into Glen Fruin

16.6
37
Turn left onto the trail marked for Helensburgh

19.1
38
Over the style and downhill

20.9
39
At the junction of paths turn right

21.7
40
Take the left over the small burn

21.7
41
Turn left at the dirt road

22.2
42
Turn right after the railway bridge, down the stairs and across the burn

22.6
43
Go to the left downhill towards Helensbugh, signposted

22.7
44
Through the gap in the lock up garages

23.2
45
On reaching the road turn right

23.5
46
Take Cumberland Ave on the left

24
47
Cross the main road and turn left towards the car park

24.4
48
And back at the start

24.6
Helensburgh sea front
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Helensburgh sea front
Helensburgh sea front
Helensburgh sea front
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Water treatment plant marking Suffolk Street
Water treatment plant marking Suffolk Street
Start of dirt road
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Past the farm building
Past the farm building
Start of dirt road
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Farm building
Farm building
Start of dirt road
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Weird gate for a wee jump over
Weird gate for a wee jump over
Start of dirt road
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Trail section after the burn
Trail section after the burn
Start of dirt road
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Nice and soft
Nice and soft
Start of dirt road
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Crossing the wee burn
Crossing the wee burn
First short trail section
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : From the trail section looking back
From the trail section looking back
First short trail section
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Start of the climb on the dirt road
Start of the climb on the dirt road
First big climb
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Helensburgh in view
Helensburgh in view
First big climb
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Helensburgh from the snow line
Helensburgh from the snow line
First big climb
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Higher up the hill
Higher up the hill
First big climb
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Looking towards Glrn Fruin
Looking towards Glrn Fruin
Stoneymollan Road area
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : The Coffin Raod
The Coffin Raod
Stoneymollan Road area
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Stoneymollan road
Stoneymollan road
Stoneymollan Road area
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Heading uphill from the farm
Heading uphill from the farm
Around Ben Bouie
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : First sight of Loch Lomond
First sight of Loch Lomond
Around Ben Bouie
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Approaching the spooky woods
Approaching the spooky woods
Around Ben Bouie
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Around Ben Bouie
Around Ben Bouie
Around Ben Bouie
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Loch Lomond in the distance
Loch Lomond in the distance
Spooky woods
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Inside the spooky woods
Inside the spooky woods
Spooky woods
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Lovey and quiet
Lovey and quiet
Spooky woods
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Coming out of the Spooky woods
Coming out of the Spooky woods
Towards Loch Lomond
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond
Towards Loch Lomond
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Views of Loch Lomond on a cold day
Views of Loch Lomond on a cold day
Cycle path to Glen Fruin
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Looking back towards Ben Bouie
Looking back towards Ben Bouie
Cycle path to Glen Fruin
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Looking at Geln Fruin
Looking at Geln Fruin
Turning into Glen Fruin
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Entrance to Glen Fruin
Entrance to Glen Fruin
Glen Fruin Road
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : A cold Glen Fruin
A cold Glen Fruin
Glen Fruin Road
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Another cold Glen Fruin
Another cold Glen Fruin
Start of the trail
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Mudddy trail from Geln Fruin road
Mudddy trail from Geln Fruin road
Start of the trail
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Turning point onto the trail
Turning point onto the trail
3 Lochs Way
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Looking back at Glen Fuin
Looking back at Glen Fuin
3 Lochs Way
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Across to Ben Bouie and Loch Lomond
Across to Ben Bouie and Loch Lomond
3 Lochs Way
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : A flat section
A flat section
Approaching Helensburgh
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Across the Clyde to Port Glasgow
Across the Clyde to Port Glasgow
Approaching Helensburgh
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Can get a little muddy
Can get a little muddy
Approaching Helensburgh
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Across to Ben Bouie
Across to Ben Bouie
Approaching Helensburgh
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Down towards Helesnburgh
Down towards Helesnburgh
Approaching Helensburgh
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : A rather wet descent
A rather wet descent
Approaching Helensburgh
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Here we head right into the small woods
Here we head right into the small woods
Alternate route
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Down the Clyde
Down the Clyde
Alternate route
Run Ben Bouie loop  :  Higher up the hill
Further up the hill
Alternate route
Run Ben Bouie loop : Towards Ardmore point
Towards Ardmore point
Alternate route
Run Ben Bouie loop.  : Route back for the Hel n Back hill race
Route back for the Hel n Back hill race
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