Discover

Glasgow

Cycling around Glasgow

in
Photo: Morplord

Our Tour recommendations are based on thousands of activities completed by other people on komoot.

Cycling in Glasgow and through its surroundings will quickly reveal that Scotland’s second city occupies an absurdly perfect position. From exploring the historic city centre along its cycle paths to pedaling out into the extraordinary local countryside, bike adventures are the best adventures here. 

Cycle routes in Glasgow truly make the most of its fantastic position and if you’re interested in longer rides, you can explore coastlines, lochs, hills and valleys with the city as your base. Using the River Clyde as your whimsical guide, you can ride all the way west or up to Loch Lomond. Alternatively, follow the Forth and Clyde Canal and ride east until you run out of country. 

Glasgow is surrounded by clusters of beautiful hills with challenging trails and spectacular views. When you freewheel back down to the city, enjoy Glasgow’s modern foodie scene to refuel for another day on the bike.

Intermediate
03:29
36.8 mi
Intermediate
02:28
26.0 mi
Intermediate
02:47
28.8 mi
Intermediate
02:06
22.3 mi
Easy
01:21
14.4 mi
Intermediate
03:06
32.6 mi
Intermediate
04:18
45.4 mi
Easy
01:26
15.0 mi
Intermediate
02:46
28.1 mi
Difficult
04:51
48.4 mi
Easy
01:36
17.1 mi
Difficult
03:48
38.2 mi
Difficult
04:52
49.0 mi
Easy
01:22
14.5 mi
Intermediate
02:20
24.9 mi
Difficult
04:33
44.4 mi
Difficult
03:40
37.1 mi
Intermediate
02:51
29.6 mi
Difficult
02:40
25.7 mi
Difficult
05:13
51.0 mi

Top 20 cycling routes around Glasgow

    1
    Intermediate
    03:29
    36.8 mi
    10.6 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    2
    Intermediate
    02:28
    26.0 mi
    10.5 mph
    425 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
  • Sign Up To Discover Places Like This

    Get recommendations on the best single tracks, peaks, & plenty of other exciting outdoor places.

  • 3
    Intermediate
    02:47
    28.8 mi
    10.3 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    4
    Intermediate
    02:06
    22.3 mi
    10.7 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    5
    Easy
    01:21
    14.4 mi
    10.6 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    6
    Intermediate
    03:06
    32.6 mi
    10.5 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    7
    Intermediate
    04:18
    45.4 mi
    10.6 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    8
    Easy
    01:26
    15.0 mi
    10.4 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    9
    Intermediate
    02:46
    28.1 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    10
    Difficult
    04:51
    48.4 mi
    10.0 mph
    2,450 ft
    2,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    11
    Easy
    01:36
    17.1 mi
    10.6 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    12
    Difficult
    03:48
    38.2 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    13
    Difficult
    04:52
    49.0 mi
    10.1 mph
    2,275 ft
    2,275 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    14
    Easy
    01:22
    14.5 mi
    10.6 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    15
    Intermediate
    02:20
    24.9 mi
    10.7 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    16
    Difficult
    04:33
    44.4 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    17
    Difficult
    03:40
    37.1 mi
    10.1 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    18
    Intermediate
    02:51
    29.6 mi
    10.4 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    19
    Difficult
    02:40
    25.7 mi
    9.6 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    20
    Difficult
    05:13
    51.0 mi
    9.8 mph
    2,675 ft
    2,675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

Discover More Tours around Glasgow

More Information

Terrific terrain surrounding Glasgow

The fantastic nature of cycling in Glasgow is defined by its tremendous surrounding landscapes. A historic city with significant industry, the River Clyde, and the Forth and Clyde Canal are Glasgow’s flowing veins. Exploring these watercourses by bike is a wonderful way to get to know the immediate area and is also flat and family-friendly. 

Cycle routes from Glasgow whisk you out of the city and along the Black Cart River to the south west. Discover lochs, disused railway lines and ruined castles as you pedal past woodlands and country parks. To the north, ride towards the Strathblane Hills to ride along forest trails and up onto bare summits with wonderful, open views of Glasgow. 

If it’s lochs, estuaries and seas that you like cycling beside, head west and see where the Clyde opens up. Not only can you explore the estuary and sea coast here, you can catch ferries across to various other parts of this uniquely rugged land. 

Parks of every shape and size

For some of the most impressive bike rides near Glasgow, pedal into one of its many nearby parks. Tear around the woods and moorland of Gleniffer Braes Country Park, a short ride south of Glasgow. To the south west, ride through the tremendous, coastal Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. This hilly parkland provides outstanding trails on gravel tracks and paved trails, all with impressive views and a fair amount of thigh-burn. 

To the north west of Glasgow, cycle from the city to the beloved Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. You’ll find a huge range of cycle trails here, from family-friendly flat loops to strenuous climbs. 

Traffic-free cycle ways lead you through dense evergreen forests, around magnificent lochs and past cascading waterfalls, all within easy reach of Glasgow. Mountains provide a breathtaking backdrop to all bike rides and the park is home to a wealth of wildlife and birdlife. Red squirrels in the trees and buzzards in the skies make excellent companions during your adventure. 

Choosing the right time of year

The best time for cycling in Glasgow and through its surroundings is mid-spring to mid-autumn. Summers can be warm while shoulder seasons are cool. Always prepare for cool weather and rain as the mixture of mountains, hills and sea produce changeable weather.

Glasgow's best cycling routes on the map

Discover More Tours around Glasgow

Popular around Glasgow

Road Cycling Routes around Glasgow
Road Cycling Collection by
komoot
Hiking around Glasgow
Hiking Collection by
komoot
MTB Trails around Glasgow
Mountain Biking Collection by
komoot

Find the perfect Tour

in

Weather Forecast around Glasgow

Discover

Glasgow