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On Your Bike with Loch Lomond and The Trossachs for National Parks Week

Scotland’s first National Park, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, celebrates its involvement in National Parks Week which runs from Monday 28th July to Sunday 3rd August 2014 by giving away kids’ bike hire.

Designed to be a celebration for visitors - from both at home and abroad - of the amazing places, people, and things to be found within the National Park, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs has teamed up with local cycle hire providers to offer over 200 free child bike hire places throughout the week.

With Loch Lomond at its heart and some of the best walking and cycling trails in the country, Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park is putting on a number of events which will help get visitors out enjoying nature and spectacular scenery.

The cycle hire points are located at Balloch, Tarbet, Loch Katrine, Callander and Killin; all within easy reach of the outstanding cycle routes around the National Park, including the newly upgraded Cycle Route 7 between Strathyre and Balquhidder, the final resting place of Scottish folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor.

With over 100 miles of dedicated bike routes, The National Park Authority is expecting a big turnout.

Mairi Bell, Head of Visitor Experience at the National Park said:

“Cycling is one of the best ways for people to explore the Park. We’re excited to be able to encourage more young people to get out and explore the amazing landscapes here.

“We’ve recently completed a number of upgrades to our cycle path network and have been working with cruise operators to join up cycle and waterbus options on Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine. We expect families who have been inspired by the summer’s festival of sport to take advantage of this great opportunity and for vouchers to be snapped up.”

Vouchers are available from the Park’s website and are redeemable on a first come, first served basis for available bikes.

Other activities for the family during National Parks Week include:

 - “Chocolate Geology” – learn about the landscape through the medium of chocolate at the National Park Visitor Centre in Balmaha on 29th July

 - Ranger led walks to learn about the flora and fauna in and around Callander and Loch Lomond

 - Wildlife Explorers Club at The Lodge in Aberfoyle with Forestry Commission Rangers.



Photograph courtesy of Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park



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