Overlooking Loch Creran in the West Highlands
Opening Autumn 2018 - Dallachulish Lodge.
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These suggested routes are provided courtesy of John and Dorothy. You try these at your own risk and no liability is accepted for injury or annoyance caused by falling off your bike, missing a ferry, brake failure heading downhill, being eaten by midges whilst having your lunch or for any other reason. Click on the maps to zoom in.
This route is about 15 miles. It follows the cycle route from the site heading North and then takes the North Shian road around the coast to Port Appin. This local road has the usual occasional traffic. The route is undulating with a steep climb for a short distance as you approach Port Appin.
Follow the road back out of the village and join the cycle route at Jubilee Bridge with lovely views toward Castle Stalker.
A nice diversion is to turn left after crossing Jubliee Bridge and get close-up views of Castle Stalker. Return the same way and this adds about 2 miles to the route.
This route is about 30 miles. Take the cycle route 78 towards Fort William, turning towards Port Appin and crossing Jubilee Bridge, a wooden 'causeway' that crosses an estuary with lovely views towards Castle Stalker.
Catch the ferry at Port Appin (leaves on the hour but check timetable) - give yourself an hour to get there. £7.20 for two, return including bikes. If the ferry is busy it will do more than one trip. Cycle on Lismore as far along the Island as you wish on quiet roads. There is a museum with visitor centre and cafe along the route, a shop and Post Office and many places to enjoy a picnic. Check the Lismore web site for more information about what to see. Return the same way.
This route is about 22 miles and perhaps for the more adventurous (fitter) as there is a steep climb from Barcaldine through Gleann Salach.
Take cycle route 78 from the site heading towards Oban. The first part of this route must be be one of the most picturesque passing through Sutherlands Grove and Barcaldine. Turn left up the B845 (at the Cattery) and be prepared for a climb.
Once at the highest point it is fairly level before a very steep drop towards Loch Etive with excellent views. Continue to Bonawe or turn right alongside Loch Etive passing Ardchattan and the Priory Gardens. Continue to rejoin cycle route 78 back towards Benderloch and Barcaldine.
This is a nice short loop of about 6 miles around Loch Creran with a short steep section on the North side just above the roundabout, so do this first, or leave until last.
Lovely views along the Loch and passes Glasdrum Oakwood National Nature Reserve, famous for rarer butterflies.
Not so many years ago (pre 1999) this road was part of the main route from Fort William to Oban but now only has the occasional local traffic or tourists.
At the head of the Loch there is a quiet road through picturesque Glen Creran that can add 4 miles to the route if you go to the end of the tarmac road, returning the same way. This is signposted Invercreran just after crossing the river.