- Achnasheen, Strathconon Forest & Glen Orrin.
Not ridden a bike there, but been many times on the train.Posted 5 years ago
So, solitude, mountains, Scotlands right to roam, beautiful scenery, flat parts in the valleys if needed. What isn’t there to like about it?
Weather would be one, in driving rain, it is horrible, but on a fine day, the area is outstanding.
I can see the strathconon hills from my sofa. And can smugly claim that I have ridden most of the tracks in the area 🙂
It’s less technical than neighbouring Torridon but great nonetheless and has a super remote feel. I have never seen another soul when i’m on my own. Difficult to recommend any route over another, there are a couple of tracks that only really go one way though. Great for exploringPosted 5 years ago
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Estate road from Aultgourie at NH476515.
Cross bridge at NH477522
Follow tarmac road to dam at NH403504.
Cross two dams & follow track to bothy at NH393485.
Head E/NE on singletrack to Acherdson Farm and Aultgowrie Bridge.
My plans for the Orrin include a packraft…..Posted 5 years ago
I’ve done that route – twice. Once solo on a lovely summers day and once with jojoA1. This was Jo at the dam (we’d have frozen in place if we hadn’t kept moving).Posted 5 years ago
Jo at Orrin dam by ScotRoutes, on Flickr
ah yes, some of us work on the weekends mr lecht. I hate you now 🙁
But for starters Inverchoran gets you onto a lovely network ot trails to the south – they form a triangle on the OS at the head of glen orrin. The Middle one is landy now but the eastern most takes you up and over to the bothy at luipmaldrig. There’s unmarked argo trail east from here towards the reservoir and back over to strathconon. Better to go west though, hike-a-curse for a km or so until the path improves then carry on until the junction at loch na caoidhe with the strathfarrar hills towering over you. If you don’t feel remote here you must live on the moon. There’s an unmarked croft at the head of the loch. I can’t imagine living there.
Anyway man up and carry up to torran cean liath and either descend glenn chorain on a mix of st and argo or be tempted by the Drochaid coire mhadaidh and the descent into Gleann Fiodaigh.
Alternatively the full traverse of the gleann fiodaigh is a minor classic for a dry or frozen day, you could start anywhere but Craig is perfect on the a890 – head over the lc then up and up till you enter the glen proper. ST comes and goes all the way until you pop out the other end near the spectacular waterfalls and slides at Corriefeol. From scardroy then head over the drove road to achnasheen an pop out on the a890 again across some bonkers above water north shore. Spin down the road back to the car for tea and medals.
some of the strathconon routes go pretty high, up to 400 and 600 metres. The higher ones are under snow just now.Posted 5 years agoChipbuttySubscriber
I’ve done the Orrin reservoir loop a few times, as I’m lucky to live in Muir of Ord :).Posted 5 years ago
Another good loop is to start at Erchless castle on the A831 and head north up the lane over track past Lochan Fada and Loch Ballach. Follow the track all the way to Orrin dam, then onto Aultgowrie. The Singletrack along Gleann Goibhre is usually wet and boggy on all but the driest days.martinxyzMember
If it’s getting late in the morning and its a scorcher of a day, I often head up the road to Orrin and push the bike (because I have no tyre fatter than 2.4 inches, you see :O))along the south shore and get my rod out. The trout fishing can be pretty good as the sun goes down but I’ll happily fish and sun bathe for most of the day up there. A rarely visited place after the dam. You rarely bump into anyone on the bike loop back to Aultgowrie.
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