- The Great Glen Way – Anyone ridden it?
What is the surface of the Great Glen Way like? The Fort William end looks to follow the tow path and a dismantled railway so I'd imagine this is fairly wide and even, but what about the Inverness end, at least that which isn't road?
The reason I ask is I'm contemplating an trip with family this summer but Dr Bakes Jnr is only 7 months and would be transported in a trailer.
The trailer in question is a Chariot CX1 and more than capable for double track and fireroad duty, but would it's width (66cm) cause problems on this route? It seems the cycle path is less well maintained than it once was and information is a little hard to come by. Any first hand information would be greatly received?Posted 9 years agonumbnutsMember
Im doing this route at the end of may with a group of outdoor students we are canoeing from fort bill to fort augustus and then cycling back any information sent this way will also be greatly received Dr bakes where have you ordered the harveys map from? We are also looking at using a mixture of panniers and trailers to carry our kit the rooty bit people talk about is that after fort augustus?Posted 9 years ago
Stay off the tarmac unless you enjoy taking your life in your hands, it is a total nightmare between easter and october and scary. If you really want to get off the ggw then the back road between FA and inverness is an option although the intial climb out of FA is 'testing'. But it will get you back right along the shore of loch ness so worth the effort IMO. You also get to visit the falls of foyers, the dores inn and the views are classic lokking back down the loch
Otherwise tere are a few options around Invergarry/loch oich, all of which are greatPosted 9 years ago
The one down the east shore of L.Ness Vader?
I can imagine the A82 would be a complete nightmare given the tourist nature of the area.
I'm looking at the options of getting back to Fort Bill from Inverness with two bikes, trailer and infant now. I think the cycling will be the easiest bit of the trip but a one way car hire is looking the best option at the moment. I'd be up for riding back the same way but I don't think the wife would be as keen.Posted 9 years ago
just found the history file for it, training centre doesn't translate to google maps too well but you get the idea
67 miles, 5800ft of climbingPosted 9 years ago
Highlandlogger – tough due to the gradient, due to the trail conditions, due to the width or a combination of all three?!
Mrmichaelwright – so you went on the eastern road after Fort Augustus? Perhaps that'll be our best option rather than the off road hills or the suicidal A82?Posted 9 years agoTheBrickMember
I did it after doing a modified WHW route as a bail out. I was planning on heading north for another week or so but twisted my knee on a scrambling route Nr Fort William so took it as a bail out route that would allow me to see how bad my knee was without leaving my self in the middle of nowhere.
The great glen way is not technical at all, my setup was two small panniers and a rucksack on a rear rack that I would put on for rough sections (such as coming into Kinlochleven on the WHW), I did not have to put the rucksack on once for the GGW. I took the walking route and there where a few non technical single track section but all doable with the a trailer IMO. I personally found the scenery boring and repetitive I would have hated to have walked it, it was very wet though and hence misty. I left FW at 12:00 and arrived at Inverness at about 15-15:30 the next day traveling at a very slow pace with several pub stops and one pannier still full of food!
Write up and photos of GGW section here.http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?o=RrzKj&page_id=128419&v=2qPosted 9 years ago
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