Ultimate Scottish coast to coast
twice i have rode roughly the route of the southern upland way from portpatrick to co-path near my home about 6 or 7 years ago over a long weekend..got train to stranrar, rode to portpatrick to start of the SUW,..last time 2 nights bothys 2 nights bivvy,usually quiet just a few walkers seldom any cyclists,around 260 miles..Posted 8 years ago
I'm not sure about going anywhere near Montrose!! The second half of the coast to coast is pretty much confirmed as Bonar Bridge to Ullapool but I was thinking about tacking on a ride up the Dee valley before hand to relive one of the best rides of my yoof. Trying to make it up to Bonar Bridge as far offroad as possible. Any ideas (other than taking most of it on the old railway path)?Posted 8 years agoHalMember
Thebikechain, you mentioned distillery to distillery? I have done from Royal Lochnagar to Glenlivet then on to Spayside to Knockando, I work at Royal Lochnagar so give me a shout if you are coming by and if we can manage, some of the bike club might be able to join the ride on the trail near us, that goes for you to Fat-boy-fat, Happy new year to you all http://www.9zerofreewheelers.co.uNPosted 8 years agokennypSubscriber
Train to Mallaig, bike out along Loch Morar, boat over to Knoydart, bike from Inverie over to Barrisdale, on to Kinloch Hourn, over towards Glen Shiel, up towards Glen Affric etc etc, ending up eventually somewhere on the Spey, then switch to canoes and spend a pleasant couple of days paddling down the river to the coast via some distilleries.
It would involve a fair bit of planning and outside help, but could be done.Posted 8 years agopistolaMember
Fat-boy-fat – can't see your email in profile?
Anyway, our route was as follows:
Day 1 – Start at Ardnamurchan Point. There is singletrack round the north site of the peninsula or you can take the single track road. Headed to Strontian and then turned north up onto the forest track up Glen Shiel. We then chain-ganged it on the road to Ft. William. About 70-odd miles.
Day 2 – Up the Gt. Glen cycleway to Ft. Augustus then over the Corrieyarrick pass to Laggan/Newtonmore. Again baout 70-odd miles.
Day 3 – Newtonmore up through Feshiebridge/Rothiemurcus area to Glenmore, then Ryvoan Pass, Glenmore Forest, over the Braes of Abernethy, Bridge of Brown to Tomintoul. A shorter day at 40-odd miles.
Day 4 – South from Tomintoul down Glen Builig (great singletrack) then east towards Ballater. then followed the old railway line towards Banchory, over Scolty Hill and The Slug to Stonehaven and then up to Dunnottar Castle, which a bit more of a scenic milestone to finish. Was 60-odd miles.
We had a good friend in a car that met us at various points with food and carried our overnight gear. I thouroughly enjoyed it. We did it in Sept 99 and were blessed with good weather. We did it for one of the mags – it was in MTB Pro I think in early 2000.Posted 8 years ago
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