A Lochalsh circuit from Plockton or Kyle of Lochalsh

Cycle Routes

Plockton, Skye, IV52 8TN

    One of a number of possible routes around the peninsula between Plockton & Kyle of Lochalsh

    This route starts at the famously pretty village of Plockton but can be just as easily undertaken from Kyle of KLochalsh.

    The small lochside village of Plockton is a lovely place - straight off a chocolate box! Painted cottages hug the shore, palm trees line the street and the sea is studded with tiny islets covered in pine trees. Plockton is a favourite haunt for artists in summer when the light seems to have a wonderful quality. Visiting yachts provide an additional interest. The village was originally called Am Ploc - a crofting hamlet until the late 1700s; and later a port for those displaced to make room for sheep during the Clearances. Following this it became a fishing village and was renamed Plocktown. Though the fishing is now gone there are still plenty of other things happening. In the mid-1990s, the BBC filmed a drama series here - Hamish Macbeth.

    Start from the railway station at the south end of the village and follow the minor road southwards towards the smaller village of Duirinish. Continue past Duirinish and Drumbuie to Erbusaig, with some wonderful views westwards to Skye and Raasay, until a junction is reached where a left turn leads onto the road to Balmacara. If starting from Kyle of Lochalsh following the road northwards (signposted to Plockton) will bring you to the same junction from the other side.

    When Balmacara is reached turn left after which there is a short - 2 mile section along the A87 to Auchtertyre. This is a busy section of road. The A87 passes south of Auchtertyre after which a left turn leads onto the A890 - and a steep climb! At the top of the climb the road levels off and undulates fro a couiple of miles before dropping down through fiorest towards Stromeferry. Take the first turning on the left once into the forest and descend to Braeintra. Continue through Braeintra, turning left at the junction by Achmore and follow the road along the south side of the loch, past Duncraig Castle and back to Plockton.

     

    Catering

    • Refreshments

    Distance

    • 11-25 Miles
    • Height Gain: 501-1000 Metres
    • Miles 20

    Environment

    • Rural
    • Forest
    • Open Hillside

    Surface

    • Tarmac, rough tracks and dirt trails

    Type of Ride

    • Road Cycling

    Difficulty

    • Difficult

    Domestic

    • Toilets

    Leisure Facilities

    • Bike Repair/Sales

    Transport

    • Parking
    • Cycle Hire Nearby

    Road Directions

    Kyle of Lochalsh is easily reached by the A87 road between Inverness / Fort William and the Isle of Skye. If starting from Plockton, the village can be reached by a short link road from the A87 at Balmacara. or by leaving the A890 Lochcarron to Auchtertyre road at Stromeferry.

    Public Transport Directions

    Both Plockton and Kyle of Lochalsh are served by trains from Inverness on the world famous Kyle line.

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