Ardnamurchan circuit

Cycle Routes

    A big, hilly and spectacular circuit taking in much of the Ardnamurchan area west of Loch Linnhe.

    At 80 miles this is quite a big circuit and there are quite a few hills and a main road so it's one for the fitter and more experienced cyclist but it does take in some of Scotland's best scenery. The main road section can largely be avoided by using the train between Locheilside and Lochailort Stations which also knocks 12 miles off the distance. Being a circuit it can be started at any point but is described here from Camasnagaul which is reached by a passenger (& bike) ferry from Fort William but some may prefer to start from one of the stations such as Glenfinnan or Lochailort if they aren't confident of completimg the circuit in time for the last ferry back. Another alrenative is to start from Ardgour which is easily accessed by the ferry from Corran just south of Fort William but the cycle to Corran is on a busy and windy road so isn't recommended.

    From the pier at Camusnagaul head north round the bay on the A861, which despite it's "A" numbering is a quiet single track road. Follow this round the coast and alomng the southern shore of Loch Eil untill the head of the loch until the main A830 is reached just after passing under the railway bridge. Turn left and follow the main road for 4 miles to Glenfinnan where it's worth a stop to see the Visitor centre and the viaduct made famous in the "Harry Potter" films. Beyond the visitor centre the route climbs past the main part of the village and the station and out of the trees before undulating for  afew miles to picturesque Loch Eilt where it follows the north shore before dropping slightly to reach Lochailort.

    Turn left at Lochailort to rejoin the A861, which at this point is a more significant road than previously but still fairly quiet and a joy to cycle as it winds and undulates along the shores of firstly Loch Ailort and then Loch Moidart to reach the scattered village of Acharacle. Just before Acharacle a turning to the right gives the option of a short detour to Castle Tioram - it's 4 miles for the return trip but worth the effort to see one of the most picturesquely situated castles in the country.

    Back on the A861 continue through Acharacle and on to Salen where a road junction is reached. A right turn leads to Ardnamurchan Point, the most westerly point in the UK mainland but our route turns left and follows the shore of loch Sunart to the village of Strontian. beyond Strontian thr road passes the head of the loch and climbs up between the hills before dropping down Glen Tarbert to reach the shores of Loch Linnhe. To complete the circuit follow the shore road past the Corran ferry to finish on a nice quiet stretch of single track road just as the route began.


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    • 51-100 Miles
    • Height Gain: 1001-2000 Metres


    • Open Hillside
    • Rural
    • Urban and Rural


    • Tarmac

    Type of Ride

    • Road Cycling


    • Difficult


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    Road Directions

    Fort William is the main centre and easily reached by car on the main A82 from Glasgow to Inverness.

    Public Transport Directions

    Fort William is the most conveniently situated rail station with regular services from Glasgow. There are also stations at Locheilside, Glenfinnan and Lochailort on the Fort William to Mallaig line but with slightly fewer services than Fort William.

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