Time  9 hours 58 minutes

Coordinates 3775

Uploaded September 21, 2018

Recorded July 2018

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near Onich, Scotland (United Kingdom)

Great cycling trip on cycling route 78 the Caledonian Way, the Isle of Mull, and in Morvern and Ardgour. The trip includes three ferries (see waypoints for more information on fees and timetables) with a total sea trip of 21 km, and 133 km of cycling. Between Corran and Oban you largely cycle on dedicated asphalt cycling paths. Between Lochaline and Ardgour you cycle 50 km in a landscape with rivers, mountains, lochs and coastal scenery without villages or facilities. There are a few stretches on the A828 without a cycling path which can be a bit busier, but on the whole the solitude and wildness are impressive. You can find something to eat and drink in Creagan (near the Loch Creran bridge), Oban, Craignure, Fishnish, Lochaline, Ardgour and Corran, and on the Oban-Craignure and Fishnish-Lochaline ferries.
I started off on the A828 close to Ballachulish on an unpaved side-road with room for parking. From here you follow the cycling path 78 all the way to Connel. At first you cycle directly next to the sea, then cross the road for an inland bypass around Kentallen with cattle gates. Near the river Duror the cycling path ends for 3 km and you cycle on the A828 road. The cycling path then continues and you cycle both on the sea and land side of the road. Near the island of Shuna you cycle next to the Sound of Shuna and a bit further you pass the picturesque Castle Stalker on a little island. The cycling path continues along Loch Laich and then passes inland to Loch Creran. Here you cross a bridge, and then cycle on a cycle path through Barcaldine forest, with an impressively large Caledonian pine. You continue past Barcaldine, the Sea Life Center, Benderloch and Oban Airport. You then cross the Connel bridge (one-way traffic regulated with traffic lights). From the bridge a little islet with resting seals could be observed. After the bridge you follow the busy A85 to Dunbeg, and then take a cycling path with some short steep stretches until you arrive to the coastal road between Ganavan and Oban. You follow this road into Oban and go to the ferry terminal. The ferry to Craignure on Mull takes about 55 minutes with great views and wildlife viewing on the way. You pass the islet Eilean Musdile with the lighthouse and a bit further Duart Castle. In Craignure I chose to make a 12 km detour to Duart Castle, for the views. You take the same road there and back, and then continue to Fishnish, for the crossing to Lochaline. This crossing only takes 18 minutes. Between Lochaline and Ardgour there are no facilities, so eat and drink something before you leave Lochaline. The small road with passing places initially climbs above Loch Aline, and then descends to the Aline River. It then slowly ascends to 210 m with great views of the Abhainna Chlinne Ghil River, Benn Mheadhoin and the wild and vast scenery of Morvern. A bit further you take the B8043 road, which is even smaller than the A884. The road soon descends towards the sea with a bit of forest in the lower regions. I also saw a stag directly on the road, not shy at all… When you arrive to the sea, there are a few houses and a church at Camasnacroise. The river Glengalmadale flows into the sea here. From this point the road deteriorates a bit as you cycle along the coast. After about 6 km the road climbs a bit away from the sea, passes a few lakes, and descends to Inversanda River. Here the road joins the A861 which you follow towards Ardgour with great views across Loch Linnhe towards Ballachulish. In Ardgour you take the ferry to Corran (5 minutes crossing). Currents are strong here. In Corran you cycle along the busy A82 to Ballachulish Bridge, and then take the cycling path back to the starting point.
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A861

Here you enter the A861 from the B8043, and follow the road to the Ardgour ferry.
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A884

Highest point of the A884 above Loch Aline.
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A884 with view of Beinn Mheadhoin

From here you have a great view towards the Beinn Mheadhoin in a vast and impressive landscape
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Airport

Airport of Oban
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Along Abhainna Chlinne Ghil

Here is the bridge across Abhainna Chlinne Ghil and from here you start ascending along this river
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Along Loch Laich

The cycling path takes you along mudflats along Loch Laich
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B8043

Here the road splits, and you follow B8043
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B8043 coastal section

This section of the B8043 takes you directly along the coast. Quality of the road is not very good.
Bridge

Ballachulish Bridge

Bridge between Ballachulish North and South
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Bypass Kentallen

Here the cycle path takes you inland through cattle gates in a bypass around Kentallen
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Camasnacroise

Collection of a few houses and a church where river Glengalmadale flows into the sea
Castle

Castle Stalker

Castle on a small island
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Coastal Cycling Path

The cycling path takes you directly on the sea.
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Connel Bridge

Bridge across Loch Etive. On some rocks close to the bridge, seals rest at low-tide. There is one-way traffic on the bridge regulated with traffic lights.
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Cycle Path Barcaldine Forest

This stretch of cycle path takes you through Barcaldine Forest
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Descent to Loch a'Choire

The B8043 descends towards the sea here. Views are great.
Castle

Duart Castle

Duart Castle is about 6 km from the ferry landing in Craignure.
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Dunbeg Cycling Path

This cycling path has some steep sections
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Eilean Musdile

Island in the Sound of Mull with a lighthouse. You pass by this island closeby on the ferry from Oban.
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Ferry Ardgour-Corran

Here you go onto the Ardgour-Corran ferry. See https://www.calmac.co.uk/ardgour-nether-lochaber-corran-summer-timetable There are restaurants on both sides, but not on the boat. Currents are strong here.
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Ferry Fishnish-Lochaline

Ferry landing at Fishnish. Snack bars on both sides. See https://www.calmac.co.uk/lochaline-fishnish-mull-ferry-summer-timetable
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Ferry Oban-Mull

Here is the ferry landing in Oban for the ferry to Craignure. There are facilities on both sides, and a cafetaria on board. See https://www.calmac.co.uk/article/2974/Mull-Oban---Craignure
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Ganavan Road

The cycling path ends at Ganavan Road which takes you into Oban.
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Inversanda River

Here you cross Inversanda River
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Loch Creran Bridge

Bridge of the A828 across Loch Creran
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Loch Uisage

Loch Uisage is a lake along B8043
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Lochaline

Village of Lochaline. From here it is 50 km to Ardgour without any facilities
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Lochan Doire a'Braghaid

Lake along B8043
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Mull

Here you arrive in Craignure on the Isle of Mull
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Oban

The town Oban is popular with tourists for its location on the sea, harbour and ferries
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River Aline

Here you cross the river Aline
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Sound of Shuna

Here you pass along the sound of Shuna between the island and the mainland

2 comments

  • Photo of Javier Estevez Reyes

    Javier Estevez Reyes Nov 21, 2018

    I´d like to take a round trip riding through the west coasts of Cuba but first, I will practice and make some exercises in my bike. Great views, excellent pictures.

  • Photo of Tjaart Molenkamp

    Tjaart Molenkamp Nov 22, 2018

    Thanks for your comments, Javier. Have fun preparing for your big trip to Cuba!

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