grateful if someone could recommend a 9 day route for Lejog which would take me up the west coast of Scotland.
I am planning to use b&b or hostels.
I am setting off early August and after looking up a number of options will be following a very similar route. Has anyone else opted for this and have any comments or suggestions?
My route was this one: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/8592623?beta=false - 1000 miles (including the 30km on Orkneys)
To go more 'west coast' in 9 days you'd have to be moving fairly quickly (?200km+) per day. I considered Ardnamurchan, Mallaig and Skye but would've been too far (for me).
9 days: B&B, or friends/relatives (2 nights), and hostel once.
Northlew (NW of Okehampton, good B&B and pub next door), Bristol, Shrewsbury, Lancaster, Sanquhar (on A76), Croabh Haven (35km S of Oban), South Laggan (NNE of Fort William), Crask Inn
Night before starting: Trevescan Hostel
After JoG: ferry to Orkney, ride to Kirkwall hostel, overnight ferry (2330-0700) to Aberdeen, flew back (with bike in box from bike shop).
Ferries: Padstow > Rock, Ardrossan > Arran, Lochranza > Kintyre, Oban > Mull, Fishnish > Lochaline, Corran ferry
then 12km of A82 to to Ft William (Banavie), towpath (excellent), cut up to Commando memorial (Spean Bridge), cut off A82 at Drumnadrochit ^^^ and N to Dingwall.
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[Detail]will be following a very similar route.
Top man, thanks for the advice - I'll make a note of all that[Detail]
If you do go across via Arran/Lochranza to Kintyre:
1) Climbing out of Claonaig, take care up the 'single track with passing places road'. There will be locals hammering down the hill (in motors) to catch the ferry with a rudimentary approach to keeping left - I had a close call about a mile away from the slipway.
2) After climbing over to the west side of Kintyre (A83), I chose to divert (?250m) down to the Kennacraig ferry terminal and bought my CalMac ferry ticket from Oban to Craignure. No queue (of course) as the ferry to Islay had gone, but arriving at Oban the following noon I had little time to spare (after 80+km that morning) and would have missed the ferry if I'd had to join the queue or even find/visit the ticket office.