NW Scotland again

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by samid, 7 Apr 2010.

  1. No it isn't but just don't underestimate the f*ckwittery of your average tourist up there. The road gets very narrow in places and many of them don't appreciate how to use passing places, will squeeze you out, pass dangerously close, too fast etc and I personally would rather not take the risk. I have taken the train from Lochailort to Fort William in the past to avoid riding on that road and I am glad I did. I have ridden on it in the past and it wasn't pleasant.
     
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    samid

    samid Über Member

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Thanks for the info Kirstie - even if after all I do take that road I'll be extra cautious.
     
  3. The further north you get the less stupid the drivers are...because there are less of them! :tongue:
     
  4. Aberal said: It's a tricky one as the route between Edinburgh and the Falkirk/Stirling area is busy and the roads are not good.

    This route is dead quiet if you go over the Forth Bridge and pickup the NCN 76 Dunfemline - Alloa path, dead straight and an excellent surface.
     
  5. I don't know when Kirstie was last on the A830 to Mallaig but none of it is single track now. I would not advise getting the train to avoid this section because from Lochailort to Mallaig there is some stunning scenery, particularly around Arisaig and the white sands of Morar. Between Arisaig and Morar you can get onto the old (some single track) road and avoid the faster traffic on the main road. If its a nice day when you are there, don't miss Camusdarach beach which is great for a swim and the views out to Rhum and Eigg are unbeatable.
    It's a shame when they built the new road they didn't retain more of the old road (between Arisaig and Lochailort) as a cycling route as it was a lovely road to cycle.
     
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    samid Über Member

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Hi Gary, could you tell me a bit more about that route please? Is it well marked? Is this the right map to get/follow for it? Cheers.
     
  7. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
  8. This is the link here:
    http://www.sustransshop.org.uk/products/5465-ncn-round-the-forth
    it takes you up to Stirling via Alloa, from Alloa to Stirling it can get messy surface wise, but is OK. I led a tour round the Trossachs a couple of years back and we all used this route with loaded tourers. Good luck with your trip whatever way you go.
     
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    samid Über Member

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    Thanks guys.
     
  10. It's been a few years actually - so that information is good to know as it's somewhere I've always assumed would be dreadful to ride a bike on because of all of the stupid tourist ferry traffic.
     
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    samid Über Member

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
  12. aberal

    aberal Senior Member

    Location:
    Midlothian
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    samid Über Member

    Location:
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    Yes, it was great - good weather, almost no midgies, great views. The only downside was the blown tyre (and a case of severe sunburn :wacko:)...
     
  14. andrew_s

    andrew_s Guru

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    Gloucester
    There's less ferry traffic than there used to be because of the bridge.
     
  15. I'm not sure if that is actually the case, many tourists who want to go to Skye like the idea of taking a ferry so where in the past they might have gone via the Kyle of Lochalsh ferry (replaced by the bridge) they now have to go via Mallaig if they want to go by ferry.
    And the 'improvement' to the road to Mallaig will probably have increased the traffic volume too.
     
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