GPS Track Details
|Track length:||80.60 km|
|Total ascent:||631 m|
|Total descent:||630 m|
|Difficulty Level:||3/5 - Medium|
The journey time between Glasgow Queen Street, the start of the West Highland Line to Fort William takes around 3 hours and 45 minutes. From Edinburgh, the journey takes just under 5 hours, changing once at Glasgow Queen Street. Once you are in Fort William, at the train station you will find the Jacobite a classic British steam train trip from yester year. The train takes you along the West Highland Line a breath-taking experience with stunning scenery of kaleidoscopic-coloured moors, snow-capped mountains, shimmering lochs and rugged coast, heading towards the village of Mallaig in Scotland. This is a 84 miles round trips, starting at Fort William, near Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, the train journey is about 40. The train slows down, as it crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct, with a view of the spectacular Loch Shiel and surrounding mountains, For Harry potter fans this is the point in the film were Harry and Ron in the flying Ford Anglia appear. After the viaduct, the train makes a short stop at Glenfinnan before continuing its journey. Around 3 miles, after the station, on the right-hand side, you’ll start to run alongside Loch Eilt. The train journey ends at the fishing port of Mallaig. Most passengers will spend a short time here before the return journey to Fort William, for others Mallaig is the jumping off point for ferries to the Isle of Skye.
First Stage Difficulty: EasyFirst Stage Information:
Follow the B8008, A830 on local roads, to Morar, with its twists and turns and narrow stretches, about 3 miles, depending on traffic, this is a small village on the west coast, south of Mallaig. The name Morar is also applied to the northern part of the peninsula containing the village,The coastline of the area forms part of the Morar, Moidart and Ardnamurchan National Scenic Area, one of 40 such areas in Scotland, which are defined so as to identify areas of exceptional scenery and to ensure its protection by restricting certain forms of development. From Morar you cycle to Bunacaimb about 5.2 miles, the coastline begins in the south at the hamlets of Back of Keppoch and Bunacaimb, Here you will find the foreshore that characterise much of this coastline.
Second Stage Difficulty: EasySecond Stage Information:
At Portnaluchaig the road skirts the beach itself, and continues around a superb bay past the 9 hole golf course at Traigh. Leave Bunacaimb towards B8008 heading towards Arisaig about 2 miles Arisaig used to be seen as a haven set between some quite challenging stretches of single track road today you will find the road has been dramatically improved. The opening of a new length of high quality road in 2003 and another, from Arisaig south east to Loch Nan Uamh in 2009, has the new road passing through some of the most attractive white-painted buildings scattered between the harbour and the line of the new road. Across the hillside just below Arisaig's railway station is the village it offers a reasonable selection of shops, local services and accommodation, but in summer can become quite busy.
Third Stage Difficulty: EasyThird Stage Information:
Leaving Arisaig to Druimindarroch on the B8008 towards Clanranald Place, Turn right on to A830 for about 3 miles. Druimindarroch is a small settlement which lies on the north coast of Loch nan Uamh in Lochaber, Scottish Highlands and is in the council area of Highland. Here you will find Prince Charlie's Cave where Charles Edward Stuart is said to have sheltered in the cave for 5 days in 1746, when on the run after defeat at the Battle of Culloden.
Stage 4 Description:
From Druimindarroch, on the A830 to Ranochan moor is about 10 miles, the main road and the railway makes a sweeping climb up to the Rannoch Moor plateau with heather and lochan surrounded by distant mountains. Rannoch Moor is an expanse of around 50 square miles of boggy moorland to the west of Loch Rannoch, where it extends,westerly Perth and Kinross, northerly Lochaber, and south-west, towards northern Argyll and Bute. Rannoch Moor is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation. Much of the western part of the moor lies within the Ben Nevis and Glen Coe National Scenic Area. From Ranochan moor through Glenfinnan and Drumsallie on the A830 to Corpach is about 8 miles, This is a large village north of Fort William, with a natural harbour, with a canal lock, leading to the basin on Loch Linnhe, heading east it narrows leading to Loch Eil, this is the western sea entrance of the Caledonian Canal. The final part to this ride is to follow on to Fort William, and the finish of this Cycle trip. About 4 miles. From Fort William you can catch the train to Glasgow and home,
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