Explore by Bike
Cycling gives great scope for independent exploring at your own pace, be it by road, mountain or gravel bike ….
‘Uircheann Righ’ is the ideal location to explore on your bike, the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and beyond where you can enjoy wonderful scenery, fresh countryside air and breathtaking views. We can offer you secure bike storage, bike washing facilities and an area to dry your wet clothes if you happen to get caught in a shower or two!! If you are staying for a few days with us, we are happy to offer you self-service clothes washing and drying facilities.
If you would like to hire mountain bikes, this can be arranged with Sunart Cycles, a locally based bike hire business in Strontian Village. Tim from Sunart Cycles will deliver your wheels directly to Uircheann Righ if required. For further information and prices, please visit : www.sunartcycles.co.uk
Road bike route ideas
The Liddesdale Loop road ride: covers over 40 miles of winding country roads. Prepare for dramatic scenery and challenging hillside roads! Following along the shores of Loch Sunart on the A884, you will begin the longest ascent of your journey, being Liddesdale hill, which rises 263m over a distance of 3.4km, normally taking around 15-20 mins to climb. The climb takes you up a series of prolonged and gruelling straights before dropping back down where you take the turn off to Kingairloch at the bottom of the hill. Here you will enjoy rolling hills, stunning scenery and tranquillity as you ride through the breathtaking Kingairloch Highland Estate. As you rejoin the A861, you have the option of turning right and heading to the Ardgour Inn or crossing on the Corran Ferry as a free foot passenger with your bike to the Corran Inn for a spot of lunch where you can enjoy watching the MV Corran swinging back and forward like a pendulum across the Corran Narrows before returning to Strontian via the picturesque Glen Tarbert, dropping down the hill into Strontian with beautiful views of Loch Sunart on the horizon.
Lord of the Lochs … A route promoted by Lochaber based ‘No Fuss Events’: For a truly challenging day out, try the ‘Lord of the Lochs’ route as per the No Fuss events ride – you choose your direction! A circular route of around 80 miles. You could head west travelling through the villages of Acharacle and Mingarry, taking the stiff climb up Drynie Hill, descending into Kinlochmoidart and past the Seven Men of Moidart beech trees (planted to commemorate 7 men from the area who went to Glenfinnan to raise the standard). Travel alongside Loch Moidart towards Glenuig with spectacular views of the islands of Eigg, Rum and Muck, joining the spectacular ‘Road to the Isles’ at Lochailort as the road winds its way along Loch Eilt to Glenfinnan. Continue along the A830 where you will enjoy spectacular views of Ben Nevis, turning right on to the A861 single track road where you will skirt alongside the shores of Loch Linnhe to Ardgour and then back through Glen Tarbet to Strontian.
Strontian via the Isle of Mull and Oban loop. An absolutely epic cycle, weather permitting, covering around 85 miles and encompassing three ferry journeys. A spectacularly scenic and iconic journey on a good summer’s day with not too many hills, once Liddesdale is out of the way! Enjoy lunch whilst crossing on the Craignure to Oban Ferry before joining the ‘Sustrans Cycle Route No. 78’ from Oban to Corran, ensuring that you allow sufficient time to cross before the last ferry journey of the day (2130 hrs) before returning back to Strontian.
Gravel bike route ideas
Strontian to Glenfinnan via Polloch: If you are looking for a mix of road and gravel and like a challenge then this is a route worth considering, and which is on our doorstep. The climb up through Scotstown takes a wee while to get going but stick with it because at the end of it lies ‘pure climbing gold’ being listed as one of Scotland’s top hill climbs! Once you reach the top of the hill, with an altitude gain of 331m over 4.6km, you can marvel at what you have conquered before you drop back down the hill into Polloch absorbing the views of Loch Doilet as you go and where you join the forestry track which takes you along the side of Loch Shiel to Glenfinnan.
You can then decide whether you wish to return along Loch Shiel to face the challenging return journey back up Bealach Feith nan Laogh, also know as the ‘Pass of the Bog and Calf’. The climb is severe from the outset as the road pulls away from the track junction at Kinlochan, the road rises 313m over a mere 2.6km and is the shortest distance by road to gain 1000ft in altitude in Scotland … but you can pride yourself at climbing one of Scotland’s toughest 2km of road climbing.
If you wish to have a longer, more leisurely return to Strontian you can take the A830 followed by the A861 along the shores of Loch Linnhe returning to Strontian.
Strontian to Fort William
A fairly leisurely cycle taking you through Glen Tarbet, joining the ‘Sustrans Cycle Route No. 78’ at Ardgour to the Treslaig Ferry where you and your bike can hop on the Passenger Ferry and take the short crossing over to Fort William for a spot of lunch and a browse through Fort William High Street. This ferry runs on a limited timetable so you are advised to check out the times of the ferry beforehand. For details of the ferry timetables, please visit : www.lochabertransport.org.uk
Mountain bike route ideas
There is a great variety of forestry trails which can be enjoyed by all members of the family in and around Strontian Village and further afield. The Ariundle National Nature Reserve is on our doorstep and offers a mix of gravel paths with boardwalks and is ideal for exploring at your leisure.
Why not pack a picnic and your bikes and drive to Arivegaig where you can cycle along the track to the Singing Sands which is a beautiful remote sandy bay on the west coast of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and is a magical setting for a picnic, beach-combing and exploring the rocky coastline.
Enjoy a gentle cycle along Loch Morar peninsula; a mainly flat quiet road. Loch Morar is the deepest freshwater Loch in Britain and some believe, home to ‘Morag’, the cousin of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster! There are several other relaxed cycling opportunities in and around the coastal village of Morar, which is famous for its chain of beautiful white sandy beaches and the popular ‘Camusdarach Beach’, which regularly features as one of the top 10 beaches in the UK.
A day out at Nevis Range in Fort William (being the outdoor capital of the UK), is a must for mountain bike enthusiasts. Whether you are an extreme downhiller or a complete beginner, Nevis Range offers cycle trails for all abilities.
Header image by Rather be Cycling.