Bikes can be hired from CranKitUp Gear in Glencoe Village, please visit www.crankitupgear.com
Sustrans Route 78 Campbeltown to Inverness – Ballachulish to Oban section
The route is underway for the Glencoe/Oban stage, large sections are complete, however it is hard to keep track of where they are laying the cycle path as the sections are being done in phases, therefore there are still some places where you will need to ride on the road. These on road sections may not be suitable for all cycling abilities as the road is fast and during the holiday season there could be a lot of traffic. Most of the cycle path between Oban and Ballachulish is being built along the former railway line which ran from Connel to the slate corries in the village.
Sections available at the time of writing this are:
Ballachulish to Kentallen 4 miles/6.4 km (one way)
Loch Linnhe to Loch Creran 13 miles/21km (one way)
Dunbeg to Oban 3.5 miles/5.6km (one way)
Take a glimpse of the ride on the YouTube channel.
Loch Leven Loop
May not be suitable for inexperienced riders. Turn right out of the village onto the cycle path on the A82. At the Glencoe Inn use the crossing and take the road to Kinlochleven, the B863. This is known as the ‘high road’. In Kinlochleven there is a choice of places to get something to eat and a drink. Continue on the B863 on the ‘low road’ until you re-join the A82. Turn left and cross the Ballachulish Bridge using the cycle path, cross the road where signposted and continue on the cycle path back to Ballachulish.
At Inverfolla, leave the path and head down the road signposted to North Shian (opposite the bus stop). Follow the road to Port Appin where you can enjoy refreshments before continuing to Appin village where you can rejoin the path.
Island of Lismore
18 miles/29km (return)
Take the passenger ferry from Port Appin (see above) to Lismore (10 minutes). On the island there are brochs and castles for you to explore. You can cycle to the end of the island which is 9 miles to Dun Cruban. From here you can either retrace your ride or catch the ferry back to Oban (50 minutues).
Loch Creran Loop
Until 1999 the road went around the loch so now with the bridge built there is very little traffic on the loop. Cycle the road in a clockwise to avoid the most upward gradients. At the head of the loch turn right over the small bridge. Loch Creran is a conservation area so you might be lucky and spot some otters. There are information panels on the marine life. At the end of the ride you pass under the Creagan bridge and loop round back onto the A828. Cross the road to join the path south.
4 miles 6.4km
From Benderloch take the road signed to Tralee. You can take a track to visit to Tralee Beach. Take a right at the next section and follow the road past Barcaldine Castle, now a B&B. After ½ a mile you reach the junction of the A828.
We have a supply of the Sustrans Maps for this area or you can visit their website on www.sustrans.org.uk
We are not mountain bikers so do not have any sound advice to give you on this. However, there are tracks at Glencoe Mountain Resort and if you hire a bike from CranKitUp (see above) then they do provide maps showing the local tracks. Also if you visit the Strava website www.strava.com you will be able to see where riders have been going in the area.