Cycling & Mountain Biking
A few years ago, Wester Ross looked like the ideal place to bring your bicycle, with plenty of tracks, trails, and single track roads winding their way across some beautiful and remote countryside. However, on arrival, you noticed the signs telling you that many cyclists were not allowed on tracks or were banned from going through huge areas of private estate land.
Although this still applies in some areas, it's not the case across the whole area anymore. You can now enjoy cycling in many places - but check with the local estate before you go! There's no such problem with single track roads, however, as nearly all of these are for public use.
Despite there being several quite significant hills (try cycling up the hill at Gruinard!), the area has a wealth of good cycling to offer along relatively flat coastal routes such as the one out to Rhua Reidh Lighthouse, or wooded routes such as the one to Badrallach (near Dundonnell)
All you need is a packed lunch, a map...and good weather!
Here's some suggestions for you..............
Gairloch to Rhu Reidh - approx. 12 miles, much of it single track, up some hills and down others but actually relatively flat for most of the way. Fantastic coastal views most of the way out towards Skye, Harris and Lewis.
Kinlochewe Heights - once more, this is approximately 12 miles, and takes you into some of the finest scenery in the country behind "Slioch", one of Wester Ross's 3000ft + mountains. The cycle starts of at Kinlochewe, at the car park beside the track to Slioch. Through the swing gate here, turn right after the parking area, and away you go down a very passable (hard surfaced) landrover track. Ater a few miles, bear left up a walking path, round the top of the trail, and back down Glen Bianasdail, Slioch on your right. Take a map as well! Ordnance Survey Map 19.
Slaggan (Deserted Village) - a short run of around 3 miles on a good surface ending at the ruined village of Slaggan - a highly atmospheric place to sit for a while, and with a small beach between village and sea. Starts on the left hand side of the road, beside a small area where you can park, between the villages of Laide and Mellon Udrigle. It's also worth mentioning that the Laide - Udrigle road itself is worth a cycle run, and there's a beautiful beach at Mellon Udrigle!
Staying in Inverness and want to visit here, but no access to a car? Have you heard of the D&E Coaches "Bike Bus"? This runs between Inverness and Durness via Ullapool - load yourself and your bike onto the bus, the bike goes into the trailer, and you all head off towards Wester Ross - and can be picked up again for the return trip! Have a look on the D&E website for details.