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NC500 & Further - Bikepacking Scotland's North

Markus Stitz

NC500 & Further - Bikepacking Scotland's North

Collection by Markus Stitz



24:43 h

214 mi

12,725 ft

Based on the time constraints that make it difficult for people to cycle the whole NC500, we designed an itinerary that can be ridden in a week or less. We started our journey in Strathcarron after staying at Black Isle Bar & Rooms in Inverness, taking a train for the first leg, then following the NC500 route up and down the Bealach na Bà, the third-highest road in Scotland.On the second day we set off from Tigh an Eilean, a small hotel that nestles in the picturesque fishing village of Shieldaig in Wester Ross, to combine the NC500 route with gravel tracks along Upper Loch Torridon, then continuing through picturesque Glen Torridon. From Kinlochewe, on the shores of Loch Maree, we ventured off the NC500 route to Achnasheen and on to Lochluichart. This section can be done by either bike or train.We then crossed the Lochluichart Wind Farm on gravel tracks to meet the A835 at Loch Glascarnoch, and joined the NC500 again at Corrieshalloch Gorge, continuing on the road and an alternative route on the opposite side of the River Broom to Ullapool, where the Harbour House B&B offered shortbread and sherry on our arrival.From Ullapool we continued on a well-known coast-to-coast route to Oykel Bridge, having already ridden this section during our inaugural bikepacking trip in 2006 and also during the Highland Trail 550. We continued on to Culrain, where our route met the railway once again to Ardgay. The newly-opened White Rose Tower B&B near Invergordon was our last overnight stop, before continuing on a mixture of roads, paths and Sustrans National Cycle Route 1 across the Black Isle back to Inverness.

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  • Distance
    214 mi
  • Duration
    24:43 h
  • Elevation
    12,725 ft

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