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Bikepacking: Scottish Highlands (12 days)

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Bikepacking: Scottish Highlands (12 days)

Collection by erwinsikkens_com

9

Tours

174:18 h

421 mi

28,625 ft

Last september I went on a bikepacking trip through the Highlands of Scotland with my mate Bram. We wanted to ride as much offbeat track as we could possibly find, sleeping out in the wild or in bothies. Now, as a lot of highlights in our trips weren't highlights in Komoot yet, I collected these to share with you all. Hopefully our experiences and adventures in the area will help and inspire for any of your future endeavours.Of course if you like this collection, be sure to bookmark it and follow me on Komoot for more collections like this one. I'd also love it if you leave your comments at the tours and highlights and share the love.Have a nice ride!
Erwin

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  • 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Bikepacking trip - day 1

    07:05
    29.3 mi
    4.1 mph
    3,100 ft
    1,800 ft

    Day 1 - Our adventure through the Scottish Highlands starts out in Highlands city Inverness. Due to it's great train connection it was easy for us Dutch people to get here by ferry (Amsterdam - Newcastle) and after that the train. All beginning is exciting and after a night at some cheap Inverness hostel

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    Great Glen Way forest trail

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    Beautiful off-road forest track, part of the Great Glen Way, with some incredible views over Loch Ness along the way.

    The route is good and rideable, but does have multiple short but steep climbs and descents, as well as stream crossings. But hey, nothing beats a short hike-a-bike here and there right?

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    Great Glen Way gravel road

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    This beautiful gravel road is part of the Great Glen Way and gives you a good, rideable and lovely curvy gravel road through the forest. You'll contour around the peak of Carn na Leitire.

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    Beautiful view on one of the highest points of this mountain path. The little platform with stone wall provides for a nice place to pitch a small tent. Prepare for a windy night though, as the wall only covers one side of the open space.

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  • 07:08
    21.7 mi
    3.0 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,525 ft

    Day 2 - We woke up at the highest point of the Great Glen Way after a windy and noisy night sleep in our tent. We found out the hard way that setting up camp at the highest place with the best view, isn't always the best place if you want to stay out of the wind. Lesson learned :)

    After a cold and bit

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    Corrieyairack Pass is a tough, but beautiful one by any means. What beter way of starting (or finishing) that adventure then with Wade's Road. A nice narrow hike a bike path past prickly bushes ;)

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    Blackburn of Corrieyairack Bothy

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    Bothy maintained by the M.B.A. Perfect little shelter near the bottom of the Corrieyairack Pass, just off the main road. Nothing beats a free roof over your head. There's a stove there but no wood to burn in the neighborhood. So bring your own sleeping gear and wood.

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  • 24:45
    58.9 mi
    2.4 mph
    4,425 ft
    4,225 ft

    After a great first ever bothy experience in the Corrieyairack or Blackburn bothy we made the decision to try to sleep in bothies more often during our trip, scouting the map for more of them.

    It didn't take long for us to set our eyes on staying at the Staoineag bothy later that night. It meant however

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    Corrieyairack Pass

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    Deer Park Road

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    Yes, you read correctly... Deer Park Road. This stretch of beautiful gravel road goes right through a patch of forest full of deer. There's a good chance of seeing some of them if you keep your eyes open.

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    Beautiful gravel road with views

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    Like the name says... beautiful gravel road with views over the nearby loch and mountains. Good ridable gravel. Closely deer park and linking up to the Corrieyairack Pass road.

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    Ardverikie Estate Castle

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    Beautiful estate castle on the edge of Loch Laggan.

    Used in filming for Netflix series 'The Crown' as a stand in for the Queen's Scotland stay (Balmoral Castle) as we were passing there, so couldn't stay too long or we'd be in the background of one of season 4's episodes with our bikepacking bikes!

    Also known from the British TV Series 'Monarch of the Glen'.

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    Nice rideable doubletrack gravel road past two smaller Lochs up in the Ardverikie Estate (known from the British TV Series Monarch of the Glen). Beautiful remote place, definitely worth a visit or detour.

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    Beautiful gravel road to Corrour Estate

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    Beautiful and easily passable gravel road connecting forest roads in the north with the Corrour Estate shooting lodge at the end of Loch Ossian. Amazing views and a great way of getting to or from Corrour Station and the Loch Ossian YHA.

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    Loch Ossian gravel road

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    Beautiful rolling gravel road on the north shore of Loch Ossian, connecting the Corrour shooting lodge with the Loch Ossian Youth Hostel and Corrour Station for your train connection or just a nice visit to it's bar and restaurant. Connect the southern shore road to ride or walk a beautiful trip around the loch.

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    Beautiful place! Corrour train station is the most remote train station of the UK (fact) and probably also the most beautifully located (opinion). The train station contains a nice bar with small gifts, wifi, a fireplace, boardgames and a little restaurant. There's also the possibility of staying in their B&B, but it's cheaper to stay in the Youth Hostel close by at the side of Loch Ossian.

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    Hike a bike to stepping stones at Staoineag bothy

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    Could just as well have been a hiking highlight, as riding your bike is practically impossible. Great stretch of hike a bike though if you're looking to stay in the Staoineag Bothy up the valley from Loch Treig. Boggy path with a lot of small hills that lasts on forever. Beware that the stepping stones are not always 'there'. Often flooded. Sounds terrible, but it's still the Scottish Highlands, so all is beautiful!

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    Boggy hike a bike path to Staoineag Bothy

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    Could just as well have been a hiking highlight, as riding your bike is practically impossible. Great stretch of hike a bike though if you're looking to stay in the Staoineag Bothy up the valley from Loch Treig. Boggy path with a lot of small hills that lasts on forever. Sounds terrible, but it's still the Scottish Highlands, so all is beautiful!

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    Staoineag Bothy

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    The bothy is always there. Nice also! The stepping stones not always at all. Depending on how high the water stands, you can of cannot cross the river exactly next to the bothy. When we visited the stepping stones where flooded, but just. Try in the morning and evenings for a beter chance at crossing the river. The bothy is great! Maintained by the M.B.A. it has a small entrance hall and three rooms, of which two have a stove. Bring some wood though. Not much there to find ;-)

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  • 08:56
    60.8 mi
    6.8 mph
    3,000 ft
    3,725 ft

    After staying at the Staoineag bothy for one night, we realized that we did not have enough groceries for the days to come. We intervened by taking a rest day off. Setting up camp next to Corrour train station, taking the train to Fort William and back for groceries, sleeping the night in our tent waking

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Highlights
    52
  • Distance
    421 mi
  • Duration
    174:18 h
  • Elevation
    28,625 ft

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