Day 15: Lairg to Loch Merkland - Great North Trail
Road Cycling Highlight
Bike Touring Highlight (Segment)
Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.
January 6, 2020
You’ll be glad of the respite today with a shorter ride of 33 miles (53km) after a few mammoth days in the Scottish Highlands. Leave the comfort of the Oykel Bridge Hotel behind today, and look forward to the very gentle ride, bar the one climb and descent of Maovally, or the Power Station climb.
Start by heading East on the main road alongside the River Oykel, turning off left just after Cassley Bridge in Rosehall. Take this little lane Northbound along the River Cassley valley, now on the Highland Trail 550 route again. It starts to very gently climb before it gets serious on the Power Station climb, zig zagging up the valley side away from the river and up the side of Maovally.
Descend on the road before the unpaved path takes you between Loch Shin and Loch a’ Ghriama. From here it’s an easy last stint heading North on the road from Corrickinloch to West Merkland, passing by Loch Merkland. Find a good spot here to wildcamp, or if you’d rather stay under a roof, detour South on the main road to the Overscaig House Hotel.
January 8, 2020
Bike Touring Collection by The Racing Collective
Hiking Collection by Adventurer Nic
Mountain Biking Collection by Katherine Moore
Bike Touring Collection by komoot