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Stage 2: Drumnadrochit to Fort Augustus — Great Glen Way

Stage 2: Drumnadrochit to Fort Augustus — Great Glen Way

Difficult
03:39
22.0 mi
6.0 mph
2,275 ft
2,300 ft
Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

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Includes a movable bridge

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1 in total

Includes a very steep uphill segment

You may need to push your bike.

0.33 mi in total

Tour Overview

Starting Point
14.5 mi
© OSM

Thomas Telford Bridge

Bike Touring Highlight

21.9 mi
© OSM

Caledonian Canal Centre & Cafe

Bike Touring Highlight

22.0 mi
© OSM

Fort Augustus

Bike Touring Highlight

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Tour Profile

Waytypes

Singletrack: 408 yd
Path: 16.6 mi
Street: 0.31 mi
Road: 3.79 mi
State Road: 1.03 mi
Off-grid (unknown): < 109 yd

Surfaces

Unpaved: 16.4 mi
Paved: 3.96 mi
Asphalt: 1.48 mi
Unknown: 280 yd

Weather Forecast

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Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.

May 5, 2020

Comments

  • Katherine Moore

    The second stage of the Great Glen Way contains the most climbing at 2,264 feet (690 m), although the distance of 22 miles (35.4 km) shouldn’t pose a problem and give you plenty of time to explore and take in the marvellous sights.

    For the entire stage you’ll be following down the west shore of Loch Ness to Fort Augustus at the end, although the path of the Great Glen Way doesn’t follow the busy lochside road, but rather treats you with more scenic and peaceful trails on the hillsides.

    Start the stage with a climb out of Drumnadrochit, zig-zagging up the bankside trail to meet the minor Bunloit Road. This will take you parallel to Loch Ness to Grotaig, a little settlement where you’ll find the Seada Luis Honesty Box that’s adored to Great Glen walkers and cyclists alike, as well as a lovely tearoom for a break here.

    The next leg takes you along the top of a steep bank down to Loch Ness in the same direction, but along a traffic-free gravel road this time, before dropping down the switchbacks near the shore at Alltsigh.

    You’ll follow this low level gravel trail alongside the road here past a stone cave, before a sharp climb up through the forest with a thrilling roll down the gravel switchbacks into Invermoriston.

    Enjoy this quaint village a while and admire the old Thomas Telford bridge, before crossing to continue along the shore of Loch Ness through the forest, above the road. There’s also an alternative high route here if you fancy some extra climbing! You’ll ride into the lively Fort Augustus after crossing the River Oich and the Caledonian Canal. Don’t forget to stop by the visitor centre and cafe to learn more about this feat of engineering or simply enjoy a cup of tea and something to eat.

    • May 6, 2020

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Katherine Moore

Stage 2: Drumnadrochit to Fort Augustus — Great Glen Way