For the past few years we have been guiding mountain bikers on our coast to coast mountain bike holiday, which takes us from Aberdeen in the North East of Scotland to the most Westerly point on mainland uk, Ardnamurchan point. Although we know certain parts of the peninsula like the back of our hands, there are a lot of areas that we felt needed exploring! So we set about planning an exploration trip to Ardnamurchan….
Last Friday we picked up a camper van from our friends at Highland campervans and set off from Inverness heading for the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Our first stop was Glenuig and the fantastic area around the Glenuig bay, and the Seven Men of Moidart. After a very comfortable night we moved further around the coast to visit the stunning Castle Tioram and explore a trail I had heard about in the area, turned out to be an amazing trail, but at the top end of what is ridable. One to visit again one day, but with a group of very experienced mountain bikers!
After lunch we made our way out to Loch Sunart and spent a magical evening looking over banks of the loch, before hitting the hay for the night. We half expected to wake up to some snow or rain, but we were treated to a fairly clear calm morning, where we spent a couple of hours and a few cups of tea watching seals, oyster catchers and swans going about their breakfast gathering duties. After our long breakfast we set off to explore the trails around the Strontian area, where we encountered some friendly Highland cattle and a great cafe!
So after a fantastic couple of days on the peninsula it was time to start heading back to Inverness, but not before we stopped off for the night at Loch Lochy on our way up the Great Glen and a blast around a local forest trail.
Why not take a look at our Ardnamurchan photo album to see the results of our trip!