Cycle Ride – Sustrans Route 78 The Caledonia Way

Cycle Rides

National Route 78 of the National Cycle Network runs from Campbeltown to Inverness and was officially opened on 5 October 2015. It offers a variety of cycling, from challenging on-road hills to lengthy sections of traffic-free path through the spectacular scenery of the west coast of Scotland.

Oban to Fort William

Most of this 48 mile route is on wonderful, traffic-free path, with a few sections on minor roads.  There remain two short sections where cyclists have to use the main road (A85 and A828) – south of Benderloch and south of Duror. There is a third section south of Connel Bridge where it has also not been possible to build a traffic-free path and an interim alternative route is on the quiet road from Oban to Connel, via Ardconnel.  Much of the path between Oban and Ballachulish is built along the former railway line which ran from Connel to the slate quarries in Ballachulish. The path has great views, hugging the coast for much of the way and has very few gradients. A shared-use path is currently being built between North Ballachulish and Onich and the Corran Ferry. There is no traffic-free route between the Corran Ferry and Fort William and it is recommend that cyclists use the Corran and Cambusnagaul Ferries and use the single-track road along the west side of Loch Linnhe.

You can deviate from Route 78 and cycle along the Glencoe Orbital Track and/or the Loch Leven circular route.

Get a feel for Route 78 on Sustrans YouTube video.

 

 

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Suitable for Families
Yes
Difficulty
Straightforward

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