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Corran Meet day 2: Ardgour by bike

Route: Castle Tioram and the Silver Walk circuit

Sub 2000s: Beinn Bhreac (Moidart)

Date walked: 09/12/2018

Time taken: 1.6 hours

Distance: 7km

Ascent: 400m

Sub 2k Marilyns: Beinn Bhreac.
Date: 09/12/2018.
Distance: 7 km.
Ascent: 400m.
Time taken: 1 hour, 45 minutes.
Weather: Sunny and cold but calm.
Part way through an 85 mile bike ride

Looking back over the last couple of years worth of meets (whether Walkhighlands or others), I noticed a bit of a theme for me - Sunday is usually for cycling! I decided to keep this up for the Christmas meet - a circuit of Ardgour looked appealing, and for the second day running, I wouldn't need to drive anywhere 8) . I wouldn't call Saturday night subdued exactly, but I managed to get to bed for a semi-sensible hour, and was on the 10:15am ferry to Ardgour the following morning without too much of a sore head.

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Cycle route map

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On the ferry

The weather was perfect for cycling - some winter sunshine but clag on the higher summits, and little in the way of wind. As is coming traditional, I decided to throw in a short walk somewhere. Plenty of options on this loop, but Beinn Bhreac looked like the most likely choice. After leaving the ferry, it was a lovely easy start down to Inversanda, before the climb up through Glen Tarbert and subsequent descent to Strontian. There was little in the way of traffic, and I kept stopping to take photos.

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Across Loch Linnhe from Glen Gour

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SW down Loch Linnhe

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Sgurr a’ Chaorainn and Beinn na h-Uamha

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Across to Fraochaidh

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Beinn Bheag from the road

The sun really came out on the road between Strontian and Salen - in fact this was a bit I had never ridden before (and only driven a handful of times), and was really looking forward to. My favourite kind of cycling, this :D

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Loch Sunart

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Somewhere between Strontian and Resipole

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Salen

The road went up and down a bit, before a slightly longer climb over to Acharacle. I had been here only a week earlier for work, and the weather was a hell of a lot better this time! While it was tempting to stop in at the Tioram café for some cake and coffee, there wasn't a massive amount of daylight available, and I wanted to get around the most scenic bits of the ride before dark.

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Shiel Bridge

Immediately over the Shiel Bridge, I swung a left for a detour up to Castle Tioram. Although it's only a couple of miles off the main road, I've never been up here before. The surface isn't great but it's really scenic, and well worth a look. At the castle parking area, I decided to follow the Silver Walk circuit, with a very short diversion to take in a Marilyn I hadn't been up :roll: . Over to the castle first, then round the coast on an intricately constructed path who's route isn't obvious until you are on it. The coastal scenery round here is up there with the best in Scotland - like the Outer Hebrides but with trees!


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Looking back to dry land from Castle Tioram

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South Channel

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Castle Tioram

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Cruach nam Meann

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Castle Tioram from the Silver Walk

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Silver Walk

After a mile or two round the coast, it was time to pick up a poorer path leading up towards Lochan na Fola. This was a little damp in places, but only because I was wearing trainers. A short diversion up a steeper slope to the left led me to the summit, with a vista of Loch Shiel and hills, the coast, Ardnamurchan and the Small Isles. Just my kind of spot 8) . There were heavy showers approaching from Rum, the edge of which hit me, and I might possibly have got a better view from one of the outcrops closer to the coast, but I wasn't complaining.

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Ascending towards Beinn Bhreac

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Looking back across Shona Beag

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Across Loch Moidart

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Loch Moidart and Shona Beag

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Ascent away from the path

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Showers moving in

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Lochan na Fola

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Ardnamurchan from Beinn Bhreac

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Shower over Beinn Resipol

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Showers out to sea

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North across Glen Moidart

Back on the path, I was soon at Lochan nam Fola, where a short ascent led me to a narrow rocky glen and a tiny reservoir. The path down from here was good, with views out to Eigg, then I was on the road back to the bike. A diversion well worth making, I decided!

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Reservoir

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Reservoir above Glac Mhor

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Descent towards Eigg

Back on the bike, it was getting on for 3pm and the best light of the day. I had a couple of climbs ahead of me - over to Loch Moidart, then again to Glenuig. At Glenuig, there was still enough light for photos of Rum and Eigg, and I didn't need to put my lights on until meeting the Mallaig road at Lochailort shortly after 4pm.

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Beinn Resipol

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South across the end of Loch Shiel

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Loch Moidart

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Last light over Ardnamurchan

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Eigg and Rum from Glenuig

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Rum and Eigg

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Last look at Rum from near Alisary

While I had managed to cover the best of the scenery in the daylight, it isn't like the route from Lochailort back to the ferry is anything approaching dull. While the light had mostly gone, it wasn't fully dark until Glenfinnan, and then there was a spectacular display of stars and lights across the loch as I pedalled along the south side of Loch Eil. Stopping briefly for food, I realised it was now also freezing!

This road was probably the quietest of the day (although even traffic on the Mallaig road had been light), and only 4 or 5 cars passed me on the final 20 miles from the end of Loch Eil back to the ferry. I had hoped to make the 6:30pm ferry, but by 6:28pm I was only at Inverscaddle, so that clearly wasn't going to happen! Easing off the pace a bit, I made the 7pm ferry with 15 minutes to wait, and was back at the car and ready for the drive home 5 minutes later. A fantastic day out on the bike in one of my favourite bits of the country, and a good ending to a great Christmas meet 8) .

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Waiting for the ferry

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2018

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Distance: 1480 km
Ascent: 83245m
Munros: 20
Corbetts: 29
Grahams: 19
Donalds: 28
Sub2000s: 39
Hewitts: 51
Wainwrights 20

2017

Trips: 59
Distance: 1009.8 km
Ascent: 54765m
Munros: 27
Corbetts: 11
Grahams: 9
Sub2000s: 36
Hewitts: 23
Wainwrights 9

2016

Trips: 55
Distance: 1132.8 km
Ascent: 59985m
Munros: 18
Corbetts: 20
Grahams: 20
Donalds: 4
Sub2000s: 33

2015

Trips: 50
Distance: 1009 km
Ascent: 58815m
Munros: 10
Corbetts: 18
Grahams: 35
Donalds: 5
Sub2000s: 26

2014

Trips: 52
Distance: 1143 km
Ascent: 56245m
Munros: 11
Corbetts: 23
Grahams: 43
Donalds: 33
Sub2000s: 23

2013

Trips: 45
Distance: 1121.2 km
Ascent: 52310m
Munros: 9
Corbetts: 23
Grahams: 36
Sub2000s: 26

2012

Trips: 61
Distance: 1911.9 km
Ascent: 64050m
Corbetts: 8
Grahams: 16
Sub2000s: 19
Hewitts: 96
Wainwrights 16

2011

Trips: 49
Distance: 867.2 km
Ascent: 45165m
Munros: 5
Corbetts: 21
Grahams: 31
Sub2000s: 11
Hewitts: 18

2010

Trips: 45
Distance: 987.3 km
Ascent: 49290m
Munros: 7
Corbetts: 33
Grahams: 32
Sub2000s: 10
Hewitts: 4

2009

Trips: 43
Distance: 741 km
Ascent: 35725m
Munros: 8
Corbetts: 35
Grahams: 14
Sub2000s: 5
Hewitts: 1

2008

Trips: 47
Distance: 540.5 km
Ascent: 37865m
Munros: 15
Corbetts: 22
Grahams: 18
Donalds: 3
Sub2000s: 6

2007

Trips: 40
Distance: 471.5 km
Ascent: 30550m
Munros: 22
Corbetts: 19
Grahams: 7
Donalds: 3
Sub2000s: 4

2006

Trips: 36
Distance: 472 km
Ascent: 32785m
Munros: 39
Corbetts: 7
Grahams: 4
Hewitts: 1

2005

Trips: 29
Distance: 464 km
Ascent: 27635m
Munros: 29
Corbetts: 7
Grahams: 1
Sub2000s: 2
Hewitts: 5
Wainwrights 8

2004

Trips: 43
Distance: 839.4 km
Ascent: 47975m
Munros: 60
Corbetts: 6
Grahams: 2
Donalds: 2
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 1

2003

Trips: 45
Distance: 798 km
Ascent: 51905m
Munros: 68
Corbetts: 5
Hewitts: 5

2002

Trips: 47
Distance: 634 km
Ascent: 42245m
Munros: 46
Corbetts: 3
Grahams: 3
Hewitts: 24

2001

Trips: 61
Distance: 738.5 km
Ascent: 59035m
Munros: 45
Corbetts: 1
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 53
Wainwrights 23

2000

Trips: 51
Distance: 512.5 km
Ascent: 42190m
Munros: 19
Corbetts: 2
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 55
Wainwrights 26

1999

Trips: 47
Distance: 504 km
Ascent: 43786m
Munros: 23
Corbetts: 1
Hewitts: 48
Wainwrights 4

1998

Trips: 37
Distance: 378 km
Ascent: 33525m
Munros: 12
Hewitts: 46

1997

Trips: 43
Distance: 512.1 km
Ascent: 44205m
Munros: 19
Corbetts: 4
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 2
Hewitts: 63
Wainwrights 6

1996

Trips: 40
Distance: 476.5 km
Ascent: 40740m
Munros: 12
Corbetts: 2
Hewitts: 75
Wainwrights 17

1995

Trips: 2


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