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  • Ride Fort William :: Trail and Route Description
    Canal Start from the car park by the Moorings Hotel and follow the towpath up the right hand side of the canal passing 8 locks of the impressive Neptune s Staircase Don t forget to look over to your right for those views of Ben Nevis After 6 miles you arrive at the hamlet of Gairlochy Turn right as you leave the Canal towpath You ride along the bank of the River Spean a short distance before you pass the Mucomir Power Station The braes of Lochaber are bonny here even though it means a little bit of uphill work At the Commando Memorial pause to enjoy the view of the hills before you freewheel down to the café in Spean Bridge Well refreshed you cycle for 1 km to the sign for Kilmonivaig where you turn down to the right After about 1 km stop at the cairn and walk down to Highbridge This bridge now a spectacular ruin is the site where the first shots of the 1745 Jacobite uprising were fired Although this is a minor back road you can enjoy the grand scale of the Great Glen and the River Lochy At Tomacharich turn off road

    Original URL path: http://www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk/trailsdb.asp?trailId=14 (2016-02-09)
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  • Ride Fort William :: Trail and Route Description
    discreet section of single track leading off to the right This has some rough and wet sections and lasts for just over 1 5km At the end of the single track you will come onto a forest road again Turn left along the forest road keep to the main drag for just over 3 km At this point the road heads up to the left or straight on take the left fork This track is wide but rough in some places it lasts for just over 1km At the end of the track you will meet a forest road Turn left along the forest road Stay on this road for about 3km at this point you will reach a junction Take a right turn follow this road for 1 km until you see a forest walk waymarker Follow the single track section through the trees but look out for walkers This single track section has one steep stone pitched section to be carefull of This section will take you right back to the carpark There are several sections on the route where cows are grazing close all gates behind you Riders Reviews The single track sections on this loop are

    Original URL path: http://www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk/trailsdb.asp?trailId=35 (2016-02-09)
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  • Ride Fort William :: Trail and Route Description
    Start from the car park by the Moorings Hotel and follow the towpath up the right hand side of the canal passing the 8 locks of the impressive Neptune s Staircase Don t forget to look over to your right for those views of Ben Nevis After 6 miles you arrive at the hamlet of Gairlochy Turn left across the Canal Bridge Almost immediately you take the right fork signed Great Glen Way Cycle Route The B8005 is a winding singletrack road along the side of Loch Lochy At the row of wooden houses which is the hamlet of Clunes the road swings round to the left along the Dark Mile a wooded valley steeped in history Pause to enjoy the spectacular Chiaaig Waterfall There is also the opportunity to climb up to Bonnie Prince Charlie s Cave Take care it can be slippery Next turn left cross the wooden bridge Turn left again and on to the Clan Cameron Museum at Achnacarry This is a delightful collection of Highland artefacts housed in a traditional blackhouse Back now on the estate road to rejoin the B8005 Where you retrace your route to the B8004 Return to Fort William by this

    Original URL path: http://www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk/trailsdb.asp?trailId=13 (2016-02-09)
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  • Ride Fort William :: Trail and Route Description
    on the Caledonian Canal Towpath There are great views of Ben Nevis from both the B8004 and from the towpath Turn right from the Neptune s Staircase Car Park onto the B8004 for Gairlochy Mountain bikers cross the canal to the right hand tow path Turn left onto the B8005 as you approach Gairlochy Your route to Clunes is waymarked as the Great Glen Cycle Route The tree lined road hugs the shore of Loch Lochy Watch out for a row of wooden houses on your right This is the hamlet of Clunes The road then swings to the left to enter a small steeply wooded valley called the Mile Dorcha the Dark Mile A place steeped in Highland history It then opens out to a striking view along Loch Arkaig On the right are the spectacular Eas Chia aig Waterfalls Go straight on along the road that hugs the northern shore of the loch This track like road ducks and dives as it affords the chance for a decent spin of about 12 miles 18 5 kms At its end you will find that the road has disappeared into the landscape to become a stalker s path As you

    Original URL path: http://www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk/trailsdb.asp?trailId=17 (2016-02-09)
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  • Ride Fort William :: Trail and Route Description
    Invergarry onto the A87 Approximately two miles north of the village at the Glen Garry Forest sign turn left onto a forest road Cross the bridge over the River Garry and turn immediately right into the car park Start the ride by going back onto the main forest road and follow this road gently uphill for 5 miles By this time you will have passed three cattle grids and perhaps dodged some Highland cattle Remember to call out or ring a bell as you approach them so they are aware that you are around Otherwise they are harmless beasts At the next fork in the road take the right hand track Shortly afterwards carry straight on down to the gate into the Greenfield croft land The track twists and turns between the houses As you begin the straight descent down to the loch and the bridge it is time to think about stopping for a break The bridge over Loch Garry is the ideal place to picnic and enjoy the views around you After crossing the bridge turn right onto the minor single track road that hugs the shore of the loch Lovely as it was on a sunny February

    Original URL path: http://www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk/trailsdb.asp?trailId=19 (2016-02-09)
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  • Ride Fort William :: Trail and Route Description
    Description Cross from the car park to the right hand Canal Towpath Enjoy the views of Ben Nevis and the surrounding mountains in the traffic free environment of the Canal for 9 6 kms 6 miles Cross the Canal bridge at Gairlochy to follow the Great Glen Way signs Continue on the single track tarmac road to the wooden houses at Clunes Pass the houses and turn right onto the forest track This continues for 9 kms along the lochside to Laggan Locks Turn right at the holiday chalets to go down to the Locks Cross over one of the gates This is a good point to stop for refreshment at the barge pub From the Canal car park ride to the main road A82 Turn right and walk on the verge for 20m Cross the road and take the narrow track leading up through the trees This takes you onto the bed of an old railway line Turn left The trail follows the shore of Loch Oich Parts can be soft and muddy At length the route turns down onto an old road General Wade s Military Road Caution tree roots can be slippery on this section of single

    Original URL path: http://www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk/trailsdb.asp?trailId=40 (2016-02-09)
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  • Ride Fort William :: Trail and Route Description
    the Great Glen Way sign which indicates the start of the single track and forest road to Invergarry Descend from the hill path to turn left onto the main road A82 turn right and cross the bridge Take the first right signed for Mandally thus following the Great Glen Way in reverse Cycle for 1Km along the quiet lane At the first left turn uphill on forest track Some climbing

    Original URL path: http://www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk/trailsdb.asp?trailId=42 (2016-02-09)
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  • Ride Fort William :: Trail and Route Description
    the single track road for a couple of miles brings you to the car park at grid ref 349 781 The circular route goes east from the car park across the bridge over the River Treig and through the hamlet of Fersit before swinging left through the forest gates into the Glen Spean forest The end of the route is the trail on your right which can be seen winding down the open hillside just before the entrance to the forest Cycling east through the forest take the second turn to the right approximately 3 miles from the forest entrance and at grid ref 407 806 The road now climbs gently south for approximately 4 miles the first 2 5 miles of which is in the forest After leaving the forest Strathossian Lodge starts to come into view directly ahead with Loch Ghuilbinn a few hundred metres down below you to your left As you pass Loch Ghuilbinn the old pony track to the Lodge can be seen branching off the road to the left at grid ref 401 739 At this point turn right up the old pony track heading north north west This challenging single track climb lasts

    Original URL path: http://www.ridefortwilliam.co.uk/trailsdb.asp?trailId=8 (2016-02-09)
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