Cycling

If you don’t know your way around the Ardnamurchan peninsula one way to find out is to cycle. Ardnamurchan offers a good range of cycling opportunities, and even for the inexperienced, a bike will expand the area you can explore, and reduce the walking time to remote beaches and many other peaceful places away from the road.

If you prefer to stay on-road, they are ideal for cycling and other traffic is light. There are many easy-going coastal rides where you can focus on taking in the views, or more challenging long-distance cycle routes, e.g. the 40-mile  round trip to Sanna and the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse and back, or the Fort William – Corran –  Lochailort loop of 80 miles. 

Alternatively, there are many off-road routes which offer superb challenges for cyclists of all levels of fitness and experience.  The Sunart Oak Woodlands project, has opened a network of trails through the forest, ranging from 2 to 40 miles. An ideal start might be the Ariundle Oakwoods, just north of Strontian, where you can glide along 4 miles of forest roads, through the woods and glens in breathtaking scenery. Or you could ride the 6 miles forest road from Polloch to Glenfinnan along the side of Loch Shiel while scanning the skies for Golden Eagles. (It’s possible to catch a ferry back down the loch to Polloch if you time it right.)  Or if a beach trip sounds good, the route from Kentra to the famous singing sands (3 miles each way) is well worth the effort.

Bikes can be hired locally in Strontian from Sunart Cycles together with helmets, pumps and tyre repair kits.