Glencoe to Creagan
with thanks to Iain Gow who contributed this article
Distance - 43 miles; Time - 6 hours (including Creagan Inn and Gardrum Wood)
Most of this route uses the National Cycle Network route 78 following a dismantled railway track which has been resurfaced for cyclists and walkers.
Start at the village of Glencoe where there is ample parking space on the slip road of the A82 at NN096 587, in Glencoe village or at Ballachulish. Follow the A82 heading west towards South Ballachulish using the cycle/foot path then take the exit onto the track of route 78 about quarter mile after the roundabout for Fort William heading inland for a short distance past the housing area then under the road bridge to the edge of the shore. This could be a good place to look for otters.
The track crosses the road several times along the way where you may need to walk your bike past the barriers at the road crossings, unless you are lucky enough to get a quiet spell in the traffic, which on this road, is most often. At Duror, the track heads inland slightly away from the main road for a short distance through some farming areas then passes the marina at Portnacroish before opening out to views of Castle Stalker.
Cross the road at Appin then again just before reaching Creagan where it is recommended to stop for a well-earned refreshment at the Creagan Inn with good views out over Loch Creran. Return via the same route to the start. However, depending on the time of year and weather, it is worthwhile to continue east to Glasdrum Wood Nature Reserve for a 1km walk round the reserve where there is a good variety of butterflies including the rare Chequered Skipper.
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