Headline: Home straight and Scotland is mesmerising
Route: Fort William to Kyle of Scotland
Miles: 111 miles
Cycling time: 8.31.40 hours on the road, ride time 7.20.15
Average speed: 15.30 mph
Total ascent: 5141ft
Weather: Fine and dandy, once again
To awaken in the lap of Ben Nevis gives a nurturing feeling. Especially when the day is so fine that it is not capped with its usual cloud cover. An event organiser commented that it is the first time he has seen the peak of the mount in all the years he’s been coming here. That’s how blessed we are.
Today’s ride left Ben Nevis in Torlundy and rejoined the A82 along the Great Glen towards Fort Augustus. We passed through Spean Bridge and the Commando Memorial where many paid their respects. Then it was Loch Galore!- Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and the Caledonian Canal to the renowned Loch Ness. The road along the shore of the huge Loch Ness can only be described as divine, a monster sighting is not required to make this a worthwhile trip.
We then started our veer to the east, having ridden up the west side of GB so far. Climbing the challenging Borlum Hill on the B862. Then the Muir of Ord, followed by a steep descent to Foyers. The route then flattened out through Dingwall and a short dig gave great views of Cromarty Firth. A steady drop took us to Evanton, then a climb through Alness before a sweeping descent towards Bonar Bridge and Balbair.
Although the climbs in Scotland are long, they are not as steep as the ones in England. They also offer such great views and long sweeping descents that they are all the more rewarding.
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