Coast 2 Coast
North West Scotland
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Route at a Glance
Agoraphobia is a name for having an intense Fear of wide open spaces. Stay away from this route if you suffer – even slightly – from Agoraphobia. On the other hand this route is just magic if you want to really get away from it all – in style.
This route will convert any one into a touring aficionado. This is biking nirvana. It simply has everything. The roads are not challenging in a technical way but will keep you alert every step of the way. The roads are in good nick. The changing scenery (I simply have to coin a phrase here – forgive me) is simply STUNNING.
If you do want to break the trip a great midway stop would be Ullapool. Lots of things are going on all year round in Ullapool. Good place to party. Great place to recharge batteries. Make sure you book well in advance as this humming little village is often filled to the brim.
You are going to love this route.
Route Notes & Highlights
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- Ullapool – In this region it seems all roads point to Ullapool and it has become a bikers magnet.
- Corrieshalloch Gorge and the falls of Mesach – A beautiful gorge created by melt water during the ice age with stunning views of the falls of Mesach from either a Victorian foot bridge or a viewing platform.
- A832 – One of the most scenic roads in Britain, the A832 links Cromarty, on the east coast, to Gairloch on the west coast and is the only only true coast to coast roads on the British Isles.
- Gruinard Bay – Very pretty beaches with pink sand and stunning views of the highlands and surrounds!
- Inverewe Garden – One of Scotland’s most well known gardens. In summer it truly flourishes with an abundance of exotic flora and fauna.
- Rua Reidh Lighthouse – This lighthouse dates back to it’s conception in 1853. Still a working lighthouse today although the foghorn has been made redundant and the building now provides guest-house and self-catering accommodation.
- Gairloch – One of the best whale watching points in Scotland with many boat cruises on offer.
- Glen Docherty Burn Viewpoint – Glen Docherty Burn was formed many moons ago by glacial action, what a stunning view towards Loch Maree!
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Filling Stations on Route
Plenty of fuel stations along the way in the major towns.